We didn’t plan this week out to be this way, but it just so happens that we are dealing with the ghosts of iPhones past, present and future! From older iPhones getting slowed down to future iPhones getting big batteries and a Secret Santa game at Pocketnow where one person “gets” the $1,000 iPhone of 2017.

Those stories plus some grievances from Microsoft and Amazon toward Google and a lot more on this episode of the Pocketnow Weekly!

Watch the video recorded from 3:00pm Eastern on December 22nd, or check out the high-quality audio version right here. You can shoot your listener emails to [email protected] for a shot at getting your question read aloud on the air the following week!

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December 22, 2017


Jules Wang


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  • iPhone 2019: TrueDepth camera’s battery needs to grow
  • iPhone 2015: Battery’s gotta die somehow
  • Magic Leap One: The first non-HoloLens jump into AR for creators
  • Snapdragon 845: Geekbench numbers show something cooking
  • NSA 5G NR: Carriers want to start networks in 2019
  • Tax reform: AT&T and Comcast try to convince its workers that it’s good for all of them
  • AmazonTube: Does Amazon v. Google need to go this far?
  • Google Chrome: A lightweight web browser? You wish…

Defend Yourself


Ah, loot boxes. They can be pretty hostile to your wallet and your will to play the game. That’s partly why Apple has started to require publishers to lay out the odds for all the items possible in the box. But when it comes down to the issue, are loot boxes a form of gambling? We attempt to debate (although it falls apart).

Secret Smartphone Santa


The Pocketnow team is tasked with giving each other smartphones for Christmas. So, what did we end up choosing for each other? Does this game devolve into mutiny or is Santa getting his milk and cookies on Sunday night? We dive into the results, which you can see here!

See you soon!

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