Apple showed off its new iPhone, the first with 5G, along with a new HomePod Mini device at its much-anticipated event on Tuesday.
Apple’s first product unveiling was its new HomePod Mini, a smaller version of the company’s smart speaker that competes with Amazon’s Echo. HomePod Mini has iPhone integration; features “computational audio”; and recognizes multiple voices. It ships the week of Nov. 16 and retails at $99.
Next up was the iPhone. “Today is the beginning of a new era for iPhone,” Apple CEO Tim Cook said, highlighting new 5G features and benefits such as faster speeds and lower latency. Cook invited Verizon CEO Hans Vestberg on stage to talk about the benefits of the carrier’s 5G network, which is available nationwide today.
Apple then showed off the new iPhone 12, the first iPhone with 5G, starting at $799.
The new device comes with an aluminum frame with flat edges, similar to the iPhone 4 design, and comes in black, white, green, blue, and red colors. It’s 11% thinner; 15% smaller; and 16% lighter than the iPhone 11. There’s a dual-camera system with a 12-megapixel wide camera, a new A14 Bionic chip, and is designed to use 5G only when necessary to save battery life. It has a 6.1-inch screen that comes with “Ceramic Shield” that is “tougher than any smartphone glass.” Apple added MagSafe to the back of the phone to help attach to wireless chargers.
Apple next unveiled the iPhone 12 mini, which has a 5.4-inch screen and starts at $699. It has all the features of the iPhone 12.
Then came the iPhone 12 Pro devices. The iPhone 12 Pro starts at $999, and iPhone 12 Pro Max at $1,099.
The iPhone 12 Pro has a 6.1-inch screen, and the iPhone 12 Pro Max has a 6.7-inch screen, the biggest ever for an Apple phone. They come in gold, graphite, blue, and silver. The Pro comes with advanced camera features and other enhanced specs such as LIDAR technology for augmented reality apps. It also has a stainless steel design, versus aluminum on the iPhone 12.
iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro are available for preorder on Oct. 16, and shipping Oct. 23. iPhone 12 Mini and iPhone 12 Pro Max pre-orders start Nov. 6 and ship Nov. 13.
Here’s the new iPhone lineup below. See more details on the iPhone 12 and Mini here, and the iPhone 12 Pro here.
Original post: All eyes are on Apple today as the tech giant gets ready to unveil its highly-anticipated new iPhone 12. The event starts at 10 a.m. PT — you can watch at Apple’s website, in Apple TV, or on YouTube.
Well-known leaker Evan Blass posted leaked iPhone 12 images Tuesday morning, revealing the expected four versions of Apple’s newest smartphone: the iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, and iPhone 12 Pro Max. The devices are rumored to have a new square design and some sort of 5G capability.
— Evan Blass (@evleaks) October 13, 2020
Analysts say this could be Apple’s most important iPhone event in years given the notable changes and potential key upgrade cycle.
Apple may also announce a new HomePod speaker and over-the-ear headphones on Tuesday.
Apple last month held a separate event to show off new Apple Watches, iPads, and its Apple One services bundle.
We’ll update this page with more details as Apple reveals its products on Tuesday.