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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 Join our YouTube watch party, going on right now, or stream it on Apple’s site.since 2017’s which introduced face unlocking and better screen technology. This year they sport an array of colors, more models and 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 .
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 posesbut could still be . And experts are already worrying about the given that Apple already ranks pretty low on that score.
A Verizon rep came out to talk aboutand 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.
Apple updated its wireless charging with, a new charging coil design with a magnet that allows any compatible accessory — such as cases and other docks — to snap onto the back.
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.
iPhone 12 and 12 Pro make 5G official for new flagships
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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