Bridesmaids director Paul Feig is the gin archaeologist we need right now – CNET

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Paul Feig created the show Freaks and Geeks and has directed some of the best film comedies, including Bridesmaids. The stylish Feig is a self-described gin fanatic and now has his own gin.

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Actor, writer, producer and director Paul Feig has had a hand in some of the most iconic films and TV shows of the past 20 years. He was nominated for two Emmy Awards for creating and writing the beloved show Freaks and Geeks. He directed the films Bridesmaids, Spy and the 2016 reboot of Ghostbusters and episodes of series like The Office (for which he received two more Emmy nominations), Arrested Development, Weeds, 30 Rock, Mad Men and Nurse Jackie. More recently, Feig directed Last Christmas which was written by Emma Thompson and starred Emilia Clarke and Henry Golding. He was an executive producer of the new HBO Max series Love Life starring Anna Kendrick and will be directing the monster movie Dark Army which he also wrote.

His latest endeavor is more distilled. After being a self-described gin fanatic for most of his life, Feig launched his own gin, Artingstall's Brilliant London Dry Gin, earlier this year. It's named after his mother, whose maiden name was Artingstall. Feig was my guest on CNET's I'm So Obsessed podcast and explained the role of gin in his life and why he wanted to make his own.

"I'm a real work hard, play hard kind of guy. When I make a movie, we work our asses off. And then once we stop, the reward is I'm going to have a martini," said Feig. "The fact is I just love gin so much and had never really found the gin that I thought was the perfect gin that I would like to drink. I found ones that I liked, but never one that had everything. So now I got my own."

He connected with Minhas Micro Distillery, based in Canada, to create a premium gin. Prior to working with Feig, Minhas was known for making spirits for Trader Joe's. Feig described how his years as a gin lover translated into being a gin expert.

"As I've traveled the world over the years, I just became, like, a gin archaeologist or something, and tried every gin I can find and went, like, "Oh, wow! This is cool." Like in Spain, they have these savory gins. And over here, they get more citrus, and they've got these ones that are dry, and these ones that are sweet. There's an endless amount of things you can do to gin because it's all about this mix of botanicals," said an ardent Feig.

During my interview, you can hear Feig's passion come through as he explains what makes a good gin. We also talk about his dapper style, his Instagram show Quarantine Cocktail Time and how he approached the infamous dress-fitting scene in Bridesmaids. He also shares a story about the time he acted on the show Facts of Life and got ogled by the studio audience.

Listen to my entire conversation with Feig on Spotify or Apple Podcasts. Follow Feig on Instagram to see his Quarantine Cocktail Time and check out the website for Artingstall's Brilliant London Dry Gin to learn more about his liquor. Also, you can subscribe to I'm So Obsessed on your favorite podcast app. In each episode, Connie Guglielmo and I catch up with an artist, actor or creator to learn about work, career and current obsessions.

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iPhone 12 Pro Max review: A big phone with big battery energy – CNET

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The iPhone 12 Pro Max has the largest screen ever on an iPhone.

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The iPhone 12 Pro Max follows in the footsteps of the 7 Plus and gets camera upgrades that none of the other iPhone 12 models have. At its core the iPhone 12 Pro Max, like all the phones in the iPhone 12 family (the iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Mini), has a bunch of things going for it like a new flat-sided design reminiscent of the iPhone 5 and iPad Pro. It has support for 5G, an OLED screen with support for HDR, a ceramic shield covering, an A14 Bionic processor, support for MagSafe wireless charging and it can be submerged to a depth of 6 meters (just under 20 feet) for up to 30 minutes. If you want a deeper assessment of any of these features, take a look at my iPhone 12 and 12 Pro review.

Like

  • Premium design and build
  • Outstanding cameras
  • Great battery life
  • 5G support

Don't Like

  • The large camera bump
  • The lack of iPadOS-like features

But at a starting price of $1,099 (£1,099, AU$1,849), or a hundred dollars more than the iPhone 12 Pro, this is the question: Are camera upgrades on the 12 Pro Max worth the extra money? The short answer is yes, but not just because of the camera.

If you want the largest screen on any iPhone ever made, the 12 Pro Max is worth the price. If you value having the longest battery life on any iPhone 12, the 12 Pro Max seems like an obvious choice. And yes, if you want to get every last drop of image quality out of your photos and videos, then the iPhone 12 Pro Max is definitely worth it and has earned CNET's Editors' Choice. 

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The iPhone 12 Pro Max has a gigantic screen

Despite being only 2 grams heavier than last year's 11 Pro Max, the iPhone 12 Pro Max feels even more solid and well-built. The flat edges, the matte-etched glass back and stainless steel sides are another level of premium fit and finish. The review unit I tested was gold, and the polished sides looked like C-3PO on his best day. But make no mistake, this is a big phone. If you dropped it on someone there's a chance they'd sustain a serious injury.

Defining all this premium bigness is a 6.7-inch OLED screen, which is larger than the 6.5-inch one found on the 11 Pro Max and XS Max. The new screen makes the 12 Pro Max a sliver taller and, along with those flat edges, gives the behemoth iPhone a tight robust look.

On the back of this chonky phone is a camera bump that's thicker than an SD card. When the 12 Pro Max is on its back, there's a noticeable gap between the phone and the surface it's on. I realize most people are going to put a case on it, which will level things out.

The 12 Pro Max has the longest telephoto lens found on any iPhone

When Apple announced the iPhone 12 lineup there was a little confusion about which phones had which camera. But here's how it all breaks down. All four phones have the same ultrawide angle and selfie cameras. All four phones have a faster f1.6 aperture lens on the main wide angle camera. That said, the wide-angle camera on the 12 Pro Max is different, which I'll get to in a moment. The 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max also have a lidar sensor, which helps with autofocus in low-light for photos, video and slow motion as well as AR apps. Last, both the 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max have a third rear camera with a telephoto lens, but the lens on the 12 Pro Max is longer than the one on the 12 Pro.

At a 65-millimeter equivalent, the new telephoto lens on the 12 Pro Max has a 2.5x optical zoom. Compare that to the 52-millimeter equivalent telephoto lens on the 12 Pro, which has a 2x optical zoom. And that 0.5x extra goes a long way. It's definitely nowhere close to the 5x optical zoom on the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, but I was glad to have a little more reach on the iPhone.

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On the back of the 12 Pro is a new wide angle camera, a longer telephoto camera, an ultrawide-angle wide and a lidar sensor.

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Taking photos where there isn't a lot of light is a weakness of any camera. And the smaller the camera (like the ones on a phone) the more this weakness is amplified. The cameras on the iPhone 12 Pro Max seem built around the singular goal of taking outstanding photos and videos in medium and low-light situations.

One way Apple has addressed this is to give the main wide-angle camera on the 12 Pro Max a larger sensor. Combined with an f1.6 lens, the new sensor gets an 87% improvement in low-light capability, according to Apple. On paper that's impressive. To help things further, the 12 Pro Max has sensor-based optical image stabilization instead of the lens-based OIS found on the 12, 12 Mini and 12 Pro. By stabilizing the sensor, Apple claims you gain the equivalent of a stop of light, which again, on paper is impressive.

For the most part, all these claims seem true. The Pro Max takes great photos in low light, but when compared to photos from the regular 12 Pro, the differences don't jump out at you right away. And that's less of a strike against the 12 Pro Max, and more of an indication of how good the cameras are on the iPhone 12 Pro. We'll be going much more in-depth on photos and videos from both phones in an upcoming camera comparison.

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This is a Night Mode photo from the 12 Pro Max.

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The 2.5x optical zoom creates great natural-looking background blur here in this photo of an LED lamp.

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These next three photos were each taken with one of the rear cameras on the 12 Pro Max. This was taken with the main wide-angle camera.

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Here is a shot taken with the 2.5x optical zoom on the 12 Pro Max's telephoto camera. It's impressive how it handles the backlight of the sun.

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And here is the same scene taken with the ultrawide-angle camera. Look at the drama the perspective adds.

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Night Mode is now on the wide, ultra-wide and front-facing camera. This is a Night Mode selfie.

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This was taken with the phone's main wide angle camera.

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Here are the same lights again at 2.5x.

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Here is another Night Mode shot taken with the 12 Pro Max.

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This was taken indoors with mixed lighting on the main camera. The white balance looks a bit off.

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This photo of a building at sunset was taken at 5x digital zoom.

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There is a lot happening here. I used the 2.5x optical zoom to take a backlit photo of this cactus. I like the way the light made the needles look. And the natural bokeh is creamy and soft.

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These trees backlit by the sun really show the chops of the 12 Pro Max's new wide-angle camera. It was able to capture the highlights on the trees without blowing them out to white. And there is minimal noise in the shadows.

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If you're on the fence between the 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max cameras, ask yourself if the additional size and heft of the Max is worth the benefits you gain in photography? For most people, they're probably not and that's largely because the 12 Pro also has a great all-around camera system. But for people like me, who want the best image quality out of a photo or video taken on a phone, then the 12 Pro Max is worth having in your pocket… if it fits.

One feature I'm excited about is Apple's new ProRAW photo file, which provides the flexibility of a raw photo file but with the smarts of computational photography. Sadly, this feature doesn't come out until later this year.

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MagSafe, iOS 14 and the Apple Pencil

Like the rest of the iPhone 12 family, the 12 Pro Max can take advantage of Apple's MagSafe charging and accessories. Thanks to magnets and NFC, the phone can get the most efficient wireless charge when attached to a MagSafe charger. When the phone and charger connect, there is a satisfying slap.

Apple also makes the MagSafe Duo Charger, which can charge a phone and an Apple Watch at the same time. It costs $129, and folds up into a handy travel size. And yes, that seems expensive for a charger even though it was cool to use. The Apple Watch charging portion can be angled up.

But why stop at cases and chargers? What if you could connect an Apple Pencil to an iPhone 12 Pro Max? Technically, thanks to those magnets, you can. But sticking it to the back of the phone is about as much use as you'll get from it since the 12 Pro Max, like all iPhones, doesn't support the Apple Pencil. If there was ever an iPhone to use an Apple Pencil on, it's this one. 

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I wished Apple took more advantage of the 12 Pro Max's 6.7-inch screen. iPadOS optimizes iOS for the larger screens of the iPad lineup. What about an "iOS Max" that would allow me to use iPad software features such as Split View on the 12 Pro Max? Or support the use of an Apple Pencil? An iOS that took full advantage of the Max's size would be another benefit to set it apart from the other iPhones Apple sells. And, seriously, a MagSafe Apple Pencil would be a killer accessory.

The 12 Pro Max has big battery energy

The sleeper feature on the 12 Pro Max is its large battery. Apple doesn't say how big the battery is, but during the week I had the phone, it made it through a day and a half without a problem. Over the weekend, it made it all the way through Friday, and by Saturday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. it still had 40% left.

I ran a battery test where the phone plays a looped video in airplane mode. Apple's website says that the 12 Pro Max should last 20 hours doing this. In my test, it lasted 19 hours, 52 minutes. So basically as expected. We'll be running more battery tests over the coming weeks, so bookmark this review for updates.

The iPhone 12 Pro Max is powered by the A14 Bionic chip. And it's peppy and fast. The A14 chip is as much about giving you great performance now as it is about giving you great performance through years of iOS updates. In benchmark tests for performance the 12 Pro Max was on par with (not surprisingly) the iPhone 12, 12 Mini and 12 Pro. All of the new iPhones hold the distinction of having the most powerful processors in the phones we've tested. 

iPhone 12 specs compared to iPhone 12 Mini, iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max


Apple iPhone 12 Apple iPhone 12 Mini Apple iPhone 12 Pro Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max
Display size, resolution 6.1-inch OLED; 2,532x1,170 pixels 5.4-inch OLED; 2,340x1,080 pixels 6.1-inch OLED; 2,532x1,170 pixels 6.7-inch OLED; 2,778x1,284 pixels
Pixel density 460ppi 476ppi 460ppi 458ppi
Dimensions (inches) 5.78x2.82x0.29 inches 5.18x2.53x0.29 inches 5.78x2.82x0.29 inches 6.33x3.07x0.29 inches
Dimensions (millimeters) 146.7x71.5x7.4mm 131.5x64.2x7.4mm 146.7x71.5x7.4mm 160.8x78.1x7.4mm
Weight (ounces, grams) 5.78 oz.; 164g 4.76 oz.; 135g 6.66 oz.; 189g 8.03 oz.; 228g
Mobile software iOS 14 iOS 14 iOS 14 iOS 14
Camera 12-megapixel (wide), 12-megapixel (ultra-wide) 12-megapixel (wide), 12-megapixel (ultra-wide) 12-megapixel (wide), 12-megapixel (ultra-wide), 12-megapixel (telephoto) 12-megapixel (wide), 12-megapixel (ultra-wide), 12-megapixel (telephoto)
Front-facing camera 12-megapixel 12-megapixel 12-megapixel 12-megapixel
Video capture 4K 4K 4K 4K
Processor Apple A14 Bionic Apple A14 Bionic Apple A14 Bionic Apple A14 Bionic
Storage 64GB, 128GB, 256GB 64GB, 128GB, 256GB 128GB, 256GB, 512GB 128GB, 256GB, 512GB
RAM Undisclosed Undisclosed Undisclosed Undisclosed
Expandable storage No No No No
Battery Undisclosed; Apple lists 15 hours of video playback Undisclosed; Apple lists 15 hours of video playback Undisclosed; Apple lists 17 hours of video playback Undisclosed; Apple lists 17 hours of video playback
Fingerprint sensor No (Face ID) No (Face ID) No (Face ID) No (Face ID)
Connector Lightning Lightning Lightning Lightning
Headphone jack No No No No
Special features 5G enabled; MagSafe; water resistant (IP68); wireless charging; dual-SIM capabilities (nano-SIM and e-SIM) 5G enabled; MagSafe; water resistant (IP68); wireless charging; dual-SIM capabilities (nano-SIM and e-SIM) Lidar scanner; 5G enabled; MagSafe; water resistant (IP68); wireless charging; dual-SIM capabilities (nano-SIM and e-SIM) Lidar scanner; 5G enabled; MagSafe; water resistant (IP68); wireless charging; dual-SIM capabilities (nano-SIM and e-SIM)
Price off-contract (USD) $829 (64GB), $879 (128GB), $979 (256GB) $729 (64GB), $779 (128GB), $879 (256GB) $999 (128GB), $1,099 (256GB), $1,299 (512GB) $1,099 (128GB), $1,199 (256GB), $1,399 (512GB)
Price (GBP) £799 (64GB), £849 (128GB), £949 (256GB) £699 (64GB), £749 (128GB), £849 (256GB) £999 (128GB), £1,099 (256GB), £1,299 (512GB) £1,099 (128GB), £1,199 (256GB), £1,399 (512GB)
Price (AUD) AU$1,349 (64GB), AU$1,429 (128GB), AU$1,599 (256GB) AU$1,199 (64GB), AU$1,279 (128GB), AU$1,449 (256GB) AU$1,699 (128GB), AU$1,869 (256GB), AU$2,219 (512GB) AU$1,849 (128GB), AU$2,019 (256GB), AU$2,369 (512GB)

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iPhone 12 Mini review: Finally, the small phone we wanted – CNET

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The iPhone 12 Mini is the small phone from Apple that many of us have been waiting for.

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In 2020, phones are big. Even the small ones are big. The iPhone 12 Mini is wonderful because it's not big. It's truly small. When Apple announced the Mini along with the iPhone 12, 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max it was a remarkable moment for small phone lovers like myself. For a long time, we've wanted Apple to make a truly small iPhone in the vein of the iPhone 5, 5S or original SE. Earlier this year, Apple got our hopes up a bit, when it released a new iPhone SE which put the brains of the iPhone 11 Pro into the smallish body of the iPhone 8. It's a solid phone for the price, but it's tucked inside a three-year-old design. 

Obviously when you make anything smaller, there are going to be trade-offs and I braced myself wondering which features Apple sacrificed to make a small phone in 2020. But the iPhone 12 Mini has everything the iPhone 12 has -- it's just smaller. It has the same flat-sided design, support for 5G and OLED screen with support for HDR. The screen is covered with Apple's ceramic shield. The body has an IP68 rating for dust and water resistance and supports MagSafe wireless charging and accessories. It has the same A14 Bionic processor, runs the same iOS 14 software and even has the same cameras. The iPhone 12 and 12 Mini are the same phone. But one is small and one isn't.

Like

  • It's actually small
  • 5G support
  • Easy to use one-handed
  • Fits in most pockets
  • Same cameras and everything as the iPhone 12

Don't Like

  • Baseline iPhone 12 Mini only has 64GB of storage
  • Back glass is a fingerprint magnet
  • Battery life is good for the size, but just OK compared to the iPhone 12

The iPhone 12 Mini has a 5.4-inch display and costs $729 (£699, AU$1,199) while the iPhone 12 has a 6.1-inch screen and costs $829 (£799, AU$1,349). If you activate either phone on a carrier when you buy it, that price drops $30. Also, carriers are running a number of deals and discounts on these phones, especially if you trade in an old phone.

A couple of weeks ago, I did an in-depth review of the iPhone 12. Since this is the same phone, all of those criticisms apply. So for this iPhone 12 Mini review, I wanted to see if the convenience its size provides comes at the sacrifice of features I've grown accustomed to on larger phones, such as an all-day battery life. Spoiler alert: It doesn't.

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Overall, the small physical size, the swipe-friendly navigation in iOS 14 and high screen-to-body ratio make this compact phone nearly perfect... for me. But it might not be for you. That small screen is great for one-handed use, but you might not find it great for reading, or viewing documents. There will be many people who find the keys on the onscreen keyboard too tiny. And that's why there's the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro Max.

Still, Apple nailed the iPhone 12 Mini. It's a one-handed phone user's dream. And it's good to see Apple go so big on a phone so small.

The iPhone 12 Mini is actually small

With flat aluminum sides and a glossy glass back, the iPhone 12 Mini looks like a premium version of the iPhone 5, which is absolutely a good thing. In fact, it isn't much bigger than an iPhone 5 and it's smaller than the 2020 iPhone SE. The 12 Mini has a much higher screen-to-body ratio than the SE, which is great for watching videos or just having more information displayed on screen, like extra conversation threads in the Messages app.

The glass back picks up fingerprint smudges and dust ridiculously easily. If you're going to put this in a case, it's no biggie. But without one, you're basically carrying around your own personal CSI: Miami crime scene.

As with the rest of the iPhone 12 family, you'll either love or hate those boxy sides. I think they're wonderful, especially on a phone this size. The sides give me a secure grip on the phone without even trying. The flat edges also mean you can stand the 12 Mini on its side to take a photo or watch a video.

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From left to right: The iPhone 12 Mini, the iPhone 12 and the iPhone 12 Pro Max.

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Compared to the iPhone 12 and 12 Pro, the display looks tiny, especially next to the 6.7-inch screen on the iPhone 12 Pro Max. For some, that small screen will be a reason to stick with the 12. But for others, like me, the small display is the main reason to get the 12 Mini. Using my thumb in a windshield-wiper motion, I can reach every part of the screen. It's satisfying. On even a slightly larger phone like last year's iPhone 11 Pro (which has a 5.8-inch screen and isn't that much bigger) I couldn't reach every part of the screen. And if I tried reaching the top, I either had to strain my thumb or loosen my grip and inevitably drop my phone.

There's a clever software band aid in iOS to assist with one-handed use called Reachability. You swipe down on the bottom edge of the screen and what was at the top of the display moves to the middle so you can reach it. That mode works well but can be tedious when you have multiple interactions in a row with the top of the screen. 

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The iPhone 12 Mini can fit into the watch pocket on a pair of jeans. Though the top does stick out.

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The iPhone 12 Mini's petite size means it has natural reachability. You can use iOS Reachability on the iPhone 12 Mini, however, which is meta.

I found one-handed typing on the 12 Mini faster and more accurate than when I typed on a larger screen one-handed. During my week with the iPhone 12 Mini, I hardly made any mistakes typing. My friends who normally receive a regular stream of typos and corrections in our message threads must have thought I'd finally learned how to type.

CNET's Vanessa Hand-Orellana once told me a phone isn't truly small unless it has "pocketability." The pockets on my clothes fit most phones comfortably, but I realize there are many people whose clothes don't have pockets and when they do, those pockets can be tiny. To test the iPhone 12 Mini, I found the smallest pocket in my household, which was the inner pocket on a pair of jeans. (Fun fact: It's called a watch pocket.) The iPhone 12 Mini got mixed results. It fitted into the pocket, but the top stuck out. For the record, I don't know of any mainstream phone sold today that can fit into a watch pocket. 

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There's big camera power in the tiny iPhone 12 Mini

Lucky for us, the 12 Mini's pocketability doesn't come at the expense of camera hardware. In fact, the 12 Mini has the same wide, ultrawide and selfie cameras found on the iPhone 12. They capture excellent photos and video and consistently deliver terrific images. The Mini can even record videos up to 4K 60 frames per second and up to 4K 30 fps in Dolby Vision. 

Having all of this camera power packaged into such a small device had a curious consequence: I used it more. The 12 Mini is much more inconspicuous than taking a photo or video with a larger phone like the iPhone 12 Pro Max.

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The iPhone 12 Mini has the same wide, ultra-wide and selfie cameras as the iPhone 12.

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It's easy to take photos and record videos one-handed. The phone nestles between my pinky and index fingers, allowing my thumb to maneuver the iOS camera app. I appreciated the quick settings drawer next to the shutter button. It allowed me to easily adjust exposure, aspect ratio and even the length of time for a Night Mode shot all one-handed.

Check out some photos I took with the 12 Mini below.

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This is a Night Mode photo taken handheld with the iPhone 12 Mini.

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Notice the way the 12 Mini handles all the details in the wallpaper.

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This was taken with the ultrawide-angle camera on the iPhone 12 Mini. Software corrects the distortion in the corners without sacrificing the perspective.

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I like how the 12 Mini handles the texture of the wall and keeps the color true to life.

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This is a Night Mode selfie taken with the iPhone 12 Mini.

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The iPhone 12 Mini does an excellent job of keeping the highlights in the clouds in-check.

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Here is another Night Mode photo captured by the iPhone 12 Mini.

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The iPhone 12 Mini is the smallest 5G phone

Apple managed to build the same 5G antennas from the 12, 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max into the 12 Mini. Currently, the iPhone 12 Mini is the smallest 5G phone you can buy. I tested it in Greenville, South Carolina, on both T-Mobile's 5G network and Verizon's Nationwide 5G. The consistency of 5G speeds weren't consistent.

Using the app SpeedTest, the iPhone 12 Mini on T-Mobile recorded download speeds between 2.53 and 14.9 megabits per second, while on Verizon it got between 48.7 and 104Mbps for downloads. For reference, the average download speed in the US on a home broadband connection is 135Mbps.

A small phone means a small battery life -- sort of

If there's one consequence of having a small phone, it's battery life. Apple doesn't share the size of the batteries in its phones. But it's obvious that the 12 Mini has a smaller battery than the 12 or 12 Pro. You wouldn't expect a two-seat convertible car to hold as much gas as an SUV, and the same applies here with battery life.

During the week I used it, the iPhone 12 Mini got good battery life for its size. The 12 Mini made it through a day of regular use with no problem. I ran a battery test playing a looped video while the phone was in airplane mode. Apple's website states the 12 Mini should last 15 hours. In my test it lasted 14 hours, 48 minutes.

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From left to right: The iPhone SE (2020), the iPhone 12 Mini and the iPhone 12;

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The iPhone 12 Mini has the same A14 processor as of the iPhone 12 family. In use the phone was peppy and fast. Animations looked smooth. The camera opened fast. Editing photos was easy. Gameplay was smooth though sometimes the 12 Mini did get warm after a few minutes.

MagSafe for the Mini

Even though it's the smallest iPhone you can buy, the 12 Mini is built for Apple's MagSafe wireless charging system. Magnets inside the phone and charger nestle them into an ideal position for the most efficient charge. Having MagSafe on a phone this small was fantastic. I could see buying a MagSafe charger and AirPods along with the Mini for an ultimate minimalist phone setup.

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The iPhone 12 Mini and Apple Watch Series 3 atop the MagSafe Duo Charger.

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I did try out Apple's $129 MagSafe leather sleeve, which looks really cool. There's a little window for a quick peek at the time. It even has a wrist strap and a shield pocket to hold a few credit cards or ID. The leather sleeve made the phone bulky, which I didn't like. Though I can definitely envision people having the leather sleeve for their phone and putting a few credit cards in it for going out… whenever we get to do that again.

iPhone 12 specs compared to iPhone 12 Mini, iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max


Apple iPhone 12 Apple iPhone 12 Mini Apple iPhone 12 Pro Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max
Display size, resolution 6.1-inch OLED; 2,532x1,170 pixels 5.4-inch OLED; 2,340x1,080 pixels 6.1-inch OLED; 2,532x1,170 pixels 6.7-inch OLED; 2,778x1,284 pixels
Pixel density 460ppi 476ppi 460ppi 458ppi
Dimensions (inches) 5.78x2.82x0.29 inches 5.18x2.53x0.29 inches 5.78x2.82x0.29 inches 6.33x3.07x0.29 inches
Dimensions (millimeters) 146.7x71.5x7.4mm 131.5x64.2x7.4mm 146.7x71.5x7.4mm 160.8x78.1x7.4mm
Weight (ounces, grams) 5.78 oz.; 164g 4.76 oz.; 135g 6.66 oz.; 189g 8.03 oz.; 228g
Mobile software iOS 14 iOS 14 iOS 14 iOS 14
Camera 12-megapixel (wide), 12-megapixel (ultra-wide) 12-megapixel (wide), 12-megapixel (ultra-wide) 12-megapixel (wide), 12-megapixel (ultra-wide), 12-megapixel (telephoto) 12-megapixel (wide), 12-megapixel (ultra-wide), 12-megapixel (telephoto)
Front-facing camera 12-megapixel 12-megapixel 12-megapixel 12-megapixel
Video capture 4K 4K 4K 4K
Processor Apple A14 Bionic Apple A14 Bionic Apple A14 Bionic Apple A14 Bionic
Storage 64GB, 128GB, 256GB 64GB, 128GB, 256GB 128GB, 256GB, 512GB 128GB, 256GB, 512GB
RAM Undisclosed Undisclosed Undisclosed Undisclosed
Expandable storage No No No No
Battery Undisclosed; Apple lists 15 hours of video playback Undisclosed; Apple lists 15 hours of video playback Undisclosed; Apple lists 17 hours of video playback Undisclosed; Apple lists 17 hours of video playback
Fingerprint sensor No (Face ID) No (Face ID) No (Face ID) No (Face ID)
Connector Lightning Lightning Lightning Lightning
Headphone jack No No No No
Special features 5G enabled; MagSafe; water resistant (IP68); wireless charging; dual-SIM capabilities (nano-SIM and e-SIM) 5G enabled; MagSafe; water resistant (IP68); wireless charging; dual-SIM capabilities (nano-SIM and e-SIM) Lidar scanner; 5G enabled; MagSafe; water resistant (IP68); wireless charging; dual-SIM capabilities (nano-SIM and e-SIM) Lidar scanner; 5G enabled; MagSafe; water resistant (IP68); wireless charging; dual-SIM capabilities (nano-SIM and e-SIM)
Price off-contract (USD) $829 (64GB), $879 (128GB), $979 (256GB) $729 (64GB), $779 (128GB), $879 (256GB) $999 (128GB), $1,099 (256GB), $1,299 (512GB) $1,099 (128GB), $1,199 (256GB), $1,399 (512GB)
Price (GBP) £799 (64GB), £849 (128GB), £949 (256GB) £699 (64GB), £749 (128GB), £849 (256GB) £999 (128GB), £1,099 (256GB), £1,299 (512GB) £1,099 (128GB), £1,199 (256GB), £1,399 (512GB)
Price (AUD) AU$1,349 (64GB), AU$1,429 (128GB), AU$1,599 (256GB) AU$1,199 (64GB), AU$1,279 (128GB), AU$1,449 (256GB) AU$1,699 (128GB), AU$1,869 (256GB), AU$2,219 (512GB) AU$1,849 (128GB), AU$2,019 (256GB), AU$2,369 (512GB)

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iPhone 12 Mini review: Apple’s smallest is a one-handed phone user’s dream – CNET

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From left to right: The iPhone 12 Mini, the iPhone 12 and the iPhone 12 Pro Max.

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In 2020, phones are big. Even the small ones are big. The iPhone 12 Mini is wonderful because it's not big. It's truly small. When Apple announced the Mini along with the iPhone 12, 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max it was a remarkable moment for small phone lovers like myself. For a long time, we've wanted Apple to make a truly small iPhone in the vein of the iPhone 5, 5S or original SE. Earlier this year, Apple got our hopes up a bit, when it released a new iPhone SE which put the brains of the iPhone 11 Pro into the smallish body of the iPhone 8. It's a solid phone for the price, but it's tucked inside a three-year-old design. 

Obviously when you make anything smaller, there are going to be trade-offs and I braced myself wondering which features Apple sacrificed to make a small phone in 2020. But the iPhone 12 Mini has everything the iPhone 12 has -- it's just smaller. It has the same flat-sided design, support for 5G and OLED screen with support for HDR. The screen is covered with Apple's ceramic shield. The body has an IP68 rating for dust and water resistance and supports MagSafe wireless charging and accessories. It has the same A14 Bionic processor, runs the same iOS 14 software and even has the same cameras. The iPhone 12 and 12 Mini are the same phone. But one is small and one isn't.

Like

  • It's actually small
  • 5G support
  • Easy to use one-handed
  • Fits in most pockets
  • Same cameras and everything as the iPhone 12

Don't Like

  • Baseline iPhone 12 Mini only has 64GB of storage
  • Back glass is a fingerprint magnet
  • Battery life is good for the size, but just OK compared to the iPhone 12

The iPhone 12 Mini has a 5.4-inch display and costs $729 (£699, AU$1,199) while the iPhone 12 has a 6.1-inch screen and costs $829 (£799, AU$1,349). If you activate either phone on a carrier when you buy it, that price drops $30. Also, carriers are running a number of deals and discounts on these phones, especially if you trade in an old phone.

A couple of weeks ago, I did an in-depth review of the iPhone 12. Since this is the same phone, all of those criticisms apply. So for this iPhone 12 Mini review, I wanted to see if the convenience its size provides comes at the sacrifice of features I've grown accustomed to on larger phones, such as an all-day battery life. Spoiler alert: It doesn't and easily earns CNET's Editors' Choice.

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Overall, the small physical size, the swipe-friendly navigation in iOS 14 and high screen-to-body ratio make this compact phone nearly perfect... for me. But it might not be for you. That small screen is great for one-handed use, but you might not find it great for reading, or viewing documents. There will be many people who find the keys on the onscreen keyboard too tiny. And that's why there's the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro Max.

Still, Apple nailed the iPhone 12 Mini. It's a one-handed phone user's dream. And it's good to see Apple go so big on a phone so small.

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The iPhone 12 Mini can fit into the watch pocket on a pair of jeans. Though the top does stick out.

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The iPhone 12 Mini is actually small

With flat aluminum sides and a glossy glass back, the iPhone 12 Mini looks like a premium version of the iPhone 5, which is absolutely a good thing. In fact, it isn't much bigger than an iPhone 5 and it's smaller than the 2020 iPhone SE. The 12 Mini has a much higher screen-to-body ratio than the SE, which is great for watching videos or just having more information displayed on screen, like extra conversation threads in the Messages app.

The glass back picks up fingerprint smudges and dust ridiculously easily. If you're going to put this in a case, it's no biggie. But without one, you're basically carrying around your own personal CSI: Miami crime scene.

As with the rest of the iPhone 12 family, you'll either love or hate those boxy sides. I think they're wonderful, especially on a phone this size. The sides give me a secure grip on the phone without even trying. The flat edges also mean you can stand the 12 Mini on its side to take a photo or watch a video.

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The iPhone 12 Mini is the small phone from Apple that many of us have been waiting for. Here it is next to an iPhone 5.

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Compared to the iPhone 12 and 12 Pro, the display looks tiny, especially next to the 6.7-inch screen on the iPhone 12 Pro Max. For some, that small screen will be a reason to stick with the 12. But for others, like me, the small display is the main reason to get the 12 Mini. Using my thumb in a windshield-wiper motion, I can reach every part of the screen. It's satisfying. On even a slightly larger phone like last year's iPhone 11 Pro (which has a 5.8-inch screen and isn't that much bigger) I couldn't reach every part of the screen. And if I tried reaching the top, I either had to strain my thumb or loosen my grip and inevitably drop my phone.

There's a clever software band aid in iOS to assist with one-handed use called Reachability. You swipe down on the bottom edge of the screen and what was at the top of the display moves to the middle so you can reach it. That mode works well but can be tedious when you have multiple interactions in a row with the top of the screen. 

The iPhone 12 Mini's petite size means it has natural reachability. You can use iOS Reachability on the iPhone 12 Mini, however, which is meta.

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I found one-handed typing on the 12 Mini faster and more accurate than when I typed on a larger screen one-handed. During my week with the iPhone 12 Mini, I hardly made any mistakes typing. My friends who normally receive a regular stream of typos and corrections in our message threads must have thought I'd finally learned how to type.

CNET's Vanessa Hand-Orellana once told me a phone isn't truly small unless it has "pocketability." The pockets on my clothes fit most phones comfortably, but I realize there are many people whose clothes don't have pockets and when they do, those pockets can be tiny. To test the iPhone 12 Mini, I found the smallest pocket in my household, which was the inner pocket on a pair of jeans. (Fun fact: It's called a watch pocket.) The iPhone 12 Mini got mixed results. It fitted into the pocket, but the top stuck out. For the record, I don't know of any mainstream phone sold today that can fit into a watch pocket. 

There's big camera power in the tiny iPhone 12 Mini

Lucky for us, the 12 Mini's pocketability doesn't come at the expense of camera hardware. In fact, the 12 Mini has the same wide, ultrawide and selfie cameras found on the iPhone 12. They capture excellent photos and video and consistently deliver terrific images. The Mini can even record videos up to 4K 60 frames per second and up to 4K 30 fps in Dolby Vision. 

Having all of this camera power packaged into such a small device had a curious consequence: I used it more. The 12 Mini is much more inconspicuous than taking a photo or video with a larger phone like the iPhone 12 Pro Max.

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The iPhone 12 Mini has the same wide, ultra-wide and selfie cameras as the iPhone 12.

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It's easy to take photos and record videos one-handed. The phone nestles between my pinky and index fingers, allowing my thumb to maneuver the iOS camera app. I appreciated the quick settings drawer next to the shutter button. It allowed me to easily adjust exposure, aspect ratio and even the length of time for a Night Mode shot all one-handed.

Check out some photos I took with the 12 Mini below.

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This is a Night Mode photo taken handheld with the iPhone 12 Mini.

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Notice the way the 12 Mini handles all the details in the wallpaper.

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This was taken with the ultrawide-angle camera on the iPhone 12 Mini. Software corrects the distortion in the corners without sacrificing the perspective.

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I like how the 12 Mini handles the texture of the wall and keeps the color true to life.

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This is a Night Mode selfie taken with the iPhone 12 Mini.

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The iPhone 12 Mini does an excellent job of keeping the highlights in the clouds in-check.

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Here is another Night Mode photo captured by the iPhone 12 Mini.

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The iPhone 12 Mini is the smallest 5G phone

Apple managed to build the same 5G antennas from the 12, 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max into the 12 Mini. Currently, the iPhone 12 Mini is the smallest 5G phone you can buy. I tested it in Greenville, South Carolina, on both T-Mobile's 5G network and Verizon's Nationwide 5G. The consistency of 5G speeds weren't consistent.

Using the app SpeedTest, the iPhone 12 Mini on T-Mobile recorded download speeds between 2.53 and 14.9 megabits per second, while on Verizon it got between 48.7 and 104Mbps for downloads. For reference, the average download speed in the US on a home broadband connection is 135Mbps.

A small phone means a small battery life -- sort of

If there's one consequence of having a small phone, it's battery life. Apple doesn't share the size of the batteries in its phones. But it's obvious that the 12 Mini has a smaller battery than the 12 or 12 Pro. You wouldn't expect a two-seat convertible car to hold as much gas as an SUV, and the same applies here with battery life.

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From left to right: The iPhone SE (2020), the iPhone 12 Mini and the iPhone 12;

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During the week I used it, the iPhone 12 Mini got good battery life for its size. The 12 Mini made it through a day of regular use with no problem. I ran a battery test playing a looped video while the phone was in airplane mode. Apple's website states the 12 Mini should last 15 hours. In my test it lasted 14 hours, 48 minutes.

The iPhone 12 Mini has the same A14 processor as of the iPhone 12 family. In use the phone was peppy and fast. Animations looked smooth. The camera opened fast. Editing photos was easy. Gameplay was smooth though sometimes the 12 Mini did get warm after a few minutes.

MagSafe for the Mini

Even though it's the smallest iPhone you can buy, the 12 Mini is built for Apple's MagSafe wireless charging system. Magnets inside the phone and charger nestle them into an ideal position for the most efficient charge. Having MagSafe on a phone this small was fantastic. I could see buying a MagSafe charger and AirPods along with the Mini for an ultimate minimalist phone setup.

I did try out Apple's $129 MagSafe leather sleeve, which looks really cool. There's a little window for a quick peek at the time. It even has a wrist strap and a shield pocket to hold a few credit cards or ID. The leather sleeve made the phone bulky, which I didn't like. Though I can definitely envision people having the leather sleeve for their phone and putting a few credit cards in it for going out… whenever we get to do that again.

iPhone 12 specs compared to iPhone 12 Mini, iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max


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Display size, resolution 6.1-inch OLED; 2,532x1,170 pixels 5.4-inch OLED; 2,340x1,080 pixels 6.1-inch OLED; 2,532x1,170 pixels 6.7-inch OLED; 2,778x1,284 pixels
Pixel density 460ppi 476ppi 460ppi 458ppi
Dimensions (inches) 5.78x2.82x0.29 inches 5.18x2.53x0.29 inches 5.78x2.82x0.29 inches 6.33x3.07x0.29 inches
Dimensions (millimeters) 146.7x71.5x7.4mm 131.5x64.2x7.4mm 146.7x71.5x7.4mm 160.8x78.1x7.4mm
Weight (ounces, grams) 5.78 oz.; 164g 4.76 oz.; 135g 6.66 oz.; 189g 8.03 oz.; 228g
Mobile software iOS 14 iOS 14 iOS 14 iOS 14
Camera 12-megapixel (wide), 12-megapixel (ultra-wide) 12-megapixel (wide), 12-megapixel (ultra-wide) 12-megapixel (wide), 12-megapixel (ultra-wide), 12-megapixel (telephoto) 12-megapixel (wide), 12-megapixel (ultra-wide), 12-megapixel (telephoto)
Front-facing camera 12-megapixel 12-megapixel 12-megapixel 12-megapixel
Video capture 4K 4K 4K 4K
Processor Apple A14 Bionic Apple A14 Bionic Apple A14 Bionic Apple A14 Bionic
Storage 64GB, 128GB, 256GB 64GB, 128GB, 256GB 128GB, 256GB, 512GB 128GB, 256GB, 512GB
RAM Undisclosed Undisclosed Undisclosed Undisclosed
Expandable storage No No No No
Battery Undisclosed; Apple lists 15 hours of video playback Undisclosed; Apple lists 15 hours of video playback Undisclosed; Apple lists 17 hours of video playback Undisclosed; Apple lists 17 hours of video playback
Fingerprint sensor No (Face ID) No (Face ID) No (Face ID) No (Face ID)
Connector Lightning Lightning Lightning Lightning
Headphone jack No No No No
Special features 5G enabled; MagSafe; water resistant (IP68); wireless charging; dual-SIM capabilities (nano-SIM and e-SIM) 5G enabled; MagSafe; water resistant (IP68); wireless charging; dual-SIM capabilities (nano-SIM and e-SIM) Lidar scanner; 5G enabled; MagSafe; water resistant (IP68); wireless charging; dual-SIM capabilities (nano-SIM and e-SIM) Lidar scanner; 5G enabled; MagSafe; water resistant (IP68); wireless charging; dual-SIM capabilities (nano-SIM and e-SIM)
Price off-contract (USD) $829 (64GB), $879 (128GB), $979 (256GB) $729 (64GB), $779 (128GB), $879 (256GB) $999 (128GB), $1,099 (256GB), $1,299 (512GB) $1,099 (128GB), $1,199 (256GB), $1,399 (512GB)
Price (GBP) £799 (64GB), £849 (128GB), £949 (256GB) £699 (64GB), £749 (128GB), £849 (256GB) £999 (128GB), £1,099 (256GB), £1,299 (512GB) £1,099 (128GB), £1,199 (256GB), £1,399 (512GB)
Price (AUD) AU$1,349 (64GB), AU$1,429 (128GB), AU$1,599 (256GB) AU$1,199 (64GB), AU$1,279 (128GB), AU$1,449 (256GB) AU$1,699 (128GB), AU$1,869 (256GB), AU$2,219 (512GB) AU$1,849 (128GB), AU$2,019 (256GB), AU$2,369 (512GB)

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The moment HBO’s Perry Mason made actor Chris Chalk truly take notice – CNET

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Matthew Rhys (left) stars as Perry Mason and Chris Chalk (right) plays Paul Drake in the HBO series Perry Mason.

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As the coronavirus pandemic canceled our travel plans, one escape many of us found this past summer was the new Perry Mason series on HBO. Matthew Rhys, from the excellent show The Americans, stars as the titular defense lawyer along with actor Chris Chalk, who portrays detective Paul Drake. The onscreen chemistry between Rhys and Chalk is just one of the things that makes this Perry Mason reboot so compelling.

Chalk, who also played Gary Cooper in the Aaron Sorkin series The Newsroom and Lucius Fox on the show Gotham, was a guest on CNET's I'm So Obsessed podcast. He explained how initially he almost didn't audition for Perry Mason.

"I was like, 'Oh, that's just a bunch of white people,'" said Chalk with a laugh. "Then I saw Paul Drake and I went, 'Wait a second.' They took Paul Drake, this classic character played by an older white male, and completely invested in him being a young black man in the '30s."

Perry Mason initially aired during the wave of global protests for Black Lives Matter and against police brutality that took place this summer. The series reflects what's happening in American society without being heavy and hard. Before Perry Mason, Chalk starred as Yusuf Salaam in Ava DuVernay's acclaimed four-part series When They See Us, based on the true story about five Harlem teens falsely accused of a brutal attack in Central Park.

During our interview, Chalk discusses DuVernay and working with people like Sorkin, Steve McQueen and Katherine Bigelow. He also opens up about making his directorial debut with the feature film Farewell, which he also wrote, produced and starred in along with his wife, K.D. Chalk.

Listen to my entire conversation with Chalk on Spotify or Apple Podcasts. Season one of Perry Mason is available to stream on HBO Max. Also, you can subscribe to I'm So Obsessed on your favorite podcast app. In each episode, Connie Guglielmo or I catch up with an artist, actor or creator to learn about work, career and current obsessions.

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Westworld’s John Gallagher Jr. ponders if Liam Dempsey Jr. is a robot – CNET

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In the new horror movie Come Play, John Gallagher Jr. plays Marty, whose son communes with an otherworldly presence named Larry.

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Whether it was starring as Liam Dempsey Jr. in the third season of Westworld on HBO, or popping up in shows and films like Newsroom and 10 Cloverfield Lane, actor and musician John Gallagher Jr. has a pretty eclectic career. All this is bolstered by the fact that he starred in the original Broadway productions of Spring Awakening and American Idiot, based on the album by Green Day. So it comes as no surprise to see Gallagher star alongside Gillian Jacobs in the new inventive horror film Come Play.

Gallagher was my guest on CNET's I'm So Obsessed podcast and described Come Play as a horror film intertwined with a family drama. Listen to the interview below.

"It's basically a film about a normal blue-collar family struggling to make ends meet. I play the father, Marty, and Gillian Jacobs plays my wife, Sarah," Gallagher said. "We're in the process of splitting up, and we're trying to take care of our 8-year-old son, Oliver, who is on the spectrum. He finds himself communing with an otherworldly presence through his smartphone."

One of the things that appealed to Gallagher about the film was how Come Play used the devices we have within reach every day as a framework to explore isolation and alienation. Gallagher even thinks the movie has echoes of the 1983 film Poltergeist.

Poltergeist "was a film that dealt with technology, with this ghost being inside the television that kidnaps this young girl from her family," Gallagher said. "We're almost playing with that motif a little bit here by having it be the young boy. But instead of the TV, it's smartphones and tablets. So it feels like a kindred spirit."

During our conversation, we discuss the film, whether Liam was a robot or not in Westworld, Gallagher's music career and how 10 Cloverfield Lane got its title.

Listen to my entire conversation with Gallagher on Spotify or Apple Podcasts. Come Play is now out in theaters. Also, you can subscribe to I'm So Obsessed on your favorite podcast app. In each episode, Connie Guglielmo and I catch up with an artist, actor or creator to learn about work, career and current obsessions.

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Tyler Perry’s The Oval star, Kron Moore explains Camp Quarantine – CNET

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Kron Moore stars on Tyler Perry's The Oval on BET, and in the DC Universe show Stargirl on CW.

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If you ask actors what's the most fun kind of character to play, most would answer a villain. That's definitely the case for Kron Moore. In real life she's charming, intelligent and sweet, but in Tyler Perry's soap opera The Oval she plays Victoria Franklin, the volatile, manipulative and elegant first lady of the United States. The BET show ended its first season this summer, and Moore's performance stood out.

On CNET's I'm So Obsessed podcast, Moore was my guest, and she discussed the show and her quiet, understated approach to playing such a bad character.

"She [Victoria Franklin] has something to prove to the world. She wants to be the biggest, the best, the brightest at everything, and that is where I think the manipulative behavior comes in, because she wants to be viewed as this perfect person," said a thoughtful Moore. "People expect that anger is loud and boisterous, and I think it's a little bit scary when someone is so contained and so quiet. If someone else is on 10 and you're on 2, that's very powerful."

The Oval films in a full-sized replica of the White House at Tyler Perry's 330-acre Georgia studio, which is built on the site of a Confederate army base from the Civil War. The symbolism of the studio's locale isn't lost on Moore.

"We've been woven into the history of that studio. For one Black man to own what was formerly a Confederate army base -- I don't even have the vocabulary to express what that means for Black America," said Moore. "There's a sense of pride that I have working there and knowing that we have come a long way, but we have so much further to go."

During our interview, Moore talked about Perry's Camp Quarantine plan to resume filming during the coronavirus pandemic. She also opened up about her role as Dr. Bridget Chapel in the DC Universe show Stargirl, on the CW.

Listen to my entire conversation with Moore on Spotify or Apple Podcasts. You can watch season 1 of Tyler Perry's The Oval on BET and season 1 of Stargirl on the CW. Also, you can subscribe to I'm So Obsessed on your favorite podcast app. In each episode, Connie Guglielmo and I catch up with an artist, actor or creator to learn about work, career and current obsessions.

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iPhone 12 review: One of our highest-rated phones of all time – CNET

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The iPhone 12 and 12 Pro are here and mark the beginning of a new generation of iPhone. Support for 5G, a new hardware design and camera improvements are a significant step away from the iPhone X generation of devices. This is nothing new. Apple did something similar in 2010 with the iPhone 4 and in 2014 when it released the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus

There is one big difference with the iPhone 12 generation, though. It's the first time there are four new iPhones at once: the iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Mini, iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max. If you want to go small and reap the benefits of a lower price there's the Mini. If you want the biggest iPhone with the newest in iPhone cameras, get the Pro Max. But that leaves the 12 and 12 Pro which are similar (like basically-the-same-phone similar). That's not necessarily a bad thing.

Read more: iPhone 12 drop test results are in: Ceramic shield is as tough as it sounds

Like

  • New square-sided design
  • 5G support for both sub-6 and mmWave
  • Low-light photos and videos
  • MagSafe everything

Don't Like

  • $829 off-carrier price is high for the 12
  • Baseline 12 only has 64GB of storage

Like

  • Premium fit and finish
  • Fantastic autofocus for photos and videos
  • Solid build quality
  • Fastest phone we've ever tested

Don't Like

  • iPhone 12 offers most of the same features, design and build for less money

The iPhone 12 and 12 Pro are the same size. They both have the same design, the same display, the same insanely fast A14 Bionic chip, the same 5G support, the same selfie, wide and ultrawide cameras. Heck, they both come in blue. (Technically, the 12 Pro is Pacific blue.) This is a departure from the base and pro models from last year. The $699 iPhone 11 and $999 iPhone 11 Pro were similar but had enough differences to distinguish themselves from each other.

Read more: The best phone to buy for 2020

The $829 iPhone 12 (or $799 if you activate it on a carrier when you buy it) is $130 more than the iPhone 11 when it was released. An iPhone 12 with 128GB of storage (the same as the baseline 12 Pro) costs $879 (sans carrier discount) which is only $120 less than the $999 iPhone 12 Pro. It's best to think of the iPhone 12 and 12 Pro as "better" and "best" versions of the same phone. Here's how to buy each iPhone 12 model.

Prices start in the UK at £799 for the iPhone 12 and £999 for the 12 Pro. In Australia they start at AU$1,349 for the 12 and AU$1,699 for the 12 Pro. See the chart at the bottom for a full pricing breakdown.

iPhone 12 vs. 12 Pro vs. iPhone 11


iPhone 12 iPhone 12 Pro iPhone 11
Price off-contract (USD) $829 (64GB), $879 (128GB), $979 (256GB) $999 (128GB), $1,099 (256GB), $1,299 (512GB) $599 (64GB), $649 (128GB), $749 (256GB)
Camera 12-megapixel (wide), 12-megapixel (ultrawide) 12-megapixel (wide), 12-megapixel (ultrawide), 12-megapixel (telephoto) 12-megapixel (wide), 12-megapixel (ultrawide)
Storage 64GB, 128GB, 256GB 128GB, 256GB, 512GB 64GB, 128GB, 256GB

Now there are many people who will just get the iPhone 12 because it doesn't cost a thousand dollars and it's a great phone. Which it is. And there are many people who will get the iPhone 12 Pro because it is more premium. Which it is. Either way, you're getting an amazing phone with the best overall camera system you can find.

During my time with both phones, I found myself picking the 12 Pro more. Not because it had a telephoto camera or lidar, which the 12 lacks: I preferred the matte textured back, the shiny stainless steel band around the sides and the fact that the 12 Pro, despite weighing nearly an ounce (25 grams) more, felt solid and premium in my hand.

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The iPhone 12 and 12 Pro have the same 5G support

It's brilliant that both the 12 and 12 Pro can connect to sub-6 and mmWave 5G here in the US. One phone doesn't have better 5G support than the other. They are both the same.

I tested these phones in Greenville, South Carolina on both T-Mobile's 5G network and Verizon's Nationwide 5G (the non-mmWave version without the bonkers speeds). I was impressed with the coverage both carriers offered, but not always with the consistency of 5G speeds. Using the app SpeedTest, the iPhone 12 on T-Mobile recorded download speeds between 10.4 and 14.9 megabits per second, while the iPhone 12 Pro on Verizon clocked in between 97.9 and 104Mbps for downloads.

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The iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 both offer the same support for 5G.

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Speed tests aside, there isn't a killer app that can show off how 5G is pushing things forward. Right now, you'll see a lot of reviews showing you SpeedTest scores and how fast you can download season 3 of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel on Amazon. That said, most iPhone owners tend to keep their phones for years. Even if you don't experience fast 5G speeds now, at least your phone will be able to handle them when they arrive down the line.

Connecting to 5G can tax your phone's battery life. Apple implemented a clever software feature called Smart Data mode, which balances data needs, speed and power. Smart Data looks at a number of factors to determine whether you need to use 5G. If you don't, your iPhone will switch to a 4G connection. Smart Data can even switch between different bands of 5G. You can override Smart Data and select to have 5G connectivity all the time. 

One cool thing about 5G on the iPhone 12 and 12 Pro was that it let me make HD FaceTime calls over cellular. More 5G things like that, please. 

The iPhone 12 and 12 Pro have an iPhone 5 design

One of the first things I noticed about the iPhone 12 is its "slabular" beauty. Apple's idea of premium differs from the flash and spectacle we see in flagship Android phones. Body colors don't appear to morph from one to another depending on the light. The screen doesn't wrap around the edges. In fact, the iPhone 12 and 12 Pro don't have curved edges at all.

Instead, a straight-edged polished stainless steel band defines the iPhone 12 Pro (it's matte aluminum on the 12), much in the way it did on the iPhone 5, 5S and SE, just without the chamfered edges. The iPhone 12 and 12 Pro have a bold, striking look without any frills. The build and finish on the 12 Pro are extraordinary.

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The squared-off edges of the iPhone 5 are back.

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The iPhone 12 is also defined by a stunning OLED panel, which Apples calls a Super XDR display. Gone is the LCD found on the iPhone XR and 11. Besides the contrast and resolution, the squared-off sides seem to push the display up and forward. When the phone is on its back, it's as if the rest of the phone is holding up the display while trying not to be seen.

Both phone screens are covered with a ceramic shield, a new material that starts off as glass and is infused with nano-ceramic crystals. (After the infusion, it's no longer considered glass.) Apple claims it offers four times the protection when dropped. I'm not sure exactly how that number was calculated by Apple, but I look forward to my colleagues putting the 12 and 12 Pro through a series of drop tests. The iPhone 12 and 12 Pro are both rated IP68 for water- and dust-resistance and can withstand being submerged in water to a depth of 6 meters for 30 minutes. In the time I had the phones, both handled spills, light rain and minimal submerging in water just fine.

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iPhone 12 and 12 Pro capture excellent photos and videos

The cameras received hardware, software and processing upgrades. While other phones might have a standout camera feature (like the Galaxy S20 Ultra's 100x Space Zoom) that these iPhones lack, the iPhone 12 and 12 Pro can capture excellent photos and video and deliver consistently fantastic images. Here's a sample taken in a range of different environments and lighting.

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The iPhone 12 Pro nails the texture of the clouds and the highlights on the left side of the steeple.

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This scene is a computational photography obstacle course. There's moving water, a cloudy sky, brick patterns in the background and red and pink flowers. And the iPhone 12 handles it all like a champ.

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The amount of detail that the iPhone 12 Pro was able to capture in this photo is impressive.

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The iPhone 12 was able to capture the texture of the light colored bricks and the shine of the black sign.

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This scene really shows off the dynamic range of the iPhone 12.

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The iPhone 12 has the exact same cameras as the iPhone 12 Pro, except for the telephoto camera and lidar. But these phones aren't just dependent on hardware to take good photos and videos. Apple's new A14 Bionic chip, along with software and machine learning, adds improvements to everything.

For example, the 12 and 12 Pro have the same hardware for their ultrawide-angle camera as last year's 11 and 11 Pro. But the 12 and 12 Pro have software to correct the lens distortion. Take a look below at these ultrawide-angle photos of a brick wall. in the iPhone 11 photo, notice how the corners of the brick wall look like they're bending.

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Timed selfie taken with the rear ultrawide-angle camera on the iPhone 12. Getting my Beastie Boys pose on.

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Apple added software to reduce the distortion on the ultrawide-angle camera. Lucky the dramatic perspective remains unchanged in this photo taken with the iPhone 12.

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The ultrawide-angle camera on the iPhone 12 and 12 Pro now has Night Mode support.

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The main wide-angle camera on both phones has a faster lens that lets in more light. The new lens, combined with Smart HDR 3, yields truly amazing photos with accurate colors and solid dynamic range. Night Mode is now on the ultrawide and selfie cameras. I'm shocked at how good some Night Mode photos came out, even the selfie portraits I took! The telephoto camera on the 12 Pro is a huge step up in zoom compared to the iPhone 12. But there are a number of phones that offer much longer zooms with better results.

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Without a lot of light, the iPhone 12 Pro was able to render this scene beautifully.

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Despite being downtown with lots of light, the iPhone 12 Pro was even able to find some stars in the sky.

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In terms of video, especially on the iPhone 12 Pro, the focus is fantastic and was able to track me even when I was shooting at night. And that's because of the lidar sensor. In fact, some of the clips in my review video were shot on the iPhone 12 Pro.

iPhone 12 and 12 Pro are the fastest phones

The cameras aren't the only thing that the A14 Bionic chip improves. It's fast, but it's hard to see the increased speed over the A13 chip, which is still peppy. The A14 chip is as much about power now as it is about future-proofing your phone so it can handle iOS 17 in a few years.

In performance benchmark tests, the iPhone 12 and 12 Pro recorded the highest scores of any phones we've ever tested. See the results below.

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In terms of battery life, I typically got through a day and the next morning OK. I was able to run a single battery test with looped video playing at half brightness in airplane mode. The iPhone 12 Pro lasted 15 hours, 56 minutes and the iPhone 12 lasted 17 hours, 14 minutes. I want more time to evaluate the battery life on the 12 and 12 Pro once I'm done reviewing the phones and we have more battery tests to run, so check back to this article for updates.

The phone comes with a USB-C to Lightning cable, which can offer super fast speeds. Apple no longer includes a pair of wired earbuds in the box or a power adapter, the idea being to minimize hazardous electronic waste. It's likely this won't be a problem for you as most people will already have a pair of earbuds and a wall charger to use.

Read more: iPhone 12 takes us a step closer to Apple's portless future

But here's where that doesn't necessarily add up: Since 2012, all iPhones have come with a 5-watt charger USB-A power adapter, which isn't compatible with the included USB-C cable. Yes, if you already have an old Lightning cable you could use that, or you could buy a USB-C power adapter. Or you could try out Apple's new MagSafe wireless charging system, but the MagSafe charger (without a wall charger) is $39.

MagSafe uses magnets inside the phone and charger to nestle them into a position that is the most efficient for charging. I really enjoyed using MagSafe. The sound the phone and charger make when they connect is beyond satisfying. There's even an animation that pops up on screen showing that everything is properly connected. I tried out some MagSafe cases, which work well and allow for wireless charging through the case without losing power.

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From left to right: MagSafe charger, MagSafe clear case on an iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro and MagSafe detachable wallet.

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The magnets can also connect to noncharging accessories like a detachable wallet, which you can use with or without a MagSafe phone case. This little business card-sized wallet won me over. I'm excited to see what Apple and third-party companies use MagSafe for.

The iPhone 12 and 12 Pro are amazing phones, but we only have half the picture right now. There's also the iPhone 12 Mini (which I'm particularly excited about, given its size and price) and the iPhone 12 Pro Max, which maxes out the size of the phone's display and offers camera improvements that none of the other iPhones 12 have. But that's just what we know based on the specs. We'll have to wait until November to see how they work out in reality.

iPhone 12 vs. 12 Pro vs. Mini vs. 12 Pro Max


Apple iPhone 12 Apple iPhone 12 Mini Apple iPhone 12 Pro Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max
Display size, resolution 6.1-inch OLED; 2,532x1,170 pixels 5.4-inch OLED; 2,340x1,080 pixels 6.1-inch OLED; 2,532x1,170 pixels 6.7-inch OLED; 2,778x1,284 pixels
Pixel density 460ppi 476ppi 460ppi 458ppi
Dimensions (inches) 5.78x2.82x0.29 inches 5.18x2.53x0.29 inches 5.78x2.82x0.29 inches 6.33x3.07x0.29 inches
Dimensions (millimeters) 146.7x71.5x7.4mm 131.5x64.2x7.4mm 146.7x71.5x7.4mm 160.8x78.1x7.4mm
Weight (ounces, grams) 5.78 oz.; 164g 4.76 oz.; 135g 6.66 oz.; 189g 8.03 oz.; 228g
Mobile software iOS 14 iOS 14 iOS 14 iOS 14
Camera 12-megapixel (wide), 12-megapixel (ultra-wide) 12-megapixel (wide), 12-megapixel (ultra-wide) 12-megapixel (wide), 12-megapixel (ultra-wide), 12-megapixel (telephoto) 12-megapixel (wide), 12-megapixel (ultra-wide), 12-megapixel (telephoto)
Front-facing camera 12-megapixel 12-megapixel 12-megapixel 12-megapixel
Video capture 4K 4K 4K 4K
Processor Apple A14 Bionic Apple A14 Bionic Apple A14 Bionic Apple A14 Bionic
Storage 64GB, 128GB, 256GB 64GB, 128GB, 256GB 128GB, 256GB, 512GB 128GB, 256GB, 512GB
RAM Undisclosed Undisclosed Undisclosed Undisclosed
Expandable storage No No No No
Battery Undisclosed; Apple lists 15 hours of video playback Undisclosed; Apple lists 15 hours of video playback Undisclosed; Apple lists 17 hours of video playback Undisclosed; Apple lists 17 hours of video playback
Fingerprint sensor No (Face ID) No (Face ID) No (Face ID) No (Face ID)
Connector Lightning Lightning Lightning Lightning
Headphone jack No No No No
Special features 5G enabled; MagSafe; water resistant (IP68); wireless charging; dual-SIM capabilities (nano-SIM and e-SIM) 5G enabled; MagSafe; water resistant (IP68); wireless charging; dual-SIM capabilities (nano-SIM and e-SIM) Lidar scanner; 5G enabled; MagSafe; water resistant (IP68); wireless charging; dual-SIM capabilities (nano-SIM and e-SIM) Lidar scanner; 5G enabled; MagSafe; water resistant (IP68); wireless charging; dual-SIM capabilities (nano-SIM and e-SIM)
Price off-contract (USD) $829 (64GB), $879 (128GB), $979 (256GB) $729 (64GB), $779 (128GB), $879 (256GB) $999 (128GB), $1,099 (256GB), $1,299 (512GB) $1,099 (128GB), $1,199 (256GB), $1,399 (512GB)
Price (GBP) £799 (64GB), £849 (128GB), £949 (256GB) £699 (64GB), £749 (128GB), £849 (256GB) £999 (128GB), £1,099 (256GB), £1,299 (512GB) £1,099 (128GB), £1,199 (256GB), £1,399 (512GB)
Price (AUD) AU$1,349 (64GB), AU$1,429 (128GB), AU$1,599 (256GB) AU$1,199 (64GB), AU$1,279 (128GB), AU$1,449 (256GB) AU$1,699 (128GB), AU$1,869 (256GB), AU$2,219 (512GB) AU$1,849 (128GB), AU$2,019 (256GB), AU$2,369 (512GB)

First published Oct. 20.

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Our iPhone 12 thoughts so far: Camera upgrades, lidar, and that new design – CNET

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The iPhone 12 comes in black, white, Product Red, mint green and dark blue.

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The iPhone 12 is official. During a virtual event on Tuesday, Apple announced four new iPhones, all of which have new cameras, a new body design, support for 5G and "ceramic shield" displays. The new phones are named just like the iPhone 11 family: iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max. There is also the iPhone 12 Mini, which packs the iPhone 12 into a smaller and more affordable body while retaining all of its features. It's the smallest iPhone you can buy new, and it's even more petite than the current iPhone SE.

As far as price, the iPhone 12 Mini starts at $699, the same as last year's 11. The iPhone 12 starts at $799. Prices for the 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max stay at $999 and $1,099 respectively. (See the chart below for a full price breakdown, including international prices.) Meanwhile the iPhone 11 dropped to $599, the iPhone XR is $499 and an iPhone SE starts at $399. 

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The 2020 iPhone family and prices.

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Preorders for the iPhone 12 and 12 Pro start today and both phones will be available Oct. 23. Starting Nov. 6, you can preorder the iPhone 12 Pro Max and 12 Mini which will ship on Nov. 13. On paper it seems like a good year to upgrade your iPhone, but note that we still need to test all of the new phones out.

Between the prices, the choice in sizes, support for 5G and the cameras there's a lot to be excited and confused about. Here's a breakdown of all the major features on the new iPhones and what makes them different.

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iPhone 12 gets an iPhone 5 squared-off design

All four phones have a new hardware design defined by squared-off edges similar to those on the iPad Pro. You could even say Apple took inspiration from the iPhone 5, 5S and original 2016 SE. It kind of looks like the bodies of the iPhone 11 and the iPhone 5 had a baby, and that's not a bad thing.

Those boxy edges house the antennas for 5G and are made from aluminum on the iPhone 12 and 12 Mini. They're stainless steel on the 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max.

Compared to the iPhone 11, the 12 sounds like a Radiohead song: It's smaller, thinner, lighter. Sadly, no mention from Apple about killing moths or putting boiling water on ants.

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The iPhone 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max come in four finishes: silver, graphite, gold and Pacific blue.

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The 12 and 12 Mini come in black, white, product red, mint green and dark blue and the 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max come in silver, graphite, gold (shiny C-3PO gold) and Pacific blue finishes. The Pros also have a textured matte glass back like the one found on the 11 Pro.

Baseline iPhone 12 and 12 Mini models come with 64GB of storage. I'll be honest, I was kind of hoping this would be higher, especially since the 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max start out with 128GB of storage.

Ceramic shield displays could be tough to crack

The iPhone 12 and 12 Pro both have a 6.1-inch OLED display. While the body of the iPhone 12 Pro and last year's 11 Pro are roughly the same size, the 11 Pro only had a 5.8-inch screen. The 12 Pro Max also has a bigger display compared to the 6.5-inch screen on the 11 Pro Max. At 6.7 inches, the 12 Pro Max has the largest iPhone screen ever. Then there's the iPhone 12 Mini and its 5.4-inch screen, which is larger than the display on the iPhone SE. But without those iPhone 8-esque bezels, chin and forehead, the body of the iPhone 12 Mini is actually smaller. I'm particularly excited about the 12 Mini.

All four phones have a ceramic shield display that's made by infusing glass with nano ceramic crystals to make them more durable. Apple claims these displays have 4x better drop performance which could mean your iPhone has a better chance of surviving a drop out of your pocket. I look forward to seeing how these phones fare in a CNET drop test.

iPhone 12: To 5G or not 5G

Like most Android flagship phones released this year, all four iPhones support 5G. They support mmWave 5G which has some of the fastest speeds available right now, but you need to be pretty close to a 5G tower to use it. The phones also support low-band and midband 5G, which offer a longer range but less impressive speeds. Think of the difference as kind of like AM/FM radio -- kind of.

Beyond hardware support for 5G and working with carriers, Apple optimized iOS to be faster and more efficient when on a 5G connection. The new iPhones also have a "Smart Data" mode that toggles between 5G and 4G LTE to save on battery life.

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Tim Cook announces that the new iPhone has support for 5G.

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If you're interested in getting any of the iPhones 12 solely because of 5G, I'd recommend checking out which carriers offer 5G in your area, what the speeds are like and what the carrier's plans are for building 5G out further.

LTE speeds also get a boost: The new phones are able to support data speeds up to 2Gbps.

Lidar, Smart HDR 3 and a new camera

Normally, new cameras would be the biggest feature of any iPhone launch. And while the new design and 5G will get a lot of attention, the cameras deserve some as well. The main wide-angle camera on all four iPhones has a new lens with an aperture of f/1.6 and a new larger sensor. Apple claims this combo offers 27% improvement in low-light situations.

The ultrawide-angle camera on all the phones gets a boost via software to help correct distortion better.

Then there's the tale of two different telephoto cameras on the iPhone 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max. The 12 Pro has a similar 52-millimeter lens as last year's iPhone 11 Pro. But the 12 Pro Max gets a new longer 65-millimeter lens which offers a 2.5x optical zoom instead of the 2x optical zoom on the 12 Pro.

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Both the iPhone 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max have lidar.

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Both Pro models also have lidar, which stands for Light Detection and Ranging. It will help AR apps detect objects, depth and spaces. But the camera can also use lidar for improving autofocus with photos and video, especially in low-light. lidar even allows for Portrait Night Mode photos.

All of the cameras are powered by the A14 Bionic chip. According to Apple the new brains of the iPhone 12 family are 50% faster than any other phone sold today. The A14 brings Smart HDR 3, which optimizes the dynamic range of photos, identifies scenes like skies and optimizes for people's skin and hair. Smart HDR 3 and Night Mode work on the wide, ultra-wide and selfie camera. Deep Fusion which optimizes pictures on a pixel level to reduce noise and improve detail is now on every camera including the telephoto ones on the iPhone 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max.

All four phones can record video in Dolby Vision HDR which automatically color grades your videos in the Dolby Vision standard. The Pro models support Dolby Vision HDR at all settings up to 4K 60fps and the 12 and 12 Mini support it up to 4K 30fps. All of this happens inside the Photos app which is kind of amazing.

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The iPhone 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max will be able to save photos as Apple ProRAW files. The new format provides the flexibility of a RAW file with smarts of computational photography.

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The 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max will also be able to record a special RAW photo file called ProRAW. The idea is to provide the flexibility of a RAW photo file but with the smarts of computational photography. This feature that will come out later.

I'm glossing over a lot of detail with regards to photo and video capture. But once we get our hands on these phones, we'll go into more depth.

Wireless charging meets MagSafe minus the power adapter

Remember MagSafe from your MacBook? If you tripped over the charging cable it would pop out, so as to not bring your MacBook crashing to the ground. The technology centered around cleverly placed magnets. To improve your wireless charging experience Apple used specially placed magnets to better align your phone's position to improve charging efficiency.

There is a new line of MagSafe accessories including a charger that supports 15W wireless charging and cases that allow you to charge through them better. Apple even showed off a detachable wallet.

An iPhone 12 Pro with a MagSafe leather case and wallet.

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Apple is omitting the wired earpods and power adapter that would normally come in the box, but there is a fast USB-C to lighting cable included. That said, one of the arguments Apple made for not including the earpods and power brick was that there are so many already in existence. And I kind of agree. Except, how many people have a USB-C power plug at home? I have a bunch of old 5W ones but those were for USB-A.

I am excited to get my hands on the new iPhones and test them for an in-depth review.

iPhone 12 specs vs. iPhone 12 Mini, iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max


Apple iPhone 12 Apple iPhone 12 Mini Apple iPhone 12 Pro Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max
Display size, resolution 6.1-inch OLED; 2,532x1,170 pixels 5.4-inch OLED; 2,340x1,080 pixels 6.1-inch OLED; 2,532x1,170 pixels 6.7-inch OLED; 2,778x1,284 pixels
Pixel density 460ppi 476ppi 460ppi 458ppi
Dimensions (inches) 5.78x2.82x0.29 inches 5.18x2.53x0.29 inches 5.78x2.82x0.29 inches 6.33x3.07x0.29 inches
Dimensions (millimeters) 146.7x71.5x7.4mm 131.5x64.2x7.4mm 146.7x71.5x7.4mm 160.8x78.1x7.4mm
Weight (ounces, grams) 5.78 oz.; 164g 4.76 oz.; 135g 6.66 oz.; 189g 8.03 oz.; 228g
Mobile software iOS 14 iOS 14 iOS 14 iOS 14
Camera 12-megapixel (wide), 12-megapixel (ultra-wide) 12-megapixel (wide), 12-megapixel (ultra-wide) 12-megapixel (wide), 12-megapixel (ultra-wide), 12-megapixel (telephoto) 12-megapixel (wide), 12-megapixel (ultra-wide), 12-megapixel (telephoto)
Front-facing camera 12-megapixel 12-megapixel 12-megapixel 12-megapixel
Video capture 4K 4K 4K 4K
Processor Apple A14 Bionic Apple A14 Bionic Apple A14 Bionic Apple A14 Bionic
Storage 64GB, 128GB, 256GB 64GB, 128GB, 256GB 128GB, 256GB, 512GB 128GB, 256GB, 512GB
RAM Undisclosed Undisclosed Undisclosed Undisclosed
Expandable storage No No No No
Battery Undisclosed; Apple lists 15 hours of video playback Undisclosed; Apple lists 15 hours of video playback Undisclosed; Apple lists 17 hours of video playback Undisclosed; Apple lists 17 hours of video playback
Fingerprint sensor No (FaceID) No (FaceID) No (FaceID) No (FaceID)
Connector Lightning Lightning Lightning Lightning
Headphone jack No No No No
Special features 5G enabled; MagSafe; water resistant (IP68); wireless charging; dual-SIM capabilities (nano-SIM and e-SIM) 5G enabled; MagSafe; water resistant (IP68); wireless charging; dual-SIM capabilities (nano-SIM and e-SIM) Lidar scanner; 5G enabled; MagSafe; water resistant (IP68); wireless charging; dual-SIM capabilities (nano-SIM and e-SIM) Lidar scanner; 5G enabled; MagSafe; water resistant (IP68); wireless charging; dual-SIM capabilities (nano-SIM and e-SIM)
Price off-contract (USD) $829 (64GB), $879 (128GB), $979 (256GB) $729 (64GB), $779 (128GB), $879 (256GB) $999 (128GB), $1,099 (256GB), $1,299 (512GB) $1,099 (128GB), $1,199 (256GB), $1,399 (512GB)
Price (GBP) £799 (64GB), £849 (128GB), £949 (256GB) £699 (64GB), £749 (128GB), £849 (256GB) £999 (128GB), £1,099 (256GB), £1,299 (512GB) £1,099 (128GB), £1,199 (256GB), £1,399 (512GB)
Price (AUD) AU$1,349 (64GB), AU$1,429 (128GB), AU$1,599 (256GB) AU$1,199 (64GB), AU$1,279 (128GB), AU$1,449 (256GB) AU$1,699 (128GB), AU$1,869 (256GB), AU$2,219 (512GB) AU$1,849 (128GB), AU$2,019 (256GB), AU$2,369 (512GB)

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Broken People novelist Sam Lansky wonders, What if you could fix all your faults in 3 days? – CNET

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Sam Lansky

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This story is part of I'm So Obsessed (subscribe here), our podcast featuring interviews with actors, artists, celebrities and creative types about their work, career and current obsessions.

What if you could change everything you disliked about yourself in less than a week? That's the question writer Sam Lansky sought to answer in his new book, Broken People: A Novel. The book follows a writer named Sam who seeks out a shaman to perform "open-soul surgery." The procedure can fix everything that's wrong with you in just three days.

On CNET's I'm So Obsessed podcast, Lansky explains the meta nature of writing a character who's based on him but isn't a true representation.

"Sam's insecure. Sam doesn't feel good about himself. Sam's had some failed relationships," said Lansky. "It turns out there is an opportunity for Sam to work with a mysterious, slightly shadowy shaman who claims to have the power to open the door between dimensions and call in ancient spirits to heal the soul and interior conditions of broken people, in what he describes as open-soul surgery."

The book entertainingly explores the idea of coming to terms with your own identity and what it means to think of yourself as needing to be fixed. Broken People is Lansky's follow-up to his 2016 memoir, The Gilded Razor.

During our conversation, we discuss books, what it's like launching a novel during a pandemic, and Lansky's day job as an editor at Time magazine.

Listen to my entire conversation with Lansky on Spotify or Apple Podcasts. Broken People is now available in hardcover, paperback and as an audiobook. Also, you can subscribe to I'm So Obsessed on your favorite podcast app. In each episode, Connie Guglielmo and I catch up with an artist, actor or creator to learn about work, career and current obsessions.

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