Apple Launched Their Latest iPhone 12 Lineup & HomePod Mini

It was no surprise that Apple put their best foot forward and provided some major upgrades to their new iPhone 12 lineup.

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iPhone 12 Pro specs and features that were announced at today’s Apple Event. | Photo by Apple

The Apple Event started with their latest HomePod mini. It’s an elegant, smart speaker with improved Siri accuracy. The new smart speaker is now competing with smaller smart speakers such as Google Home and Amazon Echo devices.

The starting price tag will begin at $99, offering a truly immersive experience with your other Apple product devices. The smart speaker will come with Apple’s new S5 chip known for their computational audio and intelligent assistant.

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HomePod Mini specs and features offering an immersive experience according to Apple. | Photo by Apple

Along with the smaller build form factor, there will be an intercom feature where you’re able to connect your Apple Carplay to pass along real-time voice memos to your family members with your HomePod Mini and Apple watch.

The device is very family-friendly and will recognize multiple voices to provide a more personalized response.

The stereo pairing feature will allow you to move from different rooms without having to stop your audio and it’ll create a seamless connectivity experience.

Pre-ordering will start November 6th, 2020 and it’ll be available in-stores November 16th, 2020.

The Latest iPhone 12 Lineup

The new iPhone 12 will come in five new stunning colors, it’ll offer great 5G capabilities and a new Super Retina XDR display.

Apple CEO Tim Cook said, “today is the beginning of a new era for iPhone,” in reference to the latest 5G internet data speeds.

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The iPhone 12 has a 6.1-inch screen and will start at $799 with 128GB of storage. Apple introduced a new feature call ‘MagSafe’ which offers users better connectivity to wireless charging. The innovative new feature will come with an ecosystem of easy-to-attach accessories to deliver a unique experience to the iPhone. According to Apple, “MagSafe chargers efficiently provide up to 15W of power while still accommodating existing Qi-enabled devices.”

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The new iPhone 12 will have a ceramic shield screen that offers 4x the protection of previous models. | Photo by Apple

Both the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini will offer the same specs in terms of storage, colors, the latest A14 Bionic chip, and Dual 12MP camera operating systems.

The main difference between the two devices would be the screen size, resolution, battery life, and price.

The iPhone 12 mini is priced at $699 with a 5.4-inch screen and offers up to 15 hours of playback video time, 10 hours of streamed video playback, and up to 50 hours of audio playback.

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iPhone 12 mini vs iPhone 12 power and battery differences. | Photo by Apple

While the iPhone 12 will offer two extra hours of video playback, one hour of streamed video playback, and 15 hours extra of audio playback.

Unfortunately, we will continue to have the same lightning connector on all the new iPhone 12 models but the cable will be USB-C to Lightning, however, no wall-adapter will be provided in the box.

The iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 12 will come with a splash, water, and dust resistant of a rated IP68 which provides a maximum depth of 6 meters up to 30 minutes.

iPhone 12 Mini & iPhone 12 Camera Specs

The dual 12MP camera system offers an Ultra Wide and Wide camera lens.

Ulta Wide camera lens specs:

  • f-2.4 aperture and 120-degree field of view.

Wide camera lens specs:

  • f-1.6 aperture, 2x optical zoom out, digital zoom up to 5x
  • Portrait mode with advanced bokeh (depth of field) and depth control

iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max — Best Features

The biggest specs of the new iPhone 12 Pro and the iPhone Pro Max are the camera lens which now includes a LiDAR sensor similar to the one on the iPad Pro 2020 models.

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iPhone 12 Pro Max new gold color features three camera lens (telephoto, wide, and ultra wide) | Photo by Apple

The iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max will come in four finishing colors — Pacific Blue, Gold, Silver, and Graphite. The devices have an f-1.6 wide camera with 27% more light, a new LiDAR that autofocuses 6x faster in low light, and according to Apple, it will take 87% better low-light photos by offering more detail.

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But the most impressive feature will be the Dolby Vision where you’ll have access to recording 60 times more colors and it’s going to offer a 10-bit HDR video and even edit the Dolby Vision video. This feature will certainly bring about a new wave of filmmakers.

Overall, the camera and filmmaking capabilities should not disappoint users and now there will be a new form of looking at smartphone cameras.

Whether you’re considering any of these devices, you can’t go wrong with your choice. It all depends on what you’re looking for from your phone — whether that’s a budget-friendly compact phone, a well-rounded affordable phone that has a 6.1-inch screen, or the largest phone Apple can offer.

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The entire iPhone lineup with price reductions on the previous models. | Photo by Apple

The options are endless but keep in mind that the previous iPhone models now have their prices reduced, starting at $399 for their cheapest phone. Would you consider buying any of the iPhone 12 phones or HomePod mini?

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