The next iPhones are finally here.
After delays due to the coronavirus pandemic, Apple unveiled its latest flagship smartphone models in a rare keynote event in October. In contrast to previous years, the company’s annual September gala was reserved for information about the excellent new Apple Watches, iPads and services.
But the iPhone wasn’t the only show in town for today’s event. A new smart home loudspeaker device, the HomePod Mini, was also on the agenda.
Here’s what you need to know about the latest technology from Apple.
The HomePod Smart Speaker, which first launched in 2018, has been further developed to reduce size, reduce cost and make it more attractive to the general consumer. The new Mini seems to be more than just a piece of music, with features that make it a powerful smart home hub. Here are some of the highlights:
- Rounded mesh fabric design
- Touchscreen controls
- S5 chip to increase audio processing power
- Automatic connection with iPhones
- Intercom function for communication between all Apple devices in the network
- $ 99
- Available for pre-order November 6th, shipping November 16th
The main event, of course, was the iPhone. CEO Tim Cook extolled the smartphone’s leap to 5G networks (including an appearance by Verizon CEO Hans Vestburg to announce nationwide 5G coverage) – but the devices offer more than the networks they will use. Here’s what you need to know about the new smartphones:
The new iPhone has been redesigned with rounded corners, with a thrown back look – and reduced size – reminiscent of the classic iPhone 4. However, the specs in the device allow for performance far beyond what you could achieve with a smartphone a decade ago.
The iPhone 12 will be available in five colors: Black, White, PRODUCT (RED), Green, and Blue. The smartphone is thinner, smaller and lighter than the iPhone 11 – but still offers the same screen size. There’s also a new high-resolution OLED display for better screen performance.
Klutzes will be welcoming another new feature to the screen: a new Ceramic Shield material developed with Corning that, according to Apple, is the hardest glass on a smartphone. Under the hood, the new A14 bionic chip increases performance, which Apple claims is the fastest chip available in a smartphone.
A new widescreen camera is helping photographers take better photos in low light, and night mode for all cameras allows for better shots once the sun goes down.
This year, new iPhones don’t come with headphones or charging adapters. You might find this annoying if you’re prone to losing accessories, but the company claims the move will save 2 million tons of CO2 emissions annually.
Charging, however, will be a lot more fun with the new MagSafe magnetic charging system for iPhone, which Apple is looking to expand to include third-party companies. USB-C to Lightning chargers also allow them to turn on faster when you actually plug the device into the wall.
The iPhone 12 will start at $ 799 for a 64GB model with options up to 256GB. Pre-orders begin on October 16. In-store and shipping availability begins October 23.
iPhone 12 mini
An even smaller iPhone with exactly the same functions will also be available. The company claims the new compact mini is the smallest and thinnest 5G phone on the market. The 12 mini starts at $ 699 and offers the same storage options as the standard 12.
The iPhone 12 mini will take a little longer for customers looking to get small. Pre-orders will start on November 6th and shipping will start on November 13th.
iPhone 12 Pro
The Pro-level phones (Pro and Pro Max) have also been redesigned, but retain the same triple-camera setup as the 11 Pro. In contrast to the standard models 12, however, surgical stainless steel and glass are used. Finishes include silver, graphite, gold, and blue.
The Super Retina XDR displays are even larger at 6.5 “and 6.7” for the Pro and Pro Max models, and remain the same size as last year’s phones. The new Ceramic Shield glass also makes the Pro models tougher than previous generations, and charging with MagSafe also makes it easier to turn on.
The Pro has a new widescreen camera like the standard 12, while the 12 Pro Max has additional photo capabilities that can be used to enhance portrait photos and zoom areas. With the Apple ProRAW feature, image professionals have even more control over their images. New HDR video recording options are a boon for developers who use their phones at home.
There’s also a new LiDAR scanner for the Pro devices that enables much sharper AR capabilities in apps, video creation, photos, and more. Apple claims this would help the cameras focus six times faster than previous systems.
The iPhone 12 Pro starts at $ 999 for 128GB (capacity up to 512GB) and the iPhone 12 Pro Max starts at $ 1,099. Pre-orders for both Pro devices will begin on October 16. Shipping and in-store availability begin October 23.
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