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Apple iPhone 12: Even More Choice for 2021!

Moe from Mondo / 28-01-2021 / Reviews

Apple decided to launch a new range of Apple iPhones towards the latter part of 2020. However, South Africa only received the latest batch of these beloved smartphones in late December. Users are now eager to find the ideal iPhone 12 for them, but with the biggest range ever launched, it may be tough to decide. The four new iPhones are the iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Mini, iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max. Let’s take a closer look at the entire range on offer from Apple.

Under the Hood

All four devices have the latest A14 Bionic chipset. This is Apple’s latest and best chipset available and rivals any Android option. It’s an upgrade from the A13 that was in the iPhone 11 range. Apple hasn’t disclosed the RAM for each device but it is rumoured to be 6GB for the Pro models and 4GB for the others.

In terms of storage, the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Mini are available in 64GB, 128GB, or 256GB while the Pro models offer 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB configurations.

Screen and Body

The whole iPhone 12 range has a similar physical appearance with a front that consists mostly of the screen with a notch at the top and a Ceramic Shield. It is strikingly similar to the industrial design introduced with the iPhone 4 and 5 lines. The large camera cluster is at the rear left corner of the device while the glass back is standard. The difference comes in the frames as the Mini and standard 12 models get aluminium frames while the Pro models are equipped with stainless steel frames.

All iPhone 12 models are IP68 certified with a water-resistance depth up to 6 metres for 30 minutes. The major differences between the devices are their available colours and size:

While the screen on all four models are OLED with similar pixel densities, their difference is purely in size. Naturally, the iPhone 12 Mini has the smallest screen at 5.4-inches while the iPhone 12 and the iPhone 12 Pro feature a 6.1-inch screen with the iPhone Pro Max sporting a huge 6.7-inch display.

iPhone 12 Cameras

The iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Mini have the dual-lens rear camera setup with a main 12MP lens and an ultra-wide 12MP lens. The Pro models have a triple-lens rear setup which includes what the basic models have with the addition of a telephoto camera with a 4x zoom in the iPhone 12 Pro and 5x zoom in the iPhone Pro Max. The two high-end devices have a LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) scanner, for improved augmented reality and low light performance.

All four devices sport a 12MP front-facing camera and they can all record in up to 4K quality at up to 60fps. Furthermore, they can all record in Dolby Vision.

iPhone 12 Battery

Apple never releases the battery capacity but we know that all models are capable of 20W fast charging and wireless MagSafe charging, although the fast chargers are sold separately. In terms of video playback, the iPhone 12 Mini can offer up to 15 hours while the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro deliver up to 17 hours. The iPhone 12 Pro Max tops the charts at 20 hours.

Other Features

All models support dual-SIM along with Face ID and the TrueDepth camera for facial recognition.


Apple delivered four different options for users who want various experiences via their smartphones. Multiple price options are depending on the model and size you choose.


How to Connect Your Gaming Controller to Your iPhone

Big on using your Apple iPhone for gaming, but not loving the touchscreen controls? Hit your best scores by connecting your PC, PlayStation or Xbox gaming controller to your iPhone (or any Apple device) with iOS 13 or higher. While not all games are supported in this mode, most of the favourites are available and benefit from the use of the external controller. As is often the case when pairing any two devices, Bluetooth is the preferred option – and the same can be said for enhancing your gaming experience. Bluetooth provides wireless connection and allows for unimpaired gaming. Xbox One + Bluetooth An unusual approach, but when pairing your Xbox One check that Bluetooth on your phone is turned OFF then turn your attention to your controller. Ensure your Xbox One controller is fully charged and disconnected from your console. Enter pairing mode on the controller by first tapping and holding the Xbox button. The button should begin to flash. Press and hold the Share button at the top of the controller. While holding the button, turn back to your device and enable Bluetooth to activate search mode. Xbox Wireless Controller should appear on your device screen. Select the option and you’ll be paired and ready to go! PS4 + Bluetooth Falling back into routine, start with your device and turn your Bluetooth ON. Press and hold the Share and PlayStation buttons at the same time. Your controller light should start blinking. Check your device for a pop-up message. Select the name of your controller and pair up! If you’re the lucky owner of both an Xbox One and a PS4 console, you will have to unpair one of the controllers from your device in order to use the other – but this is really is a small price to pay for a slicker smartphone gaming experience!


How to Connect Your Gaming Controller to an Android Phone

If your touchscreen gaming technique is missing the mark, it might be time to bring in the big guns. Connecting your PC, Sony PlayStation or Xbox controller to your Android smartphone is an excellent way to create an all-round smoother gaming experience on mobile. All you will need is a device with either Android 10 or 11 and a fairly recent model controller, like any standard Bluetooth PC gaming controller, a PS4 Dual Shock controller or the Xbox One with Bluetooth capabilities. Here’s how you can connect for seamless gaming: PS4 + Bluetooth How to connect: To sync your PS4 controller with your android device, start by activating your Bluetooth on your smartphone. Once your device is discoverable, turn your attention to your controller. Press and hold both the PlayStation and Share buttons at the same time. The light on the controller should start flashing and a Wireless Controller message should pop up on your phone. Tap on the message to accept and complete the pairing process. The light on your PS4 controller should stop flashing and show a steady blue which signals that you’re connected and all set! Xbox + Bluetooth How to connect: Like with the PS4, start by ensuring that your Bluetooth is enabled on your smartphone. To connect your phone, the controller must be fully charged and unplugged from your Xbox One. Press and hold the Sync button on your controller to activate its search for your phone. Once the devices detect one another, just tap the pop-up message on your phone to select your controller and follow the instructions to finish pairing. Once you start your game, your Xbox One controller will kick in. While wireless connection is the prime set up, it doesn’t always work. If you’re having difficulty pairing your devices through Bluetooth, or have an older controller, try a USB-OTG cable. Just be sure to get a cable that is compatible with your phone’s charging or USB ports.


The Samsung Galaxy A52 makes its SA debut!

The release of the Samsung Galaxy A51 last year was a resounding success for the South Korean giant and with the A52, it looks like Samsung has another hit on its hands in 2021! Under the Hood Released together with the Galaxy A32 and A72 in late March, the A52 shares many similarities with its sister smartphones. Fitted with latest software – Android 11, UI 3.1 and powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G, it also features the much-desired 90Hz Super AMOLED display for fluid scrolling and high refresh rates. The A52 sports an internal storage capacity of 128GB and the option of between 4 and 8GB of RAM. Screen and Body The A52 comes in Awesome Black and three candy-like versions: Awesome Violet, Awesome Blue and Awesome White. At 6.5 inches, the A52’s screen size remains the same as its predecessor so, if you’re looking to upgrade, rest assured this is a lightweight and comfortable fit. The A52 sports a brightness level of nearly 800 NITS and the Eye Comfort Shield that comes standard in newer Samsung models. It also boasts dual loudspeakers, which creates a surround-sound effect that will be especially pleasurable for anyone who prefers binge-watching their favourite shows from the comfort of their smartphones. Good news for gamers - in addition to the fantastic sound, the A52 handles well when it comes to demanding titles and the phone’s touch response is a smooth and impressive experience. Camera Again, like it’s siblings, the A52’s camera is unique – both inside and out. The cameras sit on an island which protrudes from the back casing unlike any of the pre-2021 A series versions. The camera specs stand out too – a slick 32 MP selfie camera that allows the subject to shine, a vibrant 64 MP rear camera, a 5 MP Macro camera, a 5 MP depth camera and a 12 MP Ultra-wide which produces photographs with a creative fish-eye effect. Battery If you’re always on the go and need a smartphone that can keep up with you, the A52 will not disappoint. The device has a 4 500 mAh battery that lasts up to two days and 15W fast charger capabilities that get you fully powered up and ready to go in a snap. Verdict If it’s versatility, durability and affordability with a touch of sleek style you’re looking for, the feature packed Galaxy A52 is the smartphone you’re looking for.