Apple today provided developers with a new beta firmware update for the AirPods 2, AirPods 3, AirPods Pro, AirPods Pro 2, and AirPods Max. The new beta has a version number of 5B5040c.
Apple has been providing beta updates for the AirPods since the Worldwide Developers Conference in June, and the firmware is limited to developers who can download it from the Developer Center. Installing the beta requires an iPhone running iOS 16, a Mac running the macOS Ventura beta, Xcode 14, and supported AirPods.
Developers are required to pair the AirPods with an iPhone, connect the iPhone to a Mac with a Lightning cable, launch Xcode 14 beta on the Mac, navigate to Settings > Developer, and choose Pre-Release Beta Firmware under the AirPods Testing section. Subsequent updates are delivered over the air once the pre-release testing option is enabled.
There is no word on what is included in the beta firmware at this time. The prior version of the AirPods firmware added improvements to Automatic Switching and stability fixes.
Following testing, the software will come to all AirPods and it could potentially see a launch alongside iOS 16.1, which is also in testing.
We saw a good variety of deals on Apple products and accessories this week, ranging from massive $400 discounts on 2021 MacBook Pro notebooks to notable markdowns on previous generation Apple Watch models and 25 percent off MagSafe products.
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Amazon kicked off the week with major discounts on the 2021 MacBook Pro, including all-time low deals on every model of the 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro. The 14-inch MacBook Pro starts at $1,599.00 and the 16-inch MacBook Pro starts at $2,099.00, and all sales represent $400 in savings. Our full article has every MacBook Pro on sale.
Earlier in the week we shared a discount on the AirPods 2 with Wired Charging Case, which was an all-time low price. Although that sale quickly expired, Amazon is now offering the AirPods 2 at slightly higher price of $89.99, which is still a solid second-best discount at $40 off the original price.
You can get the MagSafe Charger for $29.99, down from $39.00. The MagSafe Duo Charger is down to $96.74, from $129.00; and the MagSafe Battery Pack is down to $74.24, from $99.00. These are all among the best discounts we've ever seen on these accessories.
Apple Watch Series 7
What's the deal? Take up to $149 off Apple Watch Series 7 and SE
Numerous record low prices hit the previous generation Apple Watch Series 7 and Apple Watch SE this week. Deals particularly center on the cellular Apple Watch Series 7, starting at $349.99 for the 41mm cellular model ($149 off). You can also get the 40mm GPS Apple Watch SE for just $199.00 ($80 off). Our full article has every Apple Watch on sale.
Amazon has the 64GB Wi-Fi iPad mini 6 for $399.99 in three colors, down from $499.00. This remains the best price we've ever tracked on this version of the iPad mini, and you'll find a few other models on sale as well.
You can get the 64GB Cellular iPad mini for $549.99 and the 256GB Cellular model is on sale for $699.99, both sales representing $99 discounts on the 2021 iPad mini.
If you're on the hunt for more discounts, be sure to visit our Apple Deals roundup where we recap the best Apple-related bargains of the past week.
Earlier this year, Apple launched a feature allowing residents of participating U.S. states to add their driver's license or state ID to the Wallet app on the iPhone and Apple Watch, providing a convenient and contactless way to display proof of identity or age.
As we wait for IDs in the Wallet app to expand to additional U.S. states, here is everything you need to know about how the feature works.
Which U.S. states are committed to supporting the feature?
In March, Apple said the additional 10 states listed below would "soon" allow residents to add their driver's license or state ID to the Wallet app, but it's unclear exactly when each state plans to roll out support for the feature.
Apple said the feature will also be supported in Puerto Rico.
Last year, Apple executive Jennifer Bailey said the company was "already in discussions with many more states" and working to offer the feature nationwide in the future. Apple has yet to announce any plans to expand the feature to other countries.
Note that some states like Florida and Louisiana offer iPhone driver's licenses through their own state-operated apps, separate from this Wallet app feature.
Where can IDs in the Wallet app be used?
Driver's licenses and state ID cards stored in the Wallet app can currently be used at select TSA checkpoints within three U.S. airports:
Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI)
Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA)
Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX)
Apple says travelers should refer to TSA checkpoint signage to confirm availability of the feature.
Starting with iOS 16, you are able to present ID cards stored in the Wallet app in supported iPhone apps that require identity or age verification. Apple showed Uber Eats and Turo as two examples of apps that could offer this functionality.
Apple's website previously said IDs in the Wallet app would also be available for use at select retailers and venues in the future.
The feature does not replace a physical ID in all situations yet. For example, Apple makes no mention of IDs in the Wallet app being accepted by law enforcement or the government, so carrying a physical ID is still a necessity for now.
Which iPhone and Apple Watch models are supported?
The feature requires an iPhone 8 or newer running iOS 15.4 or later. If used on the Apple Watch, the feature requires a Series 4 model or newer running watchOS 8.4 or later.
For security purposes, Face ID or Touch ID must be enabled on the iPhone, and the device's region must be set to the United States. An Apple ID account with two-factor authentication turned on is also required.
How do I add my driver's license or ID to the Wallet app?
In participating states, you can simply tap the "+" button in the top-right corner of the Wallet app and follow the on-screen instructions to add your driver's license or state ID to the iPhone and a paired Apple Watch. The process involves scanning the front and back of your driver's license or ID card, confirming your identity by taking a photo of your face, and completing a series of facial and head movements.
You can add only one license or ID to one iPhone and one paired Apple Watch at a time.
How do I use an ID stored in the Wallet app?
To present an ID stored in the Wallet app at participating TSA checkpoints, simply tap your iPhone or Apple Watch on the identity reader. A prompt on the device will display the specific information being requested by the TSA, such as your name and date of birth, and this information is only released after you authenticate with Face ID or Touch ID. A checkmark appears on the screen when you successfully present your license or ID.
You do not need to unlock, show, or hand over your device to a TSA officer to present your ID in the Wallet app, according to Apple.
Is the feature secure?
Apple says identity data is encrypted and that neither Apple nor the state issuing authority can see when and where you use your license or ID in the Wallet app. And if your device is locked when you present your ID, it stays locked afterwards.
Apple has now launched all of the new devices that it unveiled at its "Far Out" media event in September 2022, including all four iPhone 14 series models, Apple Watch Series 8, Apple Watch SE 2, Apple Watch Ultra, and AirPods Pro 2.
For Apple customers who have just received any of the new devices, or for anyone searching for a little help to get the best out of them, we've compiled a list of how-to articles that cover many of the top hardware and software features, troubleshooting tips for common issues, and more.
Amazon today is discounting Apple's 256GB Wi-Fi 10.2-inch iPad to $399.00, down from $479.00. This sale is only available in Silver, and as of writing it has a delivery estimate of about one week.
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At an $80 discount, this is a new all-time low price on this version of the 2021 iPad. Only Amazon has this steep of a markdown, and it's the only configuration of the iPad that's seeing a record low price at this time.
Apple's new A16 Bionic chip in the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max costs $110 to produce, making it over 2.4× as costly as the A15 chip in iPhone 13 Pro models released last year, according to a Nikkei Asia report.
The A16's higher cost is likely due in part to the chip being manufactured based on TSMC's 4nm process, while the A15 is a 5nm chip. iPhone chips could continue to increase in price as miniaturization continues, with rumors suggesting the A17 chip in iPhone 15 Pro models will be based on TSMC's 3nm process, and a DigiTimes report this week claiming that TSMC will begin volume production of 2nm chips in 2025.
Geekbench 5 benchmark results indicate the A16 chip delivers around 15% to 17% faster multi-core performance compared to the A15 chip. Only the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max are equipped with the A16 chip, while the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus have the same A15 chip with a five-core GPU as found in iPhone 13 Pro models.
In collaboration with Fomalhaut Techno Solutions, a Japanese research firm specialized in reverse engineering and bill-of-materials analysis, Nikkei found that average production costs have increased about 20% across the iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Pro, and iPhone 14 Pro Max compared to the equivalent previous-generation models.
The report claims that given Apple did not raise prices for its latest iPhone models in the U.S. and some other markets, the higher production costs mean that the company's profit margins have "likely shrunk," but prices did increase in key markets like the U.K., Australia, and Japan amid a strong U.S. dollar relative to other currencies.
Apple's iPhone 14 Plus launched today in markets around the world, coming a full three weeks after the other models in the iPhone 14 family became available, and four weeks since iPhone 14 pre-orders began.
Online orders of all iPhone 14 Plus configurations on Apple's website have shipping estimate delays into next week, but for customers who forgot to pre-order the iPhone 14 Plus or simply decided to wait, the good news is that same-day or next-day pickup will be an option at many Apple Stores around the world.
As of writing, Apple's online stores in the United States and Canada haven't yet been updated to show pickup availability, but shortages aren't expected and there is unlikely to be much variation state by state. Meanwhile across the pond, all iPhone 14 Plus colors and configurations are available for Apple Store pickup today in countries including France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and the United Kingdom.
To order a product with Apple Store pickup, add the product to your bag on Apple.com or in the Apple Store app, proceed to checkout, select the "I'll pick it up" option, enter your ZIP or postal code, choose an available Apple Store location, select a pickup date, and select a 15-minute check-in window. Payment is completed online, and a valid government-issued photo ID and the order number may be required upon pickup.
iPhone 14 Plus models may also be available for walk-in customers at Apple Store locations with sufficient inventory, but availability can't be guaranteed. Walk-in customers may be placed into a separate queue with lower priority upon arrival to the store.
The iPhone 14 Plus is meant for customers who want a larger iPhone without all the features of Apple's high-end models, but pre-order demand for the new model has reportedly not reached the highs that Apple anticipated. The iPhone 14 Plus, like the iPhone 14, features the same chip as the iPhone 13 Pro, camera improvements, and other minor enhancements. Reviewers called the iPhone 14 an "iPhone 13S," noting the little improvements and changes compared to its predecessor.
During Google's latest launch event, the company made multiple references to Apple and the iPhone 14, iOS 16, and Apple's reluctance to adopt support for RCS messaging.
Google yesterday held an event where it announced the Pixel Watch, Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro, and offered new details on the Pixel Tablet. During the event, some presenters couldn't help but take a few jabs at Apple and some of Cupertino's latest announcements.
"Pixel has always been a leader in smartphone innovation," said Brian Rakowski, Google's vice president of product management, speaking about Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro. "We take it as a compliment when others in the industry follow our lead, like the always-on display and At a Glance, putting useful information right on your Lock Screen," Rakowski continued, alluding to Live Activities on iOS 16 and the iPhone 14 Pro's always-on capabilities.
"We introduced Car Crash Detection three years ago along with other important ways to keep you safe, like safety check and emergency sharing," Rakowski said during the event. Last month, Apple introduced Car Crash Detection with the iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Pro, and the latest Apple Watch models, and iOS 16 brings Safety Check to users for their own personal safety. "It's an amazing track record of pioneering features that were first on Pixel," Rakowski concluded.
One of the biggest points of tension between Apple and Google is Apple's refusal to adopt RCS messaging support, the latest and increasingly more common standard for messaging. Apple continues to limit messaging on its devices to only the SMS standard and iMessage, despite public calls from Google for it to adopt RCS. Apple CEO Tim Cook has responded to those calls by saying it's not something Apple users are asking the company to do.
During Google's event, it once again put pressure on Apple to change course. "RCS is the modern industry standard for messaging, and it's already been adopted by most of the industry. We hope every device maker gets the message and adopts RCS, making texting better for every smartphone user."
It's already Friday, October 7 in New Zealand and Australia, which means its iPhone 14 Plus launch day. Customers in Australia and New Zealand are always the first to get their hands on new devices due to time zone differences, and the new iPhone 14 Plus is no exception.
The iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Pro, and iPhone 14 Pro Max already launched on September 16, but the iPhone 14 Plus was delayed. Prior to the debut of the iPhone 14 models, there were rumors of manufacturing issues that would cause delayed production for the 6.7-inch device, and that turned out to be true.
Measuring in at 6.7 inches like the iPhone 14 Pro Max, the iPhone 14 Plus replaces the prior-generation 5.4-inch iPhone 13 mini in the lineup. The iPhone mini devices were not selling well, leading Apple to opt to discontinue the smaller size.
Australians and New Zealanders who preordered an iPhone 14 Plus will be receiving their deliveries and will soon share images and first impressions on social media networks, Reddit, and the MacRumors forums. The iPhone 14 Plus is not expected to be as popular as the iPhone 14 Pro models, as Apple added a range of appealing features to the Pro devices that are not available in the standard iPhone 14 models.
Because New Zealand has no Apple Stores, customers in Australia will be the first to be able to pick up an iPhone 14 Plus. Stock in Australia will give us an idea of what we can expect from other stores worldwide, but we do not anticipate huge demand for the iPhone 14 Plus models.
Following New Zealand and Australia, sales of the iPhone 14 Plus will begin in Asia, the Middle East, Europe, and finally, North America. With this launch, iPhone season is coming to an end, and we will now turn our attention toward late 2022 product debuts. We are expecting new iPad Pro models, refreshes of the MacBook Pro and Mac mini, and a new low-cost iPad.
Did you get a new iPhone 14 Plus today? Share your images and first impressions in the comments below.
Google is aiming to lure iPhone users to its new Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro by offering high trade in values for prior-generation iPhone 13 models. Google is providing up to $750 in trade-in value to iPhone customers, with the $750 offered for an iPhone 13 Pro Max with 1TB storage, originally priced at $1599.
Google offers $595 for a 128GB iPhone 13 Pro Max, $645 for a 256GB model, and $695 for a 512GB model. Apple itself only offers a maximum of $720 for customers who trade in an iPhone 13 Pro Max for a new smartphone, such as the 14 Pro Max.
With the $750 maximum, the $599 Pixel 7 would be free, while the Pixel 7 Pro could be purchased for $150 as it is priced starting at $899.
It is worth noting that Apple does not offer anywhere near as much trade-in value for Android devices such as the Pixel 6, providing a mere $240 maximum trade-in value for last year's Pixel 6 Pro. Apple devices generally hold their value better than Android devices due to demand and because Apple provides software updates for at least five years after launch.
Google today announced the launch of the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro smartphones, which will directly compete with the iPhone 14 lineup, plus it debuted the Pixel Watch, an Apple Watch competitor. MacRumors videographer Dan Barbera was at Google's event, and he was able to get some hands-on time with the new devices to give us a look at how they measure up to Apple's latest product lineup.
Priced starting at $599, the Pixel 7 features a brighter 6.3-inch display with a hole-punch camera cutout, a matte aluminum enclosure, and a Gorilla Glass Victus front and back. It has a Google-designed Tensor G2 chip with 8GB RAM and a dual-rear camera system with a "cinematic blur" feature and wide and ultrawide lenses.
The more expensive Pixel 7 Pro is priced starting at $899, with the larger device offering a 6.7-inch display (the same size as the 14 Plus and Pro Max), a Tensor G2 chip with 12GB RAM, a triple-lens camera system with a 12-megapixel ultrawide lens, a 50-megapixel wide lens, and a 48-megapixel telephoto lens. Camera features include macro focus, 30x Super Res Zoom, Cinematic Blur for portraits, and Real Tone for realistic skin tones.
Google has added a built-in VPN feature that's coming soon, plus the Pixel 7 smartphones offer 24+ hour battery life, fast wireless charging, fingerprint unlocking, and a coughing and snoring detection feature that's been added to the sleep tracking functionality.
Along with the Pixel 7 phones, Google also introduced the Pixel Watch, which competes with the Apple Watch. Priced starting at $350, the Pixel Watch has a round display, which sets it apart from the Apple Watch's rectangular display design. The Pixel Watch incorporates features from Google-owned company Fitbit, including heart rate tracking, ECGs, sleep tracking, fall detection, Emergency SOS, and more.
We'll be doing a more in-depth comparison between the Pixel 7 Pro and the iPhone 14 Pro, plus offering a side-by-side look at the Pixel Watch compared to the Apple Watch, with those videos set to come out next week. What do you think of Google's new product lineup? Let us know in the comments below.
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Apple is planning to launch an external monitor with a 27-inch mini-LED display in the first quarter of 2023, according to Display Supply Chain Consultants (DSCC) analyst Ross Young.
In a tweet shared with super followers, Young said that Apple had "pushed" the debut of the monitor to Q1 2023. Young is presumably talking about the first calendar quarter of 2023, aka the months from January to March.
Young was a guest on the MacRumors podcast in July where he said that Apple was planning to launch the mini-LED display sometime in early 2023. Young initially expected Apple to introduce the display in June at WWDC, but he said in May that the launch had to be delayed until October because of design delays. Apple is also unable to meet the October goal, and Young believes the company is now aiming for 2023.
Throughout 2022, Apple has been dealing with supply constraints across products that include Macs and its displays, which may be the reason for the delay.
Apple's upcoming display is said to feature mini-LED technology along with ProMotion support, allowing for up to a 120Hz refresh rate. The device is not expected to be a direct replacement for the Pro Display XDR, which is a larger, 6K display. It will instead be similar to the Apple Studio Display, which is a 27-inch monitor.
With ProMotion support and mini-LED technology, the rumored 27-inch display is expected to be more expensive than the Studio Display, which is priced starting at $1,599.
An appeals court in France today lowered a fine levied against Apple by the French Competition Authority due to alleged "anti-competitive behaviour towards its distribution and retail network," according to Reuters. The report claims the fine has been lowered to 372 million euros, down from the original amount of 1.1 billion euros.
The antitrust regulator fined Apple in 2020 after finding that it imposed prices on Apple Authorized Resellers in France so that prices were in line with those charged at Apple Stores and on Apple.com. The fine was reduced after the appeals court dropped one of the three main charges related to price-fixing allegations, and significantly lowered the rate applied to calculate the overall fine, according to the report.
The investigation began after a dispute between Apple and one of its leading French wholesalers, which alleged that it went out of business due to Apple's uncompetitive rules. When fined in 2020, Apple said the French Competition Authority's decision was "disheartening" and "discards thirty years of legal precedent."
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You can get big savings on previous generation Apple Watch models this week on Amazon, including up to $149 off Apple Watch Series 7 and Apple Watch SE. These devices might not be the latest and greatest from Apple, but at the steepest discounts we've ever tracked they're perfect for early holiday shopping, or for anyone who doesn't need the latest model looking for a new Apple Watch.
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Apple Watch Series 7
The best deals are on cellular models of the Apple Watch Series 7, starting with the 41mm cellular model for $349.99, down from $499.00. This is an all-time low price on the cellular Apple Watch Series 7, and it's available in three colors.
Secondly, the 45mm cellular Apple Watch Series 7 is at a discounted price of $379.99, down from $529.00. This is another record low price on the Series 7, and Amazon also has this model in stock at this price in three colors.
Comparatively, not many GPS models of the Series 7 are seeing notable discounts on Amazon this week. The best deal can be found on the 45mm GPS Apple Watch Series 7 for $309.99, down from $429.00. This is an all-time low price and it's only available in (PRODUCT)RED, but it has a delayed shipping estimate as of writing.
There are no 41mm GPS Apple Watch Series 7 models on sale as of writing, but you can save on a few models of the previous generation Apple Watch SE. You can get the 40mm GPS Apple Watch SE for $199.00, down from $279.00, which is another record low price. It's only available in one color and won't deliver until the end of the month, but this is a great deal even on a previous generation model just in time for the holidays.
44mm GPS models of the Apple Watch SE are on sale for $229.00, down from $309.00. On the cellular side of things, you can get the 40mm cellular device for $249.00, down from $329.00, and the 44mm cellular device for $249.00, down from $359.00.
Be sure to visit our full Deals Roundup to shop for even more Apple-related products and accessories.
In 2021, Apple unveiled the iPhone 13 as the successor to the popular iPhone 12, with improved rear cameras, longer battery life, the A15 Bionic chip, and more. Despite being from different annual generations, both the iPhone 12 and the iPhone 13 mini are still available from Apple now for a price of $599, leading many customers to consider which device they should buy.
At $599, both devices sit above the $429 iPhone SE in Apple's product lineup, adding features like OLED displays and Face ID. The iPhone 13 mini is a more modern device than the iPhone 12, and features the same battery life as the larger device despite having a smaller internal battery, but it does come at the cost of display area.
As the iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 mini share a large number of features, should you consider purchasing the older model to save money? Our guide helps to answer the question of how to decide which of these two iPhones is best for you.
Comparing the iPhone 12 and the iPhone 13 Mini
The iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 mini share a large number of key features, such as OLED Super Retain XDR displays, Face ID, 5G connectivity, MagSafe, and Ceramic Shield. Apple lists these identical features of the iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 mini:
OLED Super Retina XDR display with HDR, True Tone, P3 wide color, and Haptic Touch
6GHz 5G connectivity (and mmWave in the U.S.)
Six-core A-Series Bionic chip
4GB of memory
Dual 12MP ƒ/2.4 Ultra Wide and ƒ/1.6 Wide cameras with two-times optical zoom out
Photography features including Night mode, Deep Fusion, True Tone flash with Slow Sync, Portrait mode, and more
Videography features including 4K video recording at up to 60fps, HDR video recording with Dolby Vision, Audio zoom, slo-mo video up to 240fps at 1080p, Night mode Time-lapse, and more
Ceramic Shield front
IP68 rated splash, water, and dust resistance
MagSafe and Qi wireless charging
Up to 17 hours battery during video playback
Available with 128GB and 256GB storage options
Available in (PRODUCT)RED
Apple's breakdown shows that the iPhones share a large number of notable key features. Even so, there are some meaningful differences between the iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 mini, such as their processors and display brightness, that will be important when weighing up which device to choose.
6.1-inch Super Retina XDR display
625 nits max brightness (typical)
A14 Bionic chip
Dual SIM (nano-SIM and eSIM)
Optical image stabilization for video
Smart HDR 3 for photos
Dolby Vision HDR video recording up to 4K at 30fps
Weighs 164 grams
Available in Purple, Blue, PRODUCT(RED), White, and Black
Available with 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB storage options
iPhone 13 mini
5.4-inch Super Retina XDR display
800 nits max brightness (typical)
20 percent smaller notch
A15 Bionic chip
Dual SIM (nano-SIM and eSIM) and dual eSIM support
Sensor-shift optical image stabilization for video
Smart HDR 4 for photos
Dolby Vision HDR video recording up to 4K at 60fps
Cinematic mode video recording with shallow depth of field (1080p at 30 fps)
Weighs 141 grams
Available in Starlight, Midnight, Blue, Pink, Green, and PRODUCT(RED)
Available with 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB storage options
Read on for a closer look at each of these aspects, and see what exactly both iPhones have to offer.
Design and Colors
Both the iPhone 12 and the iPhone 13 mini have the same industrial design with squared-off edges and a flat aluminum band around the sides. The devices use aerospace-grade aluminum on the edges and a single piece of polished glass on the rear. The iPhone 13 mini's dual rear cameras are offset against each other diagonally, as opposed to the iPhone 12's vertical orientation.
The iPhone 13 mini features a 20 percent smaller notch for the TrueDepth camera array, which frees up more display area and makes the cutout less obtrusive. Other than the rear camera positioning and the smaller notch, the devices look otherwise the same.
As a smaller phone, the iPhone 13 mini is shorter and narrower than the iPhone 12. The size of the iPhone 13 mini makes it much more pocketable than the iPhone 13.
Another factor that demarcates the difference between the two devices is their weight. The iPhone 13 mini is 23 grams (0.81 ounces) lighter than its larger counterpart, at just 141 grams (4.97 ounces) in total. If you want the smallest and lightest possible iPhone, the iPhone 13 mini will be a better choice than the iPhone 12.
The iPhone 12 is available in Purple, Blue, Green, White, and Black, while the iPhone 13 mini is available in Starlight, Midnight, Blue, Pink, and Green. Both are also available in PRODUCT(RED). The two shades of Blue are similar, as are White and Starlight, and Black and Midnight. As similar-looking devices, preference for either the iPhone 12 or the iPhone 13 mini in terms of design and colors will come down to personal taste.
The iPhone 12 and the iPhone 13 mini both have a OLED Super Retina XDR display with HDR, True Tone, P3 wide color, and Haptic Touch. The only difference with the iPhone 13 mini's display is that it is able to get 175 nits brighter during typical non-HDR use, but this is not a major reason to get the newer model.
The most noticeable difference between the iPhone 13 mini and iPhone 12 is the size of their displays. The iPhone 13 mini has a display size of 5.4-inches and the iPhone 12 has a display size of 6.1-inches. This means that the larger phone will be able to show more content on the screen, with the UI elements of apps spaced further apart and items such as the keyboard being bigger.
Nevertheless, the smaller phone is easier to use with one hand. For example, the Control Center is easier to reach at the top of the screen, and users may feel more comfortable swiping around iOS on a smaller display with a firmer grip.
The main reason to prefer the iPhone 13 mini will be because of its better fit in the hand and easier one-handed use. Likewise, those that want a larger display for media consumption, being the same size as the iPhone 14, will clearly prefer the 6.1-inch iPhone 12.
A14 vs. A15
The iPhone 13's A15 Bionic chip brings a modest performance improvement over the A14 Bionic in the iPhone 12. Benchmarks show that the A15 in the iPhone 13 offers around 10 percent better single-core performance and 18 percent better multi-core performance compared to the iPhone 12's A14 chip. In graphics tasks, the iPhone 13 performs roughly 15 percent better than the A14 Bionic in the iPhone 12.
These performance improvements with the A15 are iterative rather than a substantial reason to upgrade alone. The A14 is still an extremely capable chip, and in day-to-day use, the two devices are likely to perform similarly, although the A15 chip may be supported for longer and perform better over time.
Both devices support dual SIM, with one physical nano-SIM and an eSIM, but the iPhone 13 mini is also able to support two eSIMs simultaneously. If you need to switch between two eSIMs, you will need to get the iPhone 13 mini to get this functionality.
The iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 mini have dual 12MP rear cameras with a ƒ/2.4 Ultra Wide and a ƒ/1.6 Wide camera. The iPhone 13 mini's Main camera features a larger sensor than the iPhone 12, capable of capturing 47 percent more light for less noise and brighter images, and the Ultra Wide features a new sensor to capture more detail. The Main camera also contains sensor-shift optical image stabilization technology for smoother video and improved image quality.
Although the devices can both record Dolby Vision HDR video, the iPhone 13 is able to record this up to 60 fps, as opposed to the iPhone 12's 30 fps.
The iPhone 13 mini features Cinematic mode, which allows users to record video with a shallow depth of field at 1080p and 30fps. Cinematic mode can rack focus to seamlessly shift the focus from one subject to another when capturing video. It holds focus on the subject while blurring the background, and can automatically change the focus when a new subject is about to enter the scene. Blur and focus can be adjusted after capturing video as well through the Photos app.
The iPhone 13 mini also supports Photographic Styles, which are smart, adjustable filters that can do things like boost or mute colors without affecting skin tone. Styles apply selectively to an image, unlike a filter that is applied to the entire image. Photographic Styles include Vibrant (boosts colors), Rich Contrast (darker shadows and deeper colors), Warm (accentuates golden undertones), or Cool (accentuates blue undertones). Tone and Warmth are customizable for each style, so you can get the exact look that you want.
While the iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 mini feature cameras with similar specifications, the iPhone 13 mini offers Dolby Vision HDR video at a higher frame rate, Cinematic mode, and Photographic Styles, as well as hardware improvements such as a larger sensor and sensor-shift stabilization. The iPhone 12's camera is still highly capable, but with more photography and videography options and improved image quality, the iPhone 13 mini is the better option.
A key area to consider when weighing up the iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 mini is storage. While both devices start at $599, the iPhone 12 features a base storage configuration of 64GB, while the iPhone 13 mini offers 128GB of storage for the same price. The iPhone 12 with 128GB of storage costs $649 and at 256GB it costs $749, $50 more than the iPhone 13 mini with the same amount of storage. If storage is a priority for you, it may be better to get the iPhone 13 mini since higher storage quantities come in at a lower price across the board.
The iPhone 12 is also not available with a 512GB configuration, unlike the iPhone 13 mini. This means that if you need more than 256GB of storage, you will need to get the iPhone 13 to have the option of a larger 512GB storage capacity.
The iPhone 13 mini's upgrades over the iPhone 12 are mostly iterative, offering refinements in terms of a brighter display, a smaller notch, performance improvements, and new camera software features. The more significant upgrades include the camera hardware, but at face value there is likely not enough to justify getting the new model over the iPhone 12 for those who mainly want a larger display. The iPhone 12's A14 Bionic chip and dual-camera setup are still highly capable for everyday use, and the device shares an overwhelming majority of the iPhone 13 mini's most versatile features, such as a 17-hour battery life, 5G connectivity, Night mode, MagSafe, and IP68 water resistance.
However, when looking at the 128GB and 256GB storage options only, since these options are available with both models, the iPhone 13 mini costs less than the iPhone 12. If you need more than 64GB of storage and do not want a larger display, you should buy the iPhone 13 mini – especially considering that it comes with additional features and is a year newer. If 64GB of storage is sufficient for you, it will be a case of deciding if the iPhone 13 mini's selection of improvements and extra storage are worth sacrificing a larger display.
Amazon today knocked the price of the 64GB Wi-Fi iPad mini 6 down to $399.99, from $499.00. We haven't tracked this deal in about a month, and this time around it's available in all four colors: Starlight, Space Gray, Purple, and Pink.
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The iPad mini is shipped and sold directly from Amazon, with the fastest delivery estimated to arrive on October 8, and free delivery estimated for October 11 for most colors. As of writing, only Amazon is offering $99 off the iPad mini.
Not only the 64GB Wi-Fi model is on sale, as you can also get the 256GB Wi-Fi iPad mini for $549.99, down from $649.00. Additionally, the 64GB Cellular model is available for $549.99 and the 256GB Cellular model is on sale for $699.99, both sales representing $99 discounts on the 2021 iPad mini.
For even more iPad deals, head to our full Best Deals guide for iPad. In that guide we track the best discounts online for iPad, iPad mini, iPad Air, and iPad Pro.
Following the launch of the iPhone 14 Plus in the U.S. and over 40 other countries this Friday, availability will expand to other countries later this month.
Apple today announced that the iPhone 14 Plus will be available in Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and 20 other countries and regions starting Friday, October 14, followed by Brazil, Colombia, and Mexico starting Friday, October 28.
Key new features of the iPhone 14 Plus include car crash detection, upcoming support for emergency texting via satellite in the U.S. and Canada, longer battery life, improved cameras, and a more repairable design with a removable back glass panel. The device is powered by the same A15 Bionic chip with a five-core GPU as in the iPhone 13 Pro.
Compared to the 6.1-inch iPhone 14, the iPhone 14 Plus has a larger 6.7-inch display, weighs more, and gets longer battery life. iPhone 14 Plus pricing starts at $899 in the United States, compared to $799 for the iPhone 14. The first iPhone 14 Plus reviews were published earlier today, offering a closer look at the device.