October 28, 2023
After a month with the iPhone 15 Pro, I love these 5 things the most
Christine Romero-Chan / Digital Trends Apple’s iPhone 15 lineup has been out for over a month now and includes the regular iPhone 15, the larger iPhone 15 Plus , the iPhone 15 Pro , and the iPhone 15 Pro Max . There’s an iPhone 15 model for everyone, and so far, the new phones seem to be a big hit. Contents Titanium makes a huge difference The Action button is great Apple fixed the cameras A USB-C iPhone is so convenient Smaller screens are the best The iPhone 15 Pro has been excellent Show 1 more item I’m a person who upgrades their iPhone every year, so I’ve had one of every generation of the iPhone since the beginning. This year, I went with the iPhone 15 Pro as my upgrade from the iPhone 14 Pro , and it’s been one of my favorite iPhones yet. Let me explain why. Recommended Videos Titanium makes a huge difference Christine Romero-Chan / Digital Trends One of the things that I hated about my iPhone 14 Pro was the weight. It was heavy . Combined with the sharp edges, it would be uncomfortable to use for a prolonged amount of time, especially one-handed. Related An iPhone that isn’t the iPhone 15 is selling fast in Japan I was wrong about the iPhone 15 Pro Apple’s new in-store device aimed at improving iPhone setup process When I unboxed my iPhone 15 Pro and lifted it out of the box, I was incredibly surprised by how lightweight it was compared to its predecessor. Then, just to compare, I held my iPhone 14 Pro (sans case) in one hand and the iPhone 15 Pro in the other, and found the weight difference to be literally night and day. Switching over to titanium from stainless steel is one of the most significant changes that Apple has ever made, and it really helps with ergonomics while still retaining a premium aesthetic. Plus, the titanium frame has more curved edges where it meets the front glass. The result is a softer feel when holding the phone since there are no more sharp edges that dig into your palm. It brings me back to the days of the iPhone 11 Pro, which I found pretty comfortable to hold. Ever since the iPhone 12 Pro and through to the iPhone 14 Pro, the phones were just getting heavier and sharper. I’m very glad that Apple made the switch to titanium. I only hope that it continues to use titanium for future iPhones as well, because this is a fantastic upgrade. The Action button is great Christine Romero-Chan / Digital Trends One of the features that sets the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max apart from the regular iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus is the Action button, which replaced the mute/silent switch. While some people may not be using the Action button too often, it’s become one of my most-used features on the iPhone 15 Pro. By default, the Action button is set to enable or disable silent mode, just like the old switch did. But you can change the action to something else from the Settings app, including focus, camera, voice memo, flashlight, magnifier, accessibility, or shortcut. Though there is a whole community out there that has created some wild multi-action Shortcuts for the Action button, I’ve kept it simple so far. I have stated before that I always wanted a faster way to open the Camera app besides the often unreliable lock screen shortcut, and the Action button is the answer to that. I find myself using the Action button to launch the Camera app multiple times a day, whether it’s to take a photo of my daughter, my fancy fine dining adventures with my husband, or our frequent Disneyland trips. And since it lets me get to the camera faster, I’ve been able to capture more of my daughter’s spontaneous shenanigans rather than fighting with the lock screen shortcut and missing the moment. I just hope that one day Apple changes it so you can assign more than one action to the button with other gestures, like double press or triple press, rather than just press-and-hold. Apple fixed the cameras Prakhar Khanna / Digital Trends One of my biggest complaints with the iPhone 14 Pro was the camera . It felt like Apple was a little too heavy-handed with the sharpening and processing of an image after you captured it, which resulted in photos that had harsh colors and too much sharpness. But this wasn’t just an iPhone 14 thing, as it felt like the camera quality had been declining since the iPhone 13 . Thankfully, the iPhone 15 Pro seems to be doing a lot better with photos this year, largely thanks to Apple’s Smart HDR 5. I have little to complain about when using my iPhone 15 Pro camera as the colors look realistic and true to life, skin tones are more accurate, and there’s more detail captured thanks to the 24MP default rather than 12MP. I’ve also truly enjoyed the Auto Portrait feature , where the camera automatically captures depth information in a regular photo if the focus is on a person, dog, or cat. This lets you turn the regular photo into a portrait image after the fact. I’ve been making use of this feature quite a bit, especially with my daughter, since it’s hard to manually switch to Portrait mode with an active toddler running around. While the smaller iPhone 15 Pro lacks that new tetraprism telephoto lens that allows for 5x optical zoom, the phone is still very capable in terms of photography. It’s a big step up from the results of its predecessor. Hopefully, next year, Apple can give the smaller Pro some more love in the camera department. A USB-C iPhone is so convenient Christine Romero-Chan / Digital Trends A huge change this year with the entire iPhone 15 lineup was finally getting rid of Lightning in favor of USB-C. For some people, this may mean having to buy all new cables, but for me, it was the opposite. I have a lot of other electronics around the house, whether it’s Android phones, tablets, or other little gizmos that need to be charged up with a USB-C cable. Apple has already been using USB-C for the iPad and MacBook lineups, too, so it’s not a completely new thing. There are a ton of USB-C cables just lying around my house, and I can definitely say I’ve accumulated more USB-C cables than Lightning cables in the past few years. With the iPhone 15 converted to USB-C, I now have a plethora of cables to use already, and I don’t need to look for a proprietary Lightning cable anymore. For example, I can just use the same cable for my daughter’s Amazon fire HD 8 Kid’s tablet for my iPhone 15 Pro while I’m in the living room. It’s just so much more convenient. Plus, most of my Lightning cables ended up not working after a while, and Apple’s first-party cables always had durability issues. iPhone 15 Plus (top) and iPhone 14 Plus Andy Boxall / Digital Trends Plus, with the switch to USB-C, I’m able to make use of Anker’s new lineup of mobile power accessories, like Anker’s 30-watt power bank with a built-in USB-C cable. This is one of my favorite new power banks because of its compact size, integrated USB-C cable, and superfast 30W charging speeds. It even has a display that tells you how long it will take to charge up your phone! However, one thing that still puzzles me is the fact that Apple did not improve the charging speeds at all with the USB-C switch . It’s still capped at approximately 27W, like its predecessor with Lightning. That means you get about 50% charge in 30 minutes as long as you use a proper (20W or higher) power adapter. The iPhone 15 continues to be one of the slower-charging smartphones out there. Maybe one day in the future, Apple can give us faster charging speeds now that the iPhone uses USB-C. Smaller screens are the best Christine Romero-Chan / Digital Trends One of my problems with a lot of modern smartphones these days is that most of them are just too damn big. I’m not sure why most manufacturers think everyone wants a gigantic phone; I know I certainly don’t. I value being able to easily use my phone one-handed. Though I still have to reach for those upper corner buttons sometimes on my iPhone 15 Pro, it’s much more manageable than larger screens. I’ve been using the Google Pixel 8 Pro for the cameras recently, which has the same 6.7-inch size as the iPhone 15 Pro Max, and I have trouble handling it single-handedly since my hands are pretty small. I wish Apple stuck with the old 5.8-inch size of the iPhone X/XS because that felt like the absolute perfect size. But it looks like Apple is sticking with 6.1 inches for the smaller iPhone size, and as long as it continues to be offered, I’ll keep getting it. I dread the day that Apple may decide to ax the smaller size (sorry, mini fans), and I hope it never comes to that. The iPhone 15 Pro has been excellent Christine Romero-Chan / Digital Trends This year, it seemed like everyone was getting the iPhone 15 Pro Max due to the new telephoto camera, and yes, that’s a legitimate reason to get it over the smaller iPhone 15 Pro. However, I felt like an outlier with my choice, as I was one of the few who went with the smaller version instead. But I’ve been very happy with my decision to get the iPhone 15 Pro, even if it doesn’t have the 5x optical zoom. It’s much more ergonomic than the iPhone 14 Pro I was using before, and the titanium really makes a difference in weight. I’ve been using the Action button frequently for the camera, and photos taken with the iPhone 15 Pro don’t look bad this year. Also, having USB-C has been super convenient. Yes, the iPhone 15 Pro may be smaller, but it’s still quite capable. Apple has room to improve with the iPhone 16 Pro next year, such as adding an improved telephoto camera, but that doesn’t make the iPhone 15 Pro any less impressive today. Editors' Recommendations iPhone 16: 12 things I want to see in the next iPhone Apple did something with the iPhone 15 Plus that I didn’t expect I’d love to buy an Apple Watch, but there’s something stopping me I found the perfect iPhone 15 accessory, and it’s only $50 I have 7 tips to help you take great pictures with your iPhone
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Star Wars Director Says It's About Time A Woman Makes A Star Wars Movie
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Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Sharmeed Obaid-Chinoy is directing an upcoming Star Wars movie that brings back Daisy Ridley in the role of Rey. Obaid-Chinoy will become the first woman to direct a Star Wars film, dating back to the franchise's origins in the 1970s. Speaking about this, Obaid-Chinoy told CNN that she is "very thrilled" to make the movie and create something that is "very special.""We're in 2024 now, and I think it's about time we had a woman come forward to shape the story in a galaxy far, far away," she said.Obaid-Chinoy won Best Documentary, Short Subjects Academy Awards for Saving Face (2012) and A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness (2015).In 2020, Lucasfilm boss Kathleen Kennedy told the BBC that a woman would eventually direct a Star Wars movie, saying that would "absolutely" happen, "without question." Victoria Mahoney was a second unit director on The Rise of Skywalker, but a woman has never claimed a top directing credit on a Star Wars movie.On the TV side of things, The Mandalorian has featured a number of female directors, including Deborah Chow and Bryce Dallas Howard. Chow went on to direct the Obi-Wan TV series, too.Another high-profile franchise that has never had a female director is James Bond. Producer Barbara Broccoli and Skyfall director Sam Mendes have both said they want to see a woman direct a future 007 film.As for Obaid-Chinoy's Star Wars movie, little is known about it apart from the fact that Ridley will come back to play Rey. It is expected that this film will be the first of the three new Star Wars films to come to theaters, possibly releasing in December 2025.According to a report, Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight is writing the Rey movie, taking over for Damon Lindelof and Justin Britt-Gibson.
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NBA Names Clare Akamanzi CEO Of NBA Africa
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The NBA named Clare Akamanzi – an accomplished business executive and international trade and investment lawyer – as CEO of NBA Africa. Akamanzi will start her position on Jan. 23, 2024, and report to NBA Deputy Commissioner and Chief Operating Officer Mark Tatum. In this role, Akamanzi will oversee the NBA’s business and basketball development efforts in Africa and will be responsible for continuing to grow the popularity of basketball, the NBA and the Basketball Africa League (BAL) across the continent, including through grassroots basketball development, media distribution, corporate partnerships, and social responsibility initiatives that improve the livelihoods of African youth and families. For the last six and a half years, Akamanzi was CEO of Rwanda Development Board (RDB), where she spearheaded Rwanda’s economic development by enabling private sector growth. Under Akamanzi’s leadership, RDB implemented several business policy reforms and initiatives that led to significant investment and development for the country, including through partnerships with the BAL, Arsenal FC, Paris Saint-Germain FC, FC Bayern Munich and TIME Magazine, among others. “Clare’s business acumen, international experience and familiarity with basketball and the NBA make her the ideal executive to lead our business in Africa,” says Tatum. “NBA Africa and the Basketball Africa League are well-positioned for continued growth, and under Clare’s leadership we believe these initiatives will transform economies, communities and lives across the continent.” “I’ve seen firsthand how sports can positively impact businesses, families and communities in Africa, and the NBA and the BAL are a perfect example of that,” says Akamanzi. “The NBA has done an incredible job growing basketball and the economy around it across the continent, and I’m excited about the enormous opportunities ahead to build on that momentum.” Previously, Akamanzi was Chief Operating Officer of RDB and Head of Strategy and Policy Unit, Office of the President of the Republic of Rwanda. She has extensive international trade, business and diplomatic experience, having previously worked for the Rwandan Government at the World Trade Organization in Geneva, Switzerland and at the Rwandan Embassy in London, England. Akamanzi has worked or studied in seven different countries and holds an honorary LLD from Concordia University in Montreal, Canada, in recognition of her work in Rwanda. She earned a master’s degree in public administration from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she was the recipient of three prestigious awards for academic excellence and distinguished contribution to the community: the Lucius N. Littauer Fellows Award, the Raymond & Josephine Vernon Award and the Robert Kennedy Public Service Award. In addition, Akamanzi holds a Master of Laws degree in international trade and investments from the University of Pretoria in South Africa, and a Bachelor of Laws degree from Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda. Akamanzi has served on several company boards, including the World Health Organization (WHO) Foundation, ECOBANK and Aviation, Travel and Logistics (ATL) company. She was recognized by Forbes as one of Africa’s Top 50 Powerful Women in 2020.
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