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  • Apple launches iPhone 13 with A15, smaller notch & more

    mike1 said:
    blah64 said:
    elijahg said:
    Seems pretty cool, especially cinematic mode, macro and extra battery life. However, IMO the wide angle lens has very little utility vs telephoto. I can't remember the last time I wanted a wider angle view but I regularly zoom in. You can usually step back, but you frequently can't get nearer to something. Anecdotally I regularly see people zooming in, and they just step back if they can't fit everything in the frame.
    You can't just step back to get wider scenery shots (pano is cool, but definitely not the same), and it sounds like you've never taken group photos indoors, like at home.  It's kind of strange that you say this, because I've personally witnessed the struggle to squeeze people together literally hundreds of times over the years.  I suspect most people have experienced this.  The wide angle lens also allows you to get more spur of the moment shots where you don't have time to compose and get people to pose, it's just situational.  You can crop later, but you can't add viewing angle later.

    Telephoto obviously has great utility as well, but the farther you zoom the more you need to worry about things like stability and light with a tiny camera.  The wide angle just simply works, and also adds great utility.
    I can't recall ever not being able to take another step or two back in order to squeeze everyone in a photo, but have wished that I could get closer to something or someone a million times. There's a reason a lot more zoom lenses than wide-angle DSLR lenses are sold.

    Playing with the cameras and lenses a whole bunch, you might find that the telephoto isn't actually used as often as you think when you have selected telephoto. The AI in the software is good enough that sometimes it will take a better shot with the standard lens instead of going for the telephoto. Appleinsider did an article on this a while back.

    The wide angle lens allows for a lot of additional creative shots that you don't get with the standard and telephoto too. Also much easier group selfies.
  • Apple unveils new iPad mini with updated design, 5G

    Eric_WVGG said:
    elijahg said:
    At $499 vs $329 for the bigger iPad, I don't really see what the point of this is, aside from some barely noticeable CPU speed bumps vs the bigger one. Since you probably own an iPhone anyway, you could just get an iPhone 12/13 Plus for $200 more when you next upgrade, saving ~$200 (or $350 if you need cellular), have just one device rather than two, and you're not that far off iPad mini display size. The only major disadvantage is no pencil on iPhone.
    Right, but then I'd have to carry around a huge iPhone, and that huge iPhone would be too small to be a good iPad. What you're suggesting makes 0 (zero) sense.
    Totally agree. I've used the original iPad mini for years and looking to replace it now with the new one. I'm using it mostly for lecture notes while teaching and don't want to carry around a larger iPad to school and back (I'll also use it for fitness+ and have used it for entertainment while travelling). I see it as totally different than my iPhone: I really have no interest in the iPhone Max as it's way to big for my daily use.
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  • FDA says iPhone 12 MagSafe risk to pacemakers is low

    Although it is something to be aware of, this isn't really anything new: people with pacemakers are advised not to hang their headphones around their necks due to the magnets in the headphones. 
  • Facebook urged to abandon pre-teen Instagram plan by 44 states

    chadbag said:
    No matter what Facebook does, parents should know and control what young kids do online.   Facebook can build it but if parents have half a brain, no one will come. 
    My wife is working on a Phd in developmental psychology and has given presentations/lectures to parents about social media. It is always shocking to us how many parents are surprised and confused when the answers to many of their questions are "talk to your kids about it". Even if parents aren't in control of their children's online access, simply talking to the kids about risks and behaviours online will do wonders.
  • Compared: Apple's second-generation Siri Remote versus predecessors

    I have also really loved the Siri remote and never had an issue with the touchpad. Scrolling through things quickly is so easy. And using Siri instead of typing something in, then using the touch to adjust it if necessary, really has never been a problem. So much easier than using buttons on a remote.