iPhone 12 and 5G: What today’s event means for your next Apple device

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Apple is set to introduce its first 5G phones in October. Don’t worry, there won’t be huge bezels on the sides of the screen like this older iPhone.


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Apple’s latest tease: “Hi, Speed.” 5G speed, that is. The company is gearing up to introduce its iPhone 12 lineup on Tuesday, and the biggest new feature is likely to be something commonly found in Android smartphones; next-generation 5G cellular connectivity

The new version of wireless networks started rolling out across the globe last year and picked up speed in 2020. Virtually all new Android phones arriving in the US today offer 5G, and the country’s biggest carriers have been talking nonstop about the connectivity. Now that Apple is jumping into the fray with its 5G-enabled iPhone 12 models, the

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Apple Unveils Latest Smartphone With 5G Network, Better Camera, New Design, More Power, Magnets

KEY POINTS

  • Apple’s newest smartphone boasts across-the-board improvements, with special attention paid to 5G capacity, processing power and the camera
  • Prices range from $700 to $1,100, with preorders starting Friday and reaching full availability in September
  • Apple has partnered with Verizon to build a nation-wide 5G network, although some remain skeptical they can deliver on promises due to the U.S.’s lagging infrastructure

Apple has announced the iPhone 12, complete with 5G networking, more processing power, enhanced durability and better cameras. Apple also announced its new Homepod mini speaker, the newest addition to its line of home integration products.

A partnership with Verizon will enable the new model’s 5G connectivity as Verizon unveils its nationwide 5G network.

The iPhone 12 mini will start at $700, with the standard model starting at $800. The pro version will begin at $1,000, with the pro max starting at $1,100.

Preorders begin Friday for the

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Apple unveils its flagship 5G phones, the iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max

At Apple’s iPhone event on Tuesday, the company introduced a range of new phones, led by the just-announced flagships: the iPhone 12 Pro, starting at $999, and iPhone 12 Pro Max, starting at $1099. The new 5G-ready devices sport an all-screen Super Retina XDR display, the A14 Bionic chip, a Ceramic Shield front cover, LiDAR Scanner, and of course, the iPhone line’s best camera system.

iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max will be available in 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB configurations and four stainless steel finishes, including graphite, silver, gold, and pacific blue.

5G, of course, will be one of the bigger selling points for the devices as the new technology will boost speeds, meaning faster downloads and uploads, higher quality streaming, more responsive gaming and faster responses in apps, among other things.

Of course, some of the immediate demand for new 5G phones may be tempered by the

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No, Apple AirTags weren’t announced today. We can still hope for November though

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Will we ever get AirTags?


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Apple’s Oct. 13 virtual event has come and gone. We got a slate of new devices — the iPhone 12, iPhone 12 MiniiPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max, as well as the HomePod Mini smart speaker. But we’re still without the tech giant’s long-rumored smart tracker tag competitor, thought to be called AirTags. 

We’re crossing our fingers that AirTags might finally make their grand entrance at Apple’s rumored November event, when the tech giant is expected to announce the first Mac laptop with Apple silicon. Otherwise, it might not happen until March 2021, by tech analyst Jon Prosser’s estimations.

The AirTag tech was hinted at in the code for iOS 13 last summer, but rumors were circulating even before that

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Apple iPhone 12 with 5G, HomePod Mini and more: Everything announced today

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This story is part of Apple Event, our full coverage of the latest news from Apple headquarters.

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 on Tuesday, the first major revamp of the iPhone’s design since 2017’s iPhone X, which introduced face unlocking and better screen technology. This year they sport an array of colors, more models and 5G wireless support across the lineup. In addition to the HomePod Mini smart speaker, we were treated to the MagSafe wireless charging system for the iPhone and a stealth release of the $50 Beats Flex wireless headphones.

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 poses potential problems for

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Apple unveils new iPhones for faster 5G wireless networks

In a move that may annoy some consumers, Apple will no longer include charging adapters with new phones. It says that will mean smaller, lighter boxes that are more environmentally friendly to ship. Apple, however, separately sells power adapters that cost about $20 and $50, depending on how fast they charge phones.

Apple has one of the most loyal and affluent customer bases in the world, which has many analysts betting the next wave of phones will sell well. The iPhone remains the foundation of Apple’s business.

Apple boasted about the 5G capabilities and brought in Verizon CEO Hans Vestberg to champion the carrier’s network. 5G is supposed to mean much faster speeds, making it quicker to download movies or games, for instance.

But finding those speeds can be a challenge. While telecom operators have been rolling out 5G networks, significant boosts in speed are still uncommon in much of

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Apple looks to the future with experimental technology

As a rule, Apple doesn’t talk about its future plans. Chief executive Tim Cook dodges questions about the company’s upcoming products and new iPhones are closely guarded until they’re revealed to the world.

But Tuesday’s reveal of the iPhone 12 was a signal of Apple’s future and gave analysts a clear idea of the technologies which Apple sees as crucial to the iPhone.

The most obvious technological leap in the new iPhones was adding 5G connectivity across all of the new devices.

Apple certainly isn’t first to make a 5G smartphone but adding 5G across the range of devices shows that Apple is gambling on the improved download speeds and bandwidth of 5G to hook in customers wishing to use data-intensive apps everywhere they go.

The company is increasingly reliant on revenue from its stable of services such as its music streaming and Apple TV subscriptions. Adding 5G allows customers

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Apple announces first ever handset with new network technology



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Apple has announced 5G iPhones, the first time it has ever integrated the new network technology.

Proponents claim the 5G technology will be both far quicker and more reliable than the existing 4G technology.

While almost all major companies have now released 5G versions of their phones, networks still do not provide full coverage and the technology is yet to be widely available or used. Analysts have suggested that the iPhone’s 5G connection might struggle to fulfil its potential because of the problems with the infrastructure underpinning it.

Tim Cook, Apple’s chief executive, insisted that the company had worked with network carriers to ensure that the network technology would actually work as promised.

He claimed that the technology represented a “step change” that would fundamentally alter the way the iPhone works.

Hans Vestberg, Verizon chief executive, appeared during the live-streamed event to promise that the

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Apple Officially Unveils iPhone 12 5G-Enabled Phones

Apple took the wraps off the iPhone 12, the tech giant’s first smartphones that support 5G wireless technology.

Apple said it has tested the 5G iPhone 12 phones with 100 carriers in 30 regions — and claims it obtained speeds up to 4 Gbps under ideal conditions on networks that use higher-frequency millimeter wave 5G. That said, Apple cautioned that real-world speeds will vary.

“5G just got real,” Verizon CEO Hans Vestberg said at Apple’s virtual product launch event Tuesday from its Cupertino headquarters. Vestberg announced that the telco was activating 5G across the U.S., available to more than 200 million people in 1,800 cities nationwide. Verizon’s 5G Ultra Wideband service (which uses millimeter wave spectrum) is now available in 55 cities, 43 stadiums and arenas, and seven airports.

Apple announced four models of the new smartphone: the iPhone 12 with a 6.1-inch screen (starting at $799); the iPhone 12

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Apple iPhone 12 Pro camera technology designed for serious photographers

The Apple iPhone 12 brings Night Mode to ultrawide and selfie cameras, not just the main camera.

The Apple iPhone 12 brings Night Mode to ultrawide and selfie cameras, not just the main camera.


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Apple is gunning hard for photo and video enthusiasts with its iPhone 12 Pro models, bringing major updates to camera hardware and computational photography software.

Among the changes in the iPhone Pro models are a larger sensor for better low-light performance, new abilities to fuse multiple frames into one shot, better stabilization to counteract your shaky hands and a new lidar sensor for improved autofocus. And on the iPhone 12 Pro Max, the telephoto camera can zoom in better on distant subjects.

The iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Mini, iPhone Pro and iPhone Pro Max debuted at Apple’s iPhone 12 launch event Tuesday. The iPhone 12 (from $799, £799, AU$1,349) and 12

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