The long-awaited 2020 iPhone event is here. Appropriately named “Hi, Speed,” the product announcement brings many new products, headlined by several iPhone 12 models.
In addition to the anticipated chip, camera, and display upgrades, the latest iPhones are the first to have 5G. The feature allows the newcomers to reach a faster network speed that can handle their processing and graphics power. Read on to learn more about the new iPhone 12, iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12 Pro, and HomePod mini.
The iPhone 12 is Apple’s first smartphone with 5G. It has an all-new design with a 6.1-inch Super Retina XDR OLED display. The latter is a major improvement over the previous generation. It’s not only more vibrant, but also much sharper, thanks to a higher resolution. Covered by a groundbreaking new material dubbed Ceramic Shield, the iPhone 12's screen is also the toughest to date, and more durable than any competitor.
The new iPhone's A14 Bionic chip is built using a cutting-edge 5 nm production process, so it’s insanely powerful, yet energy-efficient. It makes the smartphone capable of playing League of Legends — one of today’s most popular PC games. The new chip has a vastly more capable Neural Engine as well. It brings improved machine-learning capabilities that will enhance many experiences with the smartphone
The iPhone 12's camera features a 12MP and an f/1.6 lens, which is the fastest on any iPhone. Combined with the Neural Engine’s vast computational photography abilities, it allows the device to capture stunning images regardless of the lighting.
Apple’s MagSafe system is yet another first that the iPhone 12 brings. Wireless chargers and other accessories can seamlessly snap onto the device’s back, bringing users a whole new dimension of personalization possibilities. MagSafe will work not only with chargers, but also with protective cases, and other accessories.
Pricing for the iPhone 12 will begin at $799 and it will be available for preorder starting Oct. 16.
iPhone 12 mini
The iPhone 12 mini has the same design and features as the iPhone 12, but a smaller 5.4-inch display. According to Apple, it’s the thinnest, most compact 5G smartphone in the world.
Both iPhone 12 variants have a waterproof build with IP68 rating. Because Apple opted to ship the new phones without a charger and EarPods, they'll arrive in considerably smaller product packaging.
Pricing of the iPhone 12 mini will start at $699 and it will be available to preorder starting Oct. 16.
iPhone 12 Pro
The all-new, 5G-toting iPhone 12 Pro has a stunning design with a stainless-steel band, Ceramic Shield glass, and IP68 rating for water resistance. Similar to the iPhone 11 Pro, there are two display sizes to choose from — a 6.1-inch for the iPhone 12 Pro, and a 6.7-inch for the iPhone 12 Pro Max, which is even bigger display than the 6.5-inch panel of iPhone 11 Pro Max.
The iPhone 12 Pro also has an even more advanced triple-camera setup than its predecessor's, which utilizes the A14 Bionic’s mighty Neural Engine. In addition to a wide, an ultra wide, and a telephoto lens with better zoom, the phone also has a LiDAR scanner. The feature debuted on the latest iPad Pro, and it gives the smartphone powerful camera and real-time augmented reality capabilities.
The main camera sensor of the iPhone 12 Pro is almost 50% larger than the one found in the iPhone 11 Pro. It has a sensor-shift optical image stabilization that’s typically found in pro-grade DSLR cameras, as well as the same, fast f/1.6 lens as the iPhone 12.
Apple also introduced an all-new ProRAW image format, designed to take advantage of the iPhone 12 Pro’s hardware and computational photography capabilities.
The iPhone 12 Pro is the first smartphone that can record Dolby Vision-enhanced 4K footage. Typically, creating the latter requires sophisticated studio equipment and powerful computer hardware.
The iPhone 12 Pro will start at $999, while the Pro Max will begin at $1,099. Buyers will be able to choose between 128, 256, and 512GB of storage. The iPhone 12 Pro Max preorders will kick off next month, on Nov. 6, with retail launch set to begin the following week.
The HomePod mini joins the original in Apple’s lineup of smart speakers. The Siri-powered newcomer has the same fabric-covered finish as its predecessor, but a considerably more compact footprint, as well as a lower $99 price tag. The smart speaker will be available to order on Nov. 6.
Thanks to an Apple S5 chip and a sophisticated audio driver with passive radiators, the HomePod mini sounds bigger than its looks suggest. There’s an option to pair a duo of speakers for fuller stereo sound.
Finished in space gray or white, the HomePod mini has a touch-sensitive control panel with cool backlighting. The gadget also doubles as a HomeKit hub, so consumers will be able to use to control compatible smart home products with Siri voice commands, as well as from their Apple devices.
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