Who else is eagerly waiting for Apple’s second fall 2020 event? Well, your wait has almost come to an end. As announced, the Company will hold the event on Tuesday, October 13, with its tagline, “Hi, Speed.” Before this, Apple held an event in September, which was more about the iPad Air and the Apple Watch than the iPhone.
Worry not! This upcoming event will be revealing the greatly awaited iPhone 12 series, which will be featured with some significant changes from the iPhones we saw in previous years. This will also incorporate a redesign. Also, sources say that we could most likely witness other longed Apple products – Airtags, Airpods Studio over eat headphones, affordable HomePod, including an Apple Silicon Mac.
With such an exciting show ahead, let us know about the things it could integrate and the products it would introduce.
The iPhone 12 Lineup
Apple will launch the iPhone 12 series in three different sizes with four models. The lineup will feature some remarkable changes in its design since the iPhone 6 launched in 2014. For affordability, you will see two less expensive versions of the iPhone 12, which will be similar to the iPhone 11, and two other relatively costly Pro versions.
You will get the less expensive iPhones in 5.4 and 6.1-inch sizes, while the more expensive ones will be 6.1 and 6.7-inch. The reports tell that since the 2016 iPhone SE, “iPhone 12 mini” will be the smallest iPhone Apple has come up with. Likewise, the 6.7-inch iPhone 12 will be the largest iPhone that the Company has introduced to date.
You will find edge-to-edge displays with notches for the Face ID camera equipment in all four upcoming models of iPhone 12. Some early rumors suggested that the iPhone 12 lineup would have a smaller notch, later renderings, and schematic leaks. However, the components say that’s not true – the notch will be of the same size except for the one in 5.4-inch iPhone, which will have a slightly smaller notch as the model is smaller in size.
This time, Apple is only featuring an all OLED lineup introducing “Super Retina XDR” displays. We won’t see the LCD iPhones like that of previous years. Besides this, the iPhone 12 will have a hardened “Ceramic Shield’ glass screen that will be more resistant to damages and scratches.
Some rumors like the introduction of a 120Hz “ProMotion” technology in the iPhone 12 seems unlikely. For better battery life, the Company needs to adopt an LTPO display. However, it won’t happen this time.
You will see a major change in the phone’s framework design. Instead of the smooth rounded edge introduced with the iPhone 6, in the iPhone 12, you will find a flat-edge frame like that in iPhone 4 or the iPad Pro. The new phones will look like mini iPad Pros because of their similarity in design.
The Pro models will come with a stainless steel frame while the more affordable ones will have an aluminum frame. All models will feature glass fronts and backs. Regarding the colors, we will get Pro models in the standard gold, silver, and graphite colors, including a blue shade similar to that of the Apple Watch Series 6. In the case of the affordable models, we will most likely see color options identical to iPhone 11. It is also rumored that the affordable models could come in black, white, red, blue, and green.
There will be three camera setups, including at least one of the Pro models with a LiDAR Scanner like the iPad Pro. However, there are chances that both the Pro models could feature LiDAR sensors. LiDAR Scanners will pass advancements in portrait mode, night mode, low light capabilities, new AR capabilities, and more.
Furthermore, you could find an improved telephoto lens with better optical zoom and bettered Smart HDR for upgraded low-light performance. The iPhone 12 will also contain sensor-shift image stabilization, which improves stability at the camera level rather than the lens level. It may stabilize the image to the ultra-wide-angle lends, including improved performance in lousy lighting situations. Well, rumor has it, the iPhone 12 Pro models will be able to shoot 4K video at 120 and 240 frames per second. Unquestionably, the iPhone 12 Pro Max will have the best camera amongst all with a 47 percent larger sensor than the sensor in the iPhone 12 Pro, and a massive capacity for the super wide-angle lens.
The non-Pro models of the iPhone 12 will come with dual-lens camera setups and without LiDAR Scanner to prevent production costs going high. Nonetheless, the improvement in camera technology will be there.
Another coolest thing to experience this year is 5G connectivity. All of the iPhone 12 models will use 5G modems sourced from Qualcomm. There are two kinds of 5G, and the Pro models may be the only one that can support the fastest 5G, mmWave 5G. It could also be like the countries implementing their respective 5G. The rumors hint that only the U.S. iPhone 12 models can be compatible with 5G. They also say that Apple will be integrating a “Smart Data Mode” to the iPhone 12 models that are designed for changing between 4G and 5G to preserve battery life as needed, as the battery dies faster with 5G.
The iPhone 12 will be highly efficient with a speedier 5-nanometer A14 chip that will upgrade the performance and efficiency of the device. The A14 chip may also improve the phone’s battery life, which is a make-up for the excess drain due to 5G technology. In addition to these, the Pro models will likely have 6GB RAM, whereas the standard models will come with 4GB one.
Apple is minimizing its costs by discarding the power adapter and EarPods that generally came with a new iPhone. This is done to compensate for the extra expensive 5G hardware. Hence, you will have to purchase these accessories separately. Nonetheless, the Company will provide a USB-C to Lightning cable with a more durable braided design while buying the phone. There will be the options of 64GB, 128GB, and 256 GB available for the storage on the standard iPhone 12. For the Pro models, you will get storage options of 128GB, 256, and 512 GB.
According to a leak featuring detailed information on iPhone 12, the iPhone 12 mini will cost $699, the iPhone 12 will cost $799, the iPhone 12 Pro will be priced at $999, and the iPhone 12 Pro Max will be priced at $1099.
All the new iPhones are expected to release in October, while the Company is planning for a surprising disclosure. The 6.1-inch iPhone 12 and 6.1-inch iPhone 12 Pro will be available for pre-order on October 16 and introduced to the market on October 23.
As per a leaked report, you can pre-order the iPhone 12 mini on November 6, while it launches on November 13. Similarly, the iPhone 12 Pro Max will only be launched on November 30, but you can pre-order it on November 13.
Other Possibilities and Products that could be featured
A smaller HomePod, to be named “HomePod mini,” is anticipated to be revealed in the October event. Without much changes form the same general HomePod, this one will be smaller in size (3.3 inches compared to the 6.8-inch standard HomePod), with some of its internals removed. This may degrade the audio quality, though. The S5 Apple Watch processor will power the HomePod mini.
The gadget will hopefully be available in the market in November – most probably from November 16. As per the rumors, this HomePod mini will cost $99.
Wireless Charging Mat
Another gadget you could expect in the event is the wireless charging mat. A last-minute leaked source suggested that Apple will introduce two wireless chargers called the “MagSafe Charger” and “MagSafe Duo Charger,” which can output the power of 15 watts. These chargers are presumed to work with a new magnetic iPhone case that has “MagSafe.” The source also says that you can see a curious magnet ring inside of the devices, which could be designed to connect the wireless chargers and to hold them intact with the magnet to run them.
You could also wait for AirTags to be revealed with the new iPhone in this upcoming Apple event. Although it is not sure-fire news, having an AirTag will help you keep an eye on all of your essential belongings in a place.
AirTags are mini trackers with Bluetooth and are made to integrate with essential but easily misplacaeble belongings like wallets, keys, cameras, etc. You can track AirTags inside the Find My app alongside iPhones, iPads, and Macs. So, anything you lose can be traced and found.
Apple is adding to its AirPods lineup with high-end over-ear headphones that you can call the “AirPods Studio.” There is a probability that the Company will mention the device during their upcoming event.
The AirPods Studio will link the AirPods and the AirPods Pro, and it is expected to have better quality with active noise cancellation to lessen the ambiance disturbances. The gadget will also feature equalizer adjustment options through an iOS device or a Mac, head, and neck detection.
The AirPods Studio will have a superior sound quality and Active Noise Cancellation to minimize ambient noise. Other features include equalizer adjustment options available through an iOS device or a Mac, and head and neck detection.
According to Bloomberg, Apple will be coming up with two different designs for the AirPods Studio. One is a higher-end premium model with high-quality materials like leather, and another is more fitness-centered and made from breathable, lighter-weight materials.
Assumed leaked images of the AirPods Studio show headphones with long oblong ear cups and gray fabric padding at the headband’s top, with the headphones in a retro-style look. Rumors have suggested that the product may sell them for around $349.
Apple Silicon Macs
In June, Apple officially declared its work on Arm-based Apple Silicon chips designed for Macs. With this launch, the Company assures to move away from Intel’s chips. Apple Silicon chips are expected to be similar to the A-series chips used in Apple’s iPhones and iPads. They will be designed in-house by Apple and manufactured by TSMC. Apple Silicon chips will offer an increase in performance and efficiency.
Apple is planning to employ its own chips for the entire Mac lineup, so in the future, Macs will not be using Intel’s chips. This transition phase will start in 2020; hence, the Company will be releasing the first Arm-based Mac before the end of this year.
Furthermore, Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman considers the first Mac laptop with an Arm-based processor “will emerge at another launch in November, which means the product could launch in the third event in November or through a press release.
Conclusion and Event Coverage
In conclusion, if you are religiously waiting for this event and the products’ launch, you could watch the live coverage of the October 13 event on the Apple Events website, YouTube, and Apple TV. So brace yourself to be able to embrace the upcoming Apple products that could blow your minds.