Apple leaks suggest a new redesigned rounded AirPods Pro

Apple are reportedly working on updating both AirPods models, giving the AirPods Pro a new stem-less, rounded design, and the AirPods an AirPods Pro design.

Reports from anonymous Apple employees via Mark Gurman and Bloomberg suggest AirPods and AirPods Pro are getting updated in early 2021. As always, Apple are being tight lipped about any potential future products, so none of this has been officially confirmed. We are yet to see any new AirPods in 2020, so we are due an update to both tiers.


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The second generation AirPods Pro are thought to be getting a total redesign, losing the iconic stem, placing all the same tech into a smaller, more rounded design, similar to competitors such as Samsung Galaxy Buds+ and Google Pixel Buds. Still including top notch ANC, wireless tech and microphones. Both new AirPods models are thought to include new wireless chips. Packing all the same tech into a more compact design has proven difficult for Apple.


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The third generation entry-level AirPods are thought to be getting an AirPods Pro-like design. Much like the AirPods Pro Lite model we heard whispers of earlier this year, AirPods may be getting a shorter stem and replaceable tips, while ANC is still reserved for the more expensive Pro models. Hopefully, the new AirPods will also get an improved battery.


Both new AirPods models will join Apple’s other new audio products, such as HomePod mini – which starts shipping next month, AirPods Studio – Apple’s over-ear headphones hopefully debuted at a November event, but with continued delays in production look like they might get pushed back to 2021, and potentially a third mid-range HomePod, that’ll sit between the original HomePod at $299 and HomePod mini at $99. If not, we may see the original HomePod drop to around $199.

The companies latest move in ditching earbuds from the iPhone 12 box, may lead to an increase in AirPods sales.

Output raise $45m to make instruments, music tech, and even furniture for musicians

Output have big designs for what they can bring to musicians and producers including even furniture made especially with music-makers in mind.

Investment firm Summit Partners have just put $45 million into Output. The tech company was created by musicians to create technology that is tuned exactly to musicians needs and has been used for tracks by huge artists like Drake, Coldplay, Justin Bieber, and Rihanna.

Their current offerings include their Arcade software for playing loops as if they’re an instrument, a bunch of quality virtual instruments and effects, and their furniture which is created with the needs of musicians and producers in mind. Seriously, a production desk won’t meet your needs much better than these bad boys.

Output’s Founder and CEO, Gregg Lehrman says: “We are working to inspire a new generation of music makers with a platform that brings the power of a studio to anyone, wherever they are. Summit’s deep experience in consumer technology, digital media and e-commerce make them an ideal partner to help accelerate our global impact.”

Summit Partners’ Managing Director, Andrew Collins, has joined Output’s Board of Directors and said: “We believe Output is at the forefront of digital music creation, offering a truly elegant, professional-grade platform that is accessible to music makers at all levels.

“Gregg and team have built an innovative company culture and a vibrant community of musicians– and they have done it all in a thoughtful, capital efficient manner. We’re thrilled to partner with them for this next phase of growth.”

Teenage Engineering latest innovative design is… a radio?

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Teenage Engineering are back with the OB-4, an experimental radio and portable speaker that looks to smash preconceptions of how radios work.

If you know Teenage Engineering then you know the incredible musical creations that they create. Their OP-1 still has us licking our lips to this day and their pocket operators never cease to bring a smile to our faces with their hilarious simplicity yet creative potential.

However, their new device seems to forego user control for it’s own creative potential with sounds. The OB-4 is at first glance a radio and portable speaker than can tune in to stations, play music from Bluetooth devices, and a line-in lets you plug in instruments and use it as a portable amp.

In terms of its first appearances, it seems to be a powerful portable speaker with 72 hours potential of listening – 40 hours on average. The speaker has been tailor-designed to provide high quality audio and fill rooms with sound with 100 decibels of potential from two 4-inch bass drivers and neodymium tweeters.

What makes it cool then?

This is where it starts getting a bit weirder. There is a motorised dial on the speaker that mimics a tape reel. You see, the speaker is constantly recording whatever you’re playing up to 2 hours in the past. So, at any point you can dial things back and revisit what you were listening to before.

Sounds pretty cool, but is that it? It’s Teenage Engineering so, no of course it isn’t. If you skip through the radio function, past the Bluetooth setting, and pass by the line-in playback then you come to the ‘disk mode’ where the real Teenage Engineering fun begins.

There are currently three functions available on ‘disk mode’:

Ambient: The speaker generates powerful and ethereal drone sounds from snippets of radio broadcasts mixed into alien soundscapes

Metronome: From 1 BPM to 800. Set the metronome, plug into the line-in and play along without missing a beat. The OB-4 records it all.

Karma: “30 in 1 musical mantra box. your spiritual companion”… uhhh, yeah we’re not sure either but it sounds cool.

This is just the beginning for their plans with the OB-4. They’re calling their ‘disk mode’ their “public research space, where we allow ourselves to explore and prototype everything that this media-instrument, as we like to call it, can become.”

The OB-4 sounds like an impressively powered radio and speaker and could make for high fidelity busking with it’s huge battery life and quality internals. But it also sounds like there is a lot of potential for weirdness and creativity here and we can’t wait to see what they do with it.

Unfortunately both the plain black version and their limited red edition have already sold out in advance of the launch. But in any case, you can find out more here and hopefully they’ll have more in stock eventually.

MULTITED RX Sport Wireless Earbuds have 100 hours of playback for $52

MULTITED RX Sport Wireless Earbuds boast impressive figures including a case with 100 hours of charge, for just $51.99.

Budget earbuds usually skimp on one or two of the features from more expensive branded pairs. The RX Sport Wireless Earbuds tick all of the right boxes, with a massive battery.

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The earbuds from MULTITED are designed for an active life, with features suitable for sport such as a snug fit to keep the buds in and IPX6 water and sweat resistance. Bluetooth 5.0 ensures a reliable connection at up to 33ft. A built-in microphone great for taking calls with CVC noise reduction, so your friends can hear you loud and clear. Touch controls on the buds will control media playback and Siri/Google Assistant.

The star feature is the battery life, while 7-9 hours of battery from a single charge is impressive, the 100 hours of playback in the case is huge. The 2200mAh case even doubles as a power bank, allowing you to charge your phone via the USB-A out. 15 minutes of charge will provide around 1hr 15mins of playtime.

  • Designed for sport w/ waterproof IPX6 – Ergonomic Lightweight Fit For Athletes, Designed to be comfortably secured in your ears while working out. RX has a waterproof IPX6 and sweatproof nano-coating technology. They are splash, sweat, and rain resistant, perfect for Workouts, Running, Hiking, Cycling, Functional Workouts at the GYM, and all indoor and outdoor activities
  • Latest qualcomm chipset & Bluetooth 5.0 – The RX Wireless Ear Buds Headphones Support QUALCOMM Most Advanced QCC Chipset and Bluetooth 5.0 APTX Technology, provide you the Most Stable, Reliable and Strong connection. Fast 2-sec automated pairing and deep, pure sound. RX also allowed you to enjoy an ULTIMATE FULL CONTROL OVER YOUR AUDIO.
  • Hi-Fi sound quality w/ deep bass – Experience Powerful Balanced Sound. Titanium-Coated Driver with a Low latency creates fluent, LAGs-Free audio with stable streaming. Similar to the original studio environment. You can activate Siri or your Google Assistant directly from your RX earbuds and take completely Hands-Free Stereo Calls w/ CVC Noise Cancelling.
  • 100 hours working time w/ 2200 mAh emergency charging case – Always In Charge. You Enjoy from FULL 7-9 Hours of Playtime per charge and up to 100 Hours of working time with our charging case. The 2200 mAh charging case can recharge your earbuds 25 times and your phone up to 2 times!

Usually $79, all of this is available for just $51.99 on Amazon today.

If you’re after something a little more premium, click here for our top 5 AirPods competitors.

Click here for our top 5 ANC earbuds.

Sonos and GE Appliances team up to announce when your oven is pre-heated or dishwasher cycle is done

Sonos owners will be able to be alerted by their smart connected GE Appliances such as when the oven is pre-heated or the dishwasher cycle is completed.

Since Sonos included Google Assistant and Alexa in their speakers such as the Sonos One and Sonos Move, owners have been able to control smart appliances in the home.

American appliance manufacturer GE Appliances are integrating support for Sonos speakers. Customers that own both a Sonos speaker and compatible appliances including GEA branded ovens, cooktops and refrigerators will be able to set up appliance notifications to be played out across speakers in the house.

GE are the first appliance company to team up with Sonos. Speakers can be paired with the appliances through the SmartHQ app. GE say they hope to expand compatibility through the full GE lineup of 450 connected products.

Top 5 active noise cancelling truly wireless earbuds

Here’s our top 5 pick for the best earbuds with ANC, the perfect travelling companion for music lovers wanting to block out the noisy world.

For our top 5 AirPods competitors, click here. Or to see our top 5 over-ear headphones with ANC, click here.

Our criteria for ANC earbuds are great sound quality, solid noise cancellation, good controls, in a compact package, with handy smart features.


1. Bose QuietComfort EarBuds – $279
  • Noise cancelling earbuds—11 levels of active noise cancelling let you enjoy music, podcasts & videos without distractions. Transparency Mode lets the outside world in for quick conversations.
  • Acclaimed Bose sound—Crisp, clear details. Deep, full bass. The innovations in these noise cancelling earphones produce exciting, lifelike sound that’s full and balanced at every volume level.
  • Comfortable earbuds—Easy to wear all day long because every surface that touches your ear is made from soft silicone. Includes 3 eartip sizes to help you get the best fit.
  • Sweat & weather resistant—These IPX4-rated wireless noise cancelling earbuds are proven to pump out great-sounding music, even when they’re subjected to rain, sleet, hail, snow or sweat.
  • Powerful battery—These wireless earbuds play for up to 6 hours on a single charge. The wireless charging case provides up to 12 more hours battery life—and it’s compatible with any Qi-certified charging mat.
  • Simple touch controls—Controlling your wireless noise cancelling earbuds is as easy as tapping and pressing the surface—similar to how you control your phone.
  • Built with Bluetooth 5.1—Bluetooth earbuds work within 10 m of your device. When you’re on calls, the microphone system rejects most of the noise around you. Compatible with iOS and Android.

Bose provide the best sound quality and active noise cancellation you can find in earbuds. There are a few minor issues, such as a bulky case and a lack of true customization for controls, but if you can see past the smaller details, these are the best money can buy. Bose QuietComfort Earbuds are brand new, so you won’t be finding any great discounts any time soon.


2. AirPods Pro – $219 (sale price)
  • Active noise cancellation for immersive sound
  • Transparency mode for hearing and connecting with the world around you
  • Three sizes of soft, tapered silicone tips for a customizable fit
  • Sweat and water resistant
  • Adaptive EQ automatically tunes music to the shape of your ear
  • Easy setup for all your Apple devices
  • Quick access to Siri by saying “Hey Siri”
  • The Wireless Charging Case delivers more than 24 hours of battery life

I believe the AirPods Pro are the best option for iPhone owners with at least one other Apple device, such as a Mac or iPad. AirPods’ quick pairing feature, along with automatic device switching and other smart features make them perfect for those in the eco-system. The battery life is the weakest of the five, but being released around a year ago means they can be found on sale quite often.


3. Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2 – $269.95 (sale price)
  • Enjoy unrivalled high-end stereo sound created by Sennheiser’s unique 7mm dynamic earbud audio drivers.
  • Switch off your surroundings and focus on the deep bass, the natural mids and the clear treble thanks to Active Noise Cancellation providing you with high-fidelity sound even in noisy environments
  • Experience uninterrupted play time with the new 7-hour battery life that can be extended up to 28 hours with the charging case for your wireless headphones.
  • In the mood for a movie marathon? With its ergonomic and lightweight design, you can experience unbeatable sound in unbelievable comfort when lounging in front of the TV or while strolling through the city.
  • Control your exceptional sound with customisable touchpad technology built into both earbuds handsfree via voice control or with your smart devices.

Sennheiser come in at third place with their fantastic sounding Momentum True Wireless 2. They have great battery in and out of the case, however the case is a little on the larger size and lacks wireless charging. Retailing at $300, these are the most expensive earbuds on the list and still a little too pricy while on sale.


4. Samsung Galaxy Buds Live – $169.99
  • Hear every sound come alive. 12mm speakers with sound by AKG work together with Galaxy Buds Live’s ergonomic design to deliver spacious sound, while the large driver and bass duct help emit deep bass with air flow that lets sound flow seamlessly.
  • Made for your ears. Galaxy Buds Live sit softly inside the ear, giving you a fit for all-day comfort with less fatigue.
  • Active Noise Cancellation. The first Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) for open type on Galaxy’s true wireless buds keeps the noise out, but lets the world in. It reduces background noises without missing what’s important, like voices and announcements, so you hear more of what you want to hear

A truly unique design in a sea of circular and stem-like wireless earbuds. While the Galaxy Buds Live offer ANC, the lack of a seal lets in a considerable amount of noise in loud settings. These may be more suited to those looking for a more open design. With a launch price of $170, these are the cheapest ANC earbuds worth your consideration.


5. Sony WF-1000XM3 – $228
  • Digital noise canceling: Industry leading anc lends a personalized, virtually soundproof experience. Phone call: A built-in mic enables you to take hands-free calls
  • 24bit Audio signal processing delivers dramatically improved sound quality
  • Battery life up to 24 hours with carrying case (with 10min quick charge for 90min of play time)
  • Easy and clear hands free calling; Leave your phone where it is, just speak with a double tap to the earbud
  • Truly wireless design with uninterrupted L/R simultaneous Bluetooth transmission
  • Alexa enabled for voice access to music, information, and more. Activate with a simple touch.
  • Smart listening by adaptive sound control automatically switches to ambient sound mode based on your activity
  • Smart listening by adaptive sound control automatically switches to ambient sound mode based on your activity
  • Quick attention mode and wearing detection make conversations effortless
  • Sony, headphones connect app for Android/iOS to use smart listening technology to control your ambient sound settings

One of the best sounding and effective ANC pairs when released in August last year, but have since been overtaken by the competition with a bulky design, no sweat/water resistance or multi-device support. The 1000XM3 are due a refresh. While they’re currently not on sale on Amazon, they can often be found discounted.

iPhone 12 Unboxing Experience + MagSafe Demo! (Video)

Image credit: Marques Brownlee

The embargos for the 6.1-inch iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro have lifted, as the press and tech reviewers drop their first throughts on the new phones from Apple.

The best tech YouTuber of them all (fight me) Marques Brownlee releases his unboxing of the phone and a MagSafe demo.

Apple leaker Jon Prosser correctly announced the date for the lifting of the embargos last week. Going off his track record, the iPad Air embargos are due to be lifted tomorrow (Wednesday 21st). With the iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 12 Pro being released on the 13th November, we can expect to see videos start to pop up around the 10th November.

Knowable: an audio learning app for all-sorts has moved to a subscription model

Think Audible but entirely based on in-depth lessons on a huge range of topics. That’s what Knowable are creating.

Knowable are a new startup that want to enable you to know what you want to know. To get in you in the know to be able to find a new career, better your existing one, or just progress yourself mentally they have launched an audio platform all around dedicated lessons.

They’re now moving their platform to a subscription model so that users can sign up and gain access to all of their available lessons at once. Originally the company charged per audio lesson but they are now offering a full subscription for $50 a year or $9.99 a month.

They currently offer 100 hours of content that can be streamed by subscribers. There is a pretty even split at the moment between the talented team behind Knowable and third-party submissions which they review from outside creators and experts.

Co-founder and CEO, Warren Shaeffer said: “We think audio is a great catalyst for inspiring. Every [digital learning company] today is very focused on the idea that you need to stare at a screen to learn in a structured way.” They believe that their audio-only lessons open their content up and make subjects more accessible to people of all ages and situations.

On their new subscription model, Shaeffer adds: “This gets us closer to our mission of daily, actionable learning.” Inspiring people to continue learning in multiple topics without the risk of investing solely in one subject.

Bose QuietComfort Earbuds win at noise cancellation and sound quality

With best in class noise cancellation and great sound quality, do Bose justify their premium price tag at $280?

Bose recently announced their new range of their music-playing Frames sunglasses and earbuds. The QuietComfort Earbuds are Bose’s new flagship noise cancelling earbuds, among three new truly wireless earbuds, including a $180 sports pair without ANC and a $250 sleep pair.

QuietComfort Earbuds are Bose’s successor to their first truly wireless earbuds, SoundSport Free. Suffering with connectivity problems and lacking ANC, they were largely ignored. At $279.95, QuietComfort Earbuds are certainly not a budget pair, coming in at more than AirPods Pro ($249) or Sony WF-1000XM3 ($228) initial retail prices. Now they’re released, can they take the crown from AirPods Pro or any of our top 5 competitors from the likes of Samsung, Google or Sony?

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Bose have long been king of noise cancellation in over-ear headphones. Bose’s first attempt at shrinking down this technology works better than the rest of the earbud competition and is near the level of the over-ear headphones. QuietComfort Earbuds have no problem blocking out all ambient noise from the office, public transport, gym, cafe, etc. Active noise cancelling can be switched between full quiet, full transparency or any of 10 levels in between. Full transparency mode lets in all outside noise, making it feel as though nothing is in your ears. Microsensors note when one earbud is removed, automatically pausing the music and setting the other to transparency mode. Noise cancelling can also be used when no music is playing.

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Bose QuietComfort Earbuds use Bluetooth 5.1 for a reliable wireless connection at up to 30 feet. Unlike the SoundSport Free, the earbuds suffer no audio dropouts or audio/video sync issues. A four microphone array will pick up your voice and reduce noise around you, for solid calls and voice assistance. The self voice feature allows your to adjust how much of your own voice you hear during phone calls. Only the right earbud can be used independently for calls and audio. Battery life is about average for earbuds, at 6 hours of playback on a single charge, with 2 additional charges in the bulky case. The case supports Qi wireless charging or USB-C for 2 extra hours from 15 minutes of charging. Five exterior LEDs show the battery status. Unfortunately, despite being available on their over-ear headphones range, the QuietComfort Earbuds lack multi-device support, meaning only one device can be connected to at a time. AirPods’ new automatic switching feature makes them very appearling for Apple users.

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Sound quality is grade-A, with great sounding music of any genre, at any volume. High-efficiency drivers paired with an acoustic port design, produces a great sounding low end and wide soundstage. Bose proudly colour the sound, boosting the low and high end at lower volumes. The app lacks any EQ adjustments, which are adjustable on their over-ear headphones.

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Bose QuietComfort Earbuds are available in two colours, Triple Black or Soapstone. The buds themselves are a little heavier and larger than AirPods Pro and a similar weight to that of the Sony WF-1000XM3s. The buds stick out a notable amount, but less than the original SoundSport Free. The soft silicone wing and three tip size options should provide a secure and comfortable fit for all, even for sport use. The buds are rated at IPX4 for sweat and rain resistance. The rugged case is very large. More compact cases such as AirPods Pro, Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus or Google Pixel Buds have no problem slipping into the smallest of pockets, but you may end up resorting to a bag for the QuietComfort Earbuds case. A latch operated door and magnetized interior will keep the buds in place, but the firm release button can be an annoying extra step.


The touch controls on the earbud surface offer some level of customisation from taps and presses. A double tap on the left earbud switches between three levels of set transparency – 10 (full ANC), 5 and 0 (full transparency). Levels can be adjusted in the app. A long press on the left bud will give you your battery status or skip tracks, a double tap on the right earbud play/pauses music or answers calls, a long press on the right earbud activate Siri/Google Assistant or rejects calls. Previous track and volume controls are missing, but can be accessed by the voice assistant. Bose have promised more features and are said to be looking at adding volume controls in a future firmware update. Firmware updates and settings such as noise cancellation, Bluetooth connections and controls can be altered in the Bose Music app on iPhone and Android.

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At $280 recommending these earbuds to the masses is difficult, as they fail to tick every box. If all you’re after is the best sounding and noise cancelling earbuds, these are the best you can get right now, however you need to consider how valuable minor feature such as a more compact case, multi-device support or on-board volume controls are to you.

All the top features from Apple’s new iPhone 12 & iPhone 12 Pro

Apple’s recent “Hi, Speed” event saw the announcement of four new iPhone 12s. Here’s everything you need to know.

Tim Apple took to the virtual stage to announce an update to two product lines; iPhone 12 and HomePod mini. This was Apple’s third pre-recorded event, complete with plenty of impressive transitions as before.

2020’s iPhones have seen some impressive improvements all round. We knew most of what was announced from leaks and rumours, but there were a few surprises in store.

iPhone 12 comes in four variant:

  • iPhone 12 mini5.4-inches – 64GB, 128GB, 256GB – $699, $749, $849
  • iPhone 126.1-inches – 64GB, 128GB, 256GB – $799, $849, $949
  • iPhone 12 Pro6.1-inches – 128GB, 256GB, 512GB – $999, $1099, $1299
  • iPhone 12 Pro Max6.7-inches – 128GB$1099, $1199, $1399

iPhone 12 (non-Pro models) prices are when locked to Verizon or AT&T. Locking to Sprint, T-Mobile or Sim-free costs an extra $30.

Pre-orders for the 6.1-inch iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro starts October 16th and becomes available October 23rd.

Pre-orders for the iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 12 Pro Max starts November 6th and becomes available November 13th.

The headline feature this year, is all phones come with 5G, for improved mobile data download and upload speeds in areas with sufficient 5G antennas. mmWave is also supported in the US. The infrastructure is not ready yet in most parts of the world, but 5G support will become more useful down the road. 5G antennas are places around the frame of iPhone 12s. Apple say their new phones have more 5G bands than any other smartphone. When your iPhone doesn’t need the extra speed, it’ll intelligently switch to LTE to save battery.


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The new mid-range iPhones now come in two sizes. The iPhone 12 is the same size as the iPhone 11 and the iPhone 12 mini has a smaller body than the 4.7-inch iPhone 6, 6s, 7, 8 and SE 2nd-gen, with a significantly larger 5.4-inch edge-to-edge screen. This makes iPhone 12 mini the smallest 5G smartphone in the world.

iPhone 12 comes in a new design similar to the iPad Pro, with aluminium flat edges, sandwiched between two pieces of glass, reminiscent of the iPhone 4 and 4S. Available in five colours, Black, White, PRODUCT(RED), Green and Blue.

For 2020, Apple are featuring OLED across the board, bringing the feature previously only available on Pro models to the mid-range iPhone 12 models. The inclusion of OLED further reduces the gap in differences between the iPhone 12 and 12 Pro. OLED thins down the display borders, features 2x more pixels than iPhone 11 and XR, as well as almost double the peak brightness at 1200 nits. The displays on iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini measure in at:

  • iPhone 12 mini 2340 x 1080 – 476ppi
  • iPhone 12 – 2532 x 1170 – 460ppi

Apple are including a Ceramic Shield in iPhone 12 to improve screen durability, claiming 4x better drop performance than iPhone 11.

IP68 provides better water and dust resistance, capable of up to 6 meters of water for 30 minutes.

A14 Bionic is powering all iPhones this year, featuring a 6-core CPU, 4-core GPU and 16-core Neural Engine. Apple’s new iPhones are always best in class in terms of performance, allowing them to be usable for 5+ years. iPhone 12 is no exception.

iPhone 12 features the same dual-camera array as the iPhone 11, with an identical Ultra Wide and upgraded Wide camera. The wide camera now features a f/1.6 aperture for better low light performance and 7-element lens for sharp photos edge-to-edge. Smart HDR 3 hopes to capture detail in the highs and lows of an image. Night mode is available on all three cameras; Wide, Ultra Wide and front cameras, and Deep Fusion works on both the Ultra Wide and Wide cameras.

iPhone 12 is the first camera to record Dolby Vision HDR for greatly improved lighting on videos. On iPhone 12, this is capped at 4K 30 frames per second. Night mode timelapse videos are also available on this year’s iPhones.

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2020 marks the return of MagSafe. This is one of the coolest additions to iPhone 12s and is unseen on competitors phones. MagSafe improves the wireless charging experience on iPhones. iPhone 12 is still compatible with all Qi chargers, but the magnetic coil inside iPhone 12 and Apple’s new cases will snap MagSafe chargers to the exact position needed. iPhone 12 supports upto 15W wireless charging.

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Apple will be releasing a MagSafe Duo charger for iPhone 12 and Apple Watch, that is foldable when travelling.

MagSafe accessories are live on Apple.com and available November 23rd. The MagSafe charger comes in at $39, all cases are $49 and the leather wallet is $59. We are unsure on the cost of the MagSafe Duo charger. MagSafe will be opened up to third-party accessory manufacturers.

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A USB-C to Lightning adapter is included in the box, but as expected, no wall adapter or headphones are included in the box, to reduce impact on the world (and save Apple some money).

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iPhone 12 Pro & iPhone 12 Pro Max
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As usual with Pro models, the iPhone 12 Pro takes all that’s great about iPhone 12 and subtly improves upon many of the features. Previously the lack of OLED on iPhone 11 was the biggest differentiator between the 11 and 11 Pro. Now OLED is available on all models, the biggest difference this year is the camera system. Unlike previous models, there are even some differences between the iPhone 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max.

The iPhone 12 Pros offer a premium design, with stainless steel bands and a matte back glass. iPhone 12 Pro comes in four colours; Silver, Graphite, Gold and Pacific Blue. Tighter borders brings the display right up to the edges.

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iPhone 12 Pro Max marks the largest iPhone ever at 6.7-inches with a 2778 x 1284, 458 ppi screen.

There’s new LiDAR scanner on the rear, as on the iPad Pro. This allows for improved AR capabilities, object/room scanning and photo/video effects. LiDAR is also used by the cameras to improve auto-focus and low light shooting.

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The cameras on iPhone 12 Pro feature the same improvements found on iPhone 12, as well as Deep Fusion on all four cameras; Ultra Wide, Wide, Telephoto and front camera, and Night mode portrait shots using the LiDAR sensor. Apple ProRAW comes to the Pro models, combining the benefits of RAW with Apple’s image processing, giving you the best of both worlds. An API will be available for developers to integrate ProRAW into third-party apps. Apple ProRAW is coming soon as a software update down the line. 10-bit Dolby Vision HDR video recording is also available at up to 4K 60 frames per second.

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There are some further camera gains on the 12 Pro Max over the smaller 12 Pro. Where the iPhone 12 Pro features a 52mm Telephoto lens, the iPhone 12 Pro Max features a 65mm Telephoto allowing for 2.5x optical zoom. An improved sensor on the 12 Pro Max lets in more light. Optical image stabilization now uses sensor-shift, moving the sensor rather than the lens.


What we’re expecting going forward

We were hoping for a release date for the iPad Air and macOS Big Sur at this event, but no luck just yet.

We think there may be another Apple event held next month to debut the first batch of Apple Silicon Macs, as well as AirPods Studio and AirTags.


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What didn’t we see in this year’s iPhones?

A 120Hz Pro Motion display was one of the biggest disappointments for iPhone 12. There was a lot of buzz surrounding Apple’s efforts in trying to make Pro Motion in year’s iPhones a reality. As the event got closer, we think Apple cancelled the feature due to battery strains on top of 5G.

All iPhone 12s feature the same size FaceID notch. Next year, we’re hoping for a reduced notch size in width or height, or even an under display camera and sensors. Apple will not put the camera and sensors under the display unless they perform as well as they currently do.

As well as FaceID or instead, we may see the return or TouchID. We saw TouchID on the iPad Air move this year to the power button. We’d like to see it implemented into the power button of the iPhones or under the display.

The return of MagSafe further suggests the removal of all ports on future iPhones. We think a port-less iPhone 13 is a strong possibility.

No 4K 240 frames per second video as earlier predicted.

Battery was not mentioned on stage for any iPhone models. Looking through the Apple site, it seems iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max are rated around the same as the iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max respectively, with iPhone 12 mini taking a small hit due to a physically smaller battery. We’ll have to wait and see how these iPhones perform in the real world, considering the A14 and 5G.