Apple Unveils The iPhone 12 Range!

Staff Writer / 20-10-2020 / News and tips reviews

Apple has finally unveiled the long-awaited iPhone 12 range this month, showing off four new 5G capable models that will be available to order in November, including an iPhone Mini!

One of the biggest surprises from the launch event was the design, which is a clear successor to the industrial, angular contours of the iPhone 4 and 5, leaving many to speculate whether Apple has indeed run out of new design ideas. Despite this more retro-style Apple has chosen for the iPhone 12 range, it’s what’s inside these phones that really counts.

Let’s take a look at the entire range:

The iPhone 12 Mini

This is the first time that an iPhone has been given the “mini” moniker after years of Apple using it to define a segment of their other products like iPods and iPads.

As the name suggests, the new Apple iPhone 12 Mini is smaller than its siblings with a 5.4-inch screen which fills the entire front of the device, except of course for that notch.

This isn’t some stripped down version of the iPhone 12 either - it features the same new A14 Bionic chip, a rear dual-camera, glass black and aluminium body, including the 4x stronger Ceramic Shield glass screen and MagSafe wireless charging.

The iPhone 12 Mini will cost $699 in the US.

The iPhone 12

The mid-range iPhone 12 replaces last year’s iPhone 11, but is 11% thinner, features a new 6.1-inch OLED display, the A14 Bionic chip, as well as an aluminium body and glass back.

The iPhone 12 sports a new 12-megapixel dual-camera system on the rear with normal and ultrawide lenses, as well as a TrueDepth selfie camera on the front. All of the phone’s cameras use Apple’s Night Mode for shooting incredible photos in low-light conditions.

The iPhone 12 also comes fitted with the new, stronger Ceramic Shield screen glass technology and MagSafe wireless charging.

The iPhone 12 will cost $799 in the US.

The iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max

The iPhone 12 Pro has a 6.1-ince OLED screen while the new iPhone 12 Pro Max has a pocket-busting 6.7-inch OLED screen, the largest ever to be found on an iPhone.

Both of these iPhone 12 Pro models feature upgraded rear triple-camera systems equipped with ultrawide, normal and telephoto lenses, as well as a lidar-based depth-sensing scanner that can measure the distance of objects up to 5 metres away from you, which is geared specifically for AR apps and games.

Like the other phones in the range, the iPhone 12 Pro models include the new A14 Bionic chip, MagSafe wireless charging and stainless-steel bodies with Ceramic Shield glass on the front. They also have an IP68 water-resistance rating and can withstand depths of up to 6 metres for 30 minutes.

The iPhone 12 Pro will cost $999 and the iPhone 12 Pro Max will cost $1,099 in the US.

Final Thoughts

It’s important to note that, despite the hefty price tags, none of the iPhone 12 models ship with a charger or headphones in the box, so you’re looking at an additional expense if your old charger or headphones are damaged or broken. You’ll also need to invest in a compatible case if you want to take advantage of the MagSafe features without having to remove your cover each time.

The entire iPhone 12 range will be available to order in November, but local prices have not yet been revealed.


iPhone 13 is All About the Cameras!

The iPhone 13 range recently launched and boasts what might be the most advanced camera system in Apple history!The new generation is made up of the premium iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max as well as the more affordable iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini.The 13 range is powered by the A15 Bionic chip, which unlocks impressive new camera capabilities for iPhone users. What’s more, all four models have larger sensors with integrated sensor-shift stabilisation technology that boosts both the image and video quality.Unprecedented Camera Quality for The Pro RangeThe iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max are equipped with the same camera technology and have upgraded sensors and lenses for professional-quality photos. Like the 12, the Pro range boasts a triple-camera setup. Where it sets itself apart though, is the new 12 MP ultra-wide, 12 MP wide and 12 MP telephoto cameras, which all make for an exceptional shooting experience.More features you’ll love:●    The 1.9-micron pixels sensor – the largest ever used in an iPhone – creates more detailed photos.●    A wider f/1.5 aperture for improved low-light images. Apple claims this feature offers 2.2x better performance than the 12 Pro!●    The new and improved 77mm telephoto camera which allows you to get even closer to your subject while video-recording.  Affordable Gets an UpgradeMuch like the iPhone 12, the iPhone 13 and the iPhone 13 Mini are fitted with the same dual-camera set-up but there are some major improvements! The upgrade from a Smart HDR 3 to Smart HDR 4 provides superior camera quality for both the front and back lenses while the 1.7-micron pixels in the wide camera makes for brighter and richer photographs by allowing 47% more light in than the iPhone 12.Cool Camera Features Across All ModelsCinematic mode helps turn an image or video into a more dynamic and professional one. The upgraded lenses intuitively monitor what’s happening in the frame and allows you to change focus to get the perfect shot!4K Video Quality enables you to record 4K HDR Dolby Vision at 60 fps – yet another upgrade from the 30fps on the iPhone 12 models.Photographic Styles offers new live filters and allows you to adjust images while you’re composing your shot, allowing you to see your results and amend your image before hitting the shutter button.Exclusively Reserved for The ProMacro Photography is a first for the iPhone and is made possible by the new ultra-wide camera that enables you to capture close-up images and explore the smallest details. The minimum focal range is 2cm away from the lens. The feature is also available for video recording on Slo-Mo and Time-Lapse.The Pros come fitted with ProRes Video, high-quality filmmaking software for those who are serious about their craft. The video quality reaches a maximum of 4K at 30fps and you can record and output the format directly from your device.Get your hands on the new iPhone 13 range today and experience the phenomenal camera quality and more, here.


Top 5 iOS 15 Features

iOS 15 recently launched in September 2021, and while there are a host of amazing new features, there are a few that make the Apple experience that much more special. Here are the top 5 features that takes this OS to the next level.1.    Facetime for everyone:Watch parties have never been this cool! With iOS 15, users can now stream movies and series while on a Facetime call! This feature adjusts the volume to the environment automatically so that conversations can still flow while you sit back and enjoy the show.Distance is no match for iOS 15. Now it’s like your loved ones are right there on the couch with you!2.    Map out your destination:Augmented reality directions? Yes please! With the new OS, it’s all in the detail. Get up-to-date info about your route if you’re driving or, if you prefer taking a more scenic route, try the “Immersive Walking Instructions” which provide an in-depth step-by-step augmented reality view of your destination.3.    Putting the “Me” in Memoji:Even your personalised stickers are getting an update with this new OS upgrade from Apple. With iOS 15, users now have the best feature – choice.There are now more options at your disposal to really personalise your character – from a new wardrobe to cochlear ear implants and oxygen tubes. This version of iOS is providing the inclusivity you’ve been waiting for.4.    Privacy for the win:  Kiss spam goodbye with the “Hide My Email” feature. This gives you the ability to “instantly generate unique, random email addresses that forward to your personal inbox”. Where do we sign up?  Hide My Email has been built into the Mail, Safari, and iCloud Settings for added efficiency.5.    The Picture-perfect way to get going:  One of the most impressive features of iOS 15 has to be “Live Text”. This lets you highlight text in photos (and video!) and use the information to make calls, send messages, get directions and even Facetime!With so many cool new features packed into Apple’s iOS 15, isn’t it time you go all in on iPhone?Check out all our amazing Apple iPhone deals here.


WhatsApp Ending Support for Older Phones: Are You Affected?

From 1st November 2021, WhatsApp will no longer work on over 40 smartphone models.2021 has been a rollercoaster ride for WhatsApp users. While a host of helpful additions have been made on the instant messenger app, including the ability to access WhatsApp across several devices at the same time and the ever-popular disappearing messages, this latest update is not as positive.Any device sporting Apple iOS 10, Android OS 4.1 and KaiOS 2.5.1. will be affected.What this means for youIf you have a device with these operating systems or lower, it’s time for an upgrade.Here is the full list of affected smartphones that will no longer be WhatsApp compatible come November:Apple iPhone:iPhone SE (2016)iPhone 6siPhone 6s PlusAndroid:Huawei Ascend G740Huawei Ascend MateHuawei Ascend D Quad XLHuawei Ascend D1 Quad XLHuawei Ascend P1 SHuawei Ascend D2Samsung Galaxy Trend LiteSamsung Galaxy Trend IISamsung Galaxy SIISamsung Galaxy S3 miniSamsung Galaxy Xcover 2Samsung Galaxy CoreSamsung Galaxy Ace 2 16Other Affected Brands:The Alcatel One Touch Evo 7Archos 53 PlatinumCaterpillar Cat B15HTC Desire 500Faea F1LG Lucid 2LG Optimus F7LG Optimus F5LG Optimus L3 II DualLG Optimus F5LG Optimus L5LG Optimus L5 IILG Optimus L5 DualLG Optimus L3 IILG Optimus L7LG Optimus L7 II DualLG Optimus L7 IILG Optimus F6 EnactLG Optimus L4 II DualLG Optimus F3LG Optimus L4 IILG Optimus L2 IILG Optimus Nitro HDLG Optimus F3QLG 4X HDLenovo A820The Sony Xperia MiroSony Xperia Neo LSony Xperia Arc STHL W8UMi X2Wiko Cink FiveWiko DarknightZTE Grand S FlexZTE V956ZTE Grand X Quad V987ZTE Grand MemoHow to check your Operating SystemApple:Access your device settingsTap the General buttonSelect AboutAll details related to your Apple iPhone smartphone, including your device name and OS version will be detailed here.Android:Go to your device settings.Tap the System or About Phone /Device button.All details related to your Android smartphone, including your device name and OS version will be detailed here.Need to upgrade?Find your new smartphone here.