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On Wednesday, Oct. 23, Apple’s new iPhone 12 models began shipping to everyone who has preordered them. This past week, there has been a lot of conversation surrounding what is new in this Apple product. Preorders began on Friday, Oct. 16 and retailers are already expecting delays due to high demand.
As usual, many are interested in all the new features of this release. First, there will be four available versions of the iPhone 12. There will be two standard ones, the iPhone 12 and the iPhone 12 Pro, and there will also be both an iPhone 12 Pro Max and an iPhone 12 Mini. The iPhone 12 Mini is the smallest 5G phone in the world to date, and the iPhone Pro Max is not only bigger in size but also is said to operate better than the standard options, according to Apple.
All iPhone 12 models will operate faster than previous iPhones. This is due to the new CPU, or central processing unit, that comes as part of the phone. Another difference between these iPhones and all previous models is the fact that they will have 5G built-in. With 5G, the phones will have faster data and be more responsive to instructions. The only issue with 5G is the fact that it is not being implemented nationwide yet, so early iPhone 12 users will not have these benefits immediately.
The iPhone 12 also has a new style, similar to older generations. It has flat, sleek edges, instead of the rounded ones many are used to seeing in the most recent iPhones. The new phones also have a ceramic screen, which is supposed to lessen the likelihood of the screen cracking when it’s dropped. In addition to all these style changes, the new iPhones also charge differently than older versions. Apple has created a magnetic charger that attaches onto the back of the iPhone, instead of plugging in at the bottom. Each iPhone 12 will come in black, white, red, green and blue. Customers also have the option of 64GB, 128GB and 256GB.
There are also significant changes to the camera. Apple promises better quality lowlight pictures, and the new cameras also have something called Dolby Vision, which essentially makes the videos taken on the camera more accurate to the colors and contrast that a human eye sees. They’ve also added Lidar, which is said to improve the depth in photos. In their recap video, Apple said that it was the “Future of AR,” or augmented reality. This type of technology has been seen in apps such as Pokémon Go, which assess the depth and the user’s surroundings to create a more realistic gaming experience. Apple also launched a new HomePod Mini, which can synchronize with other devices around a household or in a room to play the same exact audio.
With all these new additions, there has been a backlog of preorders. The presale for the standard iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro has already sold out. Many of these orders will start showing up on doorsteps as early as Friday, Oct. 23 if the customer paid for faster shipping. For those who opted for free shipping, it is more likely that their new phones will be delivered in early November. Preordering for iPhone 12 Mini and iPhone 12 Pro Max will begin on Friday, Nov. 6 with shipping for these orders beginning on Friday, Nov. 13.
Customers can expect smaller packaging when it arrives. In a controversial move, Apple has also decided to not include a charging block, nor headphones, in the box that comes with the new phone. However, the phone will come with a USB cord for charging, customers just have to use a charging block they already have at home or buy one from the store. Apple said that their reasoning for this is that many people already have charging boxes and headphones at home, so not including these in the shipment decreases wasteful unused items as well as the amount of packaging needed for a new iPhone 12. The iPhone 12 is available to preorder now.
Tips on how to find the Playstation 5 and XBox Series X, the hottest items this Christmas – CTV News Ottawa
One of the hottest items on many Christmas wish lists this holiday season is the Playstation 5 and Microsoft Xbox Series X consoles.
With so many people at home looking for something to do during the COVID-19 pandemic, demand is high for the latest generation gaming consoles. Getting your hands on one seems to be a game all on its own.
Salim Saikley is one of the lucky few able to purchase a new console this holiday season.
“It really feels like you’re part of an elite club,” said Saikley.
After weeks of trying to buy a Sony PS5 gaming console, he finally found one at an online store, “I was able to pick one up as of 6:30 a.m.” He ‘picked it’ online, and hopes to have it delivered next week.
The new PS5’s are reselling on sites like Kijiji for nearly double the retail price. Saikley does not think that is something he would have done.
“Really hard to justify a gaming console for over a thousand dollars,” said Saikley.
Even though he doesn’t consider himself a ‘gamer‘, he’s looking for something else to do at home during the pandemic.
“COVID for sure is a massive factor; another thing to do in the home besides projects and cooking, building projects – we’re a little tired of that,” said Saikley.
At retailers like The Source, which is owned by CTV News Ottawa’s parent company Bell, the pandemic is helping to drive sales.
“Gaming gives us a really good opportunity to play interactively; to play with other families, and to make sure that we’re keeping that social connection alive,” says Andaleeb Dobson, vice-president of Merchandising and Supply Chain at The Source. “Gaming is through the roof, it’s been seven years since we’ve had new XBox or Playstation consoles.”
The hottest game consoles have been on the market for about a month. Dobson says launch day was very busy on their website, “We sold lots of consoles in less than half an hour.”
Best Buy Canada says pre-orders sold out quickly, and a company spokesperson told CTV News Ottawa, “We expect that demand to last well into the new year as inventory becomes available.”
Hamse Deira managed to buy three on pre-order months ago.
“Honestly, it’s amazing,” said Deira, who sold one and surprised his older brother with the other new console. “He was still sleeping, so I put it on his on his bed, and I just tapped him and he woke up and was freaking out; he almost knocked it off the bed!”
How to get one now?
CTV News Ottawa asked Ray for tips to find the Playstation 5 and Microsoft Xbox Series X consoles this holiday season.
“Turning on notifications for Twitter helps get the latest alerts for surprise drops, but for scheduled ones like the ones Walmart and EB Games just did, it takes speed and a lot of luck,” said Ray in a Twitter message to CTV News Ottawa.
He says you’ll need that luck and suggests you follow all of the retailers’ social media accounts. Retailers often post when they will be releasing more consoles.
He offers other tips on his website too, including creating an account at the online store ahead of time and making sure it works. Ensure your billing address and shipping address are correct, and add a valid credit card number ahead of time.
Ray also suggests trying a stores’ online app; while many are trying to log onto the website, you may have luck with your phone.
15th Give a Little Life Day raises over $590000 for new NICU – paNOW
(Victoria Hospital Foundation)
Dec 4, 2020 6:37 PM
It had a different, virtual, and socially distanced feel to it, but the 15th Annual Give A Little Life Day Radiothon still raised one of its best totals ever.
A grand total of $592,563 was raised to furnish and equip the new neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) for babies born early or are born with health problems.
“There’s no way we could do any of this without the support of our community, so thank you,” said Sherry Buckler, CEO of the Victoria Hospital Foundation (VHF).
All the donations will go directly to the new NICU, which provides much-needed upgrades with the biggest one being a lot more space.
Outbreak declared at London shawarma restaurant – BlackburnNews.com
Outbreak declared at London shawarma restaurant
December 4, 2020 5:46pm
The local health unit has declared an outbreak at a London shawarma restaurant after six employees tested positive for COVID-19.
The Middlesex-London Health Unit announced on Friday that the outbreak had been declared at The Shish Shawarma & Grill restaurant located at 1401 Ernest Ave.
The first case was brought to the health unit’s attention on Tuesday, and the health unit made the decision to close the business after another two cases emerged on Wednesday. The next three cases were reported to the health unit on Thursday.
At this time, the health unit said there was a low-risk to customers who visited the restaurant, however, health officials are still investigating whether or not the staff members were infectious.
“Any interactions between restaurant employees and patrons would have been brief and staff who interacted with customers were wearing masks, which would have reduced the possibility for COVID-19 transmission,” said Dr. Alex Summers, the associate medical officer of health with the health unit, in a news release. “We will continue our investigation and work with these six people directly, determine who their close contacts are and provide the support they need to help navigate this situation.”
Anyone who attended the restaurant between November 22 to December 2 is asked to monitor themselves for symptoms of COVID-19.
The health unit reported 25 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday. Since the start of the pandemic, the region has recorded a total of 1,759 COVID-19 cases and 75 deaths.
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