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And Thread radios, a mesh IoT networking protocol.
Apple says theirs will only work with other HomeKit devices.
A full range driver and two passive radiators for base response
Acoustic waveguide for 360-degree sound.
three-microphone array for Siri and a fourth internal one to isolate noise and improve voice detection
Multiple can be sync’d between rooms or you can pair two together as a stereo pair.
You will not be able to stereo pair a mini and a home pod
U1-Chip enabled iPhones will have improved Handoff features later this year.
Also a new intercom feature that will work between the HomePod, iPhone’s, iPads, and Apple Watch. Also CarPlay enabled vehicles, but not Macs?
Non-detachable power cable. Uses included 20W USB-C power adapter
USD $99. Pre-order November 6th, shipping November 16th.
All iPhones this year
Flat edge design reminiscent of the iPhone 4 design
New six-core 5nm A14 Bionic Chip
All OLED displays
Both sub-6GHz and mmWave 5G (in US only)
SmartData mode to switch between 4G and 5G
Side “cutout” for the antenna.
MagSafe wireless changing system
New “Ceramic Shield” glass with 4x better drop performance
Dolby Vision Recording
Night mode time lapse
No charger or EarPods in the box.
Unless you’re in France
Due to legislation they’ll still get EarPods
Phones need to include a “hands free” kit to protect children under 14 from electromagnetic wave exposure
iPhone 12 mini & iPhone 12
5.4-inch display or 6.1-inch display
Dual lens camera system with wide and ultra wide
Seven lens element for better low light performance
Night mode now also on ultra-wide lens.
64, 128, 256GB storage
Prices starting at USD $699 for mini or $799 for iPhone 12
New-blue color, along with black, white, green, and product red.
iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max
6.1-inch and 6.7-inch displays
Stainless steel frame
Three camera lens system
52mm telephoto iPhone 12 Pro. 65mm on the Pro Max
4x total optical zoom on the iPhone 12 Pro, 5x optical zoom on the 12 Pro Max
47 percent larger sensor on the Max
Sensor shift optical image stabilization on the Pro Max
10-bit HDR video recording & 4K 60 FPS
Colors: Pacific Blue, Graphite, Gold, and Silver
128, 256, 512GB storage
iPhone 12 Pro starts at USD $999 and Pro Max starts at $1099
iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro started pre-orders last Friday and are shipping this Friday Oct 16th
iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 12 Pro Max start pre-orders November 6th and will ship November 13th
Apple still offering the iPhone SE, iPhone XR, and iPhone 11
SE starts at USD $399
XR starts at USD $499
iPhone 11 starts at $599
These models also no longer come with EarPods or a power adapter
Apple Leather cases aren’t available until November 6th
New Leather Sleeve coming later
MagSafe chargers, cases, and wallets
USD $39 MagSafe charger doesn’t include a “brick”
Will work with older iPhones that support Qi charging, but not at 15W
MagSafe Duo charger for iPhone and Apple Watch
Also coming later in the year
20W USB-C Power Adapter is USD $19
Lightning EarPods are now USD $19
Beat Flex Earphones
Replaces Beats X headphones
Odds & ends
6GB RAM in Pro models. 4GB in iPhone 12 models
Apple’s prices were $30 higher on Sprint & T-Mobile until Friday
Still are if you want SIM-free no carrier model.
No sign of “braided” USB-C cables.
MagSafe will offer charging at up to 15W, but Qi charging is still limited to 7.5W
“Home Theater” sound coming to HomePod later this year
Will allow HomePod to use spatial audio to deliver 5.1, 7.1 surround, and Dolby Atmos sound (simulated)
AppleCare+ priced at $149 for iPhone mini and iPhone 12. $199 for the Pro models
Free 3 months of Apple Arcade with purchase of a new iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, or Apple TV
Looks like latest tvOS beta will let you pick a HomePod as the “default” speaker output for your Apple TV
What wasn’t announced
Prosser claims “major” production snags has caused Apple to delay launch and possibly consider dropping features
Says December launch at best, but possibly delayed until March 2021
Supposedly ready and could still get an announcement soon.
Maybe at a November Apple Silicon event?
2020 could be good iPhone year
According to Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple is likely banking on the iPhone 12 to be the big seller
Checks prior to the event showed them ramping up the supply with the 6.1-inch iPhone 12 capturing the largest percentage shipment allocations
iPhone 12 mini - 20 to 25 percent
iPhone 12 - 40 to 45 percent
iPhone 12 Pro - 15 to 20 percent
iPhone 12 Pro Max - 15 to 20 percent
The iPhone 12 mini has a smaller percentage because, while price is important, globally larger screen sizes are preferred.
Price point could be a factor in sales
The $699 iPhone 11 accounted for 70 to 75 percent of iPhone shipments during the first three quarters of 2020
Overall Kuo expects Apple to ship 80 to 85 million units of all iPhone 12 models in the fourth quarter of 2020
About 10 million higher than what they shipped for the iPhone 11 models in the same quarter last year.
‘The Essex Serpent’ loses Knightly
Scheduled filming for the upcoming Apple TV+ series ‘The Essex Serpent’ has been temporarily paused.
That’d because the star, Kiera Knightley, has backed out of the project due to concerns over childcare due to Covid-19
Filming was supposed to start in about six weeks, but now the project will need to find a new lead.
Apple is extending Apple TV Free Trial and offering credits
Extending until end of January 2021
Emails going out to customers
Q3 Mac Shipments look pretty good
This is looking at third quarter worldwide PC shipment numbers from Gartner
They estimated that Apple shipped 5.5 million Macs which would be up 7.3 percent from last year.
They also say Apple’s marketshare rose from 7.5 to 7.7 percent allowing them to hold on to the #4 spot among PC makers
To just illustrate that this is all a massive guessing game, IDC claims Apple experienced 38.9 percent growth in Mac sales in the quarter
Going from 4.96M units last year to 6.89M this year.
Apple no longer reports individual unit sales numbers.
Overall the PC market is seeing growth due to more people working and going to school remotely.
iPad growth looking good in 2020
For similar ‘health crisis’ reasons Apple may likely see increased growth in iPad sales
DigitTimes is saying supply chain estimates are pointing to iPad growth in the range of 20 percent in 2020
That is much higher than previous estimates that were around 8 percent.
The growth is also expected to be helped by Apple introduction of the updated 10.2-inch iPad and iPad Air models
New 2020 Macs may still happen
Eight unreleased Macs have appeared in Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) filings
This was along with a number of iOS devices, which include recent iPads and iPhone models
All told five models seem to be unreleased Macs and are likely related to the rumored upcoming Apple Silicon models.
Belief that Apple has an event planned for November 17th
Still unclear which model would be first
Contenders are 13-inch MacBook Pro
Revived 12-inch MacBook
Apple Pay coming to Mexico
Apple added a new Apple Pay landing page to it’s Mexico site
The page doesn’t list supported banks or a launch date
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