The iPhone 12 lineup is expected to be launched by Apple at its October 13th event. Just four days before the official debut, prices and specs for the iPhone 2020 models surfaced on Chinese microblogging site Weibo. The new iPhone family, which is expected to include the iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max, is expected to come with OLED Super Retina XDR screens. The new models are also rumored to have MagSafe branded wireless charging accessories, including an official magnetic carrying case. Separately, some details about the HomePod mini have surfaced on the web.
A Weibo account called Kang, leaked details about the iPhone 12 line that are claimed to be precise by an informant who uses the pseudonym Ice Universe on Twitter. Details include pricing and specifications for new models.
iPhone 12 Series Pricing, Availability (Expected)
The iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 12 are expected to come with a starting price of $699 (approximately Rs. 51,100) and $799 (approximately Rs. 58,400) respectively. Smartphones can come in Black, White, Red, Blue and Green color options. Prices for the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max, on the other hand, are expected to start at $999 (approximately Rs. 73,000) and $1,099 (approximately Rs.80,400), respectively. The devices can come in shades of gold, silver, graphite and blue. The leaked prices are in line with some previous reports. However, a recent report suggested that there could be some increase due to an increase in the bill of materials (BOM).
Along with the pricing and color details, the Weibo post suggested that the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro would go on pre-order from October 16th or 17th, while availability would start on October 23rd or 24th. get into pre-orders from November 6th or 7th, while availability would start on November 13th or 14th. The iPhone 12 Pro Max may be available for pre-orders on November 13th or 14th, while availability may begin on November 20th or 21st.
iPhone 12 Specifications (expected)
Weibo’s post stated that the iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max would come with Super Retina XDR OLED screens and feature a Ceramic Shield glass cover on top. All new iPhone models must also support video recording based on the Dolby Vision standard. Rumor has it that the iPhone 12 family will also have a Smart Data Mode to automatically switch between 4G and 5G networks. The new models are said to offer 15W wireless charging that Apple would call MagSafe – the brand formerly associated with the magnetically attached power connectors of MacBooks. You can also expect a MagSafe branded magnetic carrying case, as well as two wireless chargers under the names MagSafe Charger and MagSafe Duo Charger.
Speaking of differences, the leaked details suggest the iPhone 12 mini will come with a 5.4-inch screen and dual rear cameras – a combination of a wide and ultra wide angle along with an f/1.6 aperture. The iPhone 12 is also said to have an identical camera setup, but comes with a larger 6.1-inch screen. The iPhone 12 Pro may also come with a 6.1-inch screen, but it includes triple rear cameras with a LiDAR sensor. However, the iPhone 12 Pro Max can come with a 6.7-inch screen and a triple rear camera configuration, plus a 47% larger sensor than what could be featured on the iPhone 12 Pro. the high end model has a unique super wide angle camera capability to provide some distinction from other models.
Speculation is that the iPhone 12 family has improved Deep Fusion and Night Mode. All models in the new lineup are expected to support 5G as well, although their US versions support the mmWave 5G band.
HomePod mini price, specifications (expected)
In addition to the iPhone 12 models, the Weibo post suggested that Apple would bring in the HomePod mini for $99 (approximately Rs. 7,200). The new smart speaker is expected to measure 3.3 inches in size and carry an Apple S5 processor. It will go on pre-orders from November 6th or 7th, while its sale may start from November 16th or 17th. Twitter User L0vetodream published that Apple wouldn’t bring the HomePod 2 to markets this year and instead just bring the HomePod mini as its new smart speaker. This appears to be a similar strategy to Google’s which recently brought in Nest Audio as its only smart speaker.
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