iPhone 12 didn’t get USB-C, and now that MagSafe is here maybe it never will

I had high hopes that the iPhone 12 would move to a universal port that’s already everywhere. Instead, it’s traded one proprietary format for another. The iPhone 12 didn’t get USB-C at Apple’s event last week. (Here’s how to preorder and buy all four Apple 12 models.) Instead, it kept Lightning and added a new MagSafe connector

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I’ve been impressed by MagSafe on the iPhone 12 Pro so far. But I’m also starting to accept that USB-C on the iPhone will never happen. And the two shouldn’t be mutually exclusive.

Just forget about USB-C on an iPhone



Lightning has been around since the iPhone 5 in 2012, when it debuted as a replacement for the old 30-pin charger that had been around since the iPod. Lightning had its advantages, way back last decade:

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Upgrading to iPhone 12 causes issues for UK NHS COVID-19 app users

Users of the UK’s NHS COVID-19 contact tracing app have run into problems when trying to upgrade to the iPhone 12 or iPhone 12 Pro, with the app not prompting users to turn on Exposure Notifications after transferring it from the old device.

A number of iPhone 12 users in England and Wales who upgraded to the just-released models from an older iPhone have encountered error messages when they try to open the official NHS COVID-19 app. Users who perform an automated installation of in-use apps from their old iPhone to the new unit, such as via an iCloud Backup, may encounter errors when trying to run the app after the transfer takes place.

An error is displayed advising to users the app couldn’t be run due to a “restriction in your settings” or that another app is using the same technology and is stopping it from working,

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AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon usher aggressive promos for iPhone 12 lineup

  • The launch of the iPhone 12 has sparked a battle for US carriers to entice devices upgrades.
  • AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon’s aggressive promotional pricing reflects the higher perceived lifetime value of attracting and retaining 5G wireless consumers.

Apple announced last week that its iPhone 12 would start at $799, but that won’t be the case for all US customers. The $799 starting price is part of a promotional deal with the major US wireless carriers AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon—for those wanting an unlocked iPhone 12, the price starts $30 higher.

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iPhone 12 ushers in more aggressive promos from US carriers.

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Beside offering the $30 iPhone subsidy, AT&T and Verizon have also advertised deals in which certain customers can get an iPhone 12 for “free” (contingent upon factors such as trading in an old device and subscribing to an unlimited plan). A few days later, T-Mobile responded with

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iPhone 12 MagSafe: what the magnetic gadgets are and which you should buy

Perhaps the biggest new feature the iPhone 12 phones bring is MagSafe, a small magnetic coil in the back of the phone that works with a range of different purchasable peripherals to improve your iPhone experience.

It’s an intriguing concept, perhaps reminiscent of Motorola’s Moto Mods or the current accessory pins found with Apple’s iPads. The iPhone 12 range hasn’t been out long enough for us to see how popular they get, but there’s certainly a lot of potential.

Apple’s initial applications for Magsafe are twofold: magnetic chargers that stick to the back of your phone, and clip-on cases that stay stuck to it, but as third-party manufacturers play around with the tech there’s a lot more they could achieve.

MagSafe has a lot in common with 5G in that respect; both are technologies in the iPhone 12 that’ll only get more impressive over time.

If you’re not too sure

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See inside the iPhone 12 and 12 Pro in iFixit’s latest teardown video

In its latest teardown video, iFixit took apart an iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro, and found that the devices look pretty similar to each other on the inside. The displays are interchangeable, iFixit found, and so are the 10.78 Wh batteries.

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a close up of electronics: The iPhone 12 is on the left, the iPhone 12 Pro is on the right.

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The iPhone 12 is on the left, the iPhone 12 Pro is on the right.

When they removed the camera shield on the iPhone 12, iFixit found a plastic spacer where the iPhone 12 Pro has its telephoto lens and LiDAR sensor. Both devices have 12 MP wide and ultra-wide cameras.

iFixit also examined an X-ray (courtesy of Creative Electron) of the insides of the phones, which show the MagSafe wireless charging array. The X-ray of the iPhone 12 Pro appears to have a black border, but it’s the stainless steel frame (the iPhone 12 has an aluminum

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iPhone 12 launch causes NHS Covid-19 app confusion

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iPhone 12 Pro

Some owners of the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro handsets have reported being shown an error message when trying to use the NHS Covid-19 app.

Apple’s devices – which were released on Friday – can in fact run England and Wales’ contact-tracing software.

But the issue arises if apps are transferred from an older iPhone via an iCloud Backup data transfer, which is common practice.

This can easily be addressed by making a change within the Settings menu.

Users should:

  • select the Notifications listing

  • then tap on Exposure Notifications

  • then turn on the Allow Notifications option

When users install the app from scratch, they are prompted to give the required permission.

But in what appears to be an oversight, when Apple transfers apps over it does not ask owners to enable the permission and it is not obvious that it needs to be done.

As a

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French iPhone Boxes Come Packed in an Outer Box With Separate EarPods

After the news that France would be the only territory to continue to include EarPods with the iPhone, it seems that Apple is not packing the earbuds within the ‌iPhone‌’s box (via iGeneration).

Screenshot from TheiCollection’s review video

The French iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro does not have a different retail box to accommodate EarPods, meaning that all ‌iPhone‌ boxes are consistent worldwide. Since the new ‌iPhone‌ boxes are slimmer without a tray for EarPods or a power adapter below the ‌iPhone‌, in France the EarPods are in the bottom of a separate box that is large enough to also contain the standard ‌iPhone‌’s box. The additional box appears to be much larger than the new, slimmed-down ‌iPhone‌ boxes.

Apple is continuing to include EarPods with iPhones in France due to legal obligations. French law demands that manufacturers provide a hands-free accessory with smartphones due to concerns about

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iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro: All of the 5G settings you need to know about

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5G is one of the iPhone 12’s main features, but it’s not readily available to everyone. 

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Apple is in the process of releasing four new iPhones, with the first two — the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro currently available, while the iPhone 12 Pro Max and iPhone 12 Mini start shipping on Nov. 13 — all of which are equipped with 5G connectivity. Even though the latest crop of iPhones can connect to 5G cellular networks, you may find out that your wireless plan won’t give you 5G access, or if you’re like me, you live in an area that doesn’t have 5G coverage. 

Some reports even indicate that 5G drains the iPhone 12’s battery faster than the LTE connection we’re normally connected to. In other words, right now, 5G may not live up to your expectations

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iPhone 12 review: One of our highest-rated phones of all time


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The iPhone 12 and 12 Pro are here and mark the beginning of a new generation of iPhone. Support for 5G, a new hardware design and camera improvements are a significant step away from the iPhone X generation of devices. This is nothing new. Apple did something similar in 2010 with the iPhone 4 and in 2014 when it released the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus

There is one big difference with the iPhone 12 generation, though. It’s the first time there are four new iPhones at once: the iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Mini, iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max. If you want to go small and reap the benefits of a lower price there’s the Mini. If you want the biggest iPhone with the newest in iPhone cameras, get the Pro Max. But that leaves the 12 and 12 Pro which

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Apple iPhone 12 release date is Oct. 23, what to expect at Apple Store

  • A new iPhone launch is usually synonymous with winding lines at the Apple Store, but the company is implementing some new measures in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Apple will be using a reservation system for stores that are open, should lines begin to form.
  • That means customers waiting in line may be asked to return at a specified time to make their purchase.
  • Apple Stores that are temporarily closed will have an Express Storefront setup, where customers can pick up items ordered ahead of time without entering the store.
  • Apple’s iPhone 12 launch is expected to be one of its biggest product releases in years, and the company is preparing for an upgrade “supercycle.” 
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

If this were any other year, the launch of the iPhone 12 would mean winding lines outside stores around the world as customers wait to become among the

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