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  1. The iPhone 12 Pro is easily one of the best smartphones ever made by Apple and it can be attributed to several features on the phone. From its design to camera capabilities, the iPhone 12 Pro truly is a flagship phone in every sense even when considering the competition. We decided to pick out all the top features we love on the iPhone 12 Pro that makes it one of the best phones to buy in 2020: 1. Premium Design © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla There’s no other phone out there that truly feels like a luxurious premium phone like the iPhone 12 Pro. With its brushed glass back, the stainless steel frame and the squared-off design make it one of the most unique smartphones in the market. When you are holding the phone in your hand it feels like a cold piece of steel instead of a frail smartphone that could break at any moment. It is by far the only smartphone that truly redefines smartphone design with clever usage of materials and an overall plush look. 2. Ceramic Shield © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla We’ve tested all of the iPhone 12 smartphones without a tempered glass and were astonished to see the durability of the screens on every phone. The iPhone 12 Series comes with an additional coating of protection which Apple calls ‘Ceramic Shield’. Apple has embedded ceramic crystals that make the screen four times more durable than ordinary glass screens on smartphones. We drop tested all four smartphones from waist level and all four devices were unscathed. The Ceramic Shield doesn’t necessarily prevent scratches but it does add an additional layer of durability that wasn’t present before. 3. Display © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla The display on the iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max are among the best we’ve seen on smartphones yet. It even won DisplayMate’s award for the best display on a smartphone and broke 11 records in the process. Video, photos and games look gorgeous where colours are vibrant, thanks to the highly accurate contrast ratio. 4. Cameras © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla The iPhone 12 Pro smartphones are truly meant for users who want the absolute best when it comes to mobile photography. The iPhone 12 Pro is particularly awesome at capturing images in low light and thanks to the wider f/1.6 aperture, the iPhone 12 Pro is easily one of the best smartphones to use for night photography. We’ve managed to capture some incredible images at night during Diwali. Having said that, the new LiDAR sensor also aids in taking faster and more accurate images in low-light. Thanks to the new sensor, users can now capture Portrait images in the dark with more accuracy and have a faster camera running in darker environments. The LiDAR sensor truly does take Night Mode capabilities to the next level, thanks to which we can now use it in the ultra-wide mode as well. Check out our gallery from our reviews to know more about how good the cameras can be on the iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max. 5. A14 Bionic © Apple Apple made the world’s first 5nm SoC in the form of A14 Bionic which is currently the most powerful chipset in the world. Not only is the chipset more powerful, but it is also the fastest and most efficient in its class. Geekbench 5 results are more than impressive and in real-world usage, the iPhone 12 Pro is easily one of the fastest phones we’ve ever used. It can run games like Genshin Impact, Samurai Jack and online multiplayer games at 60 frames per second without any dips or stuttering problems. The phone can also edit and transcode 4K videos without using too much power or by draining battery life. Even with heavy usage, the iPhone 12 Pro manages to last 14- 15 hours on a single charge. 6. MagSafe Charging © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla One of our favourite features on all of the iPhone 12 smartphones is the ability to attach MagSafe accessories. From cases to wireless chargers to even a leather wallet, Apple has truly expanded the use of accessories in its ecosystem. You can attach a MagSafe case or a leather wallet to the back of the phone without having to worry about it falling off. Each time you attach a MagSafe accessory, the iPhone 12 makes a sound and displays an animation. Similarly, using magnets also removes the problem of not having wireless chargers properly align with the coils in the phone. The MagSafe seamlessly attaches to the back of the phone and charges it using Qi wireless technology. Since the MagSafe charger attaches to the back of the phone, you can use your iPhone normally while having it charge wirelessly as well which is not the case with other wireless chargers. View the full article
  2. There have been rumours for a while that Apple is looking to make iPhones go completely portless and get rid of the lightning port. While this may come as a surprise, Apple has already been making a subtle move to go the portless route with future iPhones. © Twitter/Cnet Renowned Apple leaker Jon Prosser has suggested that Apple will launch an iPhone 13 model that will be completely portless and eventually all subsequent models will follow suit. The information comes from Prosser’s YouTube channel where he states in his latest video that Apple will do away with actual connectors for at least one model. Prosser did not clarify whether it will be the Pro model or the regular iPhone 13. Rumours like this are worth taking with a pinch of salt as it is too early for accurate predictions regarding the iPhone 13. ️ yep. One portless iPhone coming next year. Never USB-C. Eventually, they’ll all be portless. — Jon Prosser (@jon_prosser) May 13, 2020 Having said that, this is not the first time we’ve heard about a portless iPhone as previous rumours have suggested the same in the past year. Prosser also took this opportunity to put to bed any chance of an iPhone getting a USB-C port in the near future. Users have long anticipated for Apple to switch to a more universal and widespread connector, however it seems like Apple wants to get rid of the port altogether. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla If you are wondering how Apple is gearing up for a portless iPhone, the Cupertino giant teased the idea of a portless iPhone when the company announced the MagSafe wireless charger. The wireless charger can magnetically attach to the back of the iPhone even through MagSafe accessories such as cases. While the wireless charging technique is no different from a regular Qi wireless charger, the ability for it to get attached to the phone is a game-changer. The new MagSafe chargers can also fast-charge the iPhone 12 series provided you are using a 20W adapter along with it. Apple is also bringing a wireless charger to charge the iPhone and accessories like the Apple Watch. While the new MagSafe charging ecosystem is great and seamless, it really isn’t as convenient as a wireless charger. For starters, all recent iPhones support 18W PD charging which is faster than any form of wireless charging and is more reliable. Sure, an attaching wireless charger is a game-changer in the wireless charging space, but it is still comparatively slow and at times awkward. View the full article
  3. The iPhone 12 Pro Max might seem like the bigger version of the iPhone 12 Pro but it comes with camera upgrades that no other iPhone 12 comes with. It sets itself apart from the rest of the lineup with phenomenal photography capabilities and the largest display Apple has ever used on an iPhone. Fundamentally, the iPhone 12 Pro Max has a lot in common with the rest of the lineup - it has 5G support, uses an OLED display, and a squared-off design, similar to the rest of the phones in the lineup. The phone supports MagSafe charging, has the same ceramic shield coating and is powered by Apple's 5nm A14 Bionic chipset too. Here's what we think about the iPhone 12 Pro Max and why it's the best smartphone Apple has ever made: Design and Display © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla The iPhone 12 Pro Max has the same design ethos as the iPhone 12 Pro, albeit in a larger chassis. The phone has the same squared-off design that has been influenced by the iPhone 4/5. While the design aesthetics remains the same, the Pro Max comes with a 6.7-inch OLED display making it the biggest iPhone Apple has ever made. When you first use the phone it does take some time to get used to the size due to its squared-off design. This design change also makes it harder to wield the phone at first until your muscle memory kicks in and you know how to exactly hold the phone. I can grip an entire basketball with one hand and still felt the 12 Pro Max was quite large. Apart from the big design, the iPhone 12 Pro Max uses the same design aesthetics as the iPhone 12 Pro. It has the same matte coating at the back and a stainless steel frame to give it that premium feel. The phone also has magnets inside like the other phones in the lineup which let accessories snap on to the back of the phone. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla The 6.7-inch OLED screen is the main attraction here as it not only makes the phone a bit taller, it also seamlessly fits with the large design of the phone. The display on the iPhone 12 Pro Max is probably the best we've used on a smartphone and the folks at DisplayMate also agree. It has already won the award for having the best display in a smartphone and broke 11 records at the same time. The display is probably the most vivid screen we've used with high image contrast accuracy, highest contrast ratio ever in a smartphone, and highest visible screen resolution. It really is a dream to use the display of the iPhone 12 Pro Max and it stands out the most when watching content on Netflix, Crunchyroll and other OTT platforms. The big display is also rated for HDR10 and Dolby Vision content which not many phones support at the moment. Cameras © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla The iPhone 12 Pro Max's camera setup is largely the same as the iPhone 12 Pro but there are some differences that need to be pointed out. It has the same ultra-wide-angle sensor and selfie cameras. The main 12MP sensor has the same f/1.6 aperture lens for faster photography and better low-light performance. However, the main sensor is a bit different from the iPhone 12 Pro's as it has sensor-based optical image stabilisation instead of lens-based OIS that is found on the iPhone 12 Pro. This helps in better low-light imaging and capturing video with better focus than the iPhone 12 Pro. Even the Telephoto lens is a bit different on the iPhone 12 Pro Max as it is capable of 2.5x optical zoom as compared to 2x optical zoom on the iPhone 12 Pro. These small differences may not sound significant on paper, but in reality, it does result in better pictures and videos. Apple made the iPhone 12 Pro Max with one goal in mind i.e. the best camera smartphone on the planet. In our testing, we did find the iPhone 12 Pro Max's performance to be amongst the best we've ever seen on a smartphone. It takes incredible images in low-light compared to the smaller iPhone 12 Pro. Night Mode images from the iPhone 12 Pro Max have incredible balances and we managed to capture some awesome images this Diwali in Delhi even with all the smoke in the air. Our favourite shot happens to be a firecracker that we managed to capture without any warning. It also proves how fast the iPhone 12 Pro Max's camera really is even in low-light. Images captured indoors also look incredible with enough details and colour accuracy. Check out our gallery below to get more context: Performance The iPhone 12 Pro Max is powered by Apple's latest 5nm A14 Bionic chipset which also has a direct impact on the performance of the phone. It's currently the most powerful chipset for a smartphone and on the iPhone 12 Pro Max, we get to see its true potential. Even amongst all of the iPhone 12 Series phones, the Pro Max scored the highest in our benchmark tests. The phone scored 1592 (single-core) and 4096 (multi-core) in our Geekbench 5 test. It's faster than any of the new iPhones making it the fastest and most powerful amongst the lot. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla Gaming performance on the iPhone 12 Pro Max remains largely the same where it can handle most of the graphic intensive games from Apple Arcade and the App Store. There were barely any frame-rate drops even when we played some of the games with the highest settings. The large screen is also a dream to use when playing games. The most impressive feat on the iPhone 12 Pro Max is its battery life which Apple doesn't really detail much. However, in our usage, the 12 Pro Max lasts about 19 hours on a single charge which is quite impressive when compared to Android smartphones that come with high capacity batteries. You can fast-charge the battery using any 18W PD charger and the UBS-C to lighting cable. Alternatively, you can use the wireless MagSafe charger that attaches to the back of the smartphone magnetically. The Final Say © unsplash/martin-sanchez The iPhone 12 Pro Max is perfect for photography enthusiasts who are looking for the extra edge. However, the highly expensive price tag is not for everyone and the cheaper iPhone 12 or the 12 Pro are still great options to consider as they are highly capable phones as well. However, if you want to capture the best images and video for social media and professional purposes, and have the best battery life in an iPhone, the 12 Pro Max is a great option to consider. View the full article
  4. he iPhone 12 Pro Max is arguably one the most expensive smartphones launched by Apple and the basic variant starts at around $1099 depending on where you are. A delivery man who was asked to deliver 14 iPhone 12 Pro Max units, fled with the consignment after the shipment was handed over to him for delivery. © Reuters (representational purposes only) The delivery man, whose name was Tang, worked for a Chinese shopping platform called Meituan-Dianping. According to the report, the devices were picked up from an Apple authorised store clerk in Guiyang, capital of Guizhou province of China. Meituan Delivery was given the order to deliver a package containing 14 brand new iPhone 12 Pro Max devices to a different Apple store. Instead of delivering the package, Tang cancelled the order and paid 10 yuan for defaulting. He then vanished with the phones costing 10,000 yuan (around $1,500). The store clerk was unable to contact him after the delivery was cancelled. However, Tang was apprehended within a short time with ten unopened iPhone 12 Pro Max boxes. He had already opened four boxes from the total order where one was opened for personal use and the other was given to a friend to pay off a debt. The third unit was mortgaged to a pawn shop at 9,500 yuan and the fourth unit was sold to a mobile phone dealer at 7,000 yuan. Tang, with his newfound cash went on a spending spree as he bought a new dress and rented a BMW for fun which cost him 600 yuan a day. The four units that were sold or pawned were subsequently recovered by the police. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla The delivery company Meituan has since banned Tang from its network for life and has issued an industry-wide blacklist preventing him from getting work at any other courier company. Tang will likely also face criminal prosecution by the Chinese Government. This is not an exclusive incident as delivery persons have been found stealing gadgets, smartphones and other valuable items in India as well. Often, delivery personnel would replace these items with bricks, soap bars and other heavy items to fool customers when they deliver orders. View the full article
  5. The iPhone 12 lineup is now available to purchase around the world and in our opinion, it is one of the greatest phones made by Apple. In fact, the iPhone 12 Pro Max recently won an award for having the best display in a smartphone and even broke records in the process. Having said that, some iPhone 12 users are reporting issues with the display of the phone for having a green tint. The iPhone 12 Series of smartphones uses an AMOLED display which Apple calls it the Super Retina XDR display. However, displays do tend to have a green tint problem which is quite common in devices that use AMOLED displays. We faced a similar problem with our OnePlus 8T review unit as well and various other phone models that launched with AMOLED displays. However, in the case of the iPhone 12, users are also reporting a flickering issue along with the green tint problem. © Reddit Apple has taken note of the problem, as it appeared in the official Apple forums earlier this week. Having said that, MacRumors obtained an internal document which shows that Apple is aware of the display problem and have also given instructions as to how to deal with the problem. “In the document, shared with Apple Authorized Service Providers this week, Apple says that it is aware of customer reports related to this issue and is investigating. Apple has advised technicians to avoid servicing affected iPhones, at least for now, and instead inform customers that they should keep their iPhone up to date with the latest iOS version. This guidance suggests that Apple may be confident that it can fix the issue in a future software update” as stated in the MacRumors report. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla There was a similar problem with the iPhone 11 lineup last year and Apple managed to fix it with a software update soon after. It could be that Apple is already working on a fix and plans to issue an OTA update soon to deal with the problem. From customer reports, the problem appears to occur when the brightness level on the iPhone 12 is set around 90% or lower. The issue is being reported on iOS 14.1 and iOS 14.2 for now. Users beta testing iOS 14.3 have also noticed a flickering or glowing problem with their iPhone 12 displays that disappears after a short time. We will update the story once we know more about the display problem and when it will be addressed by Apple. View the full article
  6. The iPhone 12 Pro Max recently launched all over the world and the phone's display was put to test by DisplayMate. In the highly detailed testing, it was found that the iPhone 12 Pro Max earned “DisplayMate’s highest ever Display Performance Grade of A+” and “Best Smartphone Display Award.” In fact, the phone not only won the two awards but also matched or surpassed records set by its predecessor the iPhone 11 Pro. © Unsplash/hendrik-morkel If you are interested to know about the iPhone 12 Pro Max’s display, you can check out DisplayMate’s detailed review of the display here . The phone garnered the highest rating ever i.e. an A+ and also broke a few records in the process. For comparison purposes, iPhone 11 Pro set 9 records last year which has now been surpassed by the iPhone 12 Pro Max’s Super Retina XDR OLED display. From DisplayMate’s review, here are some of the accolades achieved by the iPhone 12 Pro Max: “Note that Numerical Performance Differences that are Visually Indistinguishable are considered Matched and Tied Performance Records. · Highest Absolute Color Accuracy (0.9 JNCD) – Visually Indistinguishable From Perfect. · Highest Image Contrast Accuracy and Intensity Scale Accuracy (2.19 Gamma) – Visually Indistinguishable From Perfect. · Smallest Shift in Color Accuracy and Intensity Scale with the Image Content APL (0.2 JNCD) – Visually Indistinguishable From Perfect. · Smallest Shift in Image Contrast and Intensity Scale with the Image Content APL (0.00 Gamma) – Visually Indistinguishable From Perfect. · Smallest Change in Peak Luminance with the Image Content Average Picture Level APL (1 percent) – Visually Indistinguishable From Perfect. · Highest Full Screen Brightness for OLED Smartphones (825 nits for 100% APL). · Highest Full Screen Contrast Rating in Ambient Light (172 at 100% APL). · Highest Contrast Ratio (Infinite). · Lowest Screen Reflectance (4.8 percent). · Smallest Brightness Variation with Viewing Angle (27% at 30 degrees). · Highest Visible Screen Resolution 2.8K (2778×1284) – 4K Does Not appear visually sharper on a Smartphone.” © Unsplash/hendrik-morkel From DisplayMate’s review, the tests show that the display looks great in almost every lighting scenario. “To be usable in high ambient light a display needs a dual combination of high screen brightness and low screen reflectance – the iPhone 12 Pro Max has both,” the review said. DisplayMate also found the iPhone 12 Pro Max’s reflectance (where a screen tends to act as a mirror) to be one of the lowest it’s ever seen. Other accolades include the highest contrast ratio, highest brightness for OLED panels, highest absolute colour accuracy amongst others. Source: DisplayMate View the full article
  7. We finally got to test the HomePod Mini, Apple’s new smart speaker that is way smaller than its bigger brother and is a direct competitor to Google’s Nest Audio and Amazon Echo. The HomePod Mini is Apple’s answer to the small smart speaker market which is everything an iPhone user needs in 2020. It’s more affordable and can do everything the larger HomePod can do. If you are an iPhone user who is heavily invested in Apple’s ecosystem, you will absolutely adore this smart speaker. It works with the iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, iPod and every other recent Apple product launched in the past few years. Here’s what we think about Apple’s HomePod Mini: Design We’ve already mentioned the HomePod Mini is small but what sets it apart from everything else out there is its half-spherical design. The entire speaker is wrapped in a fabric mesh similar to the larger HomePod and has a touch control pad with LED indicators at the top. Apple has retained the original design of the HomePod albeit with slight changes to the overall design. The fabric mesh is supposed to make the sound better on the HomePod Mini which has proven to be effective in the larger model. © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla The HomePod Mini does need to be plugged in at all times and is not a portable device you can carry around the house. The smart speaker also does not have a 3.5mm headphone jack if you want to play music from other devices and heavily relies on Apple Music and other streaming services. The small size also means it can be easily installed in a bookshelf, desk or the kitchen counter if you are looking for something more discrete. Apart from the subtle changes, the HomePod Mini follows a similar design ethos as the larger HomePod and fits the Apple aesthetic perfectly. Features While the HomePod Mini might feel like a cheaper, smaller device, it doesn’t mean the smart speaker does not have all the features. The HomePod Mini does everything the larger HomePod can do powered by Siri. You can control smart devices that are compatible with Apple’s HomeKit and even use it for streaming content from Apple Music, TuneIn, Podcasts amongst others. Alternatively, you can also use the Handoff feature from your iPhone by simply tapping on the speaker with your phone and it will transfer whatever was playing. You will get a notification on your iPhone and feel haptic feedback whenever you are transferring audio to the HomePod Mini. Having said that, in order for this feature to work, both devices need to be on the same WiFi network. © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla Apple has also introduced a new intercom feature that allows users to broadcast voice messages to other Apple devices at your home. You simply need to say “Hey Siri, Intercom…” followed by your message. You can turn off this feature from the Home app settings or select when to receive notifications. I’ve personally set it on “When I’m Home” as I don’t expect to step out anytime in the near future. You can send voice notes via Intercom to iPhones, iPads, Apple Watches, AirPods to family members which you have to choose in the Home app. © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla If you are looking to get two HomePod Minis, you can also pair them up in stereo for a better audio experience. This was possible on the larger HomePod as well which is great for users who would like to pair it with their Apple TV. You can place it in a manner that you get the best audio acoustics from the smart speaker. The speaker is also powered by Apple’s U1 Wideband chip which does help in tuning the audio according to the environment and detect iPhones for the handoff feature. Sound Quality © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla I’ll be honest, I did not expect the HomePod Mini to pack a punch when it comes to audio quality due to its sheer size. The speaker is loud enough to fill up a medium-sized room and keeps the sound balanced for all types of genres. The HomePod Mini is clearer than most other speakers we’ve used that come in a similar size and sound less distorted. The mids and highs are balanced perfectly and can be distinctly heard at medium to low volumes. Having said that, the lows or bass still needs a bit of tuning even though it still sounds better than the competition. You do get enough bass without having the overall sound getting distorted which is always a good sign with small speakers. However, if you are looking for a more powerful bass sound, we recommend getting the regular HomePod for your needs. If you listen to a lot of podcasts, the HomePod Mini is the perfect smart speaker for listening to spoken word content. The Final SayIf you are an iPhone user looking for a smart speaker that works seamless with your phone, the HomePod Mini is a great option to consider. It doesn’t take too much space and sounds great for its size. The smart speaker can handle all of your queries via Siri and is perfect for controlling HomeKit devices such as cameras, smart lights and other devices. There’s finally an affordable option for iPhone users who want to make full use of their HomeKit and Apple’s ecosystem. View the full article
  8. We’ve heard rumours of Apple working on its foldable iPhone for a while, however a new report from the Economic Daily gives us a bit more information. The report claims that Apple ordered a number of prototype models to test the durability of the hinge design by Apple. Apple wants to make sure that the foldable device can withstand 100,000 opening and closing actions. To put things into perspective, laptops that also need to be tested for opening and closing cations, are only tested for 20,000 to 30,000 openings. © ConceptsiPhone However, a foldable smartphone is opened and closed multiple times in a day and would be required to last longer than any laptop. “According to the supply chain,” the report goes on to say, “Apple is currently testing key components such as the screen and bearings of the folding machine in order to make the first folding iPhone available as soon as possible.” The foldable iPhone also seems to have a planned launch date where the report suggests we may see it arrive in September 2022. While there is no concrete source to back up the claim, it should only be taken at face value as companies tend to change plans. Previous rumours have suggested what we can expect from a foldable iPhone. It is expected to be different from Samsung’s Galaxy Fold and Z Flip. Apple recently filed several patent applications for foldable smartphones which could give us an idea of what we can expect from the foldable iPhone. © ConceptsiPhone The foldable iPhone might look entirely different from the foldable smartphone we’ve already seen as it is rumoured to consist of two separate displays on a hinge. Apple leaker Jon Prosser has said in the past “It doesn’t look like they just stuck two phones together, Even though they’re two separate panels when the displays are extended, it looks fairly continuous and seamless.” The smartphone is also not expected to have a Face ID notch but rather have a small bezel that will house all the sensors for Face ID. A previous leak also suggested that Apple ordered prototype foldable displays units from Samsung for testing and it seems like the company may have finalised a design that will set it apart from the other folding devices. Source: Economic Daily View the full article
  9. The iPhone 12 is the smartphone everyone should get, period. However, if you have a slightly higher budget you really can't ignore the iPhone 12 Pro. From afar, not much looks different between the two smartphones that's because the differences are found under the hood. It has a powerful camera and other upgraded features that justify its “Pro” nomenclature. I've spent over a week with the new iPhone 12 Pro and tested the smartphone for gaming, photography and multi-tasking performance. It's by far the only smartphone this year that is near-perfect. The phone excels in every department which makes the iPhone 12 Pro one of the best smartphones to buy in 2020. Design and Display The iPhone 12 Pro uses the same squared-off design as the iPhone 12 and is the same size. However, the main difference here is the materials used for the chassis. The phone looks smart, modern and easy to use, thanks to the new design change. The edges of the phone are made of stainless steel rather than aluminium giving it the extra luxurious feel you can't find on any other smartphone. The phone is also much lighter than previous models and is easier to pick up from a flat surface than we expected. Even though the phone has a squared-off design and it hugs a table when kept flat, it really isn't a problem to pick it up with one hand. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla When holding the phone, you will also notice that the back has a textured matte finish similar to the iPhone 11 Pro. The combination between the matte finish and the stainless steel edges feel extremely good and you really have to hold the phone for yourself to understand what I'm raving about. The front of the phone also has a larger display, thanks to slimmer bezels and a slightly smaller Face ID notch. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla The other main difference you will notice between the iPhone 12 and the iPhone 12 Pro is the fact that it comes with an additional camera lens and a LiDar sensor. The phone is available in a range of colours but the Navy Blue variant feels most pleasing to the eye. The phone also uses Apple's proprietary lightning port for charging that is compatible with UBS-C PD chargers. Finally, the iPhone is rated for IP68 water and dust resistance meaning it can withstand water up to a maximum depth of six meters for up to 30 minutes. The display on the iPhone 12 Pro is the same as the iPhone 12 where it uses a 6.1-inch Super Retina XDR OLED panel. It's rated for HDR10 and Dolby Vision content as well which is always great to have if you like to watch a lot of video content on your phone. The display has a resolution of 3,200 x 1,400, a slight upgrade from the previous model. The display is great for portraying true black tones and incredible colour accuracy. It's one of the best displays you will find on a smartphone. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla You will instantly notice the vibrant colours, great contrast ratio and the picture quality no matter what type of video or picture you are viewing. We have the same criticism for the display as we did for previous iPhone models. Even though the Face ID notch is slightly smaller than before, it still interferes with the overall viewing experience. Another complaint we have is the fact that iOS still does not support any form of always-on features which can be a bit frustrating if you don't want to unlock your phone every time to see a notification or the time. Camera The biggest upgrade you will notice here even in comparison to the iPhone 12 is the camera performance. It is easily one of the best smartphones we've used for photography so much so we even used it to capture images of the Xbox Series X. For people who are interested, the iPhone 12 Pro comes with a 12-MP primary sensor, a telephoto sensor and an ultra-wide sensor. Thanks to the telephoto sensor, the iPhone 12 Pro can now zoom into objects with more detail than ever before. You can get a closer look at objects which comes handy when you want to capture images from afar. It still isn't as sharp as the primary wide sensor, but it's good enough to capture memories and get a closer perspective. The iPhone 12 Pro can do 4x optical zoom and 10x zoom digitally. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla The main camera's performance is also quite similar to the iPhone 12 at least in daylight. However, you will notice the biggest difference in low-light photography. That's because the LiDAR scanner helps in capturing images in the dark faster. The LiDAR sensor also helps in improving portrait images, especially when using it with night mode. Portrait images look surprisingly sharp and the background is accurately blurred even with night mode. In addition, Apple has also extended night mode photography to the ultra-wide and the selfie camera as well. However, when you throw the term “Pro” next to a smartphone's model name, you really have to back it up and that's precisely what Apple is trying to do this year. For professional photographers, Apple will be introducing the ProRaw mode for the iPhone 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max later this year. It will help in capturing details like dynamic range, colours and sharpness with the help of computational photography. When it comes to video capabilities, the iPhone 12 Pro can capture Dolby Vision video and that too at a higher frame rate. You can capture video at 4K 60 FPS with the implementation of smart HDR. If you are interested in capturing the best possible video from a smartphone, there's nothing that can beat an iPhone's video capturing capabilities. The iPhone 12 Pro in many ways is better at capturing videos than your regular action camera and has the ability to support multiple formats. Most smartphones can capture decent video quality, but they often lack the audio quality to go along with it. Thanks to the LiDAR scanner, videos in low-light condition also look fantastic and you can see our example below: @DhruvBhutani's live reaction to the #XboxSeriesX pic.twitter.com/u5QQTzUa0v — Akshay Bhalla (@Bhallanator) November 11, 2020 This example is perfect to showcase the image stabilisation capabilities of the iPhone 12 Pro even in low-light conditions which we could not replicate on any of the flagship Android smartphones. If you are interested is seeing what the image quality can be like from the iPhone 12 Pro, check out our gallery full of camera samples below: Performance © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla While the iPhone 12 Pro uses the same SoC i.e. the A14 bionic, there is a big leap in performance and benchmark numbers. That's because the Pro models come with 6GB of RAM and yield better performance than the iPhone 12 Pro. In our Geekbench 5 test, the iPhone 12 Pro scored an impressive 1579 (Single-core) and 3930 (multi-core). That's significantly higher than the iPhone 12 especially when it comes to the multi-core score. Games run fantastically on the iPhone 12 Pro and it even offers better battery life for some reason. After 15 hours of non-stop use, it still had around 39% of battery life remaining. Accessories The iPhone 12 Pro also has magnets at the back that enables the phone to snap on to accessories such as the MagSafe wireless charger, the leather MagSafe wallet and other MagSafe compatible accessories such as Apple's new protective case. You can wirelessly charge and use the phone at the same time, thanks to this new innovation which you cannot do on other smartphones that support wireless charging. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla Similarly, you can also use the leather wallet which attaches to the back of the smartphone or the MagSafe case for the phone. Each time you attach a MagSafe accessory, the iPhone will make a sound and trigger an animation on your phone's screen. It uses the NFC chips on the accessories and the iPhone to deliver this functionality and we can expect Apple to make use of this tech with other accessories in the future. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla Alternatively, you can also get regular cases from third-party manufactures such as Mujjo who make some incredible leather cases for all the iPhone 12 Series. You can get these cases from e-commerce websites or their official website as well. MagSafe accessories by third-party vendors are also expected to arrive soon by companies like Belkin amongst many others. The Final Say The iPhone 12 Pro is by far the best choice for users who expect great photography from their smartphones. It offers longer battery life than the previous model and delivers exceptional performance that is currently unmatched by the competition. If you are upgrading from the iPhone XS or earlier, a new world of smartphone experiences are waiting for you. View the full article
  10. The iPhone 12 feels like the smartphone Apple always wanted to make for everyone and it seems like the Cupertino giant has achieved that goal. The iPhone 12 is probably the only smartphone that delivers everything you need from a 2020 smartphone and puts almost every flagship Android device to shame at the same time. While the phone may sound and look like a cheaper iPhone when compared to the Pro models, but the real picture is further from the assumption. It packs a powerful chipset, a great display, cameras that can take great pictures and oozes premium design ethos from the moment you hold the phone. Here's what we think about the iPhone 12 that is now available to buy in India: Design and Display © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla Probably our favourite thing about the iPhone 12 is its new squared-off design that we haven't seen since 2014. Apple brilliantly infused the iPhone 5 design with a modern smartphone design that has resulted in a smartphone that feels like a dream to hold each time. It feels like a solid smartphone to hold, thanks to the flat edges, thicker curved corners and an overall design that feels like a huge throwback to the iPhone 5. While people prefer sleeker, thinner smartphones in general, in the iPhone 12's case it simply feels right at home and gives it that unique vibe you can't find amongst Android smartphones today. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla Not only is the new design district from everything else out there, it also makes it easier to grip. The iPhone 12 also feels more compact than the iPhone 11 design. It weighs only 164 grams, which is far lighter than the iPhone 11. It features magnets at the back that flawlessly snaps on with the MagSafe wireless charger. While many would find this a gimmick; the new design choice by Apple makes a significant difference in real-world usage. For starters, when using wireless chargers, your phone is mostly restrained to a charging pad and would start charging once you remove it to use it. However, with a MagSafe charger, since it gets attached to the back of the phone, you can wirelessly charge and use the phone at the same time. Such attention to detail has long been overlooked by Android OEMs which we expect to be copied in the next few months. Apart from the few changes, the iPhone 12 comes with the Face ID notch at the front albeit smaller than before. The phone also uses Apple's proprietary lightning port for charging and dual-speaker grilles right next to it. Finally, the iPhone is rated for IP68 water and dust resistance meaning it can withstand water up to a maximum depth of six meters for up to 30 minutes. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla When talking about the display, Apple has finally decided to use the same 6.1-inch Super Retina XDR OLED display it used for its Pro models. The iPhone 12 comes with other improvements such as a higher resolution and better durability, thanks to the “Ceramic Shield” coating. The display has a resolution of 2,532 x 1,170 pixels, higher than the iPhone 11's LCD 1,792 x 828 resolution display. The display has other noticeable upgrades such as higher colour accuracy, deeper black tones and great contrast ratio to make the overall picture look lush and vivid. We do feel that Apple's Face ID notch does interfere with the viewing experience and is not as streamlined as 2020 Android smartphones. We would also like to see some form of always-on screen that could show the time and other important information which is a standard feature on Android smartphones that use OLED screens. The iPhone 12's display is also rated for HDR10 content on OTT platforms and has a peak brightness level of 1200 nits, highest on any iPhone ever. The HDR display makes viewing HDR-compatible movies and TV shows a dream to use and looks better than the OnePlus flagship phones even though it has the same certification for its displays. The display is also rated for Dolby Vision content which makes the iPhone 12's display most versatile when considering all the different video formats it supports. Cameras The iPhone 12 has also made a significant jump in the camera departments as the main sensors have an aperture of f/1.6. This means it has the ability to take in more lights which results in better low-light photos. This lower aperture is most useful when capturing images in dark environments and when capturing Night Mode images. From the sample images, you will see how great the iPhone 12 really is at capturing images in the dark. In our testing, the Night Mode has seen significant improvements and also works faster than the iPhone 11 Pro. The only smartphone that is at par in Night Mode performance is Google's latest Pixel 4a. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla Night Mode also works on other cameras including the ultra-wide sensor and the selfie camera. Pictures from both lenses look bright and we loved using it on the selfie camera the most as it wouldn't have been possible to get such bright pictures without using artificial light. Even in absolute darkness, selfie images can look bright enough as if they were captured during dusk. In terms of normal photography, colours in images look true to life and more realistic than anything else we've used. Even though the iPhone 12 does use computational photography for colour correction, it does not fiddle with the contrast and white balance too much to make it look unrealistic. For videographers, the iPhone 12 is capable of capturing 4K video at 60 frames per second and is way ahead of its competition. In fact, the video quality looks better than what you capture with action cameras such as the GoPros. If you want even better video footage, you can also shoot in Dolby Vision HDR up to 30 frames per second. Additionally, you can also capture time-lapse videos in night mode if you want to capture a busy street or the night sky. Check out some of our camera samples during the Diwali festive season around New Delhi: Performance Apple has already dethroned every smartphone out there with its new A14 Bionic chipset that has been made with a 5nm fabrication process. It is the world's first processor using the 5nm node making it the most efficient and powerful chipset for a smartphone. In fact, Apple has managed to squeeze in 11.8 billion transistors that are capable of doing 11 trillion operations per second. In our Geekbench 5 tests, the iPhone 12 had impressive 1531 (Single-core) and 2594 (multi-core) scores. In real life usage, the iPhone 12 is capable of running modern games and multitasking without any issues and is also now the fastest phone at opening and closing multiple apps. We played a few hours of Genshin Impact and it worked flawlessly without any frame-rate drops even when there was a lot going on. Apple Arcade games like the latest Samurai Jack game runs better and far smoother on the iPhone 12 as compared to the Nintendo Switch. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla Battery life is also at par with previous iPhone models where after 15 hours of non-stop use, it still had around 33% of battery life remaining. The iPhone 12 can certainly last a full day and more when used moderately. However, since we can't test 5G, we can't say how the battery life will be affected. The iPhone 12 is also compatible with 18W PD chargers which solves the problem of it not coming with a charging brick with the box. You can buy a USB-C PD charger for fast-charging purposes, however you do need the USB-C to Lightning cable that comes in the box. Accessories We've already mentioned how the MagSafe charger works with the iPhone 12, however Apple has also launched a series of accessories that are MagSafe compatible. All of the new cases also come with magnets that seamlessly attach to the body of the phone and subsequently can also be used to attach Apple's MagSafe leather wallet. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla Each time you attach a MagSafe compatible device with the iPhone, you will hear a sound and see a ring animation. Both the sound and animation are triggered thanks to NFC chips on the accessories and the iPhone, however that is the only function we know of right now. Alternatively, you can also get regular cases from third-party manufactures such as Mujjo who make some incredible leather cases for all new iPhones. You can get these cases from e-commerce websites or their official website as well. MagSafe accessories by third-party vendors are also expected to arrive soon by companies like Belkin amongst many others. The Final Say © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla The iPhone 12 comes with enough improvements to make it one of the best smartphones Apple has made in years. Apple hasn't sacrificed in areas such as the display this time around while giving us all the photography features we'll need in 2020. With exceptional video capturing capabilities and a throwback premium design, Apple has made the almost perfect phone this year. View the full article
  11. Apple’s new iPhone 12 series is now launching all over the world including India and we’ve got our hands on all four devices for reviews and features. While our reviews for the four smartphones will go live this week, this first impression is all about iPhone 12 Pro Max. We haven’t used the smartphone for too long to give a full verdict yet, but we’ve used it enough to give you a fair idea about what to expect. In the past two days, we’ve used the iPhone 12 Pro max for taking pictures, playing games, and watching video content. It is probably the most different iPhone we’ve ever used, thanks to its new design and its massive size. Here’s what you can expect from the iPhone 12 Pro Max. © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla The design of the iPhone 12 Pro Max is similar to the other smartphones in the series, however it is the biggest iPhone ever made. It has a 6.7-inch display which makes the squared-off design a bit wider than previous “Pro Max” models. However, the squared-off design is probably the first thing you will notice about this phone and how it helps in gripping the phone better. Even though it is the largest iPhone ever made, it doesn’t feel too heavy in the hand. It also feels very sturdy, thanks to the steel frame and its sheer size. It feels like a solid smartphone that redefines luxury and premium build quality. We haven’t held a smartphone that feels this good to hold since the iPhone 4. Thanks to the bigger size, Apple is also taking advantage of that extra space and putting a whole new camera system. The sensor is far larger and it comes with a new telephoto lens which is better at performance and quality than the iPhone 12 and the iPhone 12 Pro. © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla Speaking of cameras, the iPhone 12 Pro Max comes with a 12 MP, f/1.6 mains sensor, a 12MP f/2.2 telephoto sensor, a 12MO f/2.4 ultra-wide sensor and an additional LiDAR scanner. The primary lens also has a new sensor-shifting mechanic for better optical image stabilisation. I used the primary sensor to record some dog videos and I could clearly notice the difference in video quality while recording and viewing the footage in the gallery app. The LiDAR scanner also helps in photography, especially when shooting portrait images and using it with night mode turned on. Similarly, Apple has also extended night mode photography to the ultra-wide and the front-facing camera as well. © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla The iPhone 12 Pro Max also comes with a Super Retina XDR OLED display that is rated for HDR10 content and has a peak brightness level of 1200 nits. With confidence, we can say it is the best display we’ve used on an iPhone ever and in fact is better than most Android devices out there with the exception of the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra. The display has a resolution of 1284 x 2778 pixels and an aspect ratio of 19.5:9. In our initial usage, video content looks extremely vivid, with great colour accuracy and enough brightness to use the phone under direct sunlight. The display also has a new coating of protection that Apple likes to call “Ceramic Shield.” Apple says it is four times more resistant to drops and we will elaborate more about iPhone 12 Pro Max’s durability in our full review. Conclusion © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla The iPhone 12 Pro Max is the biggest iPhone we’ve ever used with a design ethos that is currently unmatched by another smartphone except for its smaller brother, the iPhone 12 Pro. We’ve only used the phone for two days and our initial impressions of the phone are definitely positive. The display is absolutely beautiful and the images from the camera were quite impressive as well. We will let you know more about the iPhone 12 Pro Max and its performance result in our full review later this week. View the full article
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  13. The iPhone 12 Pro is the first smartphone to feature a LiDAR sensor which is capable of measuring distances and mapping the environment. Apple has talked about how the sensor can do wonders with depth information, however there is a new application for the sensor that will soon roll out to the iPhone 12 Pro. The LiDAR sensor can help blind and visually impaired users move around safely as it will protect them from bumping into objects in a new and unfamiliar environment. © Unsplash People with visual impairment usually help themselves with a walking stick and a trained ear to get around, however the iPhone 12 pro can now help them even further. In the latest beta version of iOS, a new feature will be rolled out that uses the LiDAR scanner to measure the distance to people and objects. It will be able to detect humans and inanimate objects as well which can then notify blind users of obstructions in their path. © Unsplash The new feature will be part of Apple’s ARKit and it will be called “People Occlusion.” It will allow users to put virtual objects and people in augmented reality applications. However, the new feature will also be implanted in the iPhone’s magnifying glass app. When launched, the phone will use the ultra-wide camera and measure distances using the LiDAR sensor. It will then inform users by voice how far away the iPhone is from the object. It will also relay information in a stereo format to connected devices such as the AirPods. If you want to see how the feature will work, check out these videos below: Here’s how people detection works in iOS 14.2 beta - the voiceover support is a tiny bit buggy but still super cool https://t.co/vCyX2wYfx3 pic.twitter.com/e8V4zMeC5C — Matthew Panzarino (@panzer) October 31, 2020iPhones can now tell blind users where and how far away people are https://t.co/1eCPoHgk19 This is a crazy cool implementation using iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max LiDAR sensors to read the visual world and communicate it to people who need assistance pic.twitter.com/kenD4ibdK0 — Matthew Panzarino (@panzer) October 30, 2020What do you think about this feature and Apple’s creativity when it comes to using the LiDAR sensor to help visually impaired users? iPhones are quickly becoming the most impactful smartphones in the world, thanks to features that can help make life easier for people with certain conditions. We can expect this feature to roll out in the next iOS 14.2 update once it has been thoroughly tested by beta users. View the full article
  14. A new video uploaded to YouTube shows the iPhone 12 Pro and its capabilities via a real-world speed test. PhoneBuff uploaded the speed test comparison video where they compared the iPhone 12 Pro to the US Galaxy Note 20 Ultra to see how fast it can load apps. The U.S. Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 865+ chipset and is the fastest Android smartphone of 2020. © unsplash According to PhoneBuff, it’s been two years since the iPhone has been the fastest smartphone in this specific test. “PhoneBuff notes that it's been 20 months since an iPhone was the fastest smartphone in his tests. And the A14 Bionic chip that is Apple's first built on the 5nm process brings the performance gains to put the iPhone 12 Pro (same chip on all four models) ahead of Samsung's Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.” © Youtube_PhoneBuff What’s interesting is that the iPhone 12 Pro manages to beat the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra with just half the RAM. It shows that having control over the hardware stack, its own operating system does yield in a far more optimised smartphone. Android smartphones often have bloatware and no control over the Android ecosystem apart from putting their own skin and added features on top. This results in smartphones becoming slower than Apple’s offering every year and the case remains the same in 2020 as well. PhoneBuff said, “For example, Apple's iPhone 12 Pro beat the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra by a touch over 17 seconds across the two rounds of testing and has 6GB RAM compared to the Note's 12GB RAM. The tight integration Apple can do with the new A14 chip, the rest of the iPhone 12 hardware, and iOS remains a strong advantage.” If you are interested in watching the speed test for yourself, click on the video below that shows both smartphones opening the same apps at the same time. However, the iPhone 12 Pro gets a significant lead over the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra thanks to the new A14 Bionic chipset. View the full article
  15. It's no surprise that other smartphone companies take inspiration from Apple’s latest iPhone and usually launch a smartphone that looks similar, right after. However, Huawei didn’t waste any time this time around and launched a new smartphone that looks almost identical to the iPhone 12 and 12 Pro. It's called the Nova 8 SE and the smartphone officially launched in China today morning. Images of the smartphone were uploaded online showing off the design of the phone right after the launch. © Weibo The phone in question has the same square box-like design as the iPhone 12 and even has the identical camera module design at the back of the phone. The square-shaped camera module has four cameras and includes subtle changes such as switching the volume rocker placement to the ride side of the phone. In fact, if you ignore the logo, many would simply confuse the phone with the iPhone 12 Series just by looking at the back of the phone. © Apple Having said that, the front of the phone is where the design differs the most. The Nova 8 SE does come with a 6.53-inch Full HD+ OLED display with a 60Hz refresh rate, however instead of the notch, the phone has a front-facing camera at the top middle of the display. At the back, the camera module has a 64MP primary sensor, an 8MP secondary sensor and two 2MP sensors. The front-facing camera has a 16MP sensor for selfies and videos. © Weibo The new smartphone is powered by MediaTek’s Dimensity 720 chipset and runs Android 10 out of the box. Yet another model is expected to be launched that will be powered by Mediatek’s Dimensity 800U SoC. © Huawei While the phone seems like yet another run-of-the-mill Android device, it’s striking resemblance to the iPhone 12 Series is what caught everyone’s eyes. The new phone’s body is also expected to be lighter and thinner than its predecessor. What do you think of Huawei’s new phone and its striking resemblance to the iPhone 12? Let us know in the comments if you would consider getting this phone if it launches in India. View the full article
  16. Stress testing smartphones isn't anything new. We've seen a lot of these tests in the past on a variety of different phones. But this time, ever since Apple said their new iPhones come with a 'Ceramic Shield', a lot of YouTube creators are indulging in extreme stress tests. For those of you who don't know, the new iPhone 12 comes with a 'ceramic shield' which is essentially a hardened glass that allegedly offers 4x the drop resistance of previous glass used in the iPhone 11. This has prompted people to perform all kinds of tests. From literal hammers being hit on the iPhone 12's display to dropping them at unrealistic heights, we've already seen a ton of them. So just how durable this glass is? Well, that's what the tests are for. And some of them are downright brutal. We're not going to put out videos here because there are just way too many of them. You can just do a quick search on YouTube to see them. As it turns out, Apple's ceramic shield glass does actually offer added drop protection. That obviously doesn't mean you should go out of your way and drop your phone for these tests. View the full article
  17. Apple's decision to not include a charging brick and Earpods with the iPhone 12 didn't sit well with a lot of people. In fact, a lot of people, including some Android phone manufacturers, mocked the company. But say what you will about Apple and it's strategic decisions, it always works out for them. According to a new report by Digitimes, Apple's Beats Flex is getting a great response. Beats Flex, in case you don't know, is a new neckband style earphones that Apple launched on the same day as the iPhone 12. It seems to be the go-to substitute for the missing Earpods in the box. © Apple If the sales expectations are something to be considered, then it looks like the Beats Flex will continue to do well in the market till the first half of next year. The report also noted that even AirPods will continue to do well in the TWS market now that the Earpods aren't included in the box. This move is expected to inspire a lot of other manufacturers to stop bundling earphones inside the box. We're already hearing reports about Samsung not planning to bundle a charging brick and earphones inside the box. We think it's just the beginning of a trend that'll catch up real soon. And the fact that Apple's sales report for AirPods and other audio equipment is looking good only makes it that much convincing to others. © Marques Brownlee What do you think about this particular decision? Do you think all smartphones should come with the bare minimum of charging brick and earphones? Let us know. Source: Digitimes View the full article
  18. We’ve already covered how fast and powerful the iPhone 12 can be when compared to other smartphones. We even covered how great the phone is underwater, thanks to its water resistance rating. However, one feature Apple touted as the new “Ceramic Shield” display, protects it from dings, scratches and screen shattering more than ever. While many assumed it’s just another marketing gimmick, turns out it’s way more than that. The iPhone 12’s durability was tested with multiple drop tests and the results were quite intriguing. © Yotube_EverythingApplePro Both the iPhone 12 and 12 Pro were dropped from different heights i.e. waist and head level. These heights are probably the most likely scenarios where most drops can occur. The glass did not experience any cracks, however one can expect damage to the metal frame on both phones depending on the angle the phones can fall at. It is worth pointing out that even though the outer screen did not experience any damage, drops can cause internal damage to displays, especially OLED screens. No matter how sturdy and durable the iPhone 12 might be, it is not indestructible and it is still recommended to use the phone with a case and a screen protector. Having said that, the drop test proves that the iPhone 12’s Ceramic Shield is not just a marketing gimmick. Having said that, the video does show the Ceramic Shield can crack when dropped from higher levels. In the video, we can see the screen glass and the back panel would break when dropped from a height of 10 feet. View the full article
  19. That the pandemic has affected the global economy is not anything new. Millions of people across the world have been affected by the pandemic and numerous have been left unemployed. India, in particular, has been hit badly by the pandemic with the economy inching back towards growth after weeks of lockdown. View this post on Instagram . Focus. Stay objective . Follow all the rules. . Plan for a few steps ahead. Be prepared. You may have to make some sacrifices. And that’s ok. . Weigh the advantage and disadvantage of every move. Mistakes may result in loss of lives. . Aim from a distance. Don’t move in too close. Protect yourself and your clan. . Don’t panic. It’s not just a game. O and wash your hands before you begin. . I guess the rules remain the same for all kinds of wars in our lives. . Let’s win this. . #washyourhands #stayhome #indiafightscorona #contribute #weareinthistogether #stayclean #socialdistancing #covi̇d19 A post shared by Hrithik Roshan (@hrithikroshan) on Apr 6, 2020 at 6:49am PDT Bollywood, which employs a considerable number of daily-wagers was no exception either. However, A-list Bollywood celebrities seem to be unaffected by the pandemic as they continue to reinforce the arsenal of their assets. The latest Bollywood celeb to do so is Hrithik Roshan, who recently dropped Rs 97.80 Cr on two apartments spread over three floors on the Juhu-Versova Link Road. The apartments are spread over an area of 38,000 sq. ft. and are reported to offer an uninterrupted view of the Arabian sea. There is said to be a 6,500 sq ft open-to-the-sky terrace as well. Besides these bells and whistles, the Roshans will have access to their own private elevator and exclusive parking slots in the building premises. Interestingly, the building in which the flat is located is called Mannat. View this post on Instagram . Couldn’t ask for a better view. . Or a more suited book . . #Coexist #doglovers A post shared by Hrithik Roshan (@hrithikroshan) on Mar 22, 2020 at 11:58pm PDT According to Mumbai Mirror, the documents of the deal reveal more interesting details about the apartments. The duplex on the 15th and 16th floor of the building which is spread over 27,535 sq ft is worth a whopping Rs 67.50 Cr, while the apartment on the 14th floor has an area of 11,166 sq ft and is priced at Rs 30 Cr. The report further states that the deal was closed on Tuesday and that Hrithik had finalised the purchase almost a month ago. Needless to say, we will be keeping our eyes peeled for Hrithik’s Instagram to check out his new Mansion in the air. Meanwhile, ou keep your eyes peeled for more images of Hrithik’s new flats on MensXP. View the full article
  20. The iPhone has been known to be the most water-resistant smartphone ever made and it seems like Apple has made further improvements in this department with the iPhone 12. There have been instances in the past where iPhones have been discovered under lakes and oceans in perfect working condition even after days. The iPhone has been found to survive underwater well over its rated 6-feet certification and it seems like this latest test reveals how good the iPhone 12 is. © Youtube-Nikias Molina The iPhone 12 has an IP68 rating which means it can survive to a maximum depth of 6 metres (19.6 feet) for 30 minutes. However, there have been many cases where smartphones have managed to last underwater for a longer period of time and at deeper depths. YouTuber EverythingApplePro put the iPhone 12, as well as an iPhone 11, in an underwater stress test. It was found that the iPhone 12 and in fact, even the iPhone 11 remained unfazed submerged underwater at 9.1 metres (at least 25 feet) for 21 minutes or so. The test revealed the smartphone worked in perfect order with no issues after drying off the smartphone. The underwater stress test sees both iPhones submerged into a lake in the Pacific Northwest. © Youtube - Nikias Molina “iPhones now, you do not need to worry about freshwater. IP68 at 6 metres is no joke,” says the YouTube channel. “The iPhone 12 truly is the most waterproof iPhone yet,” said EverythingApplePro. Last year, divers found an iPhone X deep underwater at a lake after two days and it was found in working condition. In another case, an iPhone was found in a river after two months and was still in working order. © Apple The iPhone 12 is being touted as Apple’s most powerful and fastest smartphones ever. In fact, a recent benchmark test results show how the iPhone 12 put every Android device to shame with its performance. The iPhone 12 and 12 Pro will be available to purchase in India from October 30th via e-commerce websites, Apple’s official online store and via authorised resellers. To know everything about the iPhone 12 and its features, check out our coverage here. View the full article
  21. While Apple would like you to believe that the iPhone 12 and 12 Pro are different from each other, a teardown video shows that the two smartphones are nearly identical to each other. In fact, they are so similar, it’s quite hard to differentiate between the two. © YouTube When we look closely, both devices have the same L-Shaped printed circuit board (PCB) with the only difference being the additional LiDAR connector on the iPhone 12 Pro. The iPhone 12 does not come with a LiDAR sensor and logically the connector is also missing from the PCB. What’s weird is that the PCB on both phones are so identical that there are plastic fillings for the missing LiDAR and telephoto sensors in the iPhone 12. The iPhone 12 and 12 Pro also have the same battery capacity i.e. 2815mAh, however it could have been possible for Apple to house a bigger battery for the iPhone 12, but instead it opted to use the same battery on both devices. Apple probably chose to use the same batteries in order to cut costs. This also means that both devices will more or less have the same battery life. Most of the components used in both phones are the same which means these components could be interchangeable. This could also be a way for Apple to reduce repair costs for the iPhone, however one can never know if these components are interchangeable. © Unsplash It’s been long suspected that the only difference between the two models happens to be only in the camera department and this teardown shows exactly that. What’s astonishing is that the two models have a huge price difference especially when there is only a difference in the camera and RAM capacity. Most of the components such as the Taptic Engine, the TrueDepth camera system, display and even Qualcomm's X55 modem chip are all in the same place. What do you think about the iPhone 12 and 12 Pro being nearly identical but having vastly different prices? Let us know in the comments if this changes your decision for which iPhone 12 to get. View the full article
  22. Whether you want to accept it or not, Android smartphones have never been able to catch up with any iPhone’s speed and performance for the past few years. In fact, the only smartphone that even manages to come close to the iPhone 12’s performance happens to be an older iPhone. Apple promised massive performance gains on the iPhone 12 thanks to its latest A14 Bionic chipset. And it seems like the Cupertino giant wasn’t kidding around when they made that claim. © Apple Apple promised a 50% performance and graphics improvement over its competition and from the benchmark and real-life tests we know that those claims are true. We will be testing the phone for ourselves, however if you want a number representation, check out these figures below via TomsGuide: © TomsGuide There’s no doubt that the iPhone 12 is by far the most powerful smartphone launched ever and if you consider performance a great attribute to consider before buying a new smartphone; it doesn’t get better than the iPhone 12. Source: TomsGuide View the full article
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