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iPhone 12, 12 Pro and Pro Max with 5G, HomePod Mini and more: Apple’s October announcements


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Another year, another iPhone. (Did I say that last year?) This is the iPhone’s last year of tweendom before it hits teenhood: Apple announced its four-model iPhone 12 line today, the first major revamp of the iPhone’s design since 2017’s iPhone X which introduced face unlocking and better screen technology. This year they sport an array of colors, more models and 5G wireless support across the lineup. In addition to the HomePod Mini, we were treated to the MagSafe for iPhone wireless charging system and a stealth release of the $50 Beats Flex wireless headphonesJoin our YouTube watch party, going on right now, or stream it on Apple’s site

Apple’s late to the 5G party (if you can call it “late” when the party’s just started), and incorporating the new wireless tech poses potential problems for Apple but could still be a big win for the company and carriers. And experts are already worrying about the new design’s affect on repairability given that Apple already ranks pretty low on that score.

A Verizon rep came out to talk about the iPhone on its 5G Ultra Wideband network and its expansion plans, including turning on its nationwide 5G network. The iPhone has custom antenna design and according to Apple, a boatload of testing. All models support mmWave 5G, at least in the US.


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Apple updated its wireless charging with MagSafe for iPhone, a new charging coil design with a magnet that allows any compatible accessory — such as cases and other docks — to snap onto the back.  

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iPhone 12 includes Smart HDR 3 and improved Night Mode


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Thinner, smaller and lighter, the iPhone 12 incorporates the new OLED Super Retina XDR display, boasting 460 ppi pixel density and Dolby Vision HDR support. It has a new Ceramic Shield protection layer on the screen as well. It uses the A14 Bionic, the same chip that’s in the new iPad Air with improved AI processing. It’s got a new camera, of course, a dual setup with an f2.4 ultrawide camera and f1.6 wide, Night Mode available on all cameras and night time lapse.

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Both the 6.1-inch Pro and 6.7-inch Pro Max get premium materials and three cameras, as well as LiDAR for depth mapping, AR and low-light autofocus. The Pro Max has a new sensor on its third telephoto camera with sensor shift image stabilization, which is popular in regular cameras. It also has a new format, Apple ProRaw, which synthesizes computational photography and and applies processing as parameters so you can change adjustments like sharpness after the fact. For video, it can record 10-bit Dolby Vision HDR.

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iPhone 12 Mini: Same specs as iPhone 12


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Apple reveals the HomePod Mini


HomePod Mini

Available Nov. 15 for $99

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Apple’s tinier smart speaker looks like a restaurant table candle. The new Mini has a completely redesigned audio architecture and uses “computational audio” to automatically adjust sound characteristics. It can autopair with your iPhone when it comes into proximity, and of course has deep integration with Siri.

Apple debuts HomePod Mini smart speaker

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