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The 5 big announcements from Apple’s “Hi, Speed” event.

From new 5G supported models to bringing back MagSafe charging, major announcements from Apple's virtual launch event.

Apple took the wrap of it’s latest iPhone series in it’s “Hi, Speed” event, along with a new version of it’s HomePod smart speakers. The talking point of the event was 5G support as Apple’s CEO Tim Cook was joined by Verizon’s CEO Hans Vestberg to show off the 5G capabilities of the new iPhones.

The new iPhone with 5G Speeds

Featuring the same 6.1-inch display size as the iPhone 11 and iPhone XR before it, the latest “main” iPhone made a transition from an LCD screen to OLED. And as leaks from the past few days revealed, the phone has flat sides for an overall look that more closely matches the iPad Pro and the iPhone 4 from years ago.

The new iPhone 12 has Ceramic Shield, a ceramic-hardened display that Apple claims is “tougher than any smartphone glass”. This is a material that is tough, lightweight, and “virtually impervious to heat and electricity,” according to glass-ceramic manufacturer Corning. Apple would also be bringing back its magnetic charging cable- MagSafe, with the new iPhones. Apple phased out these chargers from it’s laptop line starting in 2016 with the first USB-C MacBook.

Apple iPhone 12 with 5G support
credit: Apple.com

The iPhone 12’s OLED screen has a peak brightness of 1200 nits and supports Dolby Vision, HDR 10, and HLG. The iPhone 12 has two cameras housed in a matte glass squircle, which makes for a nice contrast with the rest of the glossy back panel. The iPhone 12 series will be available for preorders from October 16th for $799 ahead of its October 23rd release.

iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max announced with larger displays.

Apple’s flagship offering this season- iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max made their first official appearance. Both the 6.1-inch iPhone 12 Pro and 6.7-inch iPhone 12 Pro Max are bigger than last year’s 5.8-inch iPhone 11 Pro and 6.5-inch iPhone 11 Pro Max. The 6.7-inch iPhone 12 Pro Max is, in fact, Apple’s biggest phone to date. The Pro models feature a stainless steel design (instead of the aluminum on the iPhone 12), in four colors: gray, stainless steel, gold, and a new blue.

Apple iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max with 5G support
credit: Apple.com

The iPhone 12 Pro lineup will sport the A14 bionic chipset by Apple that VP Greg Joswiak has previously said was the “most powerful chip ever made” by Apple. Similar to last year’s iPhone 11 Pro, Apple is once again offering a triple-camera system on both the iPhone 12 Pro, with 12-megapixel wide, telephoto, and ultra-wide camera lenses.

The new iPhone 12 Pro phones will also be able to shoot videos in HDR mode, a first for the product line, including support for shooting directly in Dolby Vision HDR. The iPhone 12 will also be able to edit Dolby Vision HDR video straight from the Photos app. The Pro will cost $999 whereas the Pro Max has a price tag of $1,099. The Pro model will be available for preorders starting October 16th while the Pro Max will go on sale from November 13th.

iPhone 12 Mini- ‘smallest and lightest 5G phone in the world’.

Apple announced 4 new iPhones instead of the three iPhone models last year. Apple used a mini moniker for its iPhone line, after using it for the iPod mini, iPad mini, and Mac mini previously. The new iPhone 12 mini has a 5.4-inch screen, slightly larger than the 4.7-inch screen found on this year’s iPhone SE.

With a price tag of $699, the iPhone 12 mini has some visible cuts. Apple has made iPhone 12 mini smaller by removing Touch ID and replacing it with Face ID, alongside a significant reduction in bezels around the display. Apple claims it’s the smallest, thinnest, and lightest 5G phone in the world. iPhone 12 mini will be available for preorders from November 6th for $699, and it will be released on November 13th.

Apple announces smaller HomePod Mini for $99

Apple announced a new addition to its HomePod smart speaker, the $99 HomePod mini — a smaller compact version of the first generation smart speakers from Apple. The new HomePod mini features an Apple S5 chip, which Apple claims allows for “computational audio” processing that allows users to adjust how your music sounds 180 times per second.

Apple is also using the U1 chips that it debuted in last year’s iPhones to create a better Handoff experience later this year. And while Apple has gone on to cut the price of the original HomePod (it now costs $199 on sale), it’s still heavy on the wallet. The new HomePod mini should help change that by offering similar features to the original but at a more suitable price for the masses.

Apple’s new iPhones won’t ship with earbuds or wall chargers

Apple confirmed in the launch event that the new iPhone lineup will ship without wall chargers or Lightning EarPods in the box to reduce the phone’s environmental impact. As part of its announcement, Apple said there are already 700 million Lightning headphones out in the world, as well as 2 billion Apple power adapters, suggesting most people will already have both accessories.

Prakhar Sushant
I follow business and Technology passionately. A native of Delhi, living in Bangalore. I am an avid reader, a traveller but not a tourist.

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