Here's everything we expect to see at Apple's big iPhone event

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Apple is hosting a big event on October 13th, and the new iPhone 12 line is expected to be the main attraction.
It will be an important launch for Apple as some analysts say it could be the company's biggest upgrade cycle in years.
Several other products are rumored to be in Apple's pipeline, but this event is expected to focus entirely on the iPhone.
The only exception could be the introduction of a cheaper new HomePod speaker.
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Apple announced two new Apple Watches last month, but it's far from finished when it comes to new product launches for the year.
The company is hosting an event on October 13th that is expected to showcase four new iPhones and possibly a new HomePod.
The iPhone 12 launch is expected to be the main attraction during the big Apple event. Apple usually launches its new smartphones in September but had to postpone its iPhone debut due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
This year's release is expected to be especially big for Apple. Some analysts expect this to be an important upgrade cycle as the millions of iPhones in use around the world keep getting older - meaning they are ripe for upgrade.
Daniel Ives, an analyst at Wedbush Securities, estimates that 40% of Apple's active installed base have not updated their iPhones in 3.5 years.
"So you have a massive backlog in the installed base that is entering a 5G transformation product cycle," Ives told Business Insider. "So that's why I see it as really almost the perfect storm of demand for Apple."
Here's a closer look at what we expect from Apple's upcoming launch event.
The iPhone 12 series
The star of the show will be Apple's new iPhone family, which is expected to consist of four models: a 5.4-inch iPhone 12 "mini", a 6.1-inch standard iPhone 12, a 6.1-inch iPhone Inch iPhone 12 Pro and a 6.7 inch iPhone 12 Pro max. This has emerged from various leaks and reports last year from TF International Securities analysts Ming-Chi Kuo, Bloomberg's Mark Gurman and Debby Wu, and most recently from a leak known as "Kang".
All models are expected to support 5G connectivity and are slated to feature a new design inspired by the flat stainless steel edges of the iPad Pro. Each phone also comes with screens that use OLED technology, which offers greater contrast and deeper blacks. Such screens are usually reserved only for Apple's high-end Pro-iPhone models.
Apple can also add a LiDAR sensor to the iPhone 12 Pro Max, a sensor that can help the iPhone better understand its surroundings and improve performance in augmented reality apps. This sensor is already present on Apple's newest iPad Pro.
Apple's stance on 5G
Apple CEO Tim Cook said in January 2020 that 5G was still in its early stages.
"In terms of 5G, we are in the early stages of its global rollout worldwide," Cook told analysts on the company's earnings calls in early 2020.
Although phone manufacturers like Samsung have launched several 5G-enabled phones, the network is still far from widespread. For example, Verizon's 5G network is only available in just over 30 cities in the United States. And even in these cities, 5G is only found in certain areas. There are also large parts of the United States that are not covered by AT & T's 5G network, as the company's coverage map shows.
With the introduction of 5G as the main feature of the new iPhone, Apple needs to communicate the benefits of the technology while managing customer expectations, says Gene Munster, long-time Apple observer and managing partner at Loup Ventures.
"Consumers won't run out of new phones because they're 5G," Munster told Business Insider. "They're going to buy new phones because a lot of them, the pool of really old phones, keep growing."
Possibly a cheaper new HomePod
It is rumored that several new products are in Apple's pipeline, including a pair of premium over-ear headphones and a Bluetooth tracking accessory called AirTags. Apple had already announced that it would introduce its first Mac computer on Apple silicon, its proprietary processor, before the end of 2020.
However, analysts don't expect a strong presence of these products at Apple's October 13th event as the company is likely to want to keep its focus on the new iPhones.
The only exception may be a more affordable new version of Apple's HomePod smart speaker. The leaker Kang, who is said to have a strong track record in coverage of upcoming Apple products, recently said the company could launch a $ 99 HomePod during its October 13 event.
Bloomberg previously reported that a smaller, more affordable HomePod was in the works, and also said that both the HomePod and over-ear headphones could hit the market as early as this month. However, the report did not specify whether these devices could be featured at the event.
Overall, Apple's new iPhone range is expected to be front and center.
"You could point out some of the innovations on the horizon," said Ives. "But they don't want to take anything away from this event."
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