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If you happen to have an iPhone 13 Pro or Pro Max in your pocket then it could be worth trying out one of its big new camera features. Along with Ultra Wide, Wide, and Telephoto shots, this flagship phone now includes a clever macro option that lets you get up close and personal to a subject without losing any detail in the image.

Apple now wants owners to get out and test this feature with the best photos snapped using the macro setting getting the chance to appear as part of the firm’s Shot on iPhone Challenge.

The winning photos will be celebrated in a gallery on apple.com, Apple’s Instagram account and they could even appear in Apple Store locations, on giant billboards or for the public to gaze at during photo exhibitions.

If you fancy giving it a try simply get your iPhone 13 Pro and start snapping some interesting close-ups.

When you think you have the perfect shot, you can then share them on Instagram and Twitter using the hashtags #ShotoniPhone and #iPhonemacrochallenge to participate in the challenge.

A team of top judges from the industry and from Apple will then sift through the photos and pick their winners with the best of the best being revealed in April.

The challenge begins today, January 25 with Apple accepting submissions until February 16, 2022.

Speaking about the competition, Apple said in a post on its newsroom: “The iPhone 13 Pro lineup features the most advanced camera system ever in an iPhone, and for the first time users can capture sharp, stunning images with a minimum focus distance of 2 centimeters. To celebrate macro photography, Apple welcomes you to share your favourite macro photos taken on iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max on Instagram and Twitter.”

If you fancy giving it a try, here are some top tips to help get the best macro shots:

• Make sure to get close to your subject — you can get as close as 2 centimeters (about an inch) away.

• Place the primary point of focus near the center of the frame, as that’s where the sharpest focus is when shooting in macro on iPhone.

• Tap an area in the viewfinder to set a specific focus point.

• Shoot at .5x to capture an Ultra Wide field of view, or try shooting at 1x for tighter framing — iPhone will automatically switch cameras as you get close while maintaining the 1x framing.



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EE has long offered six months of free access to Apple Music and Apple News+ to new and existing pay monthly customers. But starting now, EE has extended this promotion to also include half a year’s worth of Apple TV+ and Apple Arcade too. This is the first time EE has bundled together these four Apple services as a free bonus for customers, and in total will save £175 on subscription fees. Woah.

To redeem the free six months memberships, EE customers simply need to login to the myEE app and choose which Apple service they would like access to.

This mega freebie bundles in a whole host of Apple content that EE customers will be able to enjoy without spending a single extra penny.

Apple Music – the iPhone and iPad makers’ big Spotify rival – boasts a library of over 90million songs and 30,000 playlists that can be listened to online or offline ad-free, plus exclusive radio stations and the ability to listen with lossless (CD quality audio), something that Spotify currently doesn’t support. If you’re already an existing Apple Music subscriber – and that wouldn’t be a surprise given the service has a over 78million subscribers – then you can just cancel your subscription and start an EE trial.

Membership for Apple TV+ meanwhile will let you binge and catch up on brilliant Apple Originals that are exclusive to the service, such as the award-winning Ted Lasso, the star-studded The Morning Show and The Tragedy of Macbeth – the new film from Fargo and No Country For Old Men director Joel Coen.

Access to Apple Arcade will also offer you the ability to play over 200 games with no ads and no in-app purchases. Unmissable games available with Apple Arcade include Sonic Racing, Sayonara Wild Hearts, Exit The Gungeon, and more.

And finally, if you’re looking for something to read while lazing around on the sofa Apple News+ will be ideal for you. This service has hundreds of leading magazines and newspapers all in one app. You’ll be able to read iconic newsagent magazines such as Grazia, Empire and National Geographic cover to cover, or stay up to date with the latest news and analysis from titles such as The Sunday Times and Wall Street Journal.

Speaking about this new EE offer, Alistair Wilson, the director of devices and partnerships at the mobile provider, said: “We continue to look for ways to provide customers with unique access to great content and services, so the addition of Apple TV+ and Apple Arcade to our exclusive Apple entertainment offer means they can now watch great shows such as Ted Lasso and Central Park and play games such as Skate City and Sonic Racing on us – for free. When combined with the power of the EE award-winning 4G and 5G network – iPhone customers really can make the most from what their device has to offer in more places than any other.”

If you find that you can’t get enough of these four services and don’t want to lose access to it then, you’ll be able to upgrade to the EE Full Works for iPhone package to continue using these Apple apps.



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If you’re looking to upgrade to a brand-new iPhone, there’s a phenomenal deal available from Three Mobile right now. The company is offering half-price bills for the first six months to anyone who opts for the iPhone 12 with unlimited 5G mobile data, unlimited calls, and unlimited text messages. The 24-month plan usually costs £53 a month, but that drops to a bargain £26.50 for the first six months of the new contract. The incredible half price saving will save £207 over the course of the first six months. 

Three Mobile customers will need to pay the £29 upfront cost to sign-up for the 24-month contract. Over the course of the contract, Three Mobile customers will pay a grand total of £1,142. Buying the iPhone 12 from the Apple Store will set you back £679 alone …and then you’ll need to start thinking about buying some 4G or 5G mobile data, calls and text message allowance. Given Three Mobile is offering an unlimited allowance of all three, it’s clear that this is a pretty compelling deal for those who want to take advantage of all of the features included with their new handset.

For those who don’t need an unlimited allowance of mobile data, Three Mobile is offering the same half-price deal with the iPhone 12 with 1GB of 5G data, unlimited calls and unlimited text messages. This drops the cost to £42 a month – plunging to just £21 a month for the first six months.

iPhone 12 arrives with a 6.1-inch OLED display, Face ID facial recognition to quickly unlock the handset and authenticate payments, and a dual-camera set-up with a wide-angle and ultra-wide shooter. iPhone 12 was also one of the first devices to arrive with the new industrial design, with its trademark flat sides that are reminiscent of the iPhone 4 and iPhone 5.

iPhone 12 is available in six different colourways: Black, Green, Blue, White, Purple, and Product (RED).

Three Mobile isn’t the only firm with some brilliant Apple deals right now. Amazon is still selling the critically-acclaimed AirPods Pro for £189 – the same price available during the blockbuster Black Friday sales. While you can expect to pay £239 for the same wireless earbuds from your local Apple Store, buying from Amazon right now will save you £50. And it makes the AirPods Pro, which boasts active noise-cancellation, support for three-dimensional Spatial Audio, and interchangeable silicon tips to provide a better seal inside your ear, only a fraction more expensive than the standard AirPods third-generation.



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Subscribers to Apple’s Fitness+ service are about to be treated to one of its biggest updates since its launch. This major upgrade, which is being pushed out on Monday, brings new ways to get fit, more help with hitting those New Year goals and more celebrities joining the Time to Walk function. Perhaps the biggest bonus included in this refresh is a new feature called “Time to Run”.

Fitness+ has offered video treadmill training sessions since launch but there’s never been a way to help those who prefer hitting the road or jogging around the park. That’s all changing with this update now offering the ability to use the Apple Watch and AirPods to get some motivation when running outside.

Each unique episode, which can be downloaded before your run, is composed of coaching tips led by one of the current Fitness+ trainers along with new and renowned running coach, Cory Wharton-Malcolm. There’s music to help keep you energised and advice on pace and how to become a more consistent and better runner.

To make things a little more interesting, each run is also paired with a route and music from different parts of the world. For example, the playlist for Miami Beach features Latin music inspired by the vibrant sights and sounds of the city.

During Time to Run, users will also receive photos taken by the Fitness+ trainer of notable sights along their route.

Apple says that Time to Run will launch with three episodes: London, coached by Cory Wharton-Malcolm; Brooklyn, coached by Emily Fayette; and Miami Beach, coached by Sam Sanchez. One new episode of Time to Run will be released each week on Mondays.

So that’s one new feature but there’s plenty more coming in this update including something called Collections. These have been created to help users reach their goals and include a 30-Day Core Challenge, Improve Your Posture with Pilates, Perfect Your Yoga Balance Poses and Run Your First 5K.

Collections will include a suggested plan to help users make intentional training choices which should help make it easier to hit a set target. Run Your First 5K, for example, uses gentle fitness sessions to start before slowly building up, over a number of weeks, to an all-out run.

Anyone who uses Time to Walk will also be excited to hear that more inspirational people are joining the service with Hollywood star Rebel Wilson the first name to be revealed.

Time to Walk has already featured 41 guests to date, including Dolly Parton, Anthony Joshua, Jane Fonda and His Royal Highness Prince William who closed out the second season talking about the importance of keeping mentally fit.

Finally, there’s some new music coming Fitness+ with Apple confirming that it will be adding to its popular Artist Spotlight series with new workouts featuring the music of Ed Sheeran, Pharrell Williams, Shakira, and the Beatles.

“At the beginning of a new year, we know many people are looking for new ways to go after their goals. With these new additions, Fitness+ makes it easy to get motivated and stay active anywhere, with the most complete library of high-quality and diverse content to train your mind and body, no matter where you are on your fitness journey,” said Jay Blahnik, Apple’s vice president of Fitness Technologies.

“We can’t wait for people to get motivated to reach their goals with Collections, and inspired by Time to Run’s exploration of iconic cities with rich running history.”

Apple offers a free Fitness+ free trial with things then costing £9.99 per month.



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