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Everything you need to know about iPhone 12 and where to buy one

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The wait is finally over as Apple has unveiled its all-new iPhone 12 range that includes the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max with 6.1-inch and 6.7-inch displays respectively. The range also welcomes the new super-fast A14 Bionic chipset and support for 5G mobile downloads.

iPhone 12 Summary

When will the iPhone 12 be released?

The first question on everyone’s lips is ‘when can I get my iPhone 12?’. Being Apple, you have two different release dates to pay attention to. The iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro will be available to pre-order from October 16 and will be released on October 23.

The iPhone 12 Mini and iPhone 12 Pro Max will be available to pre-order from November 6 and will be released on November 13.

How much does the iPhone 12 cost?

Now you know when you can get your iPhone 12, it only makes sense to ask ‘how much will my iPhone 12 cost?’ The cheapest iPhone 12, the iPhone 12 Mini which comes with a 5.4-inch screen has a starting price of £699. This will be for the most basic model.

The standard iPhone 12 will sell for £799 but comes with a larger 6.1-inch screen. The more powerful iPhone 12 Pro will sell for £999 and comes with a larger 6.1-inch screen. If you really want to go all-out, you can get your hands on Apple’s largest-ever smartphone screen, the top-of-the-line iPhone 12 Pro Max from £1,099.

The top-of-the-line iPhone 12 Pro Max will sell from £1,099 and has a 6.7-inch screen, Apple’s largest-ever smartphone screen.

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

The Good: Pricing

Apple understands the world is facing a challenging time. They have clearly priced the iPhone 12 to reflect this and the introduction of the iPhone 12 Mini will be welcomed by those on tight budgets but want a new iPhone. What they have also done is lower the price of the iPhone 11. The iPhone 11 is now available from £599 brand new from Apple and other retailers such as Carphone Warehouse.

The not so bad: No headphones or charger?

Apple announced during its reveal of the iPhone 12 that the charging adapter and headphones will be removed from the box of all new iPhones. Because the saving has been passed on to the consumer, this is a win-win for Apple, the consumer, and the environment. The iPhone 12 will still come with a Lighting to USB-C charging cable in the box.

The ugly: Top Notch

Apple has done nothing to get rid of or reduce the size of the top notch. As beautiful as the new iPhone 12 range is, the top notch is ugly and users would prefer to have lost the notch instead of the charger and headphones.

Apple Milton Keynes or Apple Watford … Your first stop for your iPhone 12

If you are going to buy an iPhone, the best place to buy one is an Apple Store. Thankfully, we have two in the Three Counties. The Apple Watford store is located in the popular intu Watford Shopping Centre. The Apple Milton Keynes is located in the popular intu Milton Keynes Shopping Centre.

Apple’s new iPhone 12 range summary

iPhone 12 – £799-£949

  • Standard model, with 5G and dual-lens camera
  • 6.1in screen; starts at 64GB
  • Comes in blue, green, black, white, and “product” red
  • Pre-orders from Oct 16

iPhone 12 Mini – £699-£849

  • A new smaller model with a handy discount
  • 5.4in screen; starts at 64GB
  • Pre-orders from Nov 6

iPhone 12 Pro – £999-£1,299

  • Three rear-facing cameras for the ‘pros’
  • 6.1n screen; starts at 128GB
  • Comes in Pacific blue, graphite, gold, and silver
  • LIDAR scanner for augmented reality (AR)
  • Pre-orders from Oct 16

iPhone 12 Pro Max – £1,099-£1399

  • For ‘pro’ with big hands
  • 6.7in screen (Apple’s biggest ever); starts at 128GB
  • Better camera, with 5x optical zoom and improved low-light snaps
  • Pre-orders from Nov 6

To pre-order your iPhone 12, you can visit www.apple.com/uk/

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Micromobility firm Spin launches e-scooter trial in Milton Keynes

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Micromobility firm Spin launches e-scooter trial in Milton Keynes

Spin, the micromobility unit of Ford Motor Company, announced its e-scooters are now available for public hire in Milton Keynes. This marks the company’s first market in the context of the recently legalised e-scooter trials taking place across the United Kingdom.

Local residents to Milton Keynes may have already started to notice the distinct e-scooters parked in various locations. On Saturday, Spin began ramping up its scooter operations by placing 100 scooters on the streets for residents to begin using. Over the coming weeks and months, Spin plan to steadily increase the number of scooters to 300.

E-Scooters are suitable for both commuting and leisure purposes

How do I use a Spin e-scooter?

Using one of the Spin e-scooters in Milton Keynes is pretty simple. It is worth noting from the start that these e-scooters are for anyone 18 years old and above. To start your first trip, you will need to download the Spin App on your smartphone, review their comprehensive set of rules and safety guidelines. It is extremely important that you follow the safety guidelines. If you have not used a e-scooter before or consider yourself a novice, we recommend you visit Spin Safe Digital.

Spin Safe Digital is an online learning resource that will teach you how to start and end trips properly and parking techniques to ensure walkways are free of scooter clutter. You can receive a £5 discount if you take an online quiz so it is well worth taking a few minutes to do the quiz.

How much does the Spin e-scooter cost?

The e-scooter costs £0.25 per minute. There are no setup costs or unlock fees during the trial.

Where can I ride the Spin e-Scooter in Milton Keynes

The scooters can be used on the town’s redways, which provide the local community with convenient connectivity across the town.

Milton Keynes has over 200 miles of shared-use paths, known as Redways, for cycling and walking. The traffic-free network covers most of the city estates with some Redways extending out to connect to the older towns. The redways are an important part of Milton Keynes. They are shared-use routes for people on foot or on cycles. The traffic-free network is popular for leisure, for commuting and for staying active. Redways may be used by anyone cycling and walking including people with pushchairs or prams and those in wheelchairs (including powered wheelchairs / mobility scooters). RESPECT OTHERS ON REDWAYS.

How much does the Spin e-scooter cost?

The e-scooter costs £0.25 per minute. There are no setup costs or unlock fees during the trial.

 

Spin is working closely with Milton Keynes Council to roll out its fleet responsibly, with public safety being the top priority. Over the weekend, the company held a series of public education events for Milton Keynes residents to come out and learn more about how to ride safely. Spin plans to hold several additional safety and public engagement events in the next several weeks to raise awareness and ensure full compliance with local and national rules.

Micromobility firm Spin launches e-scooter trial in Milton Keynes

Felix Petersen, Head of Europe at Spin, said “We’re excited to bring the first of our UK e-scooter fleets to Milton Keynes and had a highly-encouraging response from local riders at our Spin Safe events. This is the first of many e-scooters trials across the UK as part of our firm commitment to fully integrate e-scooters into local transportation ecosystems. We hope to responsibly fulfill the need UK residents have for this new transport mode as an accessible, inexpensive and greener alternative to cars and public transport.”

Micromobility firm Spin launches e-scooter trial in Milton Keynes

Micromobility firm Spin launches e-scooter trial in Milton Keynes

John Lippe, Director of City Engagement at Ford Mobility commented, “Communities around the world are adjusting to this new environment where open-air, sustainable micromobility solutions are not just wanted, but needed for safe travel. We’re ready to bring two wheels to residents throughout the UK with Spin.”

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Samsung launch the S4

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Everybody likes a rumour. Nobody likes a rumour about themselves and this definitely the case for Samsung as they finally silenced all the rumours by officially launching the Samsung Galaxy S4 smartphone in New York. Nil points for the location – Milton Keynes would have been our choice but, as launches go, this was worth the wait. Unlike the recent launch of a certain gaming console, we actually got to see the amazing piece of hardware and even read about the spec. Fun times.

So what is new? Well, this badboy packs a larger screen and enhanced battery life but somehow remains incredibly light and somehow, unbelievably thin. For those of you who need to know, the S4 will be 7.9mm thick and weigh just 130g.

The Galaxy S4 has, according to Samsung, the world’s first full HD Super AMOLED display packing five inches of screen with 441ppi making this perfect for viewing photos and watching TV shows. A new dual-camera function means both the front and back cameras can be used at the same time.

Other new features include:

  • Samsung Smart Pause : A way to control what’s happening on your screen determined by where you are looking.
  • Air Gesture/View : Designed to bring the power of touch to the next level through waves and swipes as commands.
  • Samsung Optical Reader :A quick and easy way to recognise text, QR codes and more.
  • Samsung WatchON : This transforms your handset into an IR remote control for home entertainment systems.
  • S Health : A quick and easy way to ensure you’re in as good shape as you’re new device thanks to monitoring tools and sensors.
  • Samsung Adapt Display/Sound, which adapt to the user’s particular application or preferences in terms of audio volume.

Hopefully we will be able to get our hands on one if our friend Jeremy invite us around for a play before it launches.

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Hot Hatches for Summer 2013

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The love affair with the hot hatch is somewhat strange. You have those that would happily drive a hot hatchback from the day they leave the test centre to the day they die and those, who see them as an unfortunate stepping stone before they get their filthy little fingers on Daddy’s M5.

We personally love them. What can you not love about them? If you are under 30 with no kids, no caravans and don’t need to get rid of a body wrapped up in a carpet, why would you choose anything else? Better fuel efficiency, lower insurance premiums, lower road tax bands, cheap repairs and easy to mod. Sold. 2013 will see a number of old models getting a face lift and an influx of new models all ready to battle for your attention and that inheritance your loving grandparents left for you. Now here is where you should blow it. Look out for a comprehensive review of hot hatches in our launch issue.

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Volkswagon Golf GTI MK7
If you are the first person to leave your local VW showroom with the MK7 this summer, understand this. Your celebrity status will be short-lived. Yes, you will be looked upon like Messi about to take a penalty in the 95th minute against Real Madrid in the Copa Del Rey final but, so will everybody else in that long line of VW enthusiasts stretching out the doors.

This is not going to be an issue as you will now be the proud and ever so slightly smug owner of the iconic Golf GTI. Available from Summer, the lastest version will come with a new 2.0 litre turbo petrol engine offering two different power outputs of 217bhp and 227bhp.

The 217bhp engine will be the standard version of the new model allowing you to go from 0-62mph in a reported 6.6sec. The Q’s of Volkswagon have fitted in a new steering system that will be lighter while manoeuvring at speed. Not stopping there, the 227bhp version of the GTi comes with its own upgrades that include bigger brakes and a totally new differential. All in all, a good effort from VW. Prices will be around £26,000 and you can start bothering your local salesman around April/May.

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Ford Fiesta ST
Your dad owned one. His dad probably owned one and if you could afford them one day, your kids will likely own one. Now in its seventh generation, Ford’s Fiesta is older than our decrepit Editor but the big difference between the two is that the Fiesta is loved, popular and got a handful of fans. One thing they do have in common is that they are both known for living on past glories. This is about to change – well at least for the Fiesta.

The latest Fiesta comes with in a variety of engines sizes including the 1.25 (in two power outputs), 1.4 and 1.6 petrols and 1.4 and 1.6 diesels. Trim levels are the familiar Studio, Edge, Zetec and Titanium, all of which are available on the in three or five-door models. We are however only interested in the ones that Gooooooooooooooo!

At just £16,995, Ford’s junior hot hatch already looks like a bargain with its considerable price advantage over rivals such as the Mini Cooper S and Vauxhall Corsa VXR which we have reviewed in our April issue alongside the upcoming Peugeot 208 GTi and Renaultsport Clio 200. Although it’s based on the humble Fiesta, you’ll have no problem identifying it as the ST fills your rear-view mirror – thanks to its distinctive black mesh grille and scarlet ST logo. Equally, its chunkier bumpers, rear diffuser, 17-inch alloys and lowered suspension all help to mark out this range-topping Fiesta from lesser models.

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