How to watch Apple’s iPhone event and what to expect
Apple is expected to unveil the iPhone 12 on October 13th, a month later than usual due to a coronavirus pandemic. The company typically hosts guests and celebrities for its premier product launch of the year at the Steve Jobs Theater on its Cupertino, California campus - but this time virtually.
While Apple (AAPL) previously required you to use the Safari browser to keep track of events and block users on Android and Windows devices, this year the company is giving everyone a chance to tweak.
To see the big show, you can navigate to Apple's YouTube channel and click the tab for Apple Event - October 13th. If you visit the site beforehand, you can even set a reminder to warn you that you need to hit the play button shortly before it starts at 1 p.m. ET on Tuesday.
Now that you know how to watch, here's what you can expect from the show: four new iPhones with 5G connectivity and new designs, a smaller HomePod speaker, Apple's first over-the-ear headphones, and possibly Apple's first laptops with it own processors.
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Four new iPhones
Apple has set itself the task of introducing several new iPhone models at the same time during its fall events. This year it won't be any different - four new iPhones will be introduced.
The phones will come in three sizes, according to a report from 9to5Mac quoting Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo and which is confirmed by both the Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg. The smallest will have a 5.4-inch screen and is dubbed the iPhone 12 mini according to Leaks by Twitter user DuanRui, who posted pictures of what appeared to be product tags for the cases of the new iPhones.
Apple is also expected to launch its iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro, both of which feature 6.1-inch panels. The iPhone 12 Pro Max, meanwhile, will get a giant 6.7-inch screen, the largest for an iPhone to date. Apple's current large-screen model is the 6.5-inch iPhone 11 Pro Max.
CEO Tim Cook presents the new iPhone 11 at an Apple event at its headquarters in Cupertino, California, USA, on September 10, 2019. REUTERS / Stephen Lam
The big news will of course be the addition of 5G cellular technology to the new iPhones. Apple is expected to incorporate 5G into all new phones. This will make them the first to receive high-speed network technology under Apple's banner.
5G promises vastly improved download and upload speeds on smartphones, although networks are not nearly as ubiquitous as current 4G LTE systems that have been built over many years. As a result, users may not see the immediate benefits of 5G in their areas for some time.
According to Bloomberg, the new cell phones will also feature new designs that are more based on the iPhone 5 with angular corners than on the rounded appearance of the last iPhone generations. In order to distinguish the basic models of the iPhone 12 from the Pro versions, Apple will equip them with different housings. The 12 models will have aluminum bodies while the 12 professionals will have stainless steel.
Apple's new iPad Air is equipped with the A14 Bionic processor, which the company is expected to use in its upcoming iPhones. (Photo by Artur Widak / NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Inside, the phones will likely all get Apple's new A14 Bionic processor, the same chips as Apple's latest iPad Air. Usually Apple shows its flagship processor in the iPhone first, but with the phone event delayed, we've already looked at what is sure to be the next iPhone chip.
According to Bloomberg, Apple will equip the Pro models with the same LiDAR sensor as the iPad Air in order to improve the devices' augmented reality functions. This is in addition to the Pro's three cameras for wide-angle, ultra-wide-angle and telephoto shots. The standard iPhone 12s has two cameras and no LiDAR sensors.
Apple headphones and speakers
In addition to the new iPhones from Apple, the company will also launch its long-awaited over-the-ear headphones, according to Bloomberg. The headphones are said to be Apple's first over-the-ear version outside of the Beats brand and are called AirPods.
Apple is also said to be preparing a smaller version of its HomePod, the HomePod mini. The speaker is expected to be less expensive than the original HomePod, which was $ 349 when it launched.
Apple's HomePod mini is expected to be more compact than the current full version. Reuters / Stephen Lam
Apple gave the reports more credibility this month by removing third-party headphones and speakers like Sonos and Bose from its physical and online stores.
MacBooks with Apple's own chips
The October 13 event will likely focus on the iPhone and its accessories, but Apple could also use the show to showcase its first MacBooks that run on their own processors. Apple announced that it would start working on its own chips in the past and leave long-term Intel (INTC) in retrospect.
The chips could prove to be a game changer for Apple, giving the company complete control over the functions of its Macs from top to bottom.
There's still an outside chance that the company will actually make the announcement during its show, but with the way 2020 has turned out for the company's event schedule, anything is possible.
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