There's no set-in-stone rule for when Apple will start selling refurbished products of a previously launched device. Sometimes it's pretty quickly after the initial release, and sometimes it takes a considerable chunk of time. Like, for example, the iPhone 12 mini, which is just now only going on sale as a refurbished product from Apple directly.
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Apple has begun to use eco-friendly packaging for sending back repaired iPhone 12 units to further eliminate the use of plastic wrappings in all product packaging.
Sometimes an update is meant to just fix a relatively small thing, and not bring a whole suite of new features to the mix. Today is one of those days. Apple on Wednesday released a minor software update for iOS 15.1, which is designed to help reduce dropped calls in some iPhone models.
The iPad mini is a tablet that I've always wanted, ever since it was first unveiled. It was so cool looking, seemed super useful for certain situations, and that portability was top notch. And yet, over the years, I've picked one up here and there but I've never kept it. The same can be said for the newest variant of the long running small tablet lineup, too.
When any new Android handset is revealed, it usually comes along with news about the amount of RAM tucked inside. Most manufacturers don't keep that information a secret, and usually it's a point of pride. However, that is most certainly not the case for Apple, as the company never typically talks about RAM at all.
You may have heard that Apple announced four new iPhones earlier today. And that's true! The iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Pro, and iPhone 13 Pro Max are now officially official. And now that they are part of the lineup, Apple has had to make some other choices to help trim the fat a little bit.
As is pretty typical for an Apple event, the people on stage have a tendency to bury some new product announcements in the shadow of the larger announcements. For example, this time around it's the unveiling of a brand new leather wallet option for the iPhone lineup, at leas those that support the MagSafe feature.
If you prefer to keep your iPhone free of a case, but still want to rock some amount of protection from accidents, then Nomad may have just the options for you. Today, the company is unveiling and launching some new accessories that will help you keep things pretty minimal on your phone, but still offer up some protection.
Nomad is launching not only a lineup of new Leather Skins for the iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, and iPhone 12 Pro Max, but also some brand new Screen Protectors that are meant to work perfectly well with the new skins and large lineup of cases for Apple's smartphones, too. This won't offer up total body protection, so keep that in mind, but you should be able to avoid scrapes and scratches on both the front and back of your iPhone 12 with these new accessories installed.
"Shot on iPhone" is one of Apple's most prominent, and long running, marketing efforts to date. It has been going on for years now, showcasing not only still photography, but also films, shot on the iPhone. And today, Apple's uploaded a new video meant to show off just how easy it can be to capture a cinematic shot on your smartphone.
For some customers, different accessories are going to be far more important than others. Not talking about headphones or anything like that. But something like a case or screen protector. For some folks, buying a new phone just automatically means buying a specific type of accessory to go along with it, too.
MagSafe, which allows for accessories of all kinds to attach to the back of supported iPhone models, is a great feature. But as is the case for all accessory-focused features, it needs support beyond Apple's. Which is good news for external battery packs.
iPhone SE, 5G and the upcoming A15 chip should be Apple's answers to the iPhone 12 mini, which the company apparently stopped producing recently due to shockingly low sales.