The Xbox Series X is almost upon us and we got the chance to give it an unboxing, firstly we have to say that the console is a thing of beauty! It’s a radical new design and is built to stand up but it can also be laid down flat. Though personally we think it looks best standing up!

There is lots to shout about about the new Xbox, for example, most importantly though, the Xbox Series X is the most powerful Xbox console to date! With 4K true gaming at up to 120 frames per second and 8K HDR (High Dynamic Range) Capabilities.

Optimised for Xbox Series X

Some games will be optimised for Xbox Series X and will come with the “Optimized for Series X” logo on the box.

What the icon means is that the game will include incredible load times and frame rates of up to 120 frames per second, giving players a much steadier framerate. All of these games will have been built natively using special Xbox Series X|S development environment. This also includes games that have been rebuilt specifically for the Xbox Series X|S. It means that the developers have gone that little extra mile to make sure that every aspect of the Xbox Series X|S has been utilised to give you the best experience available to you, no matter what Xbox you play on.

Being optimised also means that the console will be using the custom processor and Variable Rate Shading and hardware-accelerated DirectX Raytracing. Which will give players a more dynamic and realistic environment to play in. It means that you will get true to life lighting in your worlds and accurate reflections on things like walls and water, in real time too!

Load times will also be vastly decreased on optimised games as it will use the SSD and software, to help loading both in and out of games.

For a full list of ‘Optimized for Xbox Series X|S’ titles please click here!


The Xbox Series X truly is POWERFUL. Inside the system is 12 teraflops of processing power, which is housed in the system on a chip (SOC) will work with AMD’s Zen 2 and RDNA 2 architectures to create worlds that are truly out of this world and hyper realistic. Therefore helping to create those true to life lighting environments. Helping to recreate shadows, lighting and accurate reflections.


The audio is just as important as the visuals and Microsoft haven’t forgotten either. The system will have 3D Spatial Audio. 3D Spatial Audio is the next evolution of audio tech and it uses advanced algorithms to create a world within your living room. It will make you feel like you are at the center of your game. Furthermore the console supports a wide range of audio technologies, including, Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS 5.1, Dolby True HD with Atmos and up to 7.1 Linear PCM!


Games on the Xbox Series X load incredibly quick and are VASTLY improved over the previous generation. This is mainly thanks to the Xbox Series X’s usage of SSDs.

Games are also able to be continued where you left off no matter what you are doing, this is very very impressive. As it doesn’t even matter if you load up another game! Microsoft are calling this ‘Quick Resume’ and we cannot wait to give it a go for ourselves soon!


The console itself comes with 1TB of on board storage. However, we’re sure that many of you will want more storage for more of your games. Well, there is an official expansion card available, which will be sold separately. The 1TB Seagate Storage Expansion Card for Xbox Series X|S. It will plug into the rear of the console via a dedicated slot. It will provide the additional storage and will perform at the same rate as if it were an onboard SSD!

Backwards Compatibility

The Xbox Series X is backwards compatible with all four generations of game consoles. Your Xbox One gaming accessories will work as will your backwards compatible games. Services like Xbox Game Pass will also work with the Xbox Series X. Backwards Compatible games will benefit from the increased power of the newer console. As it will be able to run with steadier framerates, faster load times, improved resolution and visuals.


The controller is very similar to the original controller on the Xbox One, bar a few core changes. It uses USB – C instead of micro USB’s for charging. 

A dedicated share button on the middle of the controller, between the thumb sticks. This will make it much easier to share videos and images. 

A brand new ‘hybrid’ d-pad that is inspired by the Xbox Elite Controller Series 2. Which will make controlling games a lot more precise and easier. It is designed for responsive play as the D-Pad has a dish shape to hold your thumb comfortably. 

The size is slightly changed to accommodate more people, for example there is new textured shoulder triggers, which, much like the original Xbox One are rumble enabled! 

Furthermore on this new controller the Xbox Series X will use Dynamic Latency Input. This reduces the usual 8ms! Perfect for those who like first person shooters!

Xbox Series X Full Stats

  • CPU: 8x Cores @ 3.8 GHz (3.66 GHz w/ SMT) Custom Zen 2 CPU
  • GPU: 12 TFLOPS, 52 CUs @ 1.825 GHz Custom RDNA 2 GPU
  • Die Size: 360.45 mm
  • Process: 7nm Enhanced
  • Memory: 16 GB GDDR6 w/ 320mb bus
  • Memory Bandwidth: 10GB @ 560 GB/s, 6GB @ 336 GB/s
  • Internal Storage: 1 TB Custom NVME SSD
  • I/O Throughput: 2.4 GB/s (Raw), 4.8 GB/s (Compressed, with custom hardware decompression block)
  • Expandable Storage: 1 TB Expansion Card (matches internal storage exactly)
  • External Storage: USB 3.2 External HDD Support
  • Optical Drive: 4K UHD Blu-Ray Drive
  • Performance Target: 4K @ 60 FPS, Up to 120 FPS

Final Take…

So there we have it, the lowdown on the Xbox Series X. We’re very impressed and we cannot wait to put it through its paces!

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Goodwood: The electrical cars of Goodwood.

We recently headed over to Goodwood Festival of Speed to check out some amazing vehicle machinery from Ford! They recently demonstrated their latest car prowess to a global virtual audience. Highlighting the potential of their newest production and prototype vehicles. Including debuts for the Mustang Mach-E 1400 and the Ford Puma ST!

“This is a really exciting time for Ford Performance. We are exploring how electrification can bring a whole new level of fun with projects like Mustang Mach-E 1400, and at the same time we are delivering for new customers with Puma ST the accessible, everyday performance that is the core of what we do,” Stefan Muenzinger, Ford Performance manager, Europe. 

Mustang Mach-E 1400

The Mustang Mach – E delivers a targeted peak power of more than 1,400 PS! Therefore embodying the extremes of an all electric performance vehicle. It was recently shown off for the first time at the Goodwood Circuit in Chichester, UK. Demonstrated perfectly by Vaughn Gittin JR. The RTR Vehicles founder, motorsports champion and all round professional fun-haver!

The Mustang Mach-E 1400 is the ultimate example of the type of power that an all electric powertrain vehicle can create. This super powerful vehicle is the result of 10,000 hours of collaboration by both the Ford Performance team and the RTR Vehicles team. While the Mustang Mach-E 1400 is aimed at bridging the gap between what an electric vehicle can do and what customers tend to believe it can do. Especially after seeing the drifting capabilities of the prototype model that was driven by Vaughn Gittin Jr!

Mustang Mach-E 1400 uses 7 motors to deliver 1,419 PS, with a single driveshaft connecting them to differentials that have a huge range of adjustability to set the car up for everything from drifting to high-speed track racing.

Rear-Wheel drive, all wheel drive and even front wheel drive configurations are all possible on this vehicle. While the power delivery can be split evenly between both the front and rear of the vehicle. Also the power can be completely at one side or the other side of the vehicle! Downforce is targeted at more than 1,000 kg at 257 km/h (160 mph).

“Getting behind the wheel of this car has completely changed my perspective on what power and torque can be,”

This experience is like nothing you’ve ever imagined, except for maybe a magnetic roller coaster.” Vaughn Gittin Jr

Ford Puma ST

The amazing Ford Puma ST is the first Ford Performance SUV in Europe. It is enhanced with sophisiticated Sports Technologies too. A unique in segment limited slip differential (LSD) option, a patented force vectoring springs and selectable Drive Modes from Eco to Track.

The Puma ST is as capable on a track as it is on the road and raises the bar for compact SUV driving whilst delivering the best in class uncompromised load space.

The engine is 200 PS 1.5L EcoBoost Engine and delivers 0-62mph in a ridiculous 6.7 seconds. Whilst it also comes with a performance-optimised chassis which features a rear twistbeam with 50 per cent more torsional stiffness than the standard Puma, 25 per cent faster steering and brake diameters increased by up to 17 per cent. Specially-developed Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tyres also help deliver an agile driving experience.

The Puma ST comes in Mean Green and also comes with performance body styling and optimised aerodynamics including a Ford Performance embossed splitter to increase front end downforce by 80%, which leads to greater stability and traction.

Whilst the Ford Puma ST has incredible performance credentials! The ST Variant continues to deliver practicality, such as the Ford MegaBox storage solution beneath the boot floor.

“Our number one priority was that the Puma ST had to be as exhilarating and capable as every ST model, without sacrificing any of Puma’s practicality,” Muenzinger

Fiesta ERX

There was more than just 1 electric car shown off at Goodwood. The STARD Ford Fiesta ERX was also on show. Helping to demonstrate the potential of an all electric propulsion vehicle across a range of motorsport disciplines.

The Fiesta ERX is a fully electric rally car! It’s based on the Fiesta ST and was developed my rally and racing specialists STARD, to meet FIA World Rallycross Championship’s Projekt ERX regulations.

It is a technological beast with 3 electric motors prododucing more than 600 PS and more than 1,000 Nm of torque combined. This is all sent to the wheels via a 4 wheel drive system and 2-speed transmissions at each axle for a 0-62mph acceleration speed of an astonishing 1.8 seconds! Whilst the top speed is 149mph, the vehicle complies with world RX regulations. The Fiesta ERX is available to buy in race-ready form.

Three electric motors produce more than 600 PS and more than 1,000 Nm of torque combined. Sent to the wheels via a four-wheel drive system and two-speed transmissions at each axle for 0‑100 km/h (0-62 mph) acceleration in an astonishing 1.8 seconds, and a top speed of 240 km/h (149 mph). Complying with World RX regulations, the Fiesta ERX is available to buy in race-ready form.

Ford GT

Finally, the legendary Ford GT supercar returns to Goodwood. Helping to deliver high speeed excitement in the Michelin Supercar run. It was driven by former Ford GR Le Mans 24 Hours Racer Richard Westbrook. (That’s Marcus as in the picture!)

The road-going Ford GT features a lightweight carbon fibre and aluminium chassis, carbon fibre body panels. With active aerodynamics and a twin-turbocharged V6 EcoBoost engine! Which delivers 655 PS and 750 Nm of torque for a top speed of 347 km/h (216 mph).






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New on Disney Plus November 2020!

Disney Plus has lots of strong content already on the platform and there is LOTS more to come from the streaming and motion picture giant, check out our rundown of what’s coming to the platform in November!

The Simpsons Season 31

The longest running scripted primetime show in television histroy, The Simpsons, is heading into it’s 31st season and it’s going to be on Disney Plus!

Tune in for an all-star lineup of guests including Billy Porter, Jane Goodall, Jason Momoa, Cate Blanchett, and Kevin Feige, special musical performances from the likes of Weezer and John Legend, and fan-favourite episodes “Thanksgiving of Horror” and “Treehouse of Horror XXX”

The Wonderful World of Mickey Mouse

Mickey and the gang, Minnie, Donald, Daisy, Goofy and Pluto are embarking on their greatest adventure yet. Navigating the curve balls of a wild world where the magic of Disney makes the impossible possible.

The Wonderful World of Mickey Mouse is an upcoming series of animated shorts, with the first episode premiering on 18 November – Mickey’s birthday!


Christmas is right around the corner and in this Disney Plus comedy, Kris Kringle’s daughter is full of Christmas spirit and fun! However, she wishes she could do something “important” like her brother Nick. Who will take over from his father this Christmas. Though when Nick is about to crumble like a gingerbread cookie due to all the pressure, Noelle, suggests he takes a break to get away. Though when he doesn’t return, Noelle must find her brother to get him back in time and save Christmas!

The Real Right Stuff Special

Nearly 6 decades after NASA successfully sent it’s first astronaut into space, restoring the world’s faith in the U.S. Space Program, Disney Plus is taking us back the beginning of the space race. As The Real Right Stuff makes it’s way on to Disney Plus this November.

The Real Right Stuff details the true story of the nation’s first astronauts, the original Mercury 7. The documentary will pull from hundreds of hours of archival film and radio broadcasts, interviews, home movies and other never before seen material and footage. Brining viewers right back to the late 1950’s.

The documentary is from National Geographic and will complement the Disney Plus scripted original series “The Right Stuff” which will premiere it’s season final the same day that the documentary drops. (Nov 20th)

Lego Star Wars Holiday Special

LEGO Star Wars Holiday Special reunites all of your favourite characters from the Star Wars Universe in Lego form! Rey, Finn, Poe, Chewie, Rose and the droids embark on a joyous feast on Life Day. A Holiday first introduced in the 1978 Star Wars Holiday Special. The new LEGO special will showcase on Disney Plus and continue the legacy between Lucasfilm and LEGO! With playful adventures told in the only way that Lego Star Wars co-branded content can – endearingly!

Marvel 616

Marvel 616 is a brand new documentary that explores the connections between the Marvel Universe and the real world. Watch as the documentary uncovers the intersections of storytelling, pop culture and fandom.  Watch as different filmmakers dive deeper into the context of the Marvel Universe. Collectively, these creatively unique films weave together a tapestry detailing how Marvel has continued to influence our lives.

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D – Season 7

The final season of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D is exclusively on Disney Plus and it lands on the 13th November.

Coulson and the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D are thrust backward in time and stranded in 1932 New York City. With the all-new Zephyr set to time-jump at any moment, the team must hurry to find out what happened. If they fail, it would mean disaster for the past, present and future of the world.

The Mandalorian – New episodes

The Mandalorian and the child continue their journey in The Mandalorian Season 2. Facing enemies and rallying allies as they make their way through a dangerous galaxy. While in the tumultuous era after the collapse of the Galactic Empire.

The Mandalorian Season 2 premieres Friday, 30th October, streaming only on Disney+ and will be available every Friday thereafter.

Also Coming To Disney Plus:

  • Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs – Start streaming 20 November
  • The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader – Starts streaming 27 November
  • The Muppet Christmas Carol – Available to Stream Now
  • Olaf’s Frozen Adventure – Available to Stream Now

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The Mandalorian Season 2 – Special Look

The Mandalorian Season 2 is nearly upon us and those lucky enough to live in the USA and enjoy NFL got to watch something special this past week. An exciting special look from Season 2 of The Mandalorian debuted on ESPN. As it was shown during half time of Monday Night Football! This was during the National Football League (NFL) game between the Arizona Cardinals and the Dallas Cowboys.

The brand new season will see the Mandalorian and the Child continuing their journey across the galaxy. Facing various enemies and rallying allies along the way. They travel across the dangerous galaxy in a tumultuous era after the collapse of the Galactic Empire!

The Mandalorian Season 2 stars Pedro Pascal, with guest stars Gina Carano, Carl Weathers and Giancarlo Esposito. Directors for the new season include Jon Favreau, Dave Filoni, Bryce Dallas Howard, Rick Famuyiwa, Carl Weathers, Peyton Reed and Robert Rodriguez. Showrunner Jon Favreau serves as executive producer along with Dave Filoni, Kathleen Kennedy and Colin Wilson, with Karen Gilchrist and Carrie Beck serving as co-executive producers. The writers for this season are Jon Favreau, Dave Filoni and Rick Famuyiwa.

The Mandalorian Season 2 premieres Friday, October 30, streaming only on Disney+.

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Black History Month

Black History Month – 7 Top Black Video Game Characters

Black History Month – Top 7 Black Video Game Characters


Hello and welcome back to the channel, October is Black History Month in the UK, and to celebrate we thought we give you a list of our favourite 7     Black video game characters.

I go by the name of Mr Midas and if you’re new to the channel please give us a subscribe.

representation is key, and being able to play as a character who looks, sounds like you is a dope feeling so we’ve complied this list but we’re only allowing one character per franchise and the characters must be a video game first, so no 50 cent in bulletproof, sorry Kat.

Number 7 – Black History Month

Jeffrey Cross aka OG Loc Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas Rapper

GTA is one of the biggest gaming franchises EVER! And has sold over 300 million units, and has featured various black MPCs thought the world. So it was an incredible surprise when Rockstar released Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas on the PS2. The game featured a lead Black protagonist “CJ” Carl Johnson. San Andreas was heavy influenced by 80s West coast rap groups, such as N.WA and my favourite character in the game was wannabe rapper Jeffrey Cross aka OG Loc baby!

Jeffrey grew up on Grove Street, and therefore became friends Grove Street Families like Big Smoke, Jeffery was never really about that gangster life and even planned on going to college but ended up faking it and pinning the name OG loc, after coming out of prison.

You first encounter him, on a mission where he tells Carl that a viral rapper “stole his rhymes” And after a hype motorbike chase mission you find out later that he was just someone’s prison boyfriend.

OG Loc is hilarious and that character is a joke on the many rappers, who pretend to of lived that “Gangster lifestyle” which is further mocked when he works at Burger Shot as a “hygiene technician” and has CJ doing his dirty work.

And as much as he wants you to, you just never take him too seriously.

Number 6 – Black History Month

Nessa – Pokemon – Pokemon Trainer

Pokemon is arguably one of the largest gaming franchises, the series has sold over 368 million units, over 76 titles and representation never comes to mind when when thinking about the series. Until a Nintendo Direct revealed one of the coolest gym leaders I’ve ever seen for Pokemon Sword and Shield Nessa.

With her tall, slender dark-skin and long blue hair, Nessa is the definition of Swag and has spawned a wave of Black cosplayers having a dope character in the Pokemon series.

The water gym master isn’t a push over either and will give your Pokemon that work with her calm exterior.

Now that list was difficult, not just because there was so many great black characters to choose from the lack thereof. Its great to see more back characters in gaming, but black cutlure goes much further then just our mealin, and please sort out these Jamaican voice actors!

Thanks you for watching the video, make sure you give us a thumbs up. Happy Black History month and let us know your favourite Black video game character.

Number 5 – Black History Month

DeeJay Super Street fighter 2 Kickboxer

I was super excited when Street Fighter my favourite fighting game franchise introduced a Jamaican Kickboxer. Although DeeJay has a very stereotypical look, he had so much more swagger than Mike Tyson clone Balrog. Being not only a world famous recoding artist, the kickboxer who wears his signature, orange tracksuit bottoms and dreads swinging in the air  has an impressive move set and became a popular character within the FGC!

Although Capcom… his accent is trashhhhhhhh!! And needs major work fam.

Jamaican accent! Example. See it’s easy enough, better casting.

But I do love that once DeeJay defeats M.Bison he goes back to Jamaica and gets a record deal.

Mad ting!

Number 4 – Black History Month

Sheva Alomar, Resident Evil 5

West African born, Bioterrorism Security Assessment Alliance – Sheva Alomar, shot onto the scene in 2009 in the super popular Resident Evil 5, as either AI companion to Chris Redfield for single player, or controlled by second player in the game’s co-op mode.

Sheva, grew up in West African region which was associated with guerrilla fighters. When she was 8 her parents died in a mysterious accident at the factory where they worked, which was owned by Umbrella.

Chris and Sheva’s relationship starts out rocky in Resident Evil 5 but as events progress, they begin to trust each other.

Sheva was a hit for fans and media and PlayStation Official magazine even stated she was “probably the highlight” of the game.

Voiced by black voice actress Karen Dyer

With an array or unlock able customer.  Sheva was strong, attractive and continued the great female protagonist in the Capcom series.

Number 3 – Black History Month

Barret Wallace Final Fantasy 7/ Remake 

Barret Wallace leader of anti-Shinra terrorist organisation AVALANCHE is one of the main party members in Square Enix biggest JRPG FF7 and Remake. The hot head, gun arm wielding is a power house on your squad with his Big Shot Limit Break and is Cloud first interaction on the star of the game. Amazing for his long ranged attacks, Barrett is the first Black Character in the Final Fantasy series and although he is characterised as an aggressive, square show hoe loving and affectionate he is especially towards his adopted daughter Marlene and team mate Tifa.

Barret is a must have on my list, as I love that square made him not only a vital part of your team but a major piece of the story of FF7.

Number 2 – Black History Month

LIFELINE – Apex Legends – Legend

Lifeline, the newest character on our Black History Month, 7 Top Black Video Game Characters list is 24 year old, Ajay Che, aka Lifeline. Apex Legends, free to play battle royal Lifeline is support legend, her D.O.C. Heal Drone is amazing at healing or keeping lies alive.

The dope healer has become extremely popular and has given many Black women a strong character who represents them, in todays popular shooters.

Although again, the West Indian accent is trash!! Who is doing these voice castings.

Number 1

Black History Month

Spider-Man Miles Morales – Super Hero

Spider Man PS4 is probably of the most fun, I’ve played on Playstation 4 and one of the most unexpected was having Miles Morales as a Playable character – The Mix heritage of Black and Hispanic character leads his own title on Playstation 5, which looks like EPIC to say the least.

Miles Morales being a spider man in a multiverse, has become more and more popular over the years. Plus enter the spider verse was an incredible movie. Insomniac has gone, far and beyond with the smallest but most important details with Miles. From his hair texture, posters and his neighbourhood. And unlike Peter Parker Miles is still very vulnerable and seems more human than super hero antics.

Black History Month – 7 Top Black Video Game Characters Written by Mr Midas Games

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iPhone 12: 12 Things To Look Forward To

So, it’s that time of year again and by that we mean it’s iPhone season. Yes, it may be a little late because of the big C word which may make this years iPhone’s lifespan shorter, but that remains to be seen.What we do know is that, the iPhone 12 is almost here and we are very much looking forward to giving them a spin for ourselves. But why are we excited we hear you ask, well there’s plenty of reasons. 12 Big Juicy reasons to be excited in fact. So here are 12 reasons to look forward to the iPhone 12 –

Sit down, strap in and grab some popcorn because this is extensive:


5G is the most notable feature in Apple’s new lineup of iPhones.

5G is standard in Apple’s new line up. It will be available in all of the models, that’s the iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Mini, iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max.

5G is the next generation of Phone connectivity and the successor to current standard 4G.

5G brings incredible speeds to the iPhone and where possible will allow for up to 4GB’s per second of download speed. Improved video streaming, improved upload speeds, more responsive gaming and real time interactivity are also great benefits for 5G.

One smart feature of the new iPhone lineup is the ability to smartly switch between the slower speed of 4G and the faster speed of 5G on the fly. For example if you are using Twitter, the phone will reduce the speed to 4G to save data and battery life. While if you are streaming 4K on Netflix, the phone will upgrade your signal to 5G to give you a better experience.


Both the iPhone 12 and 12 Mini come with 2 cameras each.

However, the main camera has changed. It still has 12 megapixels but the lens now has a 7 element display and a larger f/1.6 aperture. Therefore allowing 27% more light to hit the sensor compared to the 11. This will mean less noise, brighter imagery in low light.

Also available on these models is a 2nd 12MP f/2.4 ultra wide camera with a 120 degree field of view. This camera has a 5 element lens to it. The focal length is equivalent to 13mm.

Apple’s Deep Fusion technology can now be used on either camera as opposed to the main. Night mode will be available on both the ultra wide and front TrueDepth camera. There is also a new night mode time-lapse feature. The ability to shoot in HDR video with Dolby Vision at 30fps. Apple’s Smart HDR3 feature is also available to use.

On the iPhone 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max there is still 3 cameras, however like the regular iPhone 12’s these have been improved.

The iPhone 12 Pro still uses the same f/2.0 telephoto lens though you can now use Deep Fusion with it. The 12 Pro has LiDAR which we’ll get on to in just a moment. It also has the same main and ultra wide cameras that is found in the iPhone 12.

It has 2x optical zoom and 10x digital zoom which is thanks to the 52mm equivalent telephoto lens. You can also shoot HDR video with Dolby vision. Though unlike the iPhone 12, the iPhone 12 Pro can shoot at 60fps instead of 30fps.

iPhone 12 Pro Max Camera

This is where the real difference comes in!

The 12 Pro Max’s 12MP f/1.6 aperture wide camera now has a 47% larger sensor. This will help to improve low light photography by 87%. The main camera also has sensor shift optical image stabilisation. This will allow for the sensor to move inside the camera to offset any movement. This should help to make more stable photos and videos.

The iPhone 12 Pro Max has a 2.5x optical zoom compared to 2x. This is thanks to an equivalent 65mm focal length lens, however, the aperture is slightly slower at f2.2

The LiDAR sensor and ultra wide camera is exactly the same as found on the iPhone 12 and 12 Pro. While you can digitally zoom up to 12x instead of 10x. You can also shoot in Dolby Vision HDR at 60FPS much like the 12 Pro.


Apple have introduced LiDAR into their smartphones, though only limited to the Pro line up. The iPhone 12 Pro and the iPhone 12 Pro Max. A LiDAR scanner will help to improve the AR capabilities of these devices. LiDar is a ‘Time of flight sensor’ which measures how long it takes for light to bounce off of objects in a room and return to the sensor.

This information is then used by the phone to judge the depth of each point that is measured. As a result, more accurate augmented reality experiences will be both faster and more accurate than ever before. As the LiDAR sensor will essentially scan a room and create an accurate 3D map for these Augmented reality experiences.

Apple says that the LiDAR sensor in the iPhone 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max will allow for instant AR. You can also utilise LiDAR to autofocus in low light up to 6x as faster and even take night mode portrait selfies!

Apple ProRAW

There’s even more tech coming to the iPhone’s cameras this year. Though this particular feature is limited to the iPhone 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max. RAW. Specifically Apple ProRAW.

Coming later this year, Apple ProRAW is a brand new photo format from Apple. It is said to offer photographers the combination of computational photography smart technology and the ease of use and flexibility of raw editing.

As we all know RAW photos have this incredible flexibility to them and you can edit a lot with a RAW photo. So, when you shoot in RAW you will lose the benefits of Apple’s smart features such as Deep Fusion and Smart HDR 3. With Apple ProRAW you’ll be able to get both the RAW editing ability and the smart features.

This brand new image processing will combine multiple steps of processing and create a new file and all this is done by the CPU, GPY, ISP and Neural Engine and without any shutter delay! You will now get full control over colour, detail, dynamic range and get the flexibility of RAW, editing it all right from within the camera app, though there will be an API which allows developers to build ProRAW capture into their own apps.

The A14 Bionic Chip

A new phone means a new smart chip.The iPhone 12 will now ship with the A14 Bionic, a successor to the A13 Bionic chip which is found in the current iPhone line up. While the A13 is still comfortably one of the fastest chips ever in a smartphone, the A14 goes one step further and becomes even quicker.

The A14 brings improvements to the camera, the neural engine, which is the portion of the A14 which handles all the smart tech such as Artificial intelligence and this has been expanded up to 8 cores to 12.

So basically your phone will now be even quicker to complete tasks whilst getting more intelligent too. Better yet it does all this whilst using less power, so that means better battery life.

New Design

There is a brand new design for the latest models of iPhone, all across the models. That’s iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Mini, iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max. Gone are the rounded edges and the squared off, sharp edges are back from the iPhone 4 days.

iPhone 4 still remains one of the best designs of a smartphone, people have been clamouring for this design to come back and their prayers have been answered.

The antennas placement have been improved since the controversy of the original design lead to Apple having to release a special case for them. So you can rest easy on that part.

However, there is a slight change between the models. The iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Mini are made out of aluminium. Whilst the iPhone 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max are made out of stainless steel.


Magsafe is coming to iPhone, in a rather genius way too!

On the new iPhones there is a special array of magnets that help align the new iPhones to Apple’s new MagSafe Brand of Chargers or a 3rd Party MagSafe compatible charger. Think Apple Watch style magnets but for iPhone. It will also charge much faster at 15W instead of 7.5W, but again, you’ll have to use the MagSafe Brand of chargers or the 3rd Party MagSafe compatible charger.

Not only does it help to align your iPhone 12 to a wireless charger (Seriously why hasn’t anyone thought of this before) it can also help connect an array of brand new accessories to the iPhone. Apple showed off one example whereby the iPhone 12 slotted into a case via magnets and then connected a credit card wallet to that via magnets. Easily and securely. Worry not too as the magnets are shielded and protect your credit cards!


Who doesn’t love a bit of colour in their life eh?

There are a range of brand new bright and exciting colours coming to the iPhone 12 and 12 Mini.

It will be available in blue, green, black, white and PRODUCT Red.

Whilst the 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max will remain distinctly professional and sleek and come in Silver, Graphite, Gold and a brand new colour, Pacific Blue.

We have to say that the Gold one looks very very good!

Super Retina XDR OLED panels

For the first time ever, the brand new line up of iPhone models will come with OLED screens!

The line up will come with Super Retina XDR OLED Panels and feature an edge to edge design. Though the notch is still there. There is no difference in display between the regular 12 models and the 12 Pro models either.

The 5.4” display has a resolution of 2430 x 1080 with 476 pixels per inch and the 6.1 inch iPhone 12 has a resolution of 2532 x 1170 with 460 pixels per inch. While the 12 Pro models have a 2532 x 1170 resolution with 460 pixels per inch and the 12 Pro Max has a resolution of 2778 x 1284 pixel resolution with 458 pixels per inch.

They also come with HDR support with 1200 nits peak brightness.

What this basically means is that the screens will provide wide colour range for vivid true to life colours, true tone to match the colour temperature of the display to the lighting that’s around you for a natural viewing experience.

Ceramic Shield

Say hello to a brand new screen for this years iPhone. I know we already spoke about Apple’s introduction of OLED to the new line up.

But Ceramic Shield is the glass. Ceramic Shield is a brand new stand out feature that apple says is “tougher than any smartphone glass”. With it being four times as greater resistance to damage from drops”

We’re eagerly awaiting YouTubers testing that one! Apple worked with glass ceramic manufacturer Corning as glass ceramic is tough and lightweight.

Whether or not the ceramic glass can withstand the general public’s wear and tear or people’s disregard for their stuff remains to be seen, but I for one am really excited for this new tech! Will we see an era of phones that doesn’t mean we have to apply screen protectors?

The iPhone Mini

…and finally we’d like to give a special shout out to the iPhone 12 Mini. As we spoke earlier on in this video we loved the size and shape of the iPhone 4. Well, Apple brought this back with the iPhone SE and they’re taking things to the next level with the iPhone 12 Mini.

The iPhone 12 Mini still has all the same technology that’s built into it’s bigger brother of the iPhone 12. It is vastly different to the iPhone 12 Pro models but that’s in a different league entirely.

The only difference between the iPhone 12 and 12 Mini is screen size. The iPhone 12 is 6.1” and the 12 Mini is 5.4”

Other than that it’s still a great phone. Smaller doesn’t necessarily mean worse.

If you loved the iPhone 4 and want to step into the latest technology, why not pick up the iPhone 12 Mini, it’s a great size and perfect for those that enjoy small phones that you can easily type with on one hand!


So there you have it, 12 big juicy reasons to be excited for this years iPhone.

To re-cap, it comes in 4 flavours,

  • iPhone 12
  • iPhone 12 Mini
  • iPhone 12 Pro
  • iPhone 12 Pro Max

iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro will be available to pre-order on Friday October 16th and available to pick up the following week on Friday October 23rd. Priced at £799 and £999 respectively.

While, iPhone 12 Mini and iPhone 12 Pro Max will be available to pre-order on Friday November 6th and pick up will be available on the following week on Friday November 13th. Priced at £699 and £1099 respectively.

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Everything announced at Apple’s iPhone 12 October Event

It’s a brand new year and what does that mean? Brand new iPhones! Apple today (October 13th 2020) announced a whole host of new tech. Including the iPhone 12! Check below for more info on these amazing announcements from Apple this year!

iPhone 12 & iPhone 12 mini

The iPhone 12

Apple have announced a bunch of brand new phones, the iPhone 12 is replacing last years iPhone 11 and there’s lots to talk about! However, the iPhone 12 keeps the same 6.1″ screen size as found on the current XR and 11. But there is OLED in it’s more affordable iPhones. It comes with squared off edges much like the latest iPad Air and iPad Pro.

While the screen size is the same the iPhone 12 is thinner and has smaller bezels and weighs less than the 11. This is due to the OLED display! The screen resolution has improved over the iPhone 11 to 2532 x 1170. This works out to 460 pixels per inch. Which is a huge upgrade over the 11. There is also a brand new glass used on the iPhone 12 and Apple are calling it the “Ceramic Shield” . This is via a partnership with Corning. This improvement helps to make the screen 4x as much drop resistant the the 11.


iPhone 12 has 5G connectivity and will use the “sub-6” spectrum which is more widely deployed.  The iPhone 12 uses the A14 Bionic chip which was announced at last months iPad Air event. It combines 6 CPU cores (two high performance and four lower performing for better energy efficiency) and four GPU cores. The A14 is built on the 5nm fabrication process. This means it is more densely packed with transistors. So the A14 has 11.8 billion transistors up from 8.5 billion on the A13. What does this all mean for you and I? Well, it means that the A14 will be about 15% faster than the A13 using less power. So faster computing power and better battery life.


The iPhone 12 has a new standard wide camera with a f/1.6 aperture and a 7 element lens, alongside the same ultra wide camera that was in the 11. The standard camera now has a 27% improvement in low light over the iPhone 11. While on the video the larger aperture will allow for more detail in low light. Furthermore there is a brand new night mode time lapse.

Detailed more below, the iPhone 12 has wireless charging and brand new magnetic sensors to connect to accessories. Think MagSafe but for iPhone. You can connect a credit card case that snaps to the back of the ohone for example! There is also a dual charger that will charge both the iPhone and Apple Watch at the same time!

The iPhone 12 will cost $799 at launch with 64GB of storage; 128GB and 256GB models are also available. It is available in black, white, red, green and blue. It goes on pre-order this Friday (16th October), and will be available to pick up on the following Friday (23rd October).


The iPhone Mini

For those who love small phones, you are going to love the iPhone 12 Mini! It has a 5.4″ OLED display, while being a much larger screen than the 4.7 inch display on the 2020 iPhone SE. Apple are claiming that this is the smallest 5G phone in the world!

The iPhone 12 Mini has the new A14 Bionic Chipset, which is faster than the A13 Bionic by 15% and it consumes 30% less power! It also comes with the same rear camera system. Which is the 12MP primary camera with a f/1.6 aperture lens, which performs at 27% better in low light conditions than the previous generation!

It also has Apple’s new “Ceramic Shield” tech, which is 4x as drop resistant than the iPhone 11. The Mini also has IP68 water and dust resistant and also comes with 5G connectivity!

Starting at $699 and will be available in blue, green, black, white and Product Red. Pre-orders begin on Friday (16th Oct) and will be available on Nov 13th.

The iPhone 12 mini will start at $699, and will be available in five colors: blue, green, black, white and (Product) Red. Pre-orders open on Friday, November 6th, with general availability beginning on November 13th.


iPhone 12 Pro & iPhone 12 Pro Max

The iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max feature a brand new flat edge design, bigger screens, stainless steel case designs and LiDAR sensors. Plus there’s 5G connectivity!

Much like the regular iPhone 12, the iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max feature 3 cameras, 12MP wide angle lens, 12MP ultrawide angle lens and a telephoto lens. The Pro Max has a slightly different step up in the camera department with a 47-percent larger sensor” with 1.7μm pixels for improved low-light performance. However, both models still include the notch.

Apple’s Deep Fusion will tap into the A14 Bionic processor’s capabilities for photo processing, helping to make the colours pop! You can now shoot in RAW, with the introduction of Apple ProRAW. This is a brand new file format which helps give you more flexibility editing. Much like RAW formats. You can now shoot video in HDR Dolby Vision content right from the iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max!

The larger screens are also apparent but the form factor remains the same. iPhone 12 Pro is up from 5.8″ to 6.1″ and the iPhone 12 Pro Max is up from 6.5″ to 6.7″. Both displays have “Super Retina XDR” technology and support HDR and Dolby Vision. Furthermore they also support the same screen tech as the other models with Apple’s Ceramic Shield technology. While these models also include the MagSafe accessory tech!

Also announced was a LiDAR sensor to the Pro models. This adds depth mapping technology 3D augmented reality mapping. It will help with delivering better autofocusing in low light for example.

iPhone 12 Pro starts at $999 with 128GB of storage, while the iPhone 12 Pro Max starts at $1,099.

The iPhone 12 Pro is available for preorder this Friday, October 16th, and will ship on October 23rd.

iPhone 12 Pro Max is available for preorder on Friday, November 6th, and will ship from Friday November 13th.

Both models are available in Silver, Graphite, Gold and Pacific Blue.

iPhone MagSafe

For those who knew of the trusty MagSafe on Macbooks you’ll be pleased to hear that MagSafe is now on iPhone! Apple have unveiled a new charger that will power noth your iPhone and Apple Watch!

This new device will connect to the back of your iPhone, connecting magnetically on the right spot of the back of the iPhone. Much like it currently does on the Apple Watch.

MagSafe supports wireless charging and will be releasing a bunch of new charging and everyday phone accessories to go with it. For example a magnetic leather wallet that will snap on to the back of your iPhone. Complete with credit card holders. Or a phone pocket that will recognise when it has been slipped into it and adjust the screen to peep through a little window. The DuoCharger will also connect your phone and watch at the same time!


HomePod mini

Apple have unveiled the HomePod Mini it’s a smaller version of the larger HomePod that’s apart of the HomePod family. It can use Siri to get things done, control a smart home and is very small! At just 9.5cm tall it is packed with tons of tech and is available in space grey or white for £99! HomePod mini can play all of your music from Apple Music, Radio Stations from iHeartRadio, or TuneIn. Plus it will soon be able to play music from Pandora or Amazon Music! Connect multiple HomePod Mini speakers together to stream anything in perfect sync. Furthermore place two HomePod Mini speakers in a single room and they can connect as a stereo pair! Creating a soundstage of filling, rich and enveloping sound!


So, to do this there is an Apple S5 chip inside the HomePod Mini. It uses advanced software to analyse the characteristics of the music that is playing. While doing so it will apply complex tuning models to optimise the loudness, adjust the dynamic range and control the movement of the drive and passive radiators. The full range driver is very powerful and enables deep bass and crisp high frequencies alongside the force cancelling passive radiators!

The same acoustic principles that are used in the HomePod are also present in the HomePod Mini. It will feature an Apple designed acoustic waveguide to direct the flow of the sound down and out towards the bottom of the speaker for an immersive 360 degree audio experience. Therefore the speaker can be placed anywhere in a room and you will always hear a consistent sound. A 3 microphone array will always listen for “Hey Siri” and a 4th microphone will help to isolate the sound coming from the speaker to help improve voice detection when music is playing.


Siri can identify who is speaking and tailor the music and podcasts to their preferences, it will also respond to personal requests! Such as accessing messages, reminders notes and calendar appointments. Even taking and making phone calls! Siri can also provide a quick snapshot of the day, all they have to do is ask “What’s my update?”

Apple Devices

HomePod Mini will work effortlessly with other Apple devices, such as pick up a call, listen to music on a Mac or take the sound from an Apple TV to the next level! Handoff is getting a little upgrade and customers can simply move their iPhone to a HomePod Mini to seamlessly hand off their music without pausing it! Furthermore there will be, available later on in the year, visual, audible and haptic effects when sound is transferred from one device to the other. Personalised suggestions will also appear on iPhone when next to HomePod Mini and instant controls are available without having to unlock!


HomePod Mini will also control smart home accessories with simple voice commands. Such as turning off lights, changing temperature or locking a door. Intercom is brand new and will offer a quick and easy way for family members to connect at home. One person can send an intercom message from one HomePod to another, all throughout the home! The voice will automatically play on the designated HomePod speaker. Intercom will work on iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, AirPods, and CarPlay, so everyone will get your message!

Additional Features

  • Siri Shortcuts created on iPhone and iPad are accessible on HomePod mini, so users can ask Siri on HomePod mini to start a pot of coffee, control a robot vacuum, add milk to the grocery list, and more.
  • Ambient sounds, including rain, a fireplace, a stream, and more, offer the perfect background noise to focus, relax, or fall asleep. Siri can set a sleep timer so the sounds automatically stop playing.
  • Find My helps locate a misplaced iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, or Apple Watch by playing a sound to pinpoint its location.
  • Web search results from HomePod mini can be sent directly to the user’s iPhone for easy viewing.
  • Music alarms let users wake up to a favourite song, playlist, or radio station from Apple Music.

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The Honor Ecosystem 2020

Thanks to the guys over at Honor we got to give their latest range a spin! We loved giving them a go and think that they’re ideal for anyone looking to get into all the ways that smart tech has to offer to enrich their lives. Without having to spend lots of money to get there! More suited to a student looking to save some cash & kickstart their studies at the same time. Or the older generation wishing to get into tech after seeing their younger family members show them the ropes!

Check out the MagicBook 15 (Laptop) the Honor 20 (Phone) and the Honor GS Pro (Smartwatch) below!

MagicBook 15

  • Ultra-lightweight Design, Weighs at 1.53kg
  • AMD Ryzen™4000 Series Processor
  • 25.9% Increase in Multi-core Performance
  • Innovative Fan Design, Better and Faster Heat Dissipation
  • Up to 512GB PCIe SSD, DDR4 Dual-Channel RAM
  • 15.6″ HONOR, FullView Display, TÜV Rheinland Certified
  • All-day Battery, 65W Fast Charging


The HONOR MagicBook 15 is an incredible little laptop and with the AMD Ryzen™ 5 4500U mobile processor (or AMD Ryzen™ 5 3500U mobile processor) it can deliver up to 25.9% faster multi-core performance. Therefore you can expect fast and super smooth performace for any task that you put it under!

Furthermore with all this power means heat! So the HONOR MagicBook 15 features a really cool fan blade design that increases efficiency, number of fan blades and makes for an effective airflow. Keeping your laptop super cool!
It also has an ultra-fast PCIe NVMe SSD storage drive (Up to 512gb) and DDR4, helping to increase the speed of your laptop than a standard SATA SSD Drive! Helping to fire up the laptop and start work instantly!


The display has ultra narrow bezels and features a fully laminated display. Which helps to reduce the reflection of light off of the LCD panel. Furthermore it helps to create an immersive and true to life imagery even in sunlight! The TÜV Rheinland certified display reduces excessive blue light for safer, more comfortable reading.
What is a notebook without making it easy to carry around! The HONOR MagicBook 15 is really lightweight at just 1.53kg and only 16.9mm thick at it’s thickest point it helps to give great portability!

Battery Power

You can also charge your laptop really quickly thanks to the 65W USB C Fast charger. Helping to get your laptop up to 53% in just half an hour! Furthermore if privacy is super important in your life, you can now use the in built fingerprint scanner on the powerbutton to help unlock your laptop with just a tap! There’s also a hidden webcam built into the laptop that will only pop up when you need it to!

Pair your HONOR MagicBook 15 with a HONOR Smartphone and you can share files with it, your smartphone screen really easily. Meaning youcan edit your files with the same keyboard and mouse without having to jump between devices!

The HONOR 20 Phone

  • AI Triple-Lens Rear Camera
  • Ultra Wide-angle Photography
  • AI Scene Camera
  • 4+64GB Storage
  • Super Night Shot
  • High Definition Borderless Display
  • Kirin 710F Processor
  • TÜV Rheinland Certified Eye-care


Firstly we have to mention the impressive camera on the HONOR 20! It has a main 24MP AI Triple lens camera, with a f/1,8 wide aperture lens and a Quadra CFA Sensor! The AI Multi-scene recognition is also really impressive as it can detect 22 object categories in over 500+ scenarios. Therefore helping to create a professional grade film on your photos! The 17mm ultra wide angle lens will allow you to capture more! Allowing you to easily capture full body portraits and landscape shots!

We absolutely love the design! As it has a sophisticated 3D photolithography technology built in. This allows for a dynamic prism-shaped colour gradient, with a gleaming effect, allowing the phone to ‘shine’ whenever it moves.


Furthermore you can expand the storage of your phone! Keep everything on your phone without having to delete anything as you can add up to 512gb via microSD! Better yet, the HONOR 20 has a dewdrop notch and over 90% screen to body raio, helping to create an immersive viewing and gaming experience! To help with eye comfort, the phone has been certified by TÜV Rheinland. Helping to reduce blue light radiation which is emitted by the screen. This will help to protect your eyes and prevent eye strain, especially in dim light!


Love gaming? You’re going to love this! It comes with a GPU Turbo, which dramatically improves graphics, progressing efficiency, delivering a smooth, full-frame gaming experience! Even more goodies inside the Honor 20 with a Dual 4G SIM, stable internet connection and improved call quality! AI Elevator mode intelligently recognises when you have entered/exited an elevator and will recover your 4G signal in seconds!


There is also Smart Face Unlock which will even recognise your face when your eyes are closed! It won’t unlock the phone however unless you open them. Face ID data is specifically stored in the Secure Enclave. Which will add an extra layer of security for your personal data.

The HONOR 20 has an Android 9 system with the EMUI 9.1 operating system features a concise user interface, enhances data management system and optimizes mobile user experience.

Like going to the gym or eating healthily? Built into this smartphone is a scan-to-measure food calories feature. So you no longer need to worry about counting calories for diet!

Honor Watch GS Pro

  • 25-Day Battery Life
  • MIL-STD-810G Rated (14 Categories)
  • GPS Route Back


If you are an outdoorsy type of person you will love the HONOR GS Pro! It has been designed specifically for the urban adventurers! It has a rugged exterior to help survive the toughest environments!

The HONOR Watch GS Pro is complied with 14 different MIL-STD-810G tests, including temperature-humidity-altitude resistance, salt spray, sand resistance and humidity resistance, enabling it to withstand extreme conditions. You can even get creative and choose from a wide range of stylish designs in the HUAWEI Health App!


Battery life on this watch is insane! It can last up to 25hours! Even with the outdoor GPS Mode on it can last 100 hours! So you won’t need to worry about running out of battery when exploring the outdoors! There is a high precision built in dual satellite navigation system to help Route Back your way back even when taking the scenic route! Furthermore plan your day ahead and stay up to date with what is around you. With helpful outdoor information including sunrise and sunset times, moonrise and moonset times, tidal phases, and bad weather alerts.


For those interested in skiing, you can track a range of data, including the number of runs, distance, trail time, maximum speed, maximum steepness, vertical ascent and descent, altitude, heart rate, and calories burned.

For those not into skiing don’t worry the HONOR Watch GS Pro will cater to any sports with over 18 professional workout modes and 85 customised workout modes to help you in your sport or workout. It has a 24/7 heart rate monitor, all night sleep tracking to even SpO2 monitor for blood oxygen level measurements!

You are able to speak on the phone without getting your phone too, with the built in speaker you can answer a call anywhere! Want to keep entertained? The HONOR Watch GS Pro will store up to 500 songs!


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