'Hi, Speed' Recap: HomePod mini, iPhone 12 mini, MagSafe, and iPhone 12 Pro on the AppleInsider podcast
At today's "Hi, Speed" iPhone 12 event, Apple announced a new HomePod mini, redesigned iPhone 12, smaller iPhone 12 mini, new iPhone 12 Pro models and more. Here's what you need to know, on a special episode of the AppleInsider Podcast.
The HomePod mini can also be used as a smart home hub and Apple is bringing a new Intercom feature across its devices to allow broadcasting audio messages across HomePods, CarPlay, AirPods, and other Apple devices.
The iPhone 12 was announced with a 6.1-inch screen and 5G cellular connectivity. Apple has brought its Super Retina XDR OLED screen to this model iPhone and now has an improved "Ceramic Shield" glass technology that makes the display 4x more durable.
iPhone 12 has a new dual-camera system that brings Night Mode to all three cameras including the front-facing selfie camera.
Apple's new iPhone 12 will be available to pre-order at $799 in the US and most territories from November 6. Orders will begin to arrive for customers on November 13.
Next, Apple announced the iPhone 12 mini that has all the same features as the iPhone 12 but in a 5.4-inch screen size. The iPhone 12 mini will be available starting from $699, for a 64GB model with pre-orders starting November 6.
Coming to all new iPhone 12 models is improved wireless charging. Apple announced it's bringing back the "MagSafe" name to its new circular wireless charger that uses magnets to properly align the charger to the back of iPhone 12. New MagSafe accessories include cases with magnets built-in and even a magnetic wallet attachment for the back of your iPhone.
The iPhone 12 Pro models were announced bringing the new flat-edge design and four colors: Pacific Blue, Gold, Silver, and Graphite. These new Pro models come with the new A14 Bionic chip, improved cameras, LiDAR sensor, and larger screens. Previous iPhone 11 Pro models had a screen size of 5.8-inches or 6.5-inches for the iPhone 12 Pro Max model. Now iPhone 12 Pro models come in either a 6.1-inch or 6.7-inch display.
Other improvements include the ability to shoot video in 10-bit Dolby Vision HDR and a new photo format Apple is calling "Apple Pro Raw." This format available on the iPhone 12 Pro models have the benefit of all the computational photography Apple applies to its photos, but also gives photographers the ability to adjust White Balance, Tone Mapping, and edit in their professional software of choice.
The iPhone 12 Pro starts from $999 with a higher starting capacity of 128GB, $1,099 with 256GB of storage, and $1,299 for 512GB. This model will be available for pre-order on Friday, October 16.
The iPhone 12 Pro Max starts from $1,099 for 128GB, rising to $1,199 for 256GB, then $1,399 for 512GB and will be available for pre-order November 6.
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Links from the show
- Apple releases $99 HomePod mini smart speaker
- Everything you need to know about 5G before the 'iPhone 12' launch
- Apple launches iPhone 12 with 5G, A14 Bionic processor, higher resolution display
- Apple resurrects MagSafe branding for line of iPhone 12 accessories
- Apple debuts $699 5.4-inch iPhone 12 mini
- Apple launches iPhone 12 Pro line with new design, better cameras, LiDAR
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