This is my personal blog
  • First Impressions of the iPhone 12

    The iPhone 12 & 12 Pro are now generally available in India. After deliberating over my choices for 2 weeks (yup!), I finally decided to take up Apple on their Trade-In offer for my 3 year iPhone X. 

    And golly! What a surprise this phone is. Compared to my X and my brother’s iPhone 11, the iPhone 12 feels completely different. 

    iPhone 12 Black - Front

    I have not held a phone like it in my hands before. It’s so light, for a moment I thought I was punked and someone sent me a dummy phone with no internals, just a shell.

    The most fascinating aspect of this phone though, is the back. Yes, its very similar to the iPhone 11, but not really. The squared edges make it look very different, and it seems like the polishing on the back is much much finer compared to the 11.

    iPhone 12 Black - Rear

    I took the above shot with the Sigma 35mm f/1.4 wide open just to show how reflective that surface is.

    The sides give me flashbacks, brought back happy memories from the iPhone 4 and 5 days. Those were such amazing phones, especially the 5S. They finally have a worthy successor in the iPhone 12.

    iPhone 12 Black - Left iPhone 12 Black - Right

    I can surely see myself using this phone over the next 3 years, unless Apple launches a new phone with radical changes over that time. Until then, I finally have the new camera system in hand (which Apple introduced in the iPhone XS) and I’m very exicted to explore it.

    PS

    During the Trade-in, for some reason, my iPhone X refused to show the Diagnostics Menu in the Settings.app. The delivery guy, his manager, and I were all confused as to why this was happening. They had never encountered something like this before. I then remembered this was also accessible by opening the URL scheme diags:// in Safari. Worked like a charm. If you're looking to upgrade and don't plan on keeping your phone, I urge you try Apple's Trade-In program.

  • Voxmail - Voice Email with Siri

    I personally don’t have use for such an app, but I found it very interesting.

    It might interest you if you find yourself checking email when driving (I don’t recommend you interface with anything else when you’re driving) or doing other daily tasks with your earphones plugged in

  • Hadn’t eaten a shawarma since the pandemic hit large in my city. Decided to finally change that.

    I missed the grilled chicken and sour cream, hummus combination more than I’d like to admit 😅 C3CB8F10-08DB-43E7-84F4-EC264D08BAD8.jpg

  • Earlier at lunch, my brother and I decided to debate the pros and cons of buying the iPhone 12 Pro over the iPhone 12.

    As we debated, I played the event video on the TV, so we could be sure we didn’t miss any points.

    I was winning the debate, if I may so myself, when I decided to check the pricing after trade-in. And my goodness what a shock that was to the both of us!

    After trading, I’d have to pay ₹98,000 (USD 1342). After trade-in! For the base model.

    We both called off the debate right there, laughed at my silliness to not have checked the absurd ₹1,19,990 (USD 1643) price tag before deciding to discuss this!

    Apple has really, horribly, goofed up the Indian Store pricing this year. And absolutely none of it makes sense.

    It’s almost as if Apple does not wish people with iPhone X to upgrade to the 12 Pro, or first time buyers consider it, given the competitive pricing Samsung brings in.

    Sigh!

  • I like this new Apple Packaging. Smaller packages have always appealed me. 3B0F9FFF-6B53-4305-9148-4B2084C8AF75.jpg

  • Incredibly stormy weather down in Pune. Has been raining and thundering for over 5 hours without a break. 28B28FC7-0FB7-49E3-864D-9312065C4A5A.jpg

  • Got myself the Apple Trackpad 2 two weeks ago. Haven’t used my mouse since.

    Today, I opened Photoshop for some work. Holding the mouse felt so uncomfortable. Did not expect this.

  • She loves to work in mood lighting. Today I resisted the urge to just jump into bed (the lighting!) and take a quick snap.

    Photo of my wife while she works at her desk.

  • Sunlit’s Credits view has a nice little easter egg. 🤩

  • Izmir from the skies