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After the long wait, Apple has finally unveiled not just one, but four new variants of the iPhone 12.

The two “basic” iPhone 12 models are meant for everyone who prefers the essentials in an iPhone — with a smaller model catered to people with petite hands. Meanwhile, the other two are intended for the real “pros”. In Apple’s words, they are the “iPhones for photographers”.

It’s a no-brainer that Apple decided to equip all units with a powerful A14 Bionic chipset and future-ready 5G modems. But do you know what makes them distinct other than their screen sizes? It’s their respective camera sensors.

Curious to find out which is which? Watch our quick recap of the newest Apple iPhone 12 series here.

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Samsung Galaxy S21 FE leaks, will enter production in July

And could launch in August

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Galaxy S21 FE

Samsung Galaxy S21 FE is reported to be in the works, and its production may start sometime in July. It will be an upgrade to the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE, which was launched last year.

According to @DSCCRoss on Twitter, the Galaxy S21 FE will enter production in July, just a month before its expected launch. The Galaxy S21 FE will likely be part of Samsung’s Unpacked event in August, where it usually also launches foldable phones. A noted analyst of DisplaySearch backs his claim.

 

The phone is said to come in four color options: gray, light green, light violet, and white. The predecessor also had colorful options, so it’s not surprising to see the palette selection here.

In terms of design, it will look like the Galaxy S21 based on leaked renders. It will feature a punch-hole display and three rear cameras. Rumors have also suggested that it’ll have a “glastic” construction. It consists of a polycarbonate construction that feels like glass. The Note 10 Lite sported a similar design too.

In terms of specs, Galaxy S21 FE is said to feature a 6.4-inch AMOLED display, and it will be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 or Exynos 2100 processor. In line with all Galaxy-branded phones, it’ll run on OneUI out-of-the-box.

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iPhone 13 Pro series to get a 120Hz OLED display

It’ll be made by Samsung

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The enthusiasts have long asked Apple to include a new display on its iPhone, which has a higher refresh rate. This year, the wish could be granted as the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max are tipped to have a 120Hz OLED screen.

According to South Korea’s The Elec, it will feature a Radio Frequency Printed Circuit Board (RFPCB) and come with an LTPO OLED display for the 120Hz refresh rate. The iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini shall get a Flexible Printed Circuit Board (FPCB).

RFPCB boards are more flexible and can be bent to accommodate fresh or even radical designs. Furthermore, The iPhone 13 and Pro are tipped to feature a 6.1-inch screen, whereas the Max will come with a 6.7-inch screen.

While rumors suggest the mini offering will get a 5.4-inch display, multiple reports in the past have hinted that Apple could ditch the series entirely. It’s also said that Samsung will make the new panels with higher refresh rates.

Apple Watch has an always-on display thanks to LTPO technology, which is likely to drizzle down on iPhone 13 Pro series. Apple’s iPad Pro has a 120Hz screen since 2017, and it’s branded as ProMotion. We expect a similar branding approach for the new iPhones as well.

Samsung may provide Apple with as many as 110 million panels for the iPhone models this year. Apple is also working with LG Display, which will supply 50 million units.

Although, Apple is very late to the party as Android phone makers like Samsung, OnePlus, Xiaomi, and pretty much all of them, have adopted higher refresh rate screens. Even an affordable phone like the Redmi Note 10 Pro

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How To: Low-light photography, videography on an iPhone

Take out your lightsabers and record Star Wars-themed content!

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Gone are the days where our smartphones struggle from shooting when there’s a lack of proper lighting. Nowadays, most smartphones — flagships specifically — can record amazing videos and stunning photos in low-light conditions.

For instance, FightSaber Singapore, a premier Lucasfilm-recognised lightsaber performance organization recorded a Star-Wars themed video using only the iPhone 12 Pro Max. FightSaber Singapore used lightsabers from SaberMach, Singapore’s first and only professional combat saber company, to highlight NeoPixel blades that astonishingly lit up the room.

 

Nonetheless, taking gorgeous stills and videos in low-light situations is now possible using just your smartphone. Fret not, you don’t need to be a pro; you just need to follow simple tricks.

Tips and tricks

First, make sure to turn on High-Efficiency Image File Format before you start shooting. Next, adjust HDR (high dynamic range) on your camera settings which will help you capture vibrant stills in high-contrast situations. If you plan on capturing light streaks, set your settings to 4K with 24 FPS. For smooth movements, adjust it to 4K with 60 FPS.

When you start shooting, lock the exposure and maintain auto-focus. Tap the spot on your screen that you want to adjust. On iPhone, you can also press and hold on the screen until you see AE/AF lock to keep the focus and exposure in the same spot.

Moreover, you can create a quick whip zoom effect while recording by tapping on the individual lenses. No need for post-production!

On a non-technical tip, don’t forget about varying your camera angles. Low-angle shots tend to add drama while high-angle shots provide an overview of the scene.


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