Apple’s iPhone event might be a month later than usual this year, but we’re expecting a big show of at least four iPhones. We’re also hoping to see a few other announcements like a smaller HomePod Mini speaker and Apple’s AirTag Bluetooth enabled trackers.
Stick with us and we’ll keep you apprised of all the announcements and new products Apple introduces at its Hi Speed Event today.
Apple HomePod mini
Apple’s original HomePod speaker is a beefy unit that goes for a hearty $299 price, that might just be too chunky for everyone. That’s exactly why Apple announced the smaller Apple HomePod mini, a far more smaller speaker measuring just 3.3-inches in circumference.
Inside the HomePod mini you’ll find one driver, two passive radiators, and an “acoustic waveguide” on the bottom. Powering the whole thing is Apple’s S5 processor, which is the same chip that powers the recently announced Apple Watch SE. The HomePod mini uses this processor to dynamically tune how it sounds using “computational audio.” Using this feature the HomePod mini will adjust how loud it is, its dynamic range, and more by measuring how it sounds in your room 180 times a second.
With its new spherical shape this Bluetooth speaker might have been more aptly named the HomeSphere, but it definitely seems to be a direct competitor to the new Echo Dot that Amazon recently unveiled. Apple is definitely going for the Echo Dot crowd as its new mini speaker will retail for just $99 when it releases on November 16th.
If you loved the iPhone 4, you’re going to love the iPhone 12. The iPhone 12 Mini harken back to the iPhone 4 straight-edged and squared-off design that’s not only nostalgic, but it also helps shrink the size of the iPhone 12. According to Apple, the iPhone 12 is 11% thinner, 15% smaller, and 16% lighter.
The new iPhone 12 also comes rocking the Super Retina XDR display, Apple custom OLED display, that we originally saw on the iPhone 11 Pro, which means you’ll see up to 1200 nits of brightness, plus Dolby Vision, HLG, and HDR 10 are all supported. The screen is also made of a new Ceramic shield that claims to be the strongest smartphone screen ever developed with 4 times better drop performance. The resolution of the display has also been bumped up to 2,532 x 1,170 pixels.
Apple’s new A14 Bionic powers the iPhone 12 and it promises to be 40% more performant than the A13 that powered the iPhone 11. The GPU on the iPhone 12 is League of Legends: Wild Rift, a new MoBA game made specifically for mobile. As for cameras, the iPhone 12 features the same 12MP wide-angle and Ultrawide cameras as last year’s model, but Apple has improved the lens on the main wide-angle camera with a new seven element lens that will apparently drive a 27% improvement in low-light shooting. Apple has also introduced Smart HDR 3, plus Night Mode selfies and timelapses.
Lastly, Apple has introduced magnets to the iPhone 12’s wireless charging technology and rechristened it MagSafe. There’s a whole new line of MagSafe accessories including magnetically attachable batteries, wireless charger, and even battery wallets.
The iPhone 12 will come in two sizes with the 5.4-inch iPhone Mini and the 6.1-inch iPhone. The iPhone 12 Mini will start at $699 and the iPhone 12 is priced at $799.
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