Apple October Event Wrap Up

Apple October Event Wrap Up

Apple held a special event earlier today which was streamed from their campus in Cupertino. As was predicted, Apple used this event to unveil the latest crop of iPhones, but they made a couple other announcements as well. First up was the new HomePod mini. The $99 spherical smarthome device integrates with CarPlay, AirPods, other HomePods, and existing iOS devices to create a virtual home intercom system. It also integrates with existing smarthome devices to put Siri at the center of your home. HomePod mini is available for pre-order on November 6th with the first units shipping on November 16th.

On to the iPhones… most of the rumors were correct. Apple released 4 new handsets that collectively make up the iPhone 12 line. They are the 5.4″ iPhone 12 mini, 6.1″ iPhone 12, 6.1″ iPhone 12 Pro, and 6.7″ iPhone 12 Pro Max. Prices will start at $699, $799, $999, and $1099 respectively. All four are 5G capable and feature Apple’s A14 Bionic CPU. Additionally all four handsets feature all-new optical zoom cameras. The iPhone 12 & 12 mini have a 2X optical zoom while the 12 Pro adds a 4X zoom and the 12 Pro Max boasts a 5X zoom. They also come in various colors and feature Apple’s new MagSafe charging technology (more about that later). The iPhone 12 and 12 Pro pre-orders start this week. The iPhone 12 mini and 12 Pro Max pre-orders start on November 6th. All models are expected to ship before the holidays.

Additionally, a few less glamorous announcements happened during the event. Verizon unveiled their new 5G nationwide network, stating it will bring 5G connectivity to 200,000,000 subscribers across the US. The MagSafe charging mentioned earlier is not just about chargers. It’s actually a line of accessories that includes cases and wallets. Finally, Apple told consumers their removing the wall wart and headphones from the box on new iPhones. While that’s not surprising, it is kind of a bummer.

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