Leo got the Google Pixel 6 just before he went to Mexico for vacation. Using it to take photos, he found the low light to be very good, but he thinks the camera on the iPhone 12 takes better photos. Leo says if you zoom into the photos on the Pixel 6, they look like oil paintings. Leo says that's likely due to using artificial intelligence to post-process the images, and he finds them a bit smeared and gives it a weird look.
If you are itching to get an iPhone, you may want to wait just a bit for Apple to announce and/or show off their iPhone 13. There will probably be minor improvements, but exactly which enhancements are uncertain. Even if you don't want the newest model, prices will drop on the iPhone 12 versions. The reveal will likely occur on the 8th or 14th of September 2021, so keep an eye out for rumors from Mark Gurman and other Apple-related sources.
Charmaine wants to get a new iPhone to replace her iPhone 6. Should she buy one now? Leo says that the iPhone 13 should be announced in about three weeks. Either September 8th or 4th. Preorders will likely be the Friday after the announcement, for delivery about a week later. But it's unclear what availability will be due to the chip shortage. So if you want to get a new phone now, there's plenty of iPhone 12s to be had, and you'll be very happy with the results. The iPhone 13 won't be that big of an update.
Neil recently switched to T-Mobile and wants to know if he should buy a new iPhone now or wait for the iPhone 13? Leo says that the iPhone 13 will be announced in September and it will probably make the iPhone 12 cheaper. The 13 will likely be a little faster, with a better camera. But no real changes. It's silly to buy one now with the announcement so close. So if he can wait until it's announced, he'll be better off. Follow Mark Gurman at Bloomberg. He's pretty wired into the rumor mill and gets pretty good intel.
The iPhone 12 uses magnetic technology for MagSafe connection, but that may also interfere with medical devices like pacemakers. If you use a pacemaker and tend to keep your iPhone in your shirt pocket (around the chest), it may be a good idea to place it in your pants from now on. Apple recommends keeping their product at least 6 inches away from your medical device, and consulting with your physician for more accurate guidelines. This also goes for other magnetic Apple items like AirPods and iPads.
Terry is concerned that the new iPhone will affect his pacemaker. Leo says that the AMA recommends keeping his phone at least 6 inches away because the iPhone has a huge magnet in it that could affect the pacemaker. It could also erase his credit cards. So don't put that iPhone in a shirt pocket.
Diane recently discovered that someone used her credit card to buy an iPhone 12, and it was shipped to her, not the person who made the fraudulent charge. She has disputed the charge, but Apple doesn't seem to want the phone back. Being that she's not an Apple person, what does she do with it? Leo says you can use it, but there may be someone in the family if you don't want it. Leo guesses that she can always sell it on eBay. Apple doesn't tie it to you until it's activated. You could try activating it first.
Reviews state Android phones have a better camera than the iPhone 12 ... but Leo says that we've reached a point in the quality of mobile phone cameras that it's more a matter of preference than actual quality differences. All mobile devices have great cameras now, it's just a matter of what features each enjoys.
Apple's 5G capable iPhone 12 has shipped and people are already complaining about bad battery life. Leo says that's because 5G Millimeter Wave isn't widespread and your phone is spending all its time searching for a 5G tower that isn't near you.
Leo's waiting for the iPhone 12 Pro Max because of its third camera. That will be available on November 6.
Today, Chris joins Leo to talk about THE SNAPSHOT. A casual shot meant to be a documentary record, rather than an artistic image. It doesn't usually have a lot of intention or planning like a set still image designed to tell a story. But that doesn't mean you can't employ the skills you've learned in photography to make a snapshot all it can be, and to even tell a story. Chris took images recently with his iPhone, using an app called Argentum, a black and white camera app. It gives your snapshots an Ansel Adams kind of feel.
Here are a few examples: