Apple unveils iPhone 12 Pro and Homepod mini

During the October 13th virtual event, Apple unveiled this year's new iPhone lineup powered by iOS 14.1, OLED displays and 5G capabilities, which includes alongside with iPhone 12, iPhone 12 mini, two more iPhones calls “the Pro models”, with a new flat-edged design, protected by the new Ceramic Shield cover that replaces the standard cover glass and delivers four times better drop performance, and a new smart speaker called HomePod mini.


iPhone 12 Pro

The pro version of iPhone 12 is powered by the new Apple A14 Bionic (5 nm) hex-core processor which, according to Apple, is 15% faster than the A13, and 50% faster than the fastest competing smartphone processors, and feature a 6.1-inch Super Retina XDR OLED display with 460 pixels per inch density, a resolution of 2532 × 1170, HDR10 support, True Tone, and Haptic Touch feedback same the regular iPhone 12.

iPhone 12 Pro has a triple rear camera as well as a LiDAR scanner. The camera system consists of the same 12 MP wide and 12 MP ultrawide camera found on the iPhone 12, alongside with a third 12 MP telephoto camera(ƒ/2.0 aperture), supports 4x optical zoom range, and up to 10x Digital zoom. These three cameras have support for the Dual optical image stabilization, Night and portrait mode, the new Apple ProRAW photo format (coming later this year for the Pro and Pro Max models, Apple says), Deep Fusion, Smart HDR 3 with scene detection, HDR video recording with Dolby Vision at 30 fps, 4K video recording at up to 60 fps, and slow motion video support at 1080p up to 240fps, cinematic video stabilization (for 4K, 1080p and 720p), playback zoom, support for capturing 8-megapixel still photos while recording 4K video and Stereo recording, and the selfie camera is a 12 MP wide camera (ƒ/2.2 aperture) similar to that of the iPhone 12.


The battery in iPhone 12 provides up to 17 hours of video playback, 11 hours of streaming video playback, or 65 hours of audio playback, and supports fast charging, allowing you to charge 50 percent in 30 minutes using a 20W power adapter (sold separately), Qi wireless charging up to 7.5W, and wireless charging up to 15W using the new MagSafe accessory.


The new iPhone also comes with Face ID facial recognition biometric authentication, IP68 water and dust resistance, Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.0, VoLTE and Wi-Fi Calling support, the Ultra Wideband chip (U1), FaceTime HD video calling (at 1080p) over 5G or Wi-Fi, and without the power adapter and Earpods that Apple eliminated from this year's models as well as the Apple Watch Series 6 and the rest of the iPhones currently on sale.


iPhone 12 is available in Silver, Graphite, Gold, and Pacific Blue color options, and in three storage options 128 GB, 256 GB, 512 GB, with a price starts at $999 in the US.


iPhone 12 Pro Max

The last phone that Apple unveiled at this event is the iPhone 12 Pro max, that comes with a big 6.7-inch Super Retina XDR OLED display (458 ppi density, and 2778 × 1284 resolution) with the same performance, and display characteristics as the Pro model, and better cameras as they supports up to 5x optical zoom range, and 12x Digital zoom, Sensor-shift optical image stabilization. The battery in this iPhone can provide Up to 20 hours of video playback, 12 hours of streaming video playback, or 80 hours of audio playback, which supports fast and wireless charging with the same capacity as iPhone 12 Pro.


iPhone 12 mini is available in the same color (Silver, Graphite, Gold, and Pacific Blue) and storage (128 GB, 256 GB and 512 GB) options as the iPhone 12 for a price starts at $1099 in the US.

HomePod Mini

Apple announces as well a new affordable version of the HomePod smart speaker named “HomePod mini”. This new speaker comes with a spherical design, and has 3.3-inches in high and 3.9-inches in wide, and weight only 0.76 pounds (ca. 345 gram).


HomePod mini is designed to work with Apple Music, Podcasts and radio stations from iHeartRadio, and TuneIn, and support for more services will be added later in the coming months including Pandora and Amazon Music, as Apple says.


The HomePod mini has “Siri” integration, and equipped by the Apple S5 chip that Analyze the music characteristics, and apply tuning models to improve loudness, adjust dynamic range and control the movement of the driver and passive radiators in real time.The full-range driver uses powerful neodymium magnets to deliver deep and high bass.


Multiple HomePod mini speakers can work together to stream music or podcasts to multiple rooms, and you can also place two HomePod mini speakers in the same room, to create a stereo pair that can hold a spacious sound area.

The HomePod mini is available in White and Space Gray colors for $99 in the US.




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