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iPhone 12 vs iPhone 11: which should you buy? – What Hi-Fi?

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At first glance, you might think the image above shows the same phone in two different colours, but you are in fact looking at the new iPhone 12 on the left and the outgoing iPhone 11 on the right.

The initial similarities belie the fact that the iPhone 12 actually represents one of the most dramatic iPhone updates in years, particularly in one of the most important areas to us AV aficionados – the screen.

So what’s new? What makes it worth upgrading from the iPhone 11? And how do you do so? Here we’ll answer all your questions and more…

iPhone 12 vs iPhone 11: price

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First things first: price. As you would expect for a newer, more advanced phone, the iPhone 12 is more expensive than the iPhone 11. It currently starts at £799 ($799/AU$1349), while the iPhone 11 costs £599 ($599/AU$999).

There are different prices for the different models of iPhone 12. The iPhone 12 mini is the cheapest option, starting at £699 ($699, AU$1199), while the iPhone 12 Pro is more expensive, with a starting price of £999 ($999, AU$1699). The iPhone 12 Pro Max is the priciest member of the iPhone 12 family, starting at £1099 ($1099, AU$1849).

**Winner** iPhone 11

iPhone 12 vs iPhone 11: design

iPhone 12 vs iPhone 11: which should you buy?

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Both handsets look very similar from the front, but the iPhone 12‘s design is actually quite different to that of the iPhone 11, at least by Apple standards. The rounded edges have been replaced by smooth, flat aluminium, and it’s more compact, too: 11% thinner, 15% smaller in terms of volume, and 16% lighter.

It comes in five colours: black, white, red, green and blue. The iPhone 11 comes in six  (purple, yellow, green, black, white and red), so there’s not much to choose between them on this front. But for the design tweaks, we prefer the 12.

**Winner** iPhone 12

iPhone 12 vs iPhone 11: screen

iPhone 12 vs iPhone 11: which should you buy?

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The iPhone 12’s chassis is more compact but, thanks to thinner borders, the screen is the same size – 6.1in.

Spec-wise, it’s actually a big step-up from the iPhone 11’s display. For starters, it’s a Super Retina XDR OLED rather than a Liquid Retina HD LCD. Pixel density jumps from 326ppi to 460ppi, contrast ratio from 1400:1 to 2,000,000:1, and support for HDR (in the Dolby Vision, HDR10 and HLG formats) has been added. This is all massive news for those of us who use our phones primarily as portable TV show and movie machines.

Keeping that screen safe is something Apple refers to as a ‘Ceramic Shield’, which is apparently tougher than any smartphone glass. The company says it’s four times more likely than the iPhone 11’s screen to survive a fall without cracking. Let’s hope you never have to test that.

**Winner** iPhone 12

iPhone 12 vs iPhone 11: network speed

iPhone 12 vs iPhone 11: which should you buy?

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The iPhone 12 range sees Apple supporting 5G for the first time, which means that those with the appropriate contract and coverage will get a much faster data connection than with any previous iPhone. In perfect conditions, the iPhone 12 with 5G is capable of producing download speeds of up to 4Gbps, which is astonishingly quick.

Of course, real-life download speeds will be much lower. Verizon in the US is talking up 200Mbps as the ceiling and, in the UK, average 5G download speeds are currently under 40Mbps. That’s still much faster than 4G, though, so this is a useful feature to have and it will only become more so as the currently patchy coverage expands.

**Winner** iPhone 12

iPhone 12 vs iPhone 11: power

iPhone 12 vs iPhone 11: which should you buy?

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The A13 Bionic chip in the iPhone 11 still hasn’t been outperformed by the processor of any Android phone, but Apple has still seen fit to replace it with a more powerful chip for iPhone 12.

The A14 Bionic is the first smartphone chip built on 5nm process technology. Very simply put, the transistors on the chip are even infinitesimally smaller than before, which means a whole load more of them can be packed in, increasing performance and improving energy efficiency. There are, in fact, 11.8 billion transistors in the A14 Bionic – that’s nearly 40 per cent more than in the A13 Bionic.

Apple claims the A14 Bionic’s CPU (central processing unit) and GPU (graphics processing unit) are each 50 per cent faster than the equivalents of any other smartphone. The long and the short of it is that the iPhone 12 should be miles faster than the iPhone 11. You might not notice that in day-to-day use, but as more advanced apps and games appear, it could become a factor.

**Winner** iPhone 12

iPhone 12 vs iPhone 11: camera

iPhone 12 vs iPhone 11: which should you buy?

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The iPhone 12’s dual-camera array features the same Ultra Wide lens as the iPhone 11, but its Wide lens has been upgraded with a f/1.6 aperture, whereas the iPhone 11’s has an f/1.8 aperture. To the point-and-shooters out there, that might sound like a downgrade, but the smaller number actually means that the aperture is bigger and therefore able to draw in more light. The upshot should be better low-light photography.

On the subject of low-light photography, Apple’s Night Mode, which is specifically designed to maximise the amount of light in nighttime shots, can now be used in conjunction with all of the iPhone’s cameras, including the one on the front. Great for selfies after dark, if that’s your sort of thing.

On top of that, the iPhone 12 uses machine learning to analyse and enhance your shots, bringing out details that would usually be lost in shadows, for example. Better all round, in other words.

**Winner** iPhone 12

iPhone 12 vs iPhone 11: battery

iPhone 12 vs iPhone 11: which should you buy?

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There’s not much to choose between them in this category. The iPhone 12 squeezes out an extra hour of video playback over streaming, but that’s about it. Though there is one rather neat new addition in the form of MagSafe.

This is the same magnetic tech originally seen in Apple’s laptops. Then, it disconnected the power cable when pulled – if someone tripped over the charging cable, it would be yanked out, rather than dragging the laptop onto the floor and potentially causing it damage. But on the iPhone 12, it opens the door to all sorts of new chargers and accessories.

Wireless chargers just ‘snap’ into place, so you don’t have to worry about positioning them correctly. Just place it down and off you go. It also means you can charge all your Apple devices on one wireless charger – like Belkin’s, or Apple’s (pictured) – and  you’ll soon be able to ‘snap’ on all kinds of accessories to your handset, such as cases, new camera lenses, and more. The sky’s the limit.

MORE:

Everything you need to know: New iPhone 12 (2020): release date, price and news

Apple has a new speaker too: Apple HomePod Mini: everything you need to know

And some new headphones in the pipeline: Apple AirPods Studio headphones: everything you need to know

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Gen Lalonde, denied a chance at cross-country nationals 3-peat, to run her own race

For Gen Lalonde, part of the allure of cross-country running is the unexpected, which can’t be said about the 3,000-metre steeplechase, her signature event. “I know there is going to be 35 barriers and some of them aren’t going to have water,” she said. “I generally know what the pace is going to be, but in cross-country I have no idea. It can be anyone’s day.” Lalonde, the two-time defending senior women’s champion, was hoping Saturday would be her day for a third consecutive year at the Canadian championships but the event — scheduled for Clearbrook Park in Abbotsford, B.C. — was cancelled in August because of the coronavirus pandemic. However, she is planning her own version of cross-country this weekend — running a solo 10-kilometre time trial. It will be the Moncton, N.B., native’s latest attempt to mimic a “normal” year since the Canadian record holder didn’t enter a steeplechase race through the summer. “I did an 8K time trial a few weeks ago that would have coincided with the [B.C.] provincial championships,” said Lalonde, who moved to Victoria from Guelph, Ont., in January and married elite Canadian triathlete John Rasmussen in September. “It gives me goals to [strive for] since I haven’t raced since February and simulates the pre-race jitters [for] when I step on the line for real.” WATCH | Gen Lalonde runs to steeplechase Pan Am gold: Lining up for a tough race in Abbotsford on Saturday and watching the distance running community come together to celebrate the sport is something she said she will miss. “The national cross-country championships is about running, having fun and trying your best,” said the women’s 10K champion at the 2020 Pan American Cross-Country Cup in Victoria. “You never know how the race is going to go, so part of the fun is being ready for anything.” Looking back, the path to victory each of the past two years couldn’t have been more different. ‘Rewarding to come out with victory’ “In Kingston [Ont.], my goal was to run with Natasha Wodak, as long as I could,” Lalonde said of her 2018 race plan on the famed Fort Henry course. “I knew she had been dominant on the cross-country scene and is a gritty runner. She’s really strong, consistent and knows her pacing, so I knew if I ran with her, I would have a good chance to medal. “I started to break from the [lead] group and knew I had gained the momentum and was having so much fun. Joel [Bourgeois], my coach [behind the scenes], was coaching [at] the University of Laval at the time and running around the course. “I remember him saying, ‘Way to go’ and I remember smiling and waving,” continued the 2016 Olympian. “I knew I still had work to do — I think I had two kilometres to go — but I knew in that moment I had put in a lot of work and it was so rewarding to come out with a victory. “Last year in Abbotsford was very, very different. After only a month of training after I took time off after a long track season, I knew it was going to be hard, but I didn’t know how hard a 10K could feel. It was consistent pounding and [eventual second-place finisher] Sarah Inglis was relentless. Maria [Bernard-Galea] was right behind us and it was back and forth. “All three of us were surging and with one kilometre to go, [my primary coach] Hilary [Stellingwerff, from the University of Victoria] looked at me and she was like, ‘Just make it to the finish.’ I didn’t know if I would. I was able to [pull out] the win but it was definitely the hardest run I’ve ever done.” Uncertain when and where her next race will happen, the 2019 Pan Am steeplechase gold medallist has tried to mix things up in her training recently — running trails and hurdle drills on the track and long, muddy hills — to keep things fun and prepare her for all race conditions. “My focus right now is on consistent base mileage,” said Lalonde, adding if she was to compete indoors in January and February it wouldn’t extend beyond one or two races. “In the coming months, I’ll gradually transition from running more on the road and trails to the track. “The focus will be on there being an Olympics [next] summer and being ready, happy and healthy come then. Crossing the finish line in Tokyo is where we want to be.”

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The best Cyber Monday iPad deals 2020 – Tom's Guide

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Trying to find the most affordable iPad? Cyber Monday iPad deals have emerged to cut costs on Apple’s tablets — and that includes the brand new iPad Air (which is at its all-time low price right now).

You can also find deals on the more affordable entry-level iPad and super-pricey iPad Pro (which gets much more affordable). While searching for the best Cyber Monday deals, we’ve kept an eye out for ways to save on Apple’s tablets. 

Want a big screen and a lot of speed? You can save the most money on the 12.9-inch iPad Pro: 2018’s still-great model is up to $350 off, while the newer 2020 model is $99 off at Amazon. And you can use that spare cash to buy yourself the Magic Keyboard, which is a must-have if you want the most out of your new purchase. 

Make sure to check out our guide to Cyber Monday Chromebook deals for more savings.

Cyber Monday iPad deals — top 5 sales right now 

Best Cyber Monday iPad deals and sales 

10.2″ iPad (32GB/2020/LTE): was $459 now $259 @ Best Buy
Those who want the freedom of an LTE-enabled iPad can save $200 by going with Best Buy and Verizon. With a 2-year contract you cut 36% off the 2020 iPad’s price, and you can get the same savings on the 128GB iPad too.View Deal

10.9″ iPad Air (2020): was $599 now $569 @ Amazon
The new iPad Air sports a larger 10.9-inch display, speedy A14 Bionic CPU, and support for USB-C charging. Plus, with Magic Keyboard support, it’s as close to a laptop replacement as you can get. Best of all, it’s now on sale, with the grey model at $30 off when it’s in stock at Amazon. View Deal

11″ iPad Pro (128GB/2020): was $799 now $729 @ Amazon
Those who push their iPad to the limit will want to save with the 2020 iPad Pro. Not only does it tear through work with Apple’s insanely fast A12Z Bionic CPU, but its edge-to-edge Liquid Retina display (which features 120Hz Pro Motion technology) offers super smooth visuals. You’ll sometimes find this deal at Best Buy, but it comes in and out of stock.View Deal

10.5″ iPad Pro (64GB/2017): was $779 now $680 @ Amazon
Not to parrot Homer Simpson too closely, but “it’s still good, it’s still good!” Amazon’s got $104 off the 2017 iPad Pro, which is still a great tablet. The Tom’s Guide battery test took 13 hours and 55 minutes to drain this iPad Pro of a full charge, making it one of the longest lasting slates ever — plus, it’s got a 120Hz ProMotion display, giving you smooth refresh rates. The iPhone 12 and the iPad Air 2020 don’t even have that.View Deal

12.9″ iPad Pro (64GB/LTE/2018): was $1,149 now $799 @ B&H Photo
Most people wouldn’t really find the extra value in buying the 2020 iPad Pro (which is mostly great for its extra rear camera and slightly faster processor), which is why any deals on the 2018 iPad Pro are attention-worthy. This deal takes $350 off Apple’s speedy and sleek 12.9-inch iPad, which works with the fantastic Magic Keyboard. B&H also has a $350 off sale on the 256GB version.View Deal

10.2″ iPad (128GB/2020): was $459 now $409 @ B&H Photo
Available to order (but on back order):
Apple’s just upgraded the processor on its entry-level iPad, and B&H is giving you $30 off the 128GB model. The 2020 iPad (8th Generation) features Apple’s A12 Bionic CPU, a more-than-welcome upgrade that gives the iPad the speed boost that iPadOS’ multitasking tricks deserve.View Deal

12.9″ iPad Pro (128GB/2020): was $999 now $899 @ Best Buy
Those who want the latest and greatest can still save. Amazon’s knocked $99 off the 2020 iPad Pro, which packs the fastest processor (Apple’s A12Z Bionic CPU) in any tablet today, as well as dual 12MP/10MP rear cameras and a 7MP front-facing camera for when it’s time to take a FaceTime or Zoom call. This is one of the best Cyber Monday iPad deals we’ve seen on Apple’s premium tablet. View Deal

iPad mini (Wi-Fi, 256GB, 2019): was $549 now $479 @ Amazon
A 64GB version of the iPad mini had been available at $65 discount, but it’s out of stock. You can still get the 256GB model on Apple’s smallest iPad. Its handheld size makes it ideal for reading and you’ve got a lot more storage on this version.View Deal

Cyber Monday iPad deals — which iPad should I buy?

Apple’s iPad family is now bigger than ever. Currently, these are the models that Apple offers:

The 10.2-inch iPad is the most popular iPad for a reason. It’s Apple’s mainstream model that’s both its most affordable, while offering good bang for your buck. The tablet uses Apple’s A12 Bionic processor, giving faster performance that makes the tablet more capable for iPadOS 14’s multitasking tricks. It’s also going to make your next round in Apple Arcade a bit smoother.

The new 10.2-inch iPad can be used for sketching and drawing, thanks to its Apple Pencil (1st gen) support. For the first time, you can also pair the 10.2-inch iPad with Apple’s Smart Keyboard. 

Our iPad Air (2020) review explains why that tablet is the best iPad for most people. It’s a lot like the iPad Pro, but its starting price is $200 less. Those perks start with thin bezels and the flat-edge design, but it’s also got the support for the top Apple accessories — the 2nd Gen Apple Pencil that’s much easier to charge and the Magic Keyboard which is an actual delight to use.

Apple’s iPad mini is the smallest tablet in Apple’s lineup (as its name implies). It’s not light on power, though, as Apple’s A12 Bionic chip makes it as fast as the normal iPad. Beloved by many, its portable size makes it ideal for reading, as well as writing emails and browsing social media. And don’t worry, its screen is still great enough to watch an episode of one of the best Netflix shows.

Power users, though, will want the iPad Pro. It’s available in both 11-inch and 12.9-inch sizes and you’ll find better deals on the 2018 model, which is pretty similar to the 2020 edition. The newer iPad Pro does feature slight performance gains found in Apple’s octo-core A12Z CPU. Even though its pricey, it’s still been the subject of holiday sales. Other cheap iPad deals are available as well, so keep your eyes open for optimal savings.

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Black Friday & Cyber Monday 4K TV Deals (2020): Samsung, LG, Sharp, Sony & More TV Deals Listed by Consumer Walk – Business Wire

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BOSTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Compare the best 4K TV deals for Black Friday & Cyber Monday 2020, together with all the best 55-inch, 65-inch and more 4K TV savings. Check out the latest deals using the links below.

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