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We heard yesterday that Apple CEO Tim Cook would be appearing on Good Morning America, and guessed that the trade war with China would be one of the topics. The show did indeed kick off with Cook being asked why Apple products had been excluded from the tariffs.

The iPhone is assembled in China, but the parts come from everywhere, including the United States. The glass comes from Kentucky, there are chips that come from the US, and of course the research and development is all done in the United States.

I don’t want to speak for [the Trump administration], but I think they’ve looked at this and said that it’s not really great for the United States to put a tariff on those type of products …

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This week’s best iTunes deals: TV seasons from $5, Oceans 8 $10, 4K, much more

The iTunes movie storefront has been refreshed this morning with a new selection of deals. You’ll find everything from multi-film bundles, including Lord of the Rings, to new releases like Ocean’s 8. There’s also the usual batch of deals from $5. We’re also seeing a number of notable TV series drops, with complete seasons from $5. Hit the jump for more.

Last year’s iPhone X arguably represented the biggest design change ever seen in the evolution of Apple’s smartphone.

The iPhone thru iPhone 3GS were all essentially the same design. The slab-sided iPhone 4 represented a pretty big change, but was still recognizably the same device. The iPhone 5 was just a larger version. The iPhone 6 introduced a new design language as well as size, with rounded edges contributing to a slimmer look, but you’d still instantly pick it out as an iPhone.

The iPhone X was different …

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The first reviews of the iPhone XS and XS Max are out, and the story is incredibly consistent.

While reviewers do note that the iPhone XS offers notably better sound than the X, and the camera improvements impressed many, the overwhelming view was that there’s little here to justify an upgrade from last year’s model unless you want that giant screen.

If you currently own any of the older models, then the consensus view is that one of this year’s iPhones is a big upgrade – but don’t order one yet, because the iPhone XR offers most of the benefits at a significantly lower price …

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