Apple has already held the second autumn presentation for 2020, which showed new products, the main of which, of course, was the new iPhone 12 line-up. and the difficulties caused by it. It is necessary to understand what exactly Apple showed, in order.
Apple HomePod Mini
The first product that Apple showed was the new affordable Smart HomePod Mini speaker. The speaker looks like a small sphere, slightly cut at the top, and its coating is very reminiscent of what was in the original HomePod. Volume control is organized on the top panel.
The Apple S5 chipset, which runs last year’s Apple Watch Series 5 smart watch and this year’s Apple Watch SE, is responsible for the model’s operation. The model is equipped with one driver and two passive radiators. The new speaker, like the large HomePod, has a “computational audio” function to adjust the volume depending on the size of the room, the measurements are updated 180 times per second.
As with the large HomePod, it is possible to create a stereo pair or synchronize multiple speakers, which are located in different rooms. The speakers also have a U1 chip to connect to and interact with the iPhone. Support for Apple Music, Apple Podcasts, iHeartRadio, Radio.com, Tuneln, Pandora and Amazon is expected in the near future.
The speaker also has the support of Siri voice assistant and allows you to set reminders, control music playback, learn the weather forecast and do many other useful things just by voice. The HomePod Mini is, of course, part of the HomeKit. You can also use the HomePod Mini as an intercom.
HomePod Mini works with iPhone, iPad, CarPlay and Apple Watch. The column will cost $ 99, pre-order can be ordered on November 6, the start of sales is scheduled for November 16. The speaker will be available in white and dark gray.
iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Mini
One of the main features of the new iPhone was the support of fifth-generation networks, and this is the aspect that Apple has devoted the most time. We were told that the iPhone can now reach 4.0 GB / s for download and 200 Mb / s for data download.
First of all, we were shown the available iPhone 12. The model will be available in red, yellow, blue, green and black. The frame of the model, as expected, is flat and made in the spirit of iPhone 4 and iPad Pro. The model will have a thinner frame than its direct predecessor, the iPhone 11.
Unlike the iPhone 11, the model will be equipped with an OLED display developed by Apple. The PPI of the iPhone 12 is 460, while the iPhone 11 was 328. There is support for Dolby Vision, HLG and HDR10. The display resolution is 2532 x 1170.
The new iPhone 12 will be responsible for the flagship 5-nanometer chipset Apple A14 Bionic with 5G support. It has 40 percent more transistors than the Apple A13. The model will have 6 processor cores and four graphics cores. The neuromotor will have 16 nuclei, which is twice as many as before.
One of the main innovations was the smartphone camera. There is a dual main camera with a main module of 12 MP and an aperture of f / 2.4, as well as an ultra-wide module of 12 MP with a viewing angle of 120 degrees and an aperture of f / 2.4.
The wide-angle module will include 7 lenses. One of the main features of the camera should be the Smart HDR 3 mode. There should also be support for night mode for the front camera. There was also a night time lapse and a portrait in low light.
The new iPhone 12 will support QI wireless charging. The company will release several cases that will be attached to the wireless charging station with magnets.
Interestingly, Apple uses MagSafe branding, which happened for the first time since 2015, when it abandoned this technology in the MacBook. Power up to 15W is supported. The company has released a new wireless charging station specifically for charging iPhone and Apple Watch using MagSafe.
As expected, there will be no charger in the box with the iPhone. The company boasted that it managed to reduce the size of the box by 70 percent. Models will only come with a Lightning to USB-C cable.
A completely new model was the compact iPhone 12 Mini, which replaced the iPhone 7, iPhone 8 and other small iPhone models. iPhone 12 Mini also received a OLED display Super Retina XDR, although the diagonal is 5.4 inches. Both models support video recording in 4K 60 fps and have protection against moisture and dust according to the IP68 standard.
iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max
The iPhone 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max also came in iPhone 4 and iPad Pro-style designs. The models received basic triple cameras and LiDAR sensors. The models will be available in silver, gray, gold and blue. The models will also have IP68 and MagSafe protection.
The iPhone 12 Pro will be available in a 6.1-inch diagonal, and the iPhone 12 Pro Max in a 6.7-inch diagonal. The company compared them with previous models.
Both models will run on the Apple A14 Bionic chipset. Deep Fusion technology will be supported by all four cameras, including the front. The smartphones have a main triple camera of 12 MP (ultra-wide sensor with an aperture of f / 1.6), the iPhone 12 Pro will be available 4x optical zoom, and the iPhone 12 Pro Max – 5x optical zoom.
The models will support optical stabilization, which will work by shifting the sensor. The new stabilization is expected to be 5 times better than last year.
Shooting in the new Apple ProRAW format will be available, which will allow you to work better with the material at the post-processing stage. A third-party API for Apple ProRAW is expected to be released.
Models will be able to shoot video in HDR 10 bits, there is also support for Dolby Vision HDR. You can edit in Dolby Vision format directly from your smartphone.
The new models will also support LiDAR, which is already available in the iPad Pro. This sensor helps when shooting, and also allows you to scan the room and recognize objects. In addition, it helps to focus automatically in low light.
New iPhone 12 Pro commercial:
Prices and conclusions
iPhone 12 Mini will cost from 699 dollars, and iPhone 12 – from 799 dollars (we are talking about versions with 64 GB of internal memory). The iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max will get 128 GB in the launch version and will cost between $ 999 and $ 1,099, respectively.
At the same time, the company has reduced prices for the iPhone XR and iPhone 11 – they will cost from $ 499 and $ 599, respectively. Sales of iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro are scheduled for October 23, iPhone Pro Max and iPhone 12 Mini – November 13.
The presentation turned out to be interesting and high quality. The iPhone 12 Mini and iPhone 12 have become quite interesting models, and the latter should become the most popular. The flagship models did not receive a significant update, although it was pleased with the significant improvement of the cameras and more memory in the launch versions.