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Apple’s iPhone 12 Lineup—A Traveler’s Best Friend?

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Could Apple's new lineup; iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Mini, Pro, and Pro Max be the 'perfect' smartphones for travelers?

Apple has unveiled its newest lineup; the iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Mini, iPhone 12 Pro, and iPhone 12 Pro Max. All of the four new phones feature new cameras, a new body design, and even support for 5G. Even though all the attention is on 5G and the new design this year, Apple has made some great improvements for the Camera. So, could Apple’s new line-up be the ‘perfect’ smartphones for travelers?

iPhone 12 Camera Upgrades

The iPhone now feels more premium than ever with the new camera upgrades. According to CNET, the main wide-angle camera on all four iPhones has a new lens with an aperture of f/1.6. And it features a new larger sensor. Apple also claims this combo offers a 27% improvement in low-light situations.

Meanwhile, the Pro models have liDAR (which stands for Light Detection and Ranging). This enables users to take Portrait Night Mode photos. So, the days of worrying about the lighting to take a good portrait seem to be gone.

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The models also support Dolby Vision HDR at all settings up to 4K 60fps. In addition to that, the iPhone 12 and 12 Mini supports it up to 4K 30fps. The best part is that the photos app handles all of this.

We’ll get to see more in-depth looks at these new cameras once reviewers and users get their hands on the phones. Tomsguide reports the prices for the iPhone 12 line up starts at; $699 (iPhone 12 mini), $799 (iPhone 12), $999 (iPhone 12 Pro), $1,099 (Pro Max).

iPhone 12 Mini: The Smallest and Lightest 5G Phone (According to Apple)

This is actually the first time Apple has announced a ‘mini’ phone. But, this 5.4-inch screen phone could just be the right phone for you actually. It’s definitely feature packed with some of the high-end features you can’t find on other smartphones.

Besides, iPhones are more likely to get 5G support earlier from carriers. On the other hand, getting the iPhone 12 mini does not really compromise on speed. According to The Verge, the iPhone’s mini version uses Apple’s A14 Bionic.

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You can also find the new features packed into the other models on the the mini version as well. This also includes the new MagSafe magnet system which supports wireless charging. The phone also comes in 5 different color variations to choose from.

Most importantly for travelers, the water and dust resistance has also been improved to an IP68 rating. Maybe the iPhone 12 is the true best friend for travelers? versatile. great camera. And price tag that wouldn’t put a big hole in your pockets.

MagSafe Opens Up a World for New Innovative Accessories

Apple says MagSafe improves wireless charging for “a better and more efficient experience”. However, this innovation opens up a whole new ecosystem of easy-to-attach accessories. Apple revealed that customers can expect innovative MagSafe accessories from third-party manufacturers.

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MagSafe chargers can efficiently provide up to 15W of power. Although they can still accommodate existing Qi-enabled devices.

In addition to these features, Apple also plans to have a net-zero climate impact across its entire business. This includes manufacturing supply chains and all product life cycles. Furthermore, the new models were also designed with the environment in mind, according to the company.

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The newest iOS 14 update brings new ways to discover and use apps with App Clips as well. The operating system now offers powerful updates for staying connected in Messages, and greener ways to explore cities with Maps.

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Apple Rumoured to Embrace RCS in 2024 – Find Out the Latest Updates!

Do you use WhatsApp or Telegram? Or are you an iMessage user?

Finding common ground to create a group chat can be a tricky task. For most iPhone users, the go-to messaging platform is usually iMessages. Although Apple has created this ease for texting between iPhone users, iMessage is unavailable across platforms. This has created the difficulty in reaching to your friends who use Google or Android phones. Now, you’re either left resorting to SMS, or other messaging platforms such as WhatsApp, Telegram or Messenger. But what if there was one single solution for it all – the RCS (Rich Communication Services)

What is RCS?

Although this might be the first time many of us heard the phrase RCS, this messaging channel is not new. RCS or Rich Communication Services was first conceived years ago, but it’s finally gaining popularity. RCS messaging is the upgrade that users need to get the same features available on iMessage. Unlike the iMessage system, RCS creates the perfect single-platform messaging App.

With the new RCS update, users can explore a variety of messaging features. Everything from sending and receiving large files such as high-resolution pictures and videos, read receipts, reactions, and typing indicators are all available!

But why are we hearing about this just now? Well, Google decided to add RCS to its default messaging Apps. With this new update, RCS became a popular hit, with Google reporting 650 million users monthly. Google data additionally shows that people are 35x more likely to read RCS messages than emails, while also using RCS messages to engage with brands. Here is how you can turn on RCS messaging as well!

Gone are the days of struggling to create a group chat with a combination of Android and Apple users. This addition has created the perfect single-platform messaging App, the days of struggling to text between users of different branded phones are a thing of the past. Although Google has taken the bold step to embrace RCS messaging, allowing users to enjoy the exceptional features, what’s the update on Apple?

Will Apple Embrace the RCS Messaging Platform?

There have been rumours that Apple is ready to embrace the RCS messaging platform in 2024. According to 9to5mac, the RCS feature is set to launch via a software update later this year. This would completely remove the barrier of iMessage features between Android and iPhone users.

Later next year, we will be adding the support for RCS Universal Profile, the standards as currently published by the GSM Association. We believe RCS Universal Profile will offer a better interoperability experience when compared to SMS or MMS. This will work alongside iMessage, which will continue to be the best and most secure messaging experience for Apple users, says an Apple Spokesperson talking to 9to5mac in November 2023.

Does this mean Apple is replacing iMessage? Of course not. Apple continues to reiterate that iMessage is the safest messaging platform for Apple users. RCS, if available on Apple later this year, will be adopted separately from iMessage. This will open up new horizons for communications and group chats in 2024!

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