Apple made a few announcements at their “Hi, Speed” event with the main focus on the new iPhones.
iPhone 12 Pro & iPhone 12 Pro Max
Just like last year, this year’s bigger iPhones will be called the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max.
“This is a huge leap for iPhone, bringing the best 5G experience in the market and delivering our most advanced technologies to users who want the absolute most from their iPhone,” said Greg Joswiak, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “Each generation of iPhone has changed what we expect from a smartphone, and now with 5G, iPhone 12 Pro provides a new generation of performance. Our tight integration of hardware and software enables incredible computational photography features like the expansion of Night mode to more cameras and introduces support for HDR video with Dolby Vision. A state-of-the-art LiDAR Scanner means users can experience AR like never before, and also offers benefits to the camera with faster autofocus in low light and the introduction of Night mode portraits. These experiences and so much more make this the best iPhone lineup ever.”
The iPhone 12 Pro has a 6.1-inch Super Retina XDR OLED display that offers a resolution of 2352 x 1170. The iPhone 12 Pro Max has a 6.7-inch OLED screen and a 2778 x 1284 resolution.
Both phones support HDR, True Tone and Wide P3 colour and are IP68 water and dust resistant.
Powering the phones is the new A14 Bionic chip that uses a 5nm process and has a 5G modem built-in.
For the cameras, both iPhones offer a triple-lens setup with a 12MP Ultra Wide, Wide and Telephoto. For video, you can shoot up to 4K video at 24, 30 or 60 fps.
There’s also support to film HDR video in Dolby Vision up to 60 fps, and the camera has a Night Mode Time-lapse feature. The front TrueDepth camera is 12MP and has Face ID.
As mentioned earlier, the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max has 5G support (sub-6 GHz) and Gigabit LTE. To help make sure the battery lasts longer, the new iPhones will automatically use 5G when it’s the strongest and fastest signal, otherwise, it’ll drop down to 4G LTE.
The phones have Wi-Fi 6 support, Bluetooth 5.0 and an Ultra-Wideband chip.
MagSafe is also making a return but this time on the new iPhones, you can magnetically attach the new MagSafe charger to the back of your iPhone for up to 15W wireless charging.
MagSafe on the new iPhones works with or without a case and even with a wallet attachment.
Apple is working for accessories makers to expand MagSafe for iPhone, Currently, Belkin has a MagSafe charging stand and car charger in the works.
The new iPhones come in a number of colours including, Silver, Graphite, Gold, Pacific Blue.
Pricing for the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max is as follows:
iPhone 12 Pro
- 128GB – $1,399 CAD
- 256GB – $1,539 CAD
- 512GB – $1,809 CAD
iPhone 12 Pro Max
- 128GB – $1,549 CAD
- 256GB – $1,689 CAD
- 512GB – $1,959 CAD
iPhone 12 & iPhone 12 Mini
Now onto the smaller iPhones, with the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Mini.
“The arrival of 5G marks the beginning of a new era for iPhone and we’re thrilled to bring these impressive new capabilities to our customers with iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini,” said Greg Joswiak, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “We’re once again pushing the boundaries to deliver incredible computational photography advancements, Super Retina XDR displays, and the biggest leap in durability in iPhone history with the new Ceramic Shield front cover. Available in two great sizes, iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini take design to a new level in a new form factor that’s as beautiful as it is durable, and makes it easier than ever for customers to find the perfect iPhone to fit their lifestyle.”
The iPhone 12 Mini has a 5.4-inch Super Retina XDR OLED display that offers a resolution of 2340 x 1080. The iPhone 12 has a 6.1-inch OLED screen and a 2532 x 1170 resolution.
Each phone supports HDR, True Tone and Wide P3 colour and are IP68 water and dust resistant. The iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Mini are both running the A14 Bionic chip.
For the cameras, both iPhones offer a dual-lens setup with a 12MP Ultra Wide and Wide. For video, you can shoot up to 4K video at 24, 30 or 60 fps.
There’s also support to film HDR video in Dolby Vision up to 40 fps, and the camera has a Night Mode Time-lapse feature. The front TrueDepth camera is 12MP and has Face ID.
Just like the Pro versions, the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Mini has 5G support (sub-6 GHz) and Gigabit LTE.
MagSafe is also available for the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Mini, you can get up to 15W wireless charging using the new MagSafe charger.
The new iPhones come in a number of colours including, Black, White, Product (RED), Green and Blue.
Pricing for the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Mini is below:
- 64GB – $1,129 CAD
- 128GB – $1,199 CAD
- 256GB – $1,339 CAD
iPhone 12 Mini
- 64GB – $979 CAD
- 128GB – $1,049 CAD
- 256GB – $1,189 CAD
The iPhone 12 Mini isn’t the only miniaturized Apple product announced today, the company also unveiled the HomePod Mini.
“HomePod mini has everything customers want in a smart speaker — amazing sound for listening to music, a world-class intelligent assistant that delivers a personal experience to each member of the household, and like every Apple product, it’s designed with privacy and security in mind,” said Bob Borchers, Apple’s vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “HomePod mini is the ultimate smart speaker for anyone with an Apple device. It works effortlessly with iPhone to hand off music, answer calls, or deliver personalized listening suggestions, elevates the sound from Apple TV, plays music from a Mac, and so much more. There’s a lot of Apple innovation packed into such a small speaker, all at an affordable price.”
At just 3.3-inches tall, the HomePod Mini is more than half the height of the original HomePod. The device has a full-range driver, dual passive radiators for deep bass and crisp highs.
Powering the speaker is Apple’s S5 chip, which is the same one found in the Apple Watch Series 5 last year.
The outside of the speaker features an acoustically transparent fabric and custom acoustic waveguide for a 360-degree sound field. There’s also a four-microphone array for talking to Siri and computational audio for real-time tuning.
The speaker supports multi-room audio and can also be put in a stereo pair. There’s also AirPlay 2 support, Bluetooth 5.0 and 802.11n Wi-Fi.
The HomePod Mini will be available in two colours, Space Grey and White and cost $129 CAD ($99 USD).
It’ll be available for pre-order in Canada, the US, Australia, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Spain, the UK on November 6th and ship on November 16th.