iPhone 12 event live blog: Last-minute leaks and all the news

The most anticipated tech event of the year is finally upon us. Kicking off today (October 13) at 10 a.m. PT/1 p.m. ET, Apple’s “Hi, Speed” showcase will finally see the reveal of the iPhone 12 as well as a handful of other long-awaited Apple gadgets.

Now that last month’s Time Flies event has taken the wraps off of the Apple Watch 6 and iPad Air 4, we’re expecting Apple’s fleet of 5G phones to take center stage today. And it could be joined by exciting new audio and smart home products. Here’s a quick look at what to expect:

iPhone 12: Apple’s new phone is expected to come in four variations, each complete with OLED screens and 5G support. While the iPhone 12 mini will likely be a popular pick for many, we could also see an iPhone 12 Pro range with 120Hz displays and advanced LiDAR sensors.

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iPhone 12 last-minute leak just revealed huge camera upgrades

Up until now, most of the iPhone 12 rumors have centered around the sizes, prices and key specs like the A14 Bionic chip and storage. But now the iPhone 12 camera upgrades are coming into focus, and there’s a lot to break down. 

According to leaker Max Weinbach (@Pineleaks), the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro Max will both offer plenty of camera enhancements, from a much better zoom on the regular iPhone 12 models to an improved Night mode on the iPhone 12 Pros. Here’s everything you need to know.

As first spotted by vMacRumors, Weinbach says that the “digital and optical zoom will be getting a massive boost this year.” Because the iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 12 won’t feature a telephoto lens, they’ll have to rely on software. But you can expect “significantly extended digital zoom, both quality and distance wise.”

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Last-minute leak showed Apple’s prices and release dates

As we get closer to the Oct. 13 iPhone 12 launch date, the leaks just keep on coming. The latest, from leaker Kang, confirms that Apple will release four phone sizes within the iPhone 12 lineup, all with 5G support. The leak also touched on price and release date, among other details. We’ve summarized all the rumors and leaks below. Until Tuesday’s virtual Apple event (which you can watch live from home starting at 10 a.m. PT, 1 p.m. ET, 6 p.m. BST), all we can do is speculate.



The current iPhone 11. Angela Lang/CNET


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The current iPhone 11. Angela Lang/CNET

While we usually see new flagship iPhones in September, the COVID-19 outbreak has forced suppliers in China to shut down or operate on limited capacity. This affected not only Apple’s inventory in September, but it may affect sales, too. Apple also closed its US retail stores,

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