iPhone 12 Series, HomePod Mini leaked in images hours before Apple’s launch event

Deepak Gupta
Deepak Gupta January 10, 2022
Updated 2022/01/10 at 12:44 AM

The iPhone 12 series was leaked showing the colors ahead of its launch at Apple’s ‘Hi, Speed’ event today. Established insider Evan Blass shared front and back panel images of all four previously expected iPhone 12 models – the iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max. In addition, Blass also shared images of the HomePod mini – a smaller, updated version of the company’s original HomePod – which is also due out today. While the screenshots don’t reveal everything about the devices, we don’t have much time for Apple’s official reveal.

iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max screenshots

The images leaked by Blass confirm what was leaked earlier – the iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 12 have dual rear camera settings, while the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max have triple rear camera settings. All four carry the same big screen slot that Apple has embraced since the iPhone X in 2017.

Previous leaks have pointed to the iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 12 featuring a wide and ultra wide angle as their two rear cameras, while the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max include a LiDAR sensor. The iPhone 12 mini must have a 5.4-inch screen, the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro 6.1-inch screens, and finally the iPhone 12 Pro Max a 6.7-inch screen.

All four are expected to be powered by the Apple A14 Bionic SoC we saw earlier in the latest iPad Air and offer performance and battery improvements over their predecessors. Of course, Apple should also finally join the 5G club with the iPhone 12 series, although not all models can support the faster mmWave technology.

While the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini are available in Black, Blue, Green, Red and White color variants, the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max family is available in Blue, Gold, Graphite and Silver color variants.

HomePod mini images

As mentioned, Blass too shared images of the HomePod mini, a smaller version of the HomePod that Apple released in 2017. Previous leaks and patent filings indicated that Apple would bring a light-emitting touch panel into the HomePod mini, and Blass’ images seem to confirm this. While it has retained the look and feel of the original HomePod mesh speaker, the more rounded design makes it look quite similar to Amazon’s new almost completely spherical Echo Dot.

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HomePod mini is seen in Space Gray and White color variants
Photo credit: Voice/ Evan Blass

The Siri-powered smart speaker should also bring features like improved HomeKit support, thanks to the presence of a U1 chip and Ultra Wideband connectivity. The image above also shows the new touch panel, which can light up when Siri is activated.

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