iPhone 12 launch event to be held today, here’s what you need to know

Apple is set to launch its much-awaited iPhone 12 today at its “Hi, Speed event”. At today’s event, Apple is expected to not just bring out one or two but four new iPhone models.

The event will be virtual just like its September event where the Cupertino-based company unveiled its new smartwatches, iPad models and a subscription bundle called the Apple One. All the iPhone’s launched in today’s events would be under iPhone 12 branding and would offer 5G support.

The usual “one more thing” announcement can also be expected that could be related to the HomePod speaker or over-the-ear headphones.

The Event Timing

The event will begin at 10 am PDT (10.30 pm IST) today. The difference between this event and all the other Apple-based events is that this one will be hosted virtually from the Apple Park. It will be streamed live through the dedicated Apple Events site as well as YouTube.

You can also watch the event here.

iPhone 12 features

According to the Weibo leak, there will be four models in the iPhone 12 series. These will be called iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max. All of them will be having OLED displays. 5G is expected to be present in all these models, something that has been heavily rumoured for a while now.

Apple will also provide a Smart Data Mode that will allow the new iPhone models to switch between 4G and 5G. In the US, the top model in the series will have the mmWave 5G band while the rest of the models in the US and all of them globally, will have the sub-6GHz band for 5G networks.

The iPhone 12 will also speculated to be introduced with Deep Fusion and enhanced Night Mode capabilities.

iPhone 12 Specifications

According to the leak, the iPhone will come with 15W wireless charging support under the MagSafe moniker. To promote and popularise its MagSafe technology, available on Mac computers, Apple will also launch magnetic cases for new iPhone models, called MagSafe Charger and MagSafe Duo Charger.

Talking about the camera, iPhone 12 range is going to be significantly diverse. The leak has suggested that the iPhone 12 mini with a 5.4-inch screen will have a wide-angle camera and an ultrawide-angle camera in a dual setup. These cameras will also be available on a 6.1-inch display model.

The iPhone 12 will also scalper a 6.1-inch display but with an extra third sensor with LiDAR capabilities. Lastly, the iPhone 12 Pro Max will be extra on the hardware and carry a 6.7-inch display, along with a better ultrawide-angle camera and a 47 percent larger sensor than the one expected on the iPhone 12 Pro.

The Price of iPhone 12

As per the Weibo leak, in the US the iPhone 12 mini will reportedly start at $699 (₹51,314.99). iPhone 12 can cost $799 (₹58,656.19). Both of them will be available in Black, White, Red, Blue, and Green colours.

The iPhone 12 Pro, will be more expensive at a speculated price of $999 (₹73,338.59) for the base variant. Lastly, the iPhone 12 Pro Max will be available at $1099 (₹80,678.79). The colours offered for these two would be Gold, Silver, Graphite, and Blue.

About the availability, the leak suggests an October timeline for the iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 12. According to it, the iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 12 will go on pre-orders on October 16 or 17 but the shipping will start only around October 23, 2020. The premium iPhone models, iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max will be available for the pre-ordering by November 13 or 14. Their shipping will begin from November 20 or 21.

What else can be speculated to be launched at the event?

Apple is speculated to launch a HomePod mini at today’s event. The launched technology would be a trimmed-down version of the HomPod smart speaker that sells for about ₹20,000 in India.

According to the leak, the HomePod mini might end up costing around $99 in the US. Although it translates to ₹7,267.79 in Indian Rupees, it is not the price on which the product would be launched in the country. The Indian price is expected to be ₹10,000 or ₹12,000.

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