The Inside Story of Apple's M1 Chip

· John Martellaro · Particle Debris

Apple M1 SoC

Apple senior engineers and executives told The Independent how Apple’s M1 chip came to be.

iPhone 12 Pro Camera Scores 128 in DxOMark Review

· Andrew Orr · Link

Closeup of the iPhone 12 Pro camera.

The iPhone 12 Pro camera received a score of 128 in a review by DxOMark. This places the camera in fourth place.

With a DXOMARK Camera overall score of 128, the Apple iPhone 12 Pro makes it into the top five in our ranking, improving on last year’s 11 Pro Max by four points and replacing it as the best Apple device in our database. The overall score is founded on a high Photo score of 135 and a very good Video score of 112. With a score of 66, Zoom is the area where the iPhone 12 Pro loses some points against the best in class, mainly due to its tele-lens offering only a 2x optical magnification.

Visible Offers Deal for iPhone 12 Pro Max, iPhone 12 Mini

· Andrew Orr · Cool Stuff Found

Phone carrier Visible has launched a new campaign with Dan Levy of Schitt’s Creek called “Unlimited Eyebrowsing.” They’re sharing a deal for US$20 off your first month with the code BROWS20 (the YouTube page also mentions SAVE20). Additionally, Visible is offering a deal for the iPhone 12 Pro Max and iPhone 12 mini. Purchase one of these devices through them and get a free pair of Bose wireless headphones with a port-in of your phone number. Plus you can get a US$50 Mastercard virtual account.

FCC Approves Apple’s MagSafe Duo Charger

· Andrew Orr · Product News

MagSafe duo iPhone 12 Apple Watch

The FCC has approved Apple’s new MagSafe Duo charger, and it’s likely we’ll see it released by the end of the year.

YouTube Updates iOS App to Support HDR Video on iPhone 12 Range

· Charlotte Henry · Link

The YouTube iOS app now supports HDR video on the iPhone 12 range. As iMore noted, the video-sharing platform has supported such video for a while but needs to update the app every time a new device is released.

While YouTube has offered HDR support for iPhones since the arrival of iPhone X, the app does require an update every time a new device is released. That’s less than ideal but, thankfully, YouTube seems to be pretty on the ball and gets the updates out relatively quickly. It did take a few weeks last year, though. The newly updated YouTube is available as a free download from the App Store right now. Not that you’d know what to expect from the release notes! ‘Fixed bugs, improved performance, explored the edges of the known universe.’

Photographer Austin Mann Reviews iPhone 12 Pro Max

· Andrew Orr · Link

iPhone 12 pro graphite

After reviewing the camera on the iPhone 12 Pro, Austin Mann has returned to publish his iPhone 12 Pro Max review to see if the larger camera sensor makes a difference. At the end he shares a few tips for iPhone photographers and the tools he uses.

One of the most famous hikes in America is The Narrows in Zion National Park. This beautiful trek requires hikers to wade miles upstream in a river through the narrowest sections of the Zion Canyon (just 10 feet wide at the narrowest).

The lighting and shooting conditions are extreme and diverse, so below I’ll share a few photos demonstrating why I think iPhone 12 Pro Max is the ideal tool to capture this adventure (whether you’re a pro or not).

CASETiFY Releases iPhone 12 mini Cases, Pro Max Cases

· Andrew Orr · Cool Stuff Found

Hot on the heels of Apple’s launch of iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 12 Pro Max, CASETiFY has released cases for both models. They come in various configurations like leather, clear, prints, and custom cases to showcase your logo. They’re eco-friendly with some collections made from 50% recycled PC materials, and vegan leather for other cases. With the company’s DEFENSiFY coating, these cases are anti-microbial, preventing 99% of bacteria from occupying your iPhone’s surfaces.

CASETiFY Releases iPhone 12 mini Cases, Pro Max Cases

Analyst Ming Chi Kuo Starts Looking Ahead to iPhone 13

· Charlotte Henry · Link

Closeup of the iPhone 12 Pro camera.

The entire iPhone 12 range is not yet available, with the final set of pre-orders opening Friday. However, thoughts are already turning to the next generation of devices. According to a note by analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, seen by MacRumors, there will be four models of the next set of devices in the same sizes as this year’s.

Specifically, Kuo says the Ultra Wide cameras on the two high-end models will be significantly upgraded to f/1.8, 6P (six-element lens) with autofocus. All the current ‌iPhone 12‌ models are equipped with f/2.4, 5P (five-element lens) Ultra Wide cameras with fixed focus. Looking further ahead, Kuo says he also expects all the new 2022 iPhones (tentatively called the ‌iPhone‌ 14 series) to be equipped with the same improved Ultra Wide camera with f/1.8, 6P and autofocus. Kuo states that Largan is likely to become the major supplier of voice coil motors (VCM) for the improved Ultra Wide cameras. It is expected that Largan will obtain about 70% of the VCM orders for the ‌iPhone 13‌ under the advantages of vertical integration of lens production and VCM, versus 50% of the ‌iPhone 12‌ series’ Ultra Wide angle lens.

Dr. Mac's iPhone 12 Musings

· Bob LeVitus · Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves

Which new or improved iPhone 12 features did Dr. Mac find most appealing (sight unseen), and which model is he going to buy?

Arc Pulse is a Minimalist Titanium Bumper for iPhone 12

· Andrew Orr · Cool Stuff Found

I have one more piece of iPhone 12 phone case news for today. I was alerted to the Arc Pulse on Indiegogo. It tries to strike a balance between protecting your phone and enjoying its naked beauty. It’s not a case but a couple of metal attachments that slide over the top and bottom, protecting it from drops. There is an aluminum 7075 version and a titanium grade 5 version.

Arc Pulse is a Minimalist Titanium Bumper for iPhone 12

These iPhone 12 Cases Include Real Wood and Stone

· Andrew Orr · Cool Stuff Found

Handcrafted in South Wales, iPhone 12 cases from Cover-Up include materials like real wood, real stone, and even sea shells. Combining modern and traditional craftsmanship, each piece of wood is laser cut, before being hand-sanded to create a super smooth exterior. Coated with a specially selected finish made from a blend of vegetable oils and waxes, the raw wood is given a subtle natural shine that allows it to age beautifully over time, with added protection from water and everyday dirt.

These iPhone 12 Cases Include Real Wood and Stone