Bad battery life? Read this complete guide

Every year or so, a flurry of articles come out with data showing that bad battery life is the #1 concern for smartphone owners. Looking through Orchard’s customer support data, we’re not surprised— about 1/4 of the questions we get from prospective buyers mention battery life as a concern when buying a used iPhone. These […]

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iPhone 6 vs iPhone 6s

The S is for Speed: iPhone 6 vs iPhone 6s

We’ve all learned to expect a major new iPhone design about every two years. Between these design changes the iPhone receives a feature upgrade, dubbed the “S” model. Since both phones look the exact same, you’re probably left wondering what’s the big difference between the iPhone 6 vs iPhone 6s? The iPhone 6 was released […]

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iPhone environmental impact

iWaste: The iPhone Environmental Impact

Apple reported 74.8 million iPhones sold in Q1 2016 — many of these replaced older models for the prime spot in your purse or pocket. So what happens to those old iPhones once they’re replaced with the shiny new model? Let’s look at the iPhone environmental impact from manufacturing to storefront. The Manufacturing Impact  Apple reports […]

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mother's day

The best iPhone apps for Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day falls on May 8, 2016. In case it slipped your mind – don’t worry we’ve got you covered. It’s never too late to show your mom just how special she is. To help out, we’ve come up with 5 ways you can make her smile just by using your iPhone. 1. Send flowers with 1-800-FLOWERS Flowers are a Mother’s […]

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What Your Frequently Used
Emojis Say About You

Do you remember what using your iPhone keyboard was like before emojis? When we only had caps lock and exclamation points for emphasis there was so much meaning that could be lost through text. Now we can easily convey things like cheekiness with a wink or, even better, a wink-with-tongue-stuck-out emoji. The use of emojis […]

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iPhone parental controls

Tracking your teen with iPhone parental controls

Teens are more connected than ever before, with 92% reported being online everyday. So many of today’s youth have a smartphone to stay in contact with their friends, but many parents end up feeling left out of the loop. The built-in iPhone parental controls can help filter out the bad so your kids only see the […]

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IMEI checker

Avoid buying a stolen iPhone by using an IMEI checker

An IMEI checker is an important tool that can reveal the history of a smartphone. Before buying a second-hand iPhone, checking the IMEI will show you if the device was stolen. A blacklisted iPhone is one that has been marked as lost or stolen on a national database. It will not be able to activate on any carrier’s network, even if […]

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What is a blacklisted iPhone?

What exactly is a blacklisted iPhone?

The business of blacklisted iPhones is confusing to say the least. Only within the last few years have North American carriers started developing national and global databases to share devices listed as lost or stolen. Previously, consumers couldn’t be sure if a device was stolen when buying pre-owned iPhones. With the creation of a GSM blacklist, there […]

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iPhone prices worldwide

How increased iPhone prices worldwide translate to hours worked

Apple is a US company and, as such, Apple announcements speak to their home audience. The rest of the world watches an Apple Keynote with the understanding that things like prices and availability won’t necessarily hold across borders. The different exchange rates create a variety of iPhone prices worldwide. For example, Apple’s new upgrade program, […]

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