This has been a year of virtual events, and Apple just ended the ‘Hi, Speed’ event. The company has pulled the packaging from the long-awaited iPhone 12 series which includes the iPhone 12 mini. All the new iPhones support 5G and are equipped with an OLED screen. Apple has also launched the new HomePod mini, MagSafe charging and Beats Flex wireless headphones.
HomePod mini ̵
1; New spherical design, affordable price
Apple has expanded its audio offering with the new HomePod mini. The latest HomePod comes with a spherical design, and thanks to the $ 99 price tag, it competes directly with smart speakers from Google and Amazon.
The HomePod mini features seven tweeters and a 4-inch subwoofer. Apple says they offer 360-degree sound using down-affire woofer and passive radiators. Furthermore, the HomePod mini is smaller at 3.3 inches in height as opposed to the HomePod which stands at 6.8 inches. Other features include Siri for voice command, multi-profile support and stereo audio setup.
iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini-OLED screen, 5G support
Apple has pulled the wrappers from the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini at the event. The iPhone 12 displays an OLED screen and offers 5G connectivity. The design and a fairly reasonable price tag will help to appease buyers.
The iPhone 12 mini is equipped with a 5.4-inch Super Retina display and the iPhone 12 a 6.1-inch screen. The on-screen features include HDR 10, Dolby Vision, and a notch for Face ID. Under the hood is Apple’s latest A14 Bionic chip, which promises a 30 percent increase in performance. Camera options include a dual rear camera setup with 12MP ultra-wide shooter and a 12MP primary sensor with OIS. Apple says the iPhone 12 is capable of recording better low-light videos.
iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max – Larger screen, new design, LiDAR scanner
Apple’s top line iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro Max come with a new design. The iPhone 12 Pro Max now comes with a larger 6.7-inch screen, and so does the iPhone 12 Pro with a 6.1-inch screen. Furthermore, the screen is protected by a ceramic shield cover which is expected to improve significantly in case of failure.
The iPhone 12 Pro offers major improvements in camera details. Both the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max have a triple camera setup at the back with the much-reputed LiDAR scanner. The rear camera unit has 12MP primary shooter, wide lens, 12MP telephoto lens with 2.5x optical zoom. Apple will not pack EarPods and wall chargers with the iPhone 12 Pro series to minimize environmental waste.
Apple has reintroduced MagSafe Charging on the new iPhone 12. The MagSafe charger is a circular shaped pad that adjusts with magnetic pins on the back of the iPhone 12. It supports a charging speed of up to 15 W, making it the fastest way to charge a wireless iPhone. Apple also offers a range of accessories based on MagSafe, and this includes a dual charger that can charge the Apple Watch.
Beats Flex Wireless Headphones: Affordable Beats Wireless Headphones with W1 chip and USB-C
Apple has released an update of BeatsX headphones. Beats Flex is priced at $ 49 and is powered by Apple’s W1 chip. The earplugs are connected with a flex-shaped cable that rolls easily and consists of Nitinol. It comes with in-ear detection and a nominal 12-hour battery backup.