Apple Reveals New HomePod Mini

Daniel Fowler
October 14, 2020

The company extended its lineup as it never has before, launching four new flagship phones at once.

Apple today unveiled the new 6.1-inch iPhone 12 Pro and 6.7-inch ‌iPhone 12‌ Pro Max at its pre-recorded "Hi, Speed" digital event.

"The next generation is here", said Tim Cook during the event.

iPhone 12 Pro's new design sports shiny, flat edges, allowing its front and back glass to sit flush with the handset's stainless steel frame. HomePod mini will be available in China, Mexico, and Taiwan later this year. The phone is 11% thinner, 16% lighter and 15% smaller in volume than the iPhone 11. For the first time, the Cupertino-based company positioned its mid-tier model as the front-and-center iPhone, giving it almost all the important features of the Pro models, and all at the very cool price point of $699.

As for the camera, it has a dual, ultrawide 120-degree field of view. The iPhone 12 also offers night mode on the front camera.

For the first time, Apple no longer includes the charger and headphones in the box as part of its sustainability efforts.

It will start at $799 US. The device's CarPlay feature is also seamless and easy to use.

Images of all four Apple iPhone 12 models leak, show all colors
Since the iPhone 6 in 2014, the company's devices, like that of most of its competitors, have gotten bigger and bigger. Apple has included a free pair of headphones in each field because it launched the very first iPhone in 2007.

It will start at $699 US. All models across the range supports 5G and they all come with OLED-based Super Retina XDR display. The Pro Max gets even greater capture support with a 47% larger sensor and IBIS. If these leaks are accurate, though, the iPhone 12 won't be the only headlining product.

What else was announced on Tuesday so far?

You can expect full creative control over color, detail, and dynamic range natively in the Photos app, and Apple will be launching an API for all editors on both smartphones and desktop computers to work with the new file type. Mostly American ones but... yeah, HomePod's not here yet.

The new HomePod mini is equipped with an Apple S5 chip, and Apple says its "computer audio" processing allows you to tweak how your music sounds 180 times per second. The new mini speaker can be connected to multiple HomePods in a household, can pair music in each room and be used as an intercom.

The original HomePod also wasn't compatible with third-party music services like Spotify - the company said Tuesday that the HomePod mini will eventually be able to play content from Pandora and Amazon Music. Utilizing the new U1 UWB chip, the HomePod Mini can detect when your iPhone is nearby and display visual and haptic effects on the top screen.

Customers in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the USA will be able to order HomePod mini beginning November 6, with availability beginning the week of November 16.

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