During its virtual event Tuesday (Oct 13), U.S. technology giant Apple unveiled its iPhone 12 lineup – and all four new devices come with 5G, including the ultra-fast millimeter wave version. The company’s 5.4-inch iPhone 12 Mini, 6.1-inch iPhone 12, 6.1-inch iPhone 12 Pro and 6.7-inch iPhone 12 Max pack in some of the biggest advances Apple has made in years.
Apple has confirmed its iPhone 12 handsets will be its first to work on faster 5G networks. The company has also extended the range to include a new “Mini” model that has a smaller 5.4-in screen.
The U.S. firm bucked a wider industry downturn by increasing its handset sales over the past year. But some experts say the new features give Apple its best opportunity for growth since 2014, when it revamped its line-up with the iPhone 6.
“5G will bring a new level of performance for downloads and uploads, higher quality video streaming, more responsive gaming, real-time interactivity and so much more,” said chief executive Tim Cook.
There has also been a cosmetic refresh this time round, with the sides of the devices getting sharper, flatter edges.
The higher-end iPhone 12 Pro models also get bigger screens than before and a new sensor to help with low-light photography.
However, for the first time none of the devices will be bundled with headphones or a charger. Apple said the move was to help reduce its impact on the environment.
The iPhone is already the bestselling smartphone brand in the U.K. and the second-most popular in the world in terms of market share.
The two middle phones go on sale next week (preorders begin this Friday), while the Mini and Max arrive in mid-November. The starting prices range from $699 for the Mini – making it one of the cheapest premium 5G phones on the market – to $1,099 for the Max. All international versions of the iPhone come with 5G, but only the U.S. versions have mmWave (Verizon has been the technology's main proponent).
– Source: News websites