iPhone 12 includes a new MagSafe wireless charging system. The magnet in the device doesn’t just allow the phone to be centred on a wireless charger, but also allows Apple to introduce a range of new sleeves and covers that can magnetically snap on.
Apple’s new computer chip has 11.8 billion transistors, 40% more than the A13, and Apple says it enabled console-quality gaming on the iPhone.
Apple says its 6-core CPU is the fasters in any smartphone there is, and by up to 50%. Its 4-core GPU is the fastest in any smartphone, the company adds.
There were concerns about whether the iPhone 12 would work with the different wavelengths of 5G used by different mobile networks in different countries. The company said it has been tested with more than 100 carriers in 30 regions – including some in the UK.
The iPhone has a 2532×1170 resolution with a Super Retina XDR display. It also supports Dolby Vision, HLG, and HDR10 – and according to Apple is its brightest display ever.
The display also “goes beyond glass” according to Apple, using a screen technology called “Ceramic Shield” which used a nano-ceramic crystal matrix to make the screen “tougher than any smartphone glass”.
According to the company it is 11% thinner, 15% smaller, and 16% lighter than the iPhone 11.
The opening speech of Apple’s iPhone section has gone to Verizon’s CEO Hans Vestberg, talking about the locations where the company is providing 5G coverage.
A new feature called Intercom works across HomePod devices, but also everything else with Siri – allows messages to be transmitted throughout the hoe to iPhones, iPads, Apple Watches and more.
Is that worth the investment? We’ll have to wait and see what the retail cost is…
It has a full-range dynamic driver and two passive radiators for bass response, and – as the spherical design suggests – it has 360 degree sound courtesy of acoustic waveguide.
Tim Cook confirms that a new HomePod device is being launched. It definitely matches the leaks.
Rumours and purported leaks suggest Apple will also be released a spherical HomePod Mini in red and black designs.
Another rumour suggests Apple will be introducing a MagSafe wireless charger. iPhones have had an integrated wireless charging feature since the iPhone 8.
Over-the-ear AirPods have also been rumoured, although contradictory claims suggest these might not be released until 2021. Just under 20 minutes until we find out!
Less than 30 minutes to go now until we get our first glimpse of Apple’s first 5G iPhones!
It has long been rumoured that the iPhone 12 will be sold without headphones, a charger or a plug adaptor in the box.
Not including this extras in the box might only save the company a few dollars – Apple’s store offers these accessories for less than £40.
But crucially, they could also reduce the company’s electronics waste footprint, and reduce the amount of packaging around new iPhones expected to be released this September.
Earlier this year, the European Parliament called for all mobile phone makers to introduce a standard charger which would work across all phones and tablets.
Perhaps the most novel addition to the company’s rumoured line-up are the Apple AirTags – similar to the Tile Bluetooth trackers.
These are dongles or physical trackers that can be added to a keyring or other items and located using an app.
Particularly exciting is the idea of an augmented reality tracker, which would enable users to open their iPhone and get an overlay of where the tag is located.
It could be particularly handy for the age-old problem of not knowing where you left your keys.
But even if the tag has been left further afield, there are suggestions it could be located by other iPhones through Apple’s “Find My” app mesh network.
Apple’s shares are trading just under $124 each ahead of the event, well up from the low of $107 they hit in September. They had slumped following the company’s event that month. Will today deliver what they’re looking for?
This suggests the firm will make a big deal out of the inclusion of Apple Silicon – or its in-house developed computer chips – as it did in September for the A14 Bionic, available in the iPad Air 4.
The chip was described as “by far the most advanced we’ve ever made” with transistors so small they “challenge the laws of physics” with about 11.8 billion on a single chip.
It is the first time such a chip has been announced in any product line other than the iPhone, potentially due to the delayed release date the company warned investors about earlier this year.
Apple says the iPad Air 4 is three times faster than the top-selling Android tablet, and six times faster than the top-selling Chromebook.
Apple is expected to unveil four devices in three different sizes in the iPhone 12 range.
They are rumoured to include super-fast 5G wireless connectivity for the first time, with the models going on sale on 23 October.
The smallest device is expected to have a 5.4-inch screen, two will measure 6.1 inches, and the biggest will have a mammoth 6.7-inch display.
The biggest version and one of the 6.1-inch models are expected to be higher-end devices with the latest technology, potentially called the iPhone 12 Pro range.
They are expected to keep the triple-lens housing which debuted with the iPhone 11 Pro, while the regular and smaller models will have a dual-lens set-up at the rear.
It isn’t clear what the smaller iPhone 12 will be called, but there have been suggestions it might be named the iPhone 12 mini.
The company showed off a range of new gadgets including Apple Watches and iPads back in its September event, but for the first time in years didn’t release a new iPhone that month.
The marquee new feature is a pulse oximeter which allows the wearable to detect blood oxygen levels by using red and infrared light to measure the colour of wearers’ blood.
This will be used with researchers in three studies focusing on respiratory diseases, including asthma and COVID-19.
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