iPhone 12 event LIVE – Apple reveal new Pro and Mini versions in its first 5G phones – latest updates

APPLE have revealed their first 5G phone in its major launch event as fans catch a first glimpse of new iPhone 12.

The company are also showing off its new iPhone Mini and Pro versions.

Other gadgets are also being revealed in the virtual event including the HomePod Mini – a small smart speaker which also provides you with answers through Siri.

You can watch the live web stream from 10am California time – or 6pm UK time.

And you can also follow all the latest up to the second live updates on this pages, by following the blog below.

  • Sean Keach

    THE PRICE IS…WRONG?

    Apple busted rumours of cheaper pricing this year.

    The iPhone 12 Mini starts at $699, rather than the rumoured £649.

    And the iPhone 12 starts at $799, which is a little higher than expected too.

    Still, customers are unlikely to notice the bump too much when buying on contract.

  • Sean Keach

    HONEY I SHRUNK THE PHONE

    Apple has announced the iPhone 12 Mini.

    It’s a smaller version of the iPhone 12 proper, with a 5.4-inch screen – instead of 6.1 inches.

    But it’s got largely the same hardware, including a Super Retina XDR screen, the A14 Bionic chip, and support for 5G internet.

    Apple says it’s also the smallest, thinnest and lightest 5G phone in the world.

  • Sean Keach

    BOXING CLEVER

    Apple is removing the headphones and charging plug from box.

    It means you'll have to use ones you already have, or buy new ones.

    Apple says this is an environmental decision, and should help save the planet.

    You still get a cable, which has a Lightning connector on one end, and the newer and increasingly popular USB-C tip on the other end.

    It means you get a smaller box, too.

  • Sean Keach

    WIRELESS WONDER

    Apple has created a new charging coil for wireless charging.

    And a new “ecosystem” called MagSafe, that lets cases and accessories snap onto the back of the phone.

    Companies will need to make their accessories MagSafe friendly.

    But it means you’ll be able to wirelessly charge at strange angles – with cases on the back.

    There’s a new wireless charger that powers your iPhone and Apple Watch at once, too.

  • Sean Keach

    SNAP HAPPY

    The iPhone 12 has two cameras on the back.

    Both are 12-megapixels: one wide and one ultra-wide.

    Apple says a new 7-element lens means you’ll get better low-light performance.

    And computational photography uses the processor to optimise the scenes you’re photographing.

    It should mean you get better photos overall, beyond what you’d normally expect from a small smartphone camera.

    The iPhone 12 also retains Night Mode, which lets you take stunningly lit photos in the dark.

  • Sean Keach

    GAMING UPGRADE

    League of Legends is one of the world's most popular PC games.

    And a version of the game called Wild Rift is coming to the iPhone – thanks to the powerful new chip.

    It looks visually as impressive as the PC version, and seems to feature largely the same gameplay.

    The idea is that 5G speeds will allow this kind of online gaming out and about.

    It's sure to be one of the biggest mobile games ever made, if the success of the PC version is anything to go by.

  • Sean Keach

    HOT CHIP

    There's a new chip inside the iPhone 12 – the A14 Bionic.

    If that sounds familiar, it's because it's the same processor that powers the new iPad Air, announced last month.

    It's important because it's the first phone chip in the world to be built on 5nm technology.

    This means the distance between transistors on the chip is 5nanometres.

    Transistors are tiny switches that allow computers to…compute.

    The smaller the distance, the more transistors – and more computing overall.

    There are 11.8billion transistors on Apple's new chip, up 40% compared to the old A13 processor.

    And it promises 70% faster machine-learning performance. Massive!

  • Sean Keach

    5G-ENIUS

    Apple is offering up more details on the iPhone 12's 5G capabilities.

    When your iPhone doesn't need 5G speeds, it will use 4G instead to save battery.

    The company has worked with carrier partners around the world, including EE in the UK and Verizon in the US.

    It's conducted 5G tests on over 100 carriers around the world, so there's hope for everyone.

  • Sean Keach

    SCREEN SAVER

    Apple's iPhone 12 has a seriously impressive screen.

    The 6.1-inch panel has 460 pixels-per-inch for a dense and sharp display.

    And it's got a 2,000,000:1 contrast ratio that means you'll be able to view HDR10 and Dolby Vision content.

    Apple has teamed up with Corning to create a custom screen called “Ceramic Shield” that makes it exceptionally tough.

    In fact, Apple says it's the toughest smartphone in the world, with 4x better drop performance – apparently.

  • Sean Keach

    IPHONE IN THE HOUSE

    The iPhone 12 is finally official – and it's got 5G speeds.

    It has a squared-off design that is reminiscent of the beloved iPhone 4.

    And it comes in Black, White, Red, Green and Gorgeous Blue.

    There's a 6.1-inch screen with the newer notched style that gives you loads of display to work with.

  • Sean Keach

    MOVES FAST

    Apple reckons you'll be able to get blisteringly fast speeds with the new 5G iPhone.

    On Verizon in the US, you could see up to 5Gbps – that's 4K movies in seconds.

    You'll be unlikely to get those speeds in many places.

    And for Brits, you'll probably be looking at a tenth of those speeds.

    However, even a tenth of 5Gbps is still about 10 times faster than the UK's average 4G speeds.

    All of today's new models are 5G-ready.

  • Sean Keach

    I-TIME

    Tim Cook has hailed a “new era for iPhone”.

    That's because the iPhone will now support super-fast 5G mobile internet speeds.

    You'll need a 5G SIM and it'll only work in areas with 5G coverage.

    But it's a bold move, and puts Apple more in line with longstanding 5G rivals like Samsung and Huawei.

  • Sean Keach

    TALK TO ME

    There's also an Intercom feature that lets you talk to other Apple gadgets throughout your house.

    So you could talk through your bedroom HomePod Mini to the kitchen HomePod Mini, asking for some food.

    Sadly, your family may ignore you…

    The HomePod Mini is coming on November 6 in two colours (grey and white), for $99.

  • Sean Keach

    SOUNDS GREAT

    The HomePod Mini is a multi-room speaker, so if you have two or more speakers, you can have them blast tunes in-sync.

    And if you put two in the same room, they'll automatically become a stereo pair.

    You can also easily hand-off iPhone tunes to the HomePod just by bringing it close to the speaker.

    The speakers also support a wide-range of streaming services, including Apple Music.

  • Sean Keach

    SPEAK EASY

    The HomePod Mini features a touch-sensitive lid that lets you play and pause.

    And it has full access to Siri, so you can make voice commands and control your other smart home gadgets.

    Apple says it's created a full-range dynamic driver and passive radiators for a full and rich sound.

    There's also an acoustic wave-guide to give you proper 360 sound.

    The speaker is powered by Apple's S5 chip, which gives it some computational trickery.

    It analyses the sound profile of the music 180 times per second to optimise the audio experience.

  • Sean Keach

    SMALL BUT MIGHTY

    Apple just announced the HomePod Mini.

    As expected, it’s a smaller (and probably cheaper) new smart speaker.

    Just like 2018’s full-size HomePod, it’s powered by Siri.

    This is a direct rival to the Amazon Echo – Siri’s Alexa rival.

  • Sean Keach

    HI, TIM

    Apple chief (and newly-minted billionaire) Tim Cook has taken to the stage.

    He says a new product for the home is coming.

    Any guesses? A smaller HomePod looks likely.

  • Sean Keach

    WHAT TO EXPECT

    The event is about to kick off, so here's a quick recap on what to expect.

    A new iPhone 12 – or rather, four new iPhone 12 models.

    These are likely called iPhone 12 Mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Max.

    Some or all of these gadgets will probably support ultra-fast 5G internet – the first Apple phones to do so.

    And as a neat bonus, we might also get an Apple HomePod Mini.

    That's a smaller and cheaper Siri smart speaker to rival Amazon Alexa.

  • Sean Keach

    STREAM OF DREAMS

    Apple has sent its video stream live.

    It's currently a placeholder image of a colourful Apple logo.

    But in a few moments, Apple execs will spring to life – chucking gadgets at fans over the internet.

    Get ready…

  • Sean Keach

    APPLE RUMBLE

    We're now just 10 minutes away from the big launch.

    Apple chief Tim Cook will likely be first to present, and will probably talk up the company's recent successes.

    Expect to hear about mammoth iPhone sales, and maybe some eco-victories too.

    It's unclear how long the event will last, but we'd wager an hour-ish.

    Usually an iPhone launch lasts longer, but all-virtual Apple keynotes have been taking less time than usual. More of your evening to chew over buying the next model!

  • Sean Keach

    APPLE’S AHEAD

    Can Apple crush the competition? Here are some early thoughts from industry insider and top analyst at PP Foresight, Paolo Pescatore.

    “If anyone can kickstart consumer demand for 5G, then Apple can,”Paolo told The Sun.

    “People are now more conscious than ever and want the best connections, devices and services at an affordable price.”

    “Apple has come a long way in a short period of time since its first 4G iPhone, back in 2012 with the iPhone5.”

    “These new generations, supercycles represent a window of opportunity to further differentiate over rivals.”

    He added: “Apple’s relentless drive to focus on a superior experience with the fastest ever iPhone will strongly resonate with users.”

  • Sean Keach

    PROPER HARD SOFTWARE

    There are plenty of iPhone rumours and leaks – but we know about one feature for sure: iOS 14.

    That's Apple's latest and greatest software that's probably already on your current iPhone.

    It came out just last month, and will definitely be the default software for Apple's next lot of iPhones.

    Here are some of the features to look forward to…

  • Sean Keach

    G-WHIZ!

    Apple's new iPhone is probably going to be the first 5G model to date.

    Just like 4G (and 3G before that), 5G is simply a new generation of mobile internet.

    Phone networks have tweaked the technology to deliver faster speeds – and have dubbed it the “5th generation”, or 5G.

    In the UK, 5G speeds are already coming in at around 10 times the average 4G speeds.

    And loads of phone makers have produced 5G-ready handsets, including Samsung, Huawei and OnePlus.

  • Sean Keach

    TWITTER TRICKS

    Apple and Twitter seem to team up all the time these days.

    Just like the last event, Apple's latest showcase has inspired a Twitter Easter egg.

    If you tweet appleevent, it'll trigger a colourful Apple logo that appears alongside your tweet.

    And it looks like this…

  • Sean Keach

    CLOSED FOR MAINTENANCE

    Eagle-eyed Apple fans will have noticed that the online Apple Store has been down for several hours.

    It's not an accident: this happens before every big Apple event.

    When it comes back up, the digital storefront will be laden with all of Apple's new gadgets.

    So expect to see a bevy of new iPhones – and perhaps more.

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