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iPhone 12's four models compared: Differences between iPhone 12, Pro, Pro Max and Mini - CNET
A spec-by-spec comparison of Apple's newly announced iPhone 12 devices.
Apple/Screenshot by CNET After a month-long delay due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Apple finally announced its latest family of iPhones during a virtual online event on Tuesday. The new lineup includes the iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Mini, iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max, and all feature 5G connectivity, a magnetic backing branded as MagSafe that can attach to a number of accessories and a new ceramic display that promises to be more durable. With so many devices, it can get a little confusing about what makes these handsets different from each other. In general, the iPhone 12 and 12 Mini are the two most affordable phones in the lineup and have dual rear cameras. The two Pro models are the highest-end and priciest iPhones. In addition to a third telephoto camera, they also have a LiDar scanner for modeling and object detection. (Here's how and when to preorder all four iPhone 12 models at different prices.) Read: Our first impressions of the iPhone 12, 12 Mini, 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max For a full rundown on the iPhone 12, take a look at the chart below, where you can see their specs side-by-side. And for more information on all of the iPhone news today, check out CNET's full coverage of Apple's event. iPhone 12, 12 Mini, 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max specs
|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|
|Dimensions (inches)||5.78 x 2.82 x 0.29 in.||5.18 x 2.53 x 0.29 in.||5.78 x 2.82 x 0.29 in.||6.33 x 3.07 x 0.29 in.|
|Dimensions (millimeters)||146.7 x 71.5 x 7.4mm||131.5 x 64.2 x 7.4mm||146.7 x 71.5 x 7.4mm||160.8 x 78.1 x 7.4mm|
|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)|
|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|
|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)|
|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)|
Xbox Series or PS5? Which next-gen consoles we're buying and why - CNET
We asked everyone at CNET which console they're planning to buy: PlayStation or Xbox.
We're perilously close to the launch of next generation consoles. The Xbox Series X and Series S launches on November 10. The PlayStation 5 hits stores two days later on November 12. (If you were lucky enough to snag a preorder.) But which one should you buy? That's a tricky question with a lot of layers to dissect. The answer is, of course, it depends. Do you own a 4K TV? Do you subscribe to Game Pass? Are you a Halo fan or a God of War fan? Do you like Bethesda games or Naughty Dog games? We thought we'd ask the dedicated gamers on CNET's staff which consoles they're planning to buy and in what order. Mark Serrels If you have a 4K TV you most likely want to go with the Series X over the Series S. Microsoft I've thought long and hard about this and I'm pretty sure I'm going to end up with both an Xbox Series X and a PlayStation 5. As an owner of a 4K LG OLED, I have zero interest in the Xbox Series S, despite the fact I love the design. The fact the console doesn't support 4K gaming guarantees I'll be picking up a Series X instead. I suspect the Series X will be the best choice for cross platform games this generation and Game Pass is an incredible service so, for me, an Xbox Series X is a must. I love how seamlessly it runs last-gen games with super high frame-rates at 4K. It'll be a while before must-play next-gen titles trickle in so that's another important selling point for me. I'll also pick up a PS5 though -- probably the digital edition. I haven't bought a box copy of a video game in years, despite the fact they're slightly cheaper here in Australia. I like the convenience of having all my games stored on a hard drive and I like the lower cost of the digital edition itself. Which console will I buy first? Depends which one I can get to be honest. Most likely I'll pick up the PS5 if I can -- purely because I want to play the Demon's Souls remake. But I'll be grabbing an Xbox Series X either at the same time or immediately afterwards. Steph Panecasio I think at this point I've settled on getting the digital edition of the Playstation 5, but not at launch. The hype is pretty extensive and I'm enjoying being a spectator for the console war drama, but I'd rather wait until it's actually necessary to get them my PS4 and Xbox One X can still do the job well enough and I've got no reason to upgrade just yet. So yes, when I do, I'll opt for the Playstation first. Historically I'd get both, but I need to stop being a hoarder when it comes to consoles and games (you're looking at the person who inexplicably has seven physical copies of The Witcher 3). By opting for only one console (at least to start) I'm saving a huge chunk of space on my TV cabinet have you seen the size of these things? And by opting for the digital model, I'm freeing up space in my bookshelves for, well, actual books. As for Xbox, I'm still incredibly tempted by the Game Pass service, I won't lie. Will I get one eventually? Maybe. I'm half hoping my partner will get one himself, thus removing the need for me to worry about forking over more cash. Excuse me while I send this article to him for future reference. Dan Ackerman CD Project Red Who am I kidding, I'm getting them both. I've already pre-ordered a Xbox Series X and plan on getting a PS5 asap. I can legitimately say it's for "professional development," plus, as terrible as this sounds, I just like going through all the menus and setup and output options and everything. That's what happens after you work at CNET for a certain number of years. Funnily enough, I was never into console games as a kid. After the Atari 2600, I was right onto my Tandy TRS-80 Color Computer (aka, the Trash 80), and mostly PC gaming through my teen and college years, but not even much of that. My return to consoledom started when I caught a live-action TV ad for Resident Evil 2 back in the late 1990s and said," Wow, that looks like a George Romero movie, I've got to get one of those" Less than a year later, I was working at an early video game website (UGO.com) and covering the launch of the Sega Dreamcast, so I've had every console since then, from the RROD Xbox 360 to the dusty Wii U. I am skipping the Series S, no need with my 4K LG OLED TV (probably the most-common TV among CNET editors) and, frankly, I'm not thrilled about the launch game lineup on either console. No must-haves for me, and there's not even a next-gen version of Cyberpunk 2077. I'd love my Spider-Man save to transfer to the PS5, but that's about as much as I care about backwards compatibility. I generally have zero interest in revisiting old games. They're never as good as you remember. If you're worried about playing Perfect Dark or Halo 1 or anything like that on a new-for-2020 console, you might as well just make the full leap and start playing Gloomhaven. Nicole Archer Horizon Forbidden West will be a must play on PS5. Sony I'm going to make this short and sweet: I am not a fan of brutalism and I find the design of the Xbox Series X personally offensive. If my niece comes to visit, I would have to baby proof the box lest she falls and blinds herself on the corner. Plus, I just really really like Horizon Zero Dawn and want to play the sequel. That said I'll probably eventually get the Xbox Series S because I feel like it would look good next to my PS5. Plus, my first gaming console was the original Xbox and I will always have a soft spot for the old boy -- I would be betraying my roots if I didn't pick up an Xbox again. Daniel Van Boom Eventually, I'll buy both a PlayStation 5 and an Xbox Series X. By the end of 2020? I'll have bought neither. I enjoy system wars as much as the next guy, but right now the excitement around both next-gen consoles is a little too theoretical. Microsoft's Game Pass-centred model, in which the Series S/X are essentially hardware to power the Xbox streaming service, could change the industry. Sony's renewed fanaticism about exclusive titles could result in more must-play first-party games. But both possibilities lie in 2021 and beyond. Come November, there won't be many games on either console you can't play on a PS4 or Xbox One. For me, that means there's no rush to buy a PS5 or Xbox Series S/X. For the future, I suspect I'll buy a PS5 first. Both consoles will be bought with a disc drive -- it makes it easier to wiggle out of a $69.95 RRP. Lori Grunin Let's split "Lori Grunin" in two: The reviewer and the real person. Both ended up agreeing that the Xbox Series S is the best option because money and Game Pass Ultimate. Dan Ackerman/CNET Personally, a console is competing with the need for a pricey new phone, a new iPad Pro and a new full-frame camera and lenses, along with a cranky old biddy of a cat who needs dental work and who has expensive taste in food. I've still got a 1080p TV, which I haven't watched since cutting the cord a while back. I don't particularly want to chip in for a new one because I'm a cranky old biddy of a person with expensive taste in gear. While Lori the reviewer toyed with the idea of a PS5, Game Pass Ultimate and day one availability for new exclusives sold the Xbox to both sides of my brain. But I would never have preordered anything, because as a rule I consider it insane to spend money on almost anything over $50 before it's been out for at least a few months and has had a chance to be debugged and dissected ad nauseum. I've also had years of exposure to the latest and greatest of everything to learn to get over the FOMO for most of it. Lori the reviewer spent hours hitting refresh on three different sites for them all when preorders went live. Jackson Ryan Would love to see a new console generation defined by the unique experiences it can bring to video games, rather than improvements in POWER and SPEED. These new consoles feel like souped up current-gens. I have a perfectly good Nintendo Switch. That will see me through until there's an absolute must play on either of these bilious boxes. Sean Keane After much thought, I preordered a PS5 so I can play the shiniest version of Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales and the Demon's Souls remake. But the deciding factor was Resident Evil Village. I know the console won't get a price drop before that comes out next year (Capcom hadn't hinted at a PS4 version before I preordered). Miles Morales goes to work. Insomniac/Screenshot by CNET I'm still using a launch PS4 and don't intend to get whatever mid-generational PS5 upgrade Sony puts out, so I'll wring plenty of value out of the PS5 over its seven-year lifespan -- to play the remaining PS4 games in 4K and move fully onto the next-gen when it really gets started in late 2021. To maximize the likelihood of getting games as cheaply as possible, I've opted for the model with disc drive. Even though most of my purchases are digital, I don't want to give Sony too much power. Also my friends sometimes give me physical games as presents. As for Xbox Series X, I'm still undecided. I was all about the Xbox 360, but the Xbox One never had an exclusive game that made the console irresistible. Microsoft's purchase of Bethesda certainly makes a killer Series X exclusive (Series Xclusive?) more likely, but I'll wait and see. Game Pass is a pretty great service, but my already massive backlog makes it a less tempting prospect. Eli Blumenthal While I have been looking for both the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 All-Digital, I so far have only preordered the Xbox. After growing up playing all three generations of Xbox, I have been swayed towards PlayStation in recent years through games like Spider-Man PS4 and MLB The Show. I'm a big sports gamer and while most recent titles have lacked noticeable or game changing improvements on current-gen, the new trailer for NBA 2K21 on next-gen has me hyped for what both of these new systems can offer. The insane battle to find somewhere to preorder a PS5 has kept me in the Xbox camp, at least for right now. As someone who doesn't have a large catalog of PlayStation discs, I can't bring myself to justify shelling out the extra $100 for the regular PS5 (based on early reports, I could be in for a longer wait as it seems like Digital consoles are in shorter supply than disc ones). Throw in the rising costs for next-gen PlayStation controllers and major games and I feel like there are even better uses for that money than a disc drive I almost certainly won't use. I can't even remember the last time I used a disc in general -- PlayStation, Xbox, Blu-ray, DVD or CD. As for the Xbox, a few factors swayed me including the fact that I have a Game Pass subscription, am really intrigued by xCloud and that I have friends and family planning to get one. While I thought about the Series S, with my TCL 6 Series has 4K and Dolby Vision and like Serrels the appeal of 4K gaming was enough to get me to choose the bigger system. Plus, I was lucky enough to see it available on Amazon to place the order (even if it now may no longer arrive on the 10th). Eric Franklin Since the release of the Xbox One X I've become a primarily Xbox player. Microsoft's services like Play Anywhere, xCloud and of course Xbox Game Pass address my gaming needs as a dad with two young kids and not a lot of time to himself. So I've opted to preorder both the Xbox Series X for my living room and an Xbox Series S for my home office. The Series X will replace my One X and the Series S will double up with my newly built PC on my brand new 27-inch 1440p HDR 144hz monitor. In reality, I'll likely end up playing on the Series S the most since my wife gets first dibs on our 4K TV. As for games, while I'm looking forward to trying a few launch games like The Medium, The Ascent and The Falconeer, I'm equally as interested in playing my current huge backlog of game like The Outer Worlds, Doom Eternal and the Yakuza series -- I'm still early in Yakuza 0, my first foray into the world of Japanese gangsters and goofiness -- with faster load times and the ability to quickly switch between them -- I get bored easily -- with the Quick Resume feature. Since Microsoft revealed these features in March, the new Xbox has occupied way too much of my brainspace, but soon it will have a chance to live up to my way too high expectations for it. As for the PS5, I'll likely get one eventually, but may wait until they slim that puppy down -- have you heard? It's big. Oscar Gonzalez I'm usually a two-console kind of gamer, but my original plan for this generation was to start off with the PS5 and then eventually get my hands on an Xbox Series X. The lack of a strong, exclusive launch game -- for me, it would have been Halo: Infinite -- makes Microsoft's next-gen console a little less attractive. That changed with EA Play's inclusion into Games Pass and seeing Quick Resume in action. While yes, I will be able to play Games Pass titles on my Xbox One, the idea of having all the games I'm playing through available to play within seconds of each other is something I didn't know I wanted. As a guy who wants to jump into different multiplayer games such as Call of Duty: Warzone, Tom Clancy's The Division 2 and even Fortnite as well as work on various single-player games like the Assassin's Creed and Far Cry games, the Quick Resume is going to be the feature designed just for me. Epic Games Because of that, I have a pre-order for the PS5 and Xbox Series X. As tempted as I am to go entirely digital this generation, the fact is that new physical games at launch, or weeks after release, tend to go on sale. Digital version don't. Retailers are also quicker to drop the price of games if they fail to sell at launch while digital titles take much longer before a significant sale. So for me, the Xbox Series X will be the Games Pass machine while the PS5 is for Sony published titles and other exclusives. It's the best of both worlds and at the best price.
NASA satellite's dazzling panorama hides 74 exoplanets (and potentially hundreds more) - CNET
The planet-hunter has captured images of around 75% of the sky over two years.
This panorama of the northern sky is composed of 208 images taken by TESS in the second year of its mission. NASA/MIT/TESS and Ethan Kruse (USRA) A series of 208 images captured by NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) over one year reveal a dazzling sea of stars and 74 exoplanets in the northern sky, the space agency said in a release Monday. TESS has now imaged around 75% of the sky over two years. The planet-hunter wrapped up its second year of science operations in July. Astronomers are looking through another 1,200 exoplanet candidates to confirm whether new worlds exist there. More than half of those candidates are in the northern sky, NASA says. TESS pinpoints planets by monitoring several stars simultaneously over large chunks of the sky and keeping watch for any small changes in brightness. When a planet moves in front of its host star, it blocks some of the star's light, which leads it to dim temporarily. This occurrence, called a transit, happens each time a planet orbits its star. "This technique has proven to be the most successful planet-finding strategy so far, accounting for about three quarters of the nearly 4,300 exoplanets now known," NASA said. "The data collected also allow for the study of other phenomena such as stellar variations and supernova explosions in unprecedented detail." In TESS's first year of operations, it captured a panorama of the southern sky. The northern sky mosaic isn't as expansive, given that "for about half of the northern sectors, the team decided to angle the cameras further north to minimize the impact of scattered light from Earth and the Moon," NASA explains. "This results in a prominent gap in coverage." This panorama represents just a small part of the data TESS has gathered. The mission divides each celestial hemisphere into 13 parts. Then, TESS uses four cameras to take images of each sector for about a month. These cameras contain a total of 16 sensors called charge-coupled devices. TESS will now return to imaging the southern sky for a year. It'll revisit planets it discovered before, locate new ones and fill in any coverage gaps from the first survey. Improved data collection and processing mean TESS will be able to send back full sector images every 10 minutes. The satellite will also be able to measure the brightness of thousands of stars every 20 seconds, in addition to continuing to measure the brightness of tens of thousands of stars every two minutes. "These changes promise to make TESS's extended mission even more fruitful," Padi Boyd, the mission's project scientist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, said in the release. "Making high-precision measurements of stellar brightness at these frequencies makes TESS an extraordinary new resource for studying flaring and pulsating stars and other transient phenomena, as well as for exploring the science of transiting exoplanets."
Got an Apple Watch? Change these settings right now - CNET
Do these six things to improve your experience and fix irritating imperfections.
The default app grid isn't always the best. Vanessa Hand Orellana/CNET The Apple Watch is jam packed with features and capabilities that range from being a wrist-worn link to your iPhone, to monitoring your sleep, thanks to the release of WatchOS 7. But it can also be overwhelming as you try to make sense of why your watch has so many apps installed on it, or why Siri keeps randomly talking to you. Sometimes the camera roll becomes overrun by errant screenshots and there's got to be a way to stop every app from automatically installing. There is, and we'll show you. Whether you've had your Apple Watch for a while, or you just picked up the new Apple Watch Series 6 or Apple Watch SE, we tale you through six simple changes that can make all the difference. Adjust your all of your Activity goals With the release of WatchOS 7, Apple added the option to change your goals for the amount of time you stand and exercise. Previously, you could only change your Move (or calories) goal. So instead of using the defaults -- 30 minutes of exercise and a cumulative 12 standing hours a day -- you can change either one to fit your actual daily routine. This small change will make it possible for you hit your own targets when you actually start your day, not when Apple tells you to. For example, if you use sleep tracking overnight and need to charge your watch more often in the morning, you won't feel like you've lost an hour of time to close those rings. Open the Activity app on your watch then scroll to the bottom and tap Edit Goals. Make your adjustments for all three metrics and start closing those rings. You now have full control over what it takes to close your activity rings. Sarah Tew/CNET So long, random screenshots Taking a screenshot on the Apple Watch is done by pressing the Digital Crown and side button at the same time. It's a simple and convenient method, unless you're like me and find yourself frequently triggering it on accident, filling up the photos app with random pictures of your watch face. To turn off the ability to take screenshots altogether, open the Settings app on your watch or use the Watch app on your phone and go to General and scroll down until you find Enable Screenshots. Turn it off, and go back to a clutter free camera roll. The default app grid looks good and works for some, but for others, a list of installed apps is easier to navigate. CNET Stop every app from automatically installing Every time you install an app on your iPhone ($699 at Amazon), it will automatically install its Apple Watch counterpart if there is one. This can clutter up your watch's app grid pretty quick, making it hard to find the apps you do want to use on your watch. Either in the Watch app on your phone or in the Settings app on the Watch tap General and then slide the switch next to Automatic App Install to the Off position. Going forward, you can install individual apps on your watch by opening the Watch app on your phone, then scrolling to the bottom where you'll find a list of available apps. Make it easier to find your apps The honeycomb app grid looks great in promotion photos and at first glance, but it can be difficult to find the the app you want to launch, particularly if you have a lot of apps installed on your watch. Instead of using the grid, the watch can display all of your apps in an alphabetical list. Either in the Watch app on your phone or in the Settings app on the Watch and tap App View > List View. Now, when you press the Digital Crown to leave your watch face, you'll see a list of apps that you can quickly scroll through and find what you're looking for. See, doesn't the app list look better? Sarah Tew/CNET Control when you'll see Siri There are three different ways to activate Siri on your Apple Watch. You can raise your wrist towards your mouth and start talking, long-press the Digital Crown or use the wake phrase "Hey, Siri." I've found that I often accidentally trigger Siri when trying to check the time or read a notification while I'm talking to someone else (but my watch thinks I'm trying to talk to Siri). It's annoying, but thankfully can be changed. Either in the Watch app on your phone or in the Settings app on the Watch, select Siri and there you'll find three buttons to control when you'll see Siri. Slide each button to the Off position for any of the options you don't want to use. This is a hidden feature that you should memorize right now. Jason Cipriani/CNET Rearrange Control Center Just like Control Center on your iPhone, Control Center on the Apple Watch is where you go to quickly adjust settings like "do not disturb" and airplane mode, and activate the flashlight. However, you may find the default list of options in Control Center not the best fit for how you use your watch. For me, that means moving the Bedtime toggle from near the bottom of the list to the top. That way when I want to track my sleep over the weekend when I don't have sleep goals set, I can swipe up and tap the icon. To access Control Center on your watch, swipe up from the bottom of the watch face, or when in an app you can long-press on the bottom of the screen until you see Control Center start to slide up, after which you just need to slide your finger up to access it. The same trick works to view your notifications from anywhere. Change the order, or hide some buttons in Control Center by tapping the Edit button at the bottom of the list. The icons will begin to jiggle, and show a red minus sign to hide an option. Drag and drop the icons into your preferred order, or tap the red minus button to remove the option altogether. When you're done, tap Done or press the Digital Crown on the side of your watch to go back to the watch face. There are plenty more Apple Watch features that are worth checking out. For example, the ECG app can help identify heartbeat irregularities, there's a new dance workout, and you can even share your custom watch faces.
Coronavirus symptoms: The full list, according to the CDC - CNET
The number of official symptoms is 11, including muscle pain and a sore throat.
Getty Images For the most up-to-date news and information about the coronavirus pandemic, visit the WHO website. As we enter Month 7 of the coronavirus pandemic, we know that one of the best ways to prevent the spread of the coronavirus is to avoid contact with other people if you're feeling sick. Given that getting a COVID-19 test in the US still isn't easy, thanks to shortages and long wait times for test results, knowing the list of symptoms can help you identify if you should quarantine. This article has been updated with the latest information. However, there's a catch. The list of symptoms for the coronavirus overlaps with infections of other viruses, including influenza and rhinovirus, the virus that causes the common cold. That means it's going to be difficult to determine whether you have COVID-19 or the flu with a test. However, no matter which you have, you should still stay home, wear a mask, frequently wash your hands and keep your distance from others. The same goes for the common cold too. Read more: 9 flu shot myths you should stop believing and spreading COVID-19 symptoms The following is a list of COVID-19 symptoms as outlined by the CDC. You'll notice that many of these symptoms, including fever, body aches and a sore throat, are also common with the flu. More unusually, one possible sign of a coronavirus infection is a loss of taste or smell.
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
The Apple One subscription bundle's best feature is actually the iCloud storage - CNET
Commentary: The oft-ignored iCloud storage took center stage and may be the reason people will give the Apple One bundle a shot.
iCloud storage is at the center of everything. Screenshot by Joan Solsman/CNET This story is part of Apple Event, our full coverage of the latest news from Apple headquarters. Following September's Apple event -- packed, in typical fashion, with new hardware like the iPad Air and a low-cost Apple Watch SE to go along with its top-of-the-line Apple Watch Series 6 (but, sadly, no new iPhone) -- it's the lowly iCloud photo and backup service that may have the biggest impact on your relationship with the company, through the newly announced Apple One subscription bundle. Apple One bundles together a number of the key services the company has rolled out over the last two years, including Apple Music, Apple TV Plus, Apple Arcade and, for the highest tier, Apple News Plus and the newly announced Fitness Plus. Surprisingly, iCloud storage, which barely gets a mention at these kinds of events, served as the anchor for these bundles. For the $14.95 (£14.95, AU$19.95) a month "Individual" tier, you get Apple Music, Apple TV Plus, Apple Arcade and 50 gigabytes of storage. The $19.95 (£19.95, AU$25.95) "Family" plan gets you the same services plus 200GB. The $29.95 (£29.95, AU$39.95) "Premier" plan throws in Fitness Plus and News Plus and 2 terabytes of storage. As typical with Apple plans, the slim amount of storage in the smaller plans essentially forces power users to go with the Premier option. Cloud storage, which lets you store photos, videos and other items online that then can be accessed from multiple devices, is an increasingly important service at a time when file sizes for things like 4K video or high-resolution photos are getting too large for our physical hard drives. It's another example of how many aspects of our lives, from the shows we watch to the goods we buy, have moved online. Apple The irony is that even as cloud storage has grown increasingly important in our lives, you wouldn't suspect this shift when you watch tech companies talk about the latest and greatest bells and whistles. Though they all offer ways to store and share your photos, the likes of Google, Facebook and, yes, Apple, have largely ignored cloud storage and instead focused on flashier developments in areas like augmented reality or artificial intelligence. But at Apple's "Time Flies" event, Lori Malm, director of services for Apple, noted that these plans all centered on iCloud storage. Indeed, cloud services is a huge market. Back in 2016, Eddy Cue, head of software and services for Apple, disclosed on a podcast with Jon Gruber that the company had 782 million iCloud users, although he noted that included multiple devices. Most of them were likely free accounts (Apple has never disclosed the number of paying subscribers), but even if a fraction of those users were on accounts, that's a massive business. In comparison, Apple said last year it had 60 million subscribers. The company hasn't disclosed Apple TV Plus subscribers, although analysts say many are still on free trials. The company hasn't offered numbers on Apple Arcade or Apple News Plus either, although News Plus reportedly struggled to find an audience early on. Bundling everything together may be a way to get more people interested in the individual services. But iCloud storage could be the ingredient that really hooks people in, thanks to its large user base and the fact that it serves a need that anyone who's run out of storage on their iPhone can understand. (Access to Apple TV Plus originals or a number of video games that you've never heard of is a more dubious proposition.) "In some cases, Apple One will also encourage people to take an additional subscription beyond Apple Music to less-popular services such as Arcade and News Plus," said Ben Wood an analyst at CCS Insight. If Apple One is somewhat akin to Amazon's Prime bundle of services, iCloud storage would essentially be the equivalent of free shipping. The bundle represents the first change since Apple dropped the price of its 2TB plan to $9.99 a month. The plan is almost a no-brainer considering the lower-tier plans (50GB for 99 cents and 200GB for $2.99) aren't sufficient for heavy users or families. In comparison, Google Photos lets you store "high-quality" versions for free, but requires you to pay for Google Drive storage to store original photos. As part of Prime, Amazon offers unlimited photo storage and 5GB for video. But what Apple has going for it is the ability to automatically sync those files in the background. I was skeptical about the need for iCloud until last year, when a thief stole my iPhone while I was in Barcelona to cover the Mobile World Congress trade show. In the end, I was able to get access back to my work files, but I had lost many photos of my family because I hadn't backed the device up in a few months. I use Google Photos, but because I hadn't opened the app in a little while, a few months of photos never backed up. I immediately snapped up the $9.99 2TB plan and gave my family access. All of a sudden, my wife and my mother stopped complaining about running out of storage space. At that point, I could never go back to an iCloud-less life. Throw in Apple Music, Apple TV Plus, Apple Arcade and Apple News Plus for a discounted additional fee, and I may be more ready than ever to sink myself into the company's universe of services.
Apple Watch Series 6 ongoing review: SpO2 tracking and brighter screen - CNET
Apple's new smartwatch can detect blood oxygen levels throughout the day and night. It charges faster than its predecessors, but has the same 18-hour battery life as the Series 5.
Vanessa Hand Orellana/CNET This story is part of Apple Event, our full coverage of the latest news from Apple headquarters. The Apple Watch Series 6 continues to evolve as Apple's personal health hub on your wrist. The new watch has an FDA-cleared ECG app, a family mode to keep track of loved ones and cardio fitness alerts. It can also measure blood oxygen levels. But as the smartwatch landscape becomes saturated with competitors including Samsung's Galaxy Watch 3 and the new Fitbit Sense, which promise health features including an ECG, plus a cheaper Apple Watch SE in the mix, the $399 (£379, AU$599) Series 6 faces more competition than ever. I've only spent a day with the Apple Watch Series 6, but already there are a few things that make it stand out. Blood oxygen levels while you sleep, or on-demand The biggest upgrade to the Series 6 is a new Blood Oxygen app that measures oxygen saturation in the blood, also known as SpO2. One of the first things I noticed on the watch -- aside from the bright red frame -- was the new sensors on the back: Eight tiny dots lined up in a circle, where the previous models only had one big one in the center. These are the red and infrared sensors that measure the color of your blood and determine the percentage of oxygen in it. There are two ways the Apple Watch Series 6 measures oxygen saturation: on demand through the app, or intermittently in the background as you go about your day (or night). During the setup process you're asked whether or not you want to activate this feature on the Watch, which I did, but you can always go back and disable it in the settings. The first thing I did after strapping it on was tap on the Blood Oxygen app. The watch gives you a few tips on how to get the best result, and requires you to rest your arm on a table or flat surface. Then the 15-second countdown begins and you're done. It was straightforward and painless. I got a 95% on my first read, which was lower than what I'm used to. Anything above 90% is considered a healthy range, but higher is better in this case. I tested it a few more times and noticed I got slightly different results (a few percentage points off) depending on whether or not I was completely silent during the test, where I had the watch positioned on my wrist and how tight the watch was. I tested alongside my own pulse oximeter (the gold standard for this metric) and the Apple Watch was off by about one or two points every time, which is expected. The pulse oximeter shines the light through the tip of the finger and where it's picked up on the other end, while the Apple Watch does it on the wrist and measures the light that bounces back, so there are many other factors that can affect your results. I panic-bought a pulse oximeter back in March when the COVID-19 pandemic was just ramping up in the US like a lot of other people. I heard the horror stories of people dying overnight because they went to bed not knowing their blood oxygen levels were dangerously low and didn't get to a hospital in time. I still keep it in my bedside table and use it as a safety check whenever I'm feeling ill or out of breath. To be clear, you should always check with a doctor if you're feeling out of breath, even if your levels seem to be normal. Apple makes it clear that this feature isn't intended to replace a medical device, and shouldn't be used to make any kind of diagnosis. Instead it's meant to provide a more general look at what's going on in your body over a longer period of time than what you'd get from a single read with a traditional pulse oximeter. My results didn't mean much on their own, but I'd be curious to know what they'd look like once I've accumulated enough data in the Health app -- or at the very least gotten a full night's rest under my belt -- to see if I notice any trends. Significant dips in oxygen levels during sleep could help flag bigger issues such as sleep apnea or asthma. Apple currently has three different SpO2-related studies underway, including one related to asthma and another for detecting early signs of respiratory illnesses such as COVID-19. Samsung also introduced an SpO2 feature in the Galaxy Watch 3, which is measured on-demand only rather than automatically. Fitbit and Garmin also have some form of SpO2 tracking in their wearable devices. I hope down the line Apple is able to use all this data to improve accuracy and provide some kind of alert system in the Apple Watch for SpO2 similar to what it already does with the high, low and irregular heart rhythm notifications. Maybe then I'd sleep easy knowing someone's watching out for me and wouldn't feel the need to break out my little pulse oximeter every time I feel so much as a tickle in my throat. As of now, with the Series 5 discontinued, the Series 6 is also the only watch you can get from Apple with the electrocardiogram feature, which Apple calls ECG, that debuted on the Series 4 in 2018. New colors, brighter screen Aside from the sensors on the back, the Apple Watch Series 6 could pass for a Series 5. They have the same body and similar always-on display. It wasn't until I put them side by side that I noticed a difference. While the screen on the Series 5 dims when not in use, the Series 6 almost looks like it's still on, which is especially helpful when you're outdoors. Apple says it's 2.5 times brighter and it shows. It's also the first Apple Watch to add to the traditional silver, space gray and gold finishes. Mine came in a Product Red aluminum frame, but it's also available in blue. The aluminum version will now come in blue and Product Red, while the stainless steel will get a new gold finish. I like the red, but I think I'd still stick to a more neutral tone for the frame and spice it up with the watch band instead. Claspless bands and Memoji watch faces Apple also announced a new type of silicone band with no clasps or buckles called Solo Loop. It looks and feels similar to the silicone sports band, but with no overlapping parts. I set up my watch with a black size 4 strap that Apple provided and just slipped in on my wrist like a hair tie. The material feels stretchy and slightly smooth to the touch. I thought it felt a bit tight at first, but I barely felt it on my wrist after a few hours. It is important to get your size right though, because the size down for me would've been way too small. This will require you to measure your wrist before you buy it. And for this you'll need a measuring tape, which I personally don't always have on hand. It's also expensive for a band that I'd worry would stretch a bit over time. It's $49 on its own, the same price as the silicone sports bands. I'll have to report back on the stretching once I've used it for a while. I do think it would be a good alternative for kids, which Apple is now targeting with its new Family Setup, because it's less cumbersome to put on and take off. The new Family Setup feature allows you to set up a second Apple Watch that doesn't need its own iPhone. You can program location alerts from the parent's iPhone, designate which contacts they can communicate with and limit use during certain hours with the School Time mode. There are also new ways to customize the watch face with a new Animoji and Memoji that you can create directly on the watch, which I did. I don't know how long I'll keep it on as my main screen, but I can see this being popular with kids too. Faster processor, but only slightly better battery The other key upgrade to the Apple Watch Series 6 is the faster processor: Apple's S6 chip is based on the A13 Bionic chip found in the iPhone 11. Aside from being faster to launch apps, the new processor makes the Watch more efficient at extending battery life during runs. In my 10 hours of use, the Apple Watch had no problem loading apps, displaying messages and showing stats in real time. But the Series 5 already felt fast to me, and so far I haven't noticed a huge change in my day-to-day use. I was hoping the faster processor would have a bigger impact on battery life, especially as Apple rolls out sleep tracking on the Apple Watch. You'll need at least a 30% charge at the end of the day for the new sleep-tracking feature launching with WatchOS 7. Sadly it still has the same 18-hour battery life as the Series 5, although that's according to Apple: I haven't worn it long enough to test the battery life for myself yet. What it does improve upon is on charge time. It now charged to 100% in 1.5 hours compared to the 2 hours needed by its predecessors. But you'll have to provide your own wall charger, because Apple isn't including them in the box anymore. You just get the cable with the magnetic puck. Bye, bye Force Touch on WatchOS 7 The update to WatchOS 7 eliminated Force Touch on the Apple Watch across the board, so instead of applying more pressure on the watch face, you now have to long-press to prompt an action. You still get the same haptic feedback that you would with Force Touch, but it didn't seem quite as satisfying. It also means you have to relearn certain actions like switching from grid view to list view for your app screen. If you long press on the app page, they all start to jiggle like on the iPhone to rearrange or delete. The list view option has moved to the Settings. Real-time elevation and cardio fitness alerts The entire Apple Watch line will also get new fitness features with WatchOS 7, including dance tracking and core training, but only the Series 6 and Apple Watch SE include a new always-on altimeter that provides real-time elevation monitoring you can use during an outdoor workout. The Apple Watch also uses the Vo2 max reading (maximum oxygen consumption during exercise) to monitor cardio fitness levels. It will eventually let you know when your levels are too low with a new notification feature that's launching later this year. According to Apple, this metric can be an important indicator of overall health. Fitness Plus with the Apple Watch at its core Apple's new subscription Fitness Plus service brings guided workouts to the Apple Watch, iPhone, iPad and Apple TV. You can choose from a variety of different programs to stream on your device of choice and sync with the Apple Watch. The Apple Watch will automatically start the correct workout for you and display your stats on the screen, so you can follow along without having to glance at your phone. Instructors will use the Apple Watch as a training tool to push you during a workout. Sadly I wasn't able to test this out on the watch yet, because it's not launching until later this year. The Fitness Plus subscription will cost $9.99 (£9.99, AU$14.99) a month, or $80 (£80, AU$120) a year. Read more: Apple Fitness Plus vs. Peloton: Which streaming workout service is better?
PS5 showcase event: $400, Nov. 12 launch, Spider-Man: Miles Morales, PS Plus Collection - CNET
Sony's already announced Final Fantasy XVI, which will be a PlayStation exclusive, and shown off its new Spider-Man game.
Sony has told us nearly everything conceivable about its next-generation video game console, the PlayStation 5. We know its launch games lineup, including the highly anticipated superhero sequel Spider-Man: Miles Morales. We know the devices have a futuristic vibe to them, with curved sides that could look right at home next to a Star Trek starship. We even know the controller has special trigger buttons that give us feedback to make the objects we interact with in the game world feel like they're here, in our hands. The only things we don't know are what it will cost and when it will hit store shelves. Until now. The company announced on Wednesday it'll charge $400 (£360) for its "digital edition" without a disc drive, and $500 (£450) for its version with one. Sony's said both consoles are otherwise have the same chips and other hardware inside. The device will launch Nov. 12 in the US, Japan, Canada, Mexico, Australia (though didn't give a price), New Zealand and South Korea, and Nov. 19 in the rest of the world. Preorders will start Thursday. Sony began its event discussing high profile games Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales and Final Fantasy XVI, both of which will be exclusive to the PlayStation. Spider-Man will launch with the console in time for the 2020 holiday shopping season, while Sony didn't say when Final Fantasy XVI will launch. The company also showed off Resident Evil Village, the eighth installment in the popular horror franchise, and teased a new sequel to its hit 2018 action adventure game God of War. Now with the release date and price announced, both Sony and Microsoft's upcoming consoles mark a key moment for the video game industry, transitioning to new devices that promise faster chips and new features to make games all that much more complex or realistic looking. Somehow, Sony and Microsoft have made it comically long into their preparations for their dueling next-gen consoles without telling us fundamentals like price and release date. At the beginning of the year, all we knew was that the devices would launch by the holiday shopping season. The missing information became sort of an inside joke whenever I'd talk with Sony and Microsoft's teams. I'd work the question in as often as I could, reminding them I have to ask -- and them acknowledging that of course I'd ask. PlayStation head Jim Ryan and Xbox head Phil Spencer got the question too. The lack of information became a meme within the game community, where rumors sprouted that Microsoft and Sony were playing a game of chicken, seeing who'd blink first and announce their price at risk of the other adjusting their price to beat it. For what it's worth, both companies repeatedly denied that. But after a series of leaks about Microsoft's entry-level Xbox Series S that'll launch alongside its more powerful Xbox Series X, the company said they'd cost $299.99 and $499.99, respectively, and launch Nov. 10. They'll also be available on a payment plan of $25 per month and $35 per month, including access to a bundle of the company's gaming social network and other subscription services. To take on Microsoft more directly, Sony also announced its PlayStation Plus Collection, a library of hit PS4 games such as God of War and Uncharted 4: A Thief's End. The games will be made available to subscribers to its $9.99 per month PlayStation Plus gaming service. Microsoft's $9.99 per month Xbox Games Pass service has often been called "the best deal in gaming," for offering more than 100 games. Now Sony clearly wants to take that on. Sony didn't offer a direct competitor to Microsoft's $14.99 per month Xbox Games Pass Ultimate subscription, which offers access to many of the games in its library on console and PC, as well as the ability to stream many of those titles too. What Sony showed Final Fantasy 16, no launch date announced. Spider-Man: Miles Morales, coming holiday 2020. Hogwarts Legacy, coming 2021. Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, coming holiday 2020. Resident Evil 8: Village, coming 2021. Deathloop, coming 2021. Devil May Cry 5: Special Edition Oddworld: Soulstorm, coming holiday 2020. Five Nights at Freddy's: Security Breach, no launch date. Demon's Souls, no launch date. Fortnite, available at launch. PlayStation Plus Collection, coming holiday 2020. Correction: Jim Ryan is the head of Sony's PlayStation division. Jack Ryan is a fictional spy for the CIA. An earlier version of this story mixed the two men's names.
The 'Election Day' asteroid is real, but NASA isn't worried - CNET
The Michael Jordan-size asteroid has a 0.41% chance of entering Earth's atmosphere.
Artist's concept of a near-earth asteroid. NASA/JPL-CalTech It's easy to look at 2020 and assume an asteroid coming in close this year will be one more disaster to add to the pile. But it's going to be OK, at least as far as asteroid 2018 VP1 is concerned. Yes, the asteroid is scheduled to get uncomfortably close to Earth on Nov. 2, the day before the US elections. It may even enter our atmosphere, but it doesn't herald doomsday. NASA Asteroid Watch, which keeps an eye on these space rocks, tweeted some reassurances on Sunday. Asteroid 2018VP1 is very small, approx. 6.5 feet, and poses no threat to Earth! It currently has a 0.41% chance of entering our planets atmosphere, but if it did, it would disintegrate due to its extremely small size. NASA Asteroid Watch (@AsteroidWatch) August 23, 2020 Asteroid 2018 VP1 measures roughly 6.5 feet (2 meters) in diameter. "It currently has a 0.41% chance of entering our planet's atmosphere, but if it did, it would disintegrate due to its extremely small size," NASA said. Asteroid 2018 VP1 is more of a space speck than a big bad harbinger of destruction. Space is a busy place and asteroids sweep past Earth all the time, including the occasional surprise asteroid that sneaks up on us. NASA has been tracking 2018 VP1 since, well, 2018. We knew it was coming back for a visit. If it does hit our atmosphere, it will be much worse for the asteroid than it will be for us.
Ancient 'terror crocodiles' had teeth the size of bananas - CNET
Scientists take a new look at the extinct, jumbo Deinosuchus and find it truly lived up to its name.
This illustration shows Deinosuchus from bones to flesh. Tyler Stone Let's turn the clock back by millions of years to a time when crocodiles as long as buses lived in the Americas. A new study of Deinosuchus fossils has revealed more details of what these mind-boggling predators looked like and how they behaved. Deinosuchus, which can be translated as "terrible crocodile" or "terror crocodile," ate dinosaurs, notes a paper published in late July in the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology. The massive animals lived between 75 million and 82 million years ago and would have been at the top of the food chain. "Until now, the complete animal was unknown. New specimens reveal a bizarre, monstrous predator with teeth the size of bananas," said lead author Adam Cossette in a release from journal publisher Taylor & Francis on Monday. Cossette is a vertebrate paleontologist at the New York Institute of Technology. These fossil specimens have given researchers a peek into the mouths of Deinosuchus. Adam Cossette Cossette and paleontologist Christopher Brochu at the University of Iowa studied cranial fossils and bite mark evidence to build a more complete picture of Deinosuchus, which was more closely related to alligators than crocodiles. The paper helps to clarify three different known species of Deinosuchus: Deinosuchus hatcheri and Deinosuchus riograndensis (which ranged from Montana to northern Mexico) and Deinosuchus schwimmeri (from New Jersey to Mississippi). While Deinosuchus' reputation as a fearsome predator is now sealed, the animal remains mysterious in many respects. The researchers highlighted two large holes on its snout that had an as-yet-unknown function. "It was a strange animal," said Brochu. "It shows that crocodylians are not 'living fossils' that haven't changed since the age of dinosaurs. They've evolved just as dynamically as any other group." The new understanding of Deinosuchus fits in well with some other recent scientific insights into extinct croc and gator relatives. Researchers found an ancient crocodile that walked on two legs and traced the disappearance of massive Australian crocs to fires and habitat loss. If you think today's alligators are intimidating, you can at least take comfort in knowing Deinosuchus isn't prowling the waterways of the modern world. "Deinosuchus was a giant that must have terrorized dinosaurs that came to the water's edge to drink," said Cossette. But that's all in the past.