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When did IOS 14.7 come out?

iOS 14.7 launched on July 19, so it's available now, and it's compatible with all iPhones from the iPhone 6S onwards, as were the other iOS 14. x releases. So if you have any version of iOS 14 on your phone, then your handset is compatible. TechRadariOS 14.7 release date, news and all the new features coming to your iPhone

Will Iphone 13 have Touch ID?

While the iPhone 13 series will not bring back Touch ID, it is said to come with some major upgrades over last year's device. This year's Apple iPhone series is said to come with a 120Hz display, and will come with bigger batteries across lineup. News18Apple iPhone 13 Will Not Have Touch ID: Everything We Know About This Year's iPhone

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Apple's new MagSafe Battery Pack for the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro is now available for in-store pickup, and the first online orders have arrived at buyers' doorsteps.

Apple's website offers multiple ways to determine if your nearest retail location has the battery pack in stock. For example, if you're in the US, the online store page for the product attempts to automatically detect your ZIP code, or you can enter your ZIP code manually. The product page will then say whether the battery pack is available at the closest location.

The MagSafe Battery Pack was first announced and put up for online order a week ago. The battery pack works with the iPhone 12, iPhone mini, iPhone 12 Pro, and iPhone 12 Pro Max—in other words, any MagSafe-equipped iPhone.

The MagSafe Battery Pack can charge an iPhone at 5 W when it's not plugged in or at 15 W when it is plugged in. The battery pack itself has a Lightning connector, but it does not come with a Lightning cable or a power adapter; you'll have to either use whatever Lightning cable and adapter you use with your iPhone already or buy a new one. The pack is also supported directly by iOS in that you can view its charging status on your home screen and a few other places.

The product's focus is on user experience and seamless integration, but the battery pack costs $99, making it much more expensive than many similarly sized battery packs for the iPhone.

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Best iPhone 2021: We looked at all 7 models Apple sells to decide which is best

CNET 22 July, 2021 - 10:10am

Fourteen years have passed and Apple now offers seven different models of iPhone, including five launched in the past year alone. There is a model that works with pretty much every major phone carrier in the world. Storage options now top out at 512GB and the iPhone is available in an array of colors and finishes.

Apple currently sells seven iPhone models, a mix of phones and models dating back to 2018:

You might find that carriers and third-party sellers offer older models, like the iPhone X. To complicate matters, some iPhones have two cameras, others three and still others four (including the front-facing selfie camera). Then there's the fact that nearly all current iPhones have Face ID, but one model -- the iPhone SE -- soldiers on with Touch ID. Having a lot of options isn't bad, but it can feel overwhelming to select a model when purchasing a new iPhone.

To help you figure out which is the best iPhone for you, we thoroughly reviewed and tested each one on this list, from their batteries to camera performance.

But if you're looking for other smartphone options outside of Apple's offerings, read our guide to help find the best phone for your needs and take a look at our tips on how to buy a new smartphone

What do you miss for not going Pro? You don't get a dedicated telephoto camera, the ability to shoot Apple ProRaw photos or the lovely matte finish back and glossy stainless steel sides. Instead you get a glossy finish back and matte aluminum sides. If you choose to get an iPhone 12 and can afford to pay $50 more, I recommend upgrading from 64GB of storage to 128GB.

Read our Apple iPhone 12 review.

Aside from being the biggest and heaviest iPhone, the 12 Pro Max has photo and video features not found on any other model. The new telephoto lens on the 12 Pro Max has a 2.5x optical zoom compared to the 2x optical zoom on the 12 Pro. And that extra 0.5x goes a long way. The main wide-angle camera on the 12 Pro Max has a larger sensor which according to Apple gets an 87% improvement in low-light capability. Compared to the regular iPhone 12 Pro, it's hard to notice those improvements because Apple's image processing on its other phones is so good.

To help things further, the 12 Pro Max has sensor-based optical image stabilization instead of the lens-based OIS found on the iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Mini and 12 Pro. By stabilizing the sensor on these iPhone 12 models, you gain the equivalent of a stop of light, which again, on paper is impressive.

Like the iPhone 12 Pro, it also can shoot Apple ProRaw photos. If you can handle the size of this phone behemoth, it's worth every penny of its high price.

Read our Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max review.

The biggest drawback is the old style screen which uses an LCD panel instead of an OLED one. But don't let that turn you away, the screen still looks good in everyday use. Like the iPhone 12, if you have an extra $50 in your budget, I recommend getting the 128GB version.

Read our Apple iPhone 11 review.

At $399 you might think the only appeal of the iPhone SE (2020) is its price. And admittedly it is the most cheapest iPhone on this list and that is a big deal. On the outside, the iPhone SE has the same body as an iPhone 8. It's the only iPhone on this list that has Touch ID, which in pandemic times is actually a plus as face masks make using Face ID a frustrating experience.

On the inside, the SE has the same A13 processor as the iPhone 11 which gives the 2017 camera hardware a 2020 injection of Apple's computational photography magic. The SE supports 4G and is the only phone on this list that has the classic iPhone design. But with the ability to run the latest version of iOS, it's just as relevant as ever.

Read our Apple iPhone SE (2020) review.

That said, I only recommend you get the 12 Mini for its size. It's $100 cheaper than the iPhone 12 which might be a tempting reason to get the phone for an iPhone user trying to save money. But if you aren't okay with a small phone you might be frustrated by its size or its "barely-gets-through-a-day" battery life. And as with other phones on this list, if you can afford it, I recommend paying $50 more and getting the version with 128GB of storage.

Read our Apple iPhone 12 Mini review.

The iPhone 12 Pro Max is essentially the ultimate iPhone. But its size, weight and price tag will be a turnoff for many. That's where the $999 iPhone 12 Pro comes in: It gives you the same solid build and premium finish. You just get a smaller screen, a smaller battery, and 2x telephoto camera instead of the 2.5x telephoto found on the Pro Max.

Read our Apple iPhone 12 Pro review.

But then there's the iPhone 11 that's $100 more and has a newer processor and new cameras including an ultrawide camera that the XR doesn't have. But the iPhone XR is cheaper. So if you're looking for an affordable iPhone that embraces Apple's more contemporary design and features, the iPhone XR is an excellent option and is a CNET Editors' Choice. It's even better with more storage if you can swing an extra $50.

Read our Apple iPhone XR review.

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Save on nearly all of Apple’s official iPhone 11/Pro/Max cases from $23

9to5Toys 22 July, 2021 - 10:10am

After seeing a several of Apple’s iPhone 12 mini MagSafe covers go on sale earlier this week, Amazon is now back to carry over those discounts to a number of official iPhone 11/Pro/Max cases starting at $23. You’ll enjoy free shipping across the board as a Prime member or in orders over $25. Headlining the collection is the Apple iPhone 11 Pro Leather Folio for $57.99 in the black style, or $2 more for some other colorways which rarely go on sale. Down from the usual $129 going rate, you’re looking at 55% in savings while matching our previous mention for one of the best prices to date. Also available for iPhone 11 Pro Max at the same price.

Apple’s Folio case wraps your handset in finished European leather that “fits snugly” around your iPhone with machined aluminum buttons to complement the design. There’s also two card slots, so you can store your ID, credit cards and more. Plus, the case will wake up your iPhone when opening the folio. Get a closer look in our hands-on review, which also covers many of the other cases on sale today. Head below for all of the other deals.

Then be sure to check out all of the other discounts in our Apple guide now that we’ve made it halfway through the work week. Alongside a new all-time low on Apple’s 13-inch M1 MacBook Air at $800, you can also save $100 on 12.9-inch M1 iPad Pro with Liquid Retina XDR display.

Crafted from specially tanned and finished European leather for a luxurious look and feel, the iPhone 11 Pro Max Leather Folio fits snugly around your iPhone. Open it and your iPhone 11 Pro Max wakes up. Close it and it goes to sleep. Inside there’s a soft microfiber lining for even more protection, and space to hold your bills, small notes, and several cards. And you can keep it on all the time, even when you’re charging wirelessly.

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iOS 14.7 Bug Stops Certain iPhones From Unlocking the Apple Watch

PCMag 22 July, 2021 - 10:10am

A flaw introduced with iOS 14.7 is preventing Touch ID-equipped iPhones from unlocking a paired Apple Watch.

A bug in iOS 14.7 is preventing certain iPhone models from unlocking a paired Apple Watch.

There are two ways to unlock an Apple Watch: Entering a four-digit passcode or, as long as the watch is being worn, unlock the iPhone paired with the device. But 9To5Mac reports that iOS 14.7 removed the ability to unlock an Apple Watch using an iPhone that features Touch ID.

Most recent iPhone models feature the Face ID authentication system that, as its name implies, uses facial recognition to secure the device. But older models—as well as the iPhone SE released in 2020—instead rely on fingerprint scanning enabled by the Touch ID system.

Apple confirmed the problem in a support document and said the "issue will be addressed in an upcoming software update." Apple Watch owners will have to rely on the device's PIN in the meantime, because the company didn't offer a workaround for restoring iPhone-based unlocks.

"If you experience this issue, just type the passcode directly on your Apple Watch to unlock it," Apple said. "This is required only one time, as long as you keep your Apple Watch on your wrist. If you forgot your passcode, you need to reset your Apple Watch."

There are two important caveats there. The first is that the passcode will have to be entered every time it's put on, and the second is that people who forget their passcode will have to choose between resetting their Apple Watch and waiting for Apple to release an update.

Apple Watch owners whose devices are paired with enterprise-managed iPhones won't even have those options. Instead they will have to ask an "administrator to remove the alphanumeric passcode requirement from your iPhone" before unpairing, resetting, and re-pairing their watch.

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Best iPhone in 2021: Which Apple iPhone model is right for you?

BGR 22 July, 2021 - 10:10am

These days, there is more than just one model. For starters, Apple released a hefty four devices in the iPhone 12 series — but it also still offers some previous-generation models and some more budget-minded models.

That’s why we’ve put together this guide. Here’s everything you need to know about choosing the best iPhone for you.

Pros: Awesome new design, excellent performance, great camera, upgraded display

Cons: Base model only has 64GB of storage, no telephoto camera

For the vast majority of users, the iPhone 12 is the phone to buy. It offers 95% of the features on offer by the 12 Pro, but at a lower price.

Perhaps the headline change to the series for the iPhone 12 is its all-new design. The phone looks kind of like a blend of the iPhone 11 and iPhone 5, and it looks great. The flat edges help make it a little more grippable too.

In 2021, Apple brought a number of Pro features down to non-Pro models. The phone now offers an OLED display with the same resolution as the iPhone 12 Pro — so the display experience is pretty much identical, save for the fact that it doesn’t get quite as bright.

The phone is also a serious performer. Like the Pro models, the iPhone 12 has Apple’s new A14 Bionic processor, which should easily be able to handle anything you can throw at it. That’s coupled with options for 64, 128, or 256GB of storage.

Last but not least is an upgrade to the camera. The device still has a dual-camera system, with one 12-megapixel main camera and one 12-megapixel ultrawide camera. You won’t get a telephoto camera, like you would on a Pro model, but the camera quality is still excellent — and easily beats most other devices in this price range. The phone has a slightly wider aperture than the iPhone 11, making for better low-light photos, and more detail in all photos.

Pros: Awesome camera, great battery life, excellent performance, great design

Cons: Super chunky, expensive

Really want all the latest and greatest features and don’t mind a huge phone? The iPhone 12 Pro Max is for you. Sure, it’s expensive, but it has an awesome camera, a solid amount of storage, and a great battery life.

Like the other models, the 12 Pro Max gets a new flat-edged design with Apple’s A14 Bionic processor. Unlike the standard iPhone 12 and 12 Mini, the 12 Pro Max offers a nice glossy stainless steel rail around the edge, and a frosted glass back. It’s a nice look.

There are some other differences to note too. The iPhone 12 Pro Max has a larger body, and as a result, Apple was able to fit a larger battery into it. The phone should easily get you through a full day of heavy use, and well into the next day.

The camera on the phone is easily better than any other iPhone ever made. The device is the first to feature Apple’s new sensor-shift technology, which makes for more stable video. It also has a larger sensor than the other models, making for even better night shots and less noise. And, it offers 2.5x zoom, instead of the 2x zoom offered by the iPhone 12 Pro.

So what’s the downside? Well, the price. The device starts at $1,099, which isn’t cheap. Not only that, but if you want the better camera, you’re going to have to deal with a larger phone — and not everyone likes phones this big.

Pros: Compact body, excellent performance, cheaper than other iPhone 12 models

Cons: Battery life isn’t amazing, base model only has 64GB of storage

Phones have been getting bigger and bigger, but the iPhone 12 series finally marked the return of a compact model with the iPhone 12 mini. The 12 mini is basically an iPhone 12, in a smaller body. That means that you’ll get the same camera quality, the same design, the same processing power, and so on.

Given the smaller body, there are some tweaked features. The display, for example, sits in at 5.4 inches, while the battery is smaller than other models, and thus the battery life is a little lower.

Perhaps even better than the fact that the device is so compact is the fact that it’s relatively inexpensive. The device comes in at $699, which is cheaper than any other model in the series.

Pros: Inexpensive, excellent performance, Touch ID is still great

Cons: Aging design, camera is only fine

If you simply want to get Apple’s iOS at the cheapest price possible, then the iPhone SE is the way to go. The iPhone SE is worse than the iPhone 12 in pretty much every way, but it’s by no means a bad phone — and still excellent value.

The phone has the design of the iPhone 8, meaning that it has a larger forehead and chin, and a Touch ID sensor at the bottom of the front. While it does look a little dated, it still has a classic design that many love.

The phone doesn’t offer the latest and greatest performance, but it’s still an excellent-performing phone. You’ll get an Apple A13 Bionic processor, along with either 64, 128, or 256GB of storage. On the back of the phone, there’s a 12-megapixel camera, and it can take relatively good photos, especially for a phone in this price range.

Pros: Modern design, excellent performance, good camera

Cons: No 5G, base model only has 64GB of storage

Just because you don’t want to spend $700+, that doesn’t mean you can’t get a relatively modern device. Apple is still selling the iPhone 11, and it comes in at an impressive $600.

The phone offers an edge-to-edge design with a notch for Face ID at the top. The display sits in at 6.1 inches, and while it’s not an OLED display, it still looks great.

Under the hood, the phone features an Apple A13 Bionic processor, which means that it should be powerful enough to handle anything you can throw at it, whether it be mobile gaming, productivity, or anything else.

On the back of the phone, you’ll get a dual-camera system. That includes one 12-megapixel main camera and one 12-megapixel ultrawide camera. It doesn’t have the larger aperture on offer by the newer models, but it still takes excellent photos in almost all situations, including low light. Like the iPhone 12, you won’t get a dedicated telephoto camera here.

There is another major feature missing compared to the iPhone 12, and that’s support for 5G. 5G isn’t exactly game-changing yet, so most won’t care for at least another year or so — but as carriers continue to build out their 5G networks, you may miss it.

Generally speaking though, the iPhone 11 should last you for years to come. It may be a year old, but Apple is known for supporting devices for years, and most won’t notice a huge difference in the experience between the iPhone 11 and iPhone 12.

Apple iPhone 13: Here Are All The Colours Next iPhone Is Rumoured To Come In

News18 20 July, 2021 - 10:55pm

Out of the colours the iPhone 13 has recently been leaked to come with, the Sunset Gold option is said to be the same bright orange colour that the iPhone 13 was previously reported to come with. There were reports of a pink coloured iPhone also coming within the iPhone 13 lineup. It could be that the Rose Gold colour mentioned above will be the “Pink" hue that has previously been hinted. The rumours of Apple’s iPhone colours are generally originated from supply chain sources within China. It is important to note here that Apple sometimes releases exclusive colours for the Chinese market.

The report also says that it is likely that the colours mentioned here (Black, Silver, Rose Gold, Sunset Gold) are for the iPhone 13 Pro models. The vanilla version of the iPhone 13 is expected to come with as varied a colour selection as the iPhone 12, which comes in six colour options - blue, white, black, purple, green, and Project RED.

It was recently reported that Apple bring an Always-On display mode on the iPhone 13, similar to the feature on the Apple Watch. Earlier, it was reported that the iPhone 13 series will not bring back Touch ID.

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Apple's MagSafe Battery Pack: Hands on and first impressions | AppleInsider

AppleInsider 20 July, 2021 - 02:10pm

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After months of rumors and speculation, Apple's MagSafe Battery Pack has started arriving at customer's doors. We got our own hands on one to form some initial impressions.

To briefly cover the basics, this is Apple's official MagSafe Battery Pack. It magnetically connects to the rear of any iPhone 12 model to power it up at 5W wirelessly and up to 15W when connected with a Lightning cable.

It is able to both charge your iPhone, as well as be charged by your iPhone. When the Lightning cable is connected to a battery attached to a phone, both will charge. Conversely, a Lightning cable plugged into an iPhone will charge the battery as well.

Multiple charging vectors can be clutch when connecting your iPhone to something else — such as your vehicle for CarPlay. In that situation, you'd connect your iPhone to your CarPlay interface and your iPhone would charge — which would, in turn, charge the MagSafe Battery Pack.

As was revealed in the leaked hands on pre-launch, the battery isn't a soft-touch silicone as assumed but instead a hard shell plastic.

When connected to your phone, it roughly doubles the thickness, which is still less than many third-party MagSafe-adjacent batteries. Many other third-party solutions, such as the Mophie Snap+ and HyperJuice Magnetic Battery pictured above, are larger and heavier than what Apple brings to the table.

To help visualize the battery's footprint, it is the exact dimensions of the MagSafe wallet, just thicker. When connected to the iPhone 12 mini, it goes just to the edges and fits perfectly. Dead-on.

When it comes to the magnets themselves, they are surprisingly strong. They hold on securely to the iPhone, but they hold on even better when using a case. The magnet is strong enough around that ring that it will undoubtedly leave an indentation on a leather case over time.

Just like Apple's MagSafe wallet, this has an alignment magnet towards the bottom to prevent it from spinning. In our initial testing, this has been fine so far — but can and will get scraped off in a tight pants pocket.

One of the biggest selling points of Apple's MagSafe Battery Pack versus the third-party ones is the integration to iOS. As it stands iOS 15 beta 3 doesn't yet include full support. When we connected it to our iPhone 12 Pro Max running iOS 15, it would still charge, but we likely won't get the efficiency features as well as the Lock Screen animation or battery widget icon.

The battery widget merely shows a Lightning cable but will still tell you how much capacity the battery has remaining.

When we connected it to a device running the requisite iOS 14.7 update that was released on Monday things behave as they should. When the battery is connected, an animation morphs to show the iPhone's current battery status and a secondary glyph with the battery pack's charge.

Of course, the proper glyph also shows in the battery widget, letting you keep an eye on the capacity at all times from your Home Screen.

Since MagSafe is backward compatible with Qi, this will work with other Qi-enabled devices. That could mean older iPhones that support wireless charging, Android devices, or even a set of AirPods.

This also works fine with any MagSafe-compatible case, including Apple's silicone, leather, and clear cases, as well as many third-party ones. As long as your case says it supports MagSafe, it will work with the MagSafe Battery Pack.

Thus far, we only have one big criticism of this battery which is how it charges. We all certainly have Lightning cables around, but many have started moving more towards MagSafe. For example, when we travel for the weekend we've gotten in the habit of bringing a MagSafe charger and a USB-C Apple Watch cable. For full charging flexibility, we're back to making sure a Lightning cable is in our tech bag.

Apple's MagSafe Battery Pack is available starting today both in stores as well as online. You can pick it up only in white for $99.

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Apple's MagSafe Battery Pack is specifically designed for the iPhone 12 line. Here's what folks with older iPhones can to to make it work for them.

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After months of rumors and speculation, Apple's MagSafe Battery Pack has started arriving at customer's doors. We got our own hands on one to form some initial impressions.

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Apple's MagSafe power pack handled, can be reverse-charged by an iPhone

GSMArena.com 20 July, 2021 - 01:21pm

Apple’s $99 MagSafe battery pack has already reached its first customers, one of whom, Steven Russel, posted photos and first impressions of the device.

It’s made out of hard plastic and is somewhat chunky. If you have plug a 20W adapter (or more) directly to the Battery Pack, it will be able to charge the MagSafe pack and the phone simultaneously.

The pack sends 15W of power wirelessly to the phone while it's connected and just 5W while used portably. It can be used to charge more than iPhones: it will work with AirPods (assuming you have ones with wireless charging support, of course). Unfortunately, it can’t charge an Apple Watch.

The MagSafe pack itself cannot be charged with a MagSafe connector or on a Qi charging pad. That said, the iPhone can actually charge the pack while connected to a charger.

The latest iOS 14.7 update brings support for the MagSafe battery pack. It shows the correct icon when the pack is attached to the phone. Also, you can see the state of charge of the pack.

Mr. Russel reports that the pack attaches quite firmly to the phone, thanks to the strong magnets inside. Someone already disassembled a pack, so here’s a look at those magnets:

Exactly, just heating the magsafe so that it loses what little capacity it has, and heating the phone along with wasted charge, I don't see any point in people charging it inversely

Nonsense. Xiaomi powerbanks (Redmi is just renamed Xiaomi really) and they are very reputable in general and also offer good features like quick charging in both directions and multi output ports. The ones I've seen were also in aluminium chassi...

That's ridiculous. And why would you want to do that? The battery itself has a lightning port.

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