Apple has introduced the entire range of iPhone for the year 2020. iPhone 12 is the series and there seems to be something for everyone. You get to choose from 12, 12pro, 12pro max and 12mini. Watch out for this space as I would review all of them for you here. Today the pick is the iPhone 12 and the reason is that I consider it to be a great pick for this festive season, if you want to buy or gift at a starting price of Rs 79,990.
Design is where the iPhone 12 is winning first. Apple seems to have gone back to the drawing board, metaphorically. As you look at the device the first reaction is it looks like the iPhone 4 and 5. The iPhone 12 uses a metal frame with flat edges. Coupled with the flat screen and the flat layer on the back. Making the curves of the phone stand out. The iPhone 12 is 7.4mm thick and weighs just 162 gm. It is a phone which can be well used with a single hand.
The phone feels small and the dimensions are well crafted out. Never did I feel once that I am holding a small device. The aluminium on the phone gives it the ‘premiumness’ you expect from an apple device. It is a compact device.
The rear of the device houses a dual-camera setup. The camera unit has a different finish which adds an element to the design. You get a 6.1-inch OLED screen with a uniformed bezel around.
The brightness and colour of the display is phenomenal. Your instant attention will go to the display if you compare it to the iPhone 11. There is a mark difference. Of course, you get an OLED screen in comparison.
It is IP68-certified for protection against water and dust. On the front there is a new ceramic shield on the screen. Apple claims it is 4X more durable and should survive falls and bumps better. The iPhone 12 comes in five colours: Red blue and black, the white and the green which I have as a review unit.
The iPhone 12 runs on the new and the fastest chipset as claimed by Apple—the A14 Bionic. The processor is surely well tuned. It is an extremely fast device. The iOS is smooth and runs seamlessly. Gamers will enjoy the device a lot. Maybe the screen size might not be of their choice, but the processor works wonders. Multi-tasking has been very breezy, and the Face ID is very quick.
The phone supports 5G but in India we need to wait for that. Another enjoyable part of the iphone12 is the speakers. While you are playing games or viewing content you will thoroughly enjoy the speakers on this device. They are loud and clear.
Battery is always a crucial part of an iPhone. You do get a wire in the box but if you don’t have an adapter from a previous device then you will have to shed Rs 1,900. The phone also supports wireless charging MagSafe chargers. On a single time, charge with basic multitasking the phone worked well for over 12 hours. With content viewing the battery life was a bit lower. All in all you would need to charge your phone once a day. It supports 15W fast charging.
The iPhone 12 has two rear cameras. The main camera using a 12-megapixel sensor, and a wider F1.6 lens, is great in good light. Turn on the Night Mode, and the iPhone 12 clicks wonders. The ultra-wide-angle camera with 12-megapixel sensor is also great, especially in natural light. The 12-megapixel front camera is much improved and the accuracy and detailing on the front pictures are worth a watch. The lens does not miss a single blemish on your face. The Night Mode is supported on all cameras and that helps get some great pictures throughout the day. The photographs in low light will leave you pleasantly surprised they are clean and show great detailing. The video recording is also way above power and can be a great pick from video bloggers.
As I had begun the review claiming it to be a great device for the festive season, I guess most of you would agree with me on that. It is a sleek and comfortable device well designed with a capable chipset. It works fast and the display is a delight. The camera unit has all the capabilities you would be looking for except the telephoto lens. The only downside for me is the battery and the non-availability of a charger in the box. Other than that, there is really nothing to complain about the device. You get a wide range of colours to choose from at a starting price of Rs 79,990.
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ONEPLUS 9 PRO MAY FEATURE HASSELBLAD-BRANDED CAMERAS
Beijing: Leaked images of the unannounced OnePlus 9 Pro suggest the flagship smartphone will include a Hasselblad-branded camera array, The Verge has reported. As per the outlet, the images shared in a recent Dave Lee YouTube video show four cameras on the rear of the phone. These include wide-angle, ultra-wide, and telephoto lenses, the latter of which appears to offer up to a 3.3x optical zoom. At this point, it is unclear exactly what this Hasselblad branding could mean for the OnePlus 9 Pro’s cameras. As per The Verge, the Swedish manufacturer, which is majority-owned by Chinese company DJI, is best known for its expensive medium format cameras, and has previously worked with Lenovo on a modular camera accessory for Moto Z devices, as well as Vertu for its Signature Touch smart-phone. The presence of its logo means Hasselblad has provided some real camera expertise to OnePlus beyond just brand cache.
MICROSOFT WORD’S DARK MODE WILL NOW BE DARKER
Washington: American multinational technology company Microsoft has started testing an update to Word that will color entire documents in a dark canvas. Currently, Word has a dark mode that modifies the ribbon and toolbars, but the canvas stays bright white. According to The Verge, a future update to Word will include the ability to switch the canvas into the dark mode, too. A program manager on Microsoft’s Word team Ali Forelli said, “This has been a long-requested feature from many of Office Insiders and we’re excited to make it happen.” He further added, “With Dark mode, you’ll notice that the previously white page colour is now a dark grey/black.” While the canvas will change it will also adjust the colours in a document. Reds, blues, yellows, and other bright colours will be “shifted slightly to mute the overall effect of the colour palette” and match the dark background.
FACEBOOK TO LAUNCH SMARTWATCH WITH MESSAGING, FITNESS FEATURES
California: The American social networking service company Facebook is building an Android-based smartwatch with messaging, health, and fitness features. According to The Verge, it is unclear whether Facebook intends for the smartwatch to run Google’s Wear Os. Apart from the upcoming smartwatch, Facebook is also working on building its own operating system for hardware devices and future iterations of the wearable may run that software instead. The smartwatch would join Facebook’s Oculus virtual reality headsets and Portal video chat devices as part of the social network’s growing hardware ecosystem. The company is also working on branded Ray-Ban smart glasses expected to come out later this year and a separate augmented reality research initiative known as Project Aria, which is part of the company’s broader AR explorations, which it has been working on for some time now.
APPLE HAS PLANS TO LAUNCH A FOLDABLE IPHONE BY 2023
Washington: Rumours about a folding iPhone have been doing the rounds for a while now but there had been no confirmation about a launch date of the product. If you are one of them who has been waiting with bated breath for the foldable smartphone to come out, then we finally have some details surrounding its launch date. Top Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said that Apple has plans to launch a foldable iPhone by 2023, and the phone could feature a screen of around 7.5-inch to 8 inches, as per The Verge. The analyst suggested that the foldable iPhone might resemble that of the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2, though Apple has not officially locked the design. Kuo’s prediction indicated that Apple is not necessarily in a hurry to launch a foldable iPhone as its competitors.
Dust study by Dyson shows how homes can be dirtier than they look
Many of us, including myself, took to cleaning our houses ourselves during the pandemic. Most Indians prefer cleaning their homes in the traditional ways and believe that the best way is to sweep and mop. However, many also don’t realise that dust and small dirt particles which can never be seen with the naked eye cannot be cleaned by basic methods. Vacuuming is a good option for that and Dyson has come out with a study to prove the facts. The study conducted by Dyson was taken by 10,754 respondents from 10 countries around the world.
A similar study was carried out in India and I too participated in it. I was surprised to see how much dust was collected from my house. Dyson’s latest V11 vacuum cleaner was used during the study and picked up dust from tough spots like sofas, mattresses, carpets and cars. The tests showed how all houses had dust and other elements which are very harmful for our health in the long run.
The basic objective of the study was to study dust based on 11 parameters like bacterial count, fungal count, pollen, human hair and others. The data was analysed by the FICCI research and analysis centre and the final result attained was very insightful in showing us what kinds of dust elements we usually have in our homes.
The study also explains how vacuuming can keep our homes cleaner and safer. Dyson has a large number of vacuum cleaners in India, the latest of which is the V11. The brand has been researching the technology around moving dust and its particulate matter from homes for well over 15 years. These years of expertise have revealed that the technologies of UVC light and ionisers are effective for the removal of harmful dust.
The way that the last year has been has made us all realise that our health is of the utmost importance and it would be foolish to not see the obvious. Dyson as a brand is trying to make us aware about the health hazards which are always around us due to the dust in our homes. Although, changing our usual ways of cleaning might not happen overnight, but the study has been a real eye-opener.
A CAR MADE ENTIRELY BY WOMEN: MG MOTOR LEADS THE WAY
A car made entirely by women would be unthinkable a few years ago, but not anymore. The car in question is the 50,000th unit of the Hector with which the British carmaker began its India innings a couple of years ago.
NEW DELHI: If you think that the Indian auto industry is a man’s world, think again. This International Women’s Day on 8 March, here are some stories that will tell you how the times are changing.
In a development that comes as a testament to gender parity across workplaces, MG Motor India has just had a car made by an all-women crew in its facility in Halol, Gujarat. A car made entirely by women would be unthinkable a few years ago, but not anymore. The car in question is the 50,000th unit of the Hector with which the British carmaker began its India innings a couple of years ago.
The initiative has created a new benchmark while celebrating ‘diversity’—one of its core pillars according to Morris Garages. In this first-of-its-kind development where women led the end-to-end production, women-only teams were involved in panel-pressing of sheet metal and welding to painting jobs as well as carrying out post-production test runs. According to the British legacy automaker, it features an industry-leading 33% share of women in its workforce, wherein female professionals work shoulder to shoulder with their male counterparts across all business functions.
If MG is to be believed, it aims to achieve 50% gender diversity in its organisation in the future and pave the way for a balanced workforce. Since its inception, as its core focus area, the brand has worked closely with the local panchayats near its Halol manufacturing plant in the Panchmahal district. Doing so has encouraged more young women to work in a safe and secure environment at the MG plant.
Speaking on the development, Rajeev Chaba, president and managing director, MG Motor India, said, “MG has always been a progressive brand with diversity, community, innovation, and experiences as our cornerstones. We believe that it is something that has broadened our perspective as a brand and unlocked efficiencies in every aspect of our business operations. The rollout of our 50,000th Hector by an all-women crew comes as an honour to their contributions and hard work. It also demonstrates that glass ceilings no longer exist even in an erstwhile male-dominated industry such as automobile manufacturing. We believe that it will inspire more women to join the automotive industry in India and abroad.”
Since 2018, MG has hired many female associates in its manufacturing facility via various initiatives. Today, these women are driving core areas of manufacturing at the facility. MG’s manufacturing facility is equipped with Automated Guided Vehicles (AGV) and Robotic Process Automation (RPA) for various workshops. RPA is used by the automaker in Body Shop for Robotic Brazing, Paint Shop for Robotic Primer and Top Coating, and GA Shop for Robotic Glass Glazing. According to MG, if trained well, both men and women handle the machinery with equal competency and this approach makes the company more gender-inclusive in an otherwise labour-intensive automotive sector.
CEAT ALL-WOMEN STORE
One of India’s leading tyre manufacturers, CEAT Tyres, has introduced the concept of only women operated stores across India, which are called CEAT Shoppes. According to the company, these all-women Shoppes will be its endeavour to empower women especially in the male-dominated tyre industry. The stores are owned, managed and run by a team of women which will give them equal opportunity to grow and make a mark in the tyre industry. The first of such Shoppes has been opened in Bhatinda, Punjab. This will be followed by the introduction of 10 Shoppes in the next few months across the country.
The all-women CEAT Shoppes include women workforce for all service-related assistance to customers. This also includes manual jobs like wheel changing, balancing and operating various machinery to service a vehicle. CEAT says that it will be investing in providing end to end training to the women running these stores. In all, the company has more than 300 Shoppes in the country.
Amit Tolani, Chief Marketing Officer, CEAT, said: “CEAT recognises the value of gender diversity at the workplace. We have been offering equal and fair opportunity to women in every field including our manufacturing plants. From shop-floor engineers to leadership roles, CEAT has a diversified female workforce taking up challenging roles and growing in their respective fields. The all-women CEAT Shoppe, is an industry first initiative which further reiterates our commitment to allow women to grow and make a mark in the Tyre Industry which is predominantly male-driven business. The initiative will not only provide financial stability to the women but will inspire many others to join this industry as we plan to expand our footprints across India with many more such outlets in the months to come.”
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