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Apple finally took the wraps off its iPhone 12 lineup on Tuesday, revealing four new smartphones that come with a slew of updates ranging from new designs to improved camera quality.
The biggest update, however, is the introduction of 5G technology, a feature that will be critical for the iPhone’s future as carriers develop their next-generation wireless networks over the coming months and years.
“Today is the beginning of a new era for iPhone,” Apple CEO Tim Cook said during the keynote.
Apple introduced the $700 iPhone 12 Mini, $800 iPhone 12, $1,000 iPhone 12 Pro, and $1,100 iPhone 12 Pro Max on Tuesday. The Pro models have an additional zoom lens, a LiDAR scanner for better performance in augmented reality apps and autofocus when taking photos, brighter screens, and more storage at the base level.
Here’s a closer look at the biggest changes Apple is introducing with its latest iPhones.
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Support for 5G networks
The biggest update coming to the iPhone is support for 5G, the next-generation wireless standard. Apple’s iPhone 12 lineup will be compatible with millimeter wave 5G in the United States, the higher frequency version of the network that should enable dramatically faster speeds.
Most carriers, however, are still in the process of building out these networks. Both AT&T and Verizon, for example, only offer their super-fast 5G networks in small parts of select cities across the US. So while major carriers do technically offer nationwide 5G coverage, the difference in speed compared to LTE likely won’t be noticeably for some time.
That said, introducing 5G to the iPhone 12 makes it so that when faster 5G networks are widespread, the iPhone 12 will be able to support it.
New size options and a refreshed design
Apple didn’t update the iPhone’s design much between the iPhone XS and iPhone 11, other than adding new color options, finishes, and a different camera module.
But the iPhone 12 is getting a more dramatic redesign compared to its predecessors. As rumors had indicated before Apple’s unveil, the iPhone 12 now has flat steel edges much like those found on the older iPhone 5.
Compared to the iPhone 11, the iPhone 12 is 11% thinner, 15% smaller, and 16% lighter despite having the same 6.1-inch screen, according to Apple.
In addition to the 6.1-inch iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro, Apple is also bringing new size options to its lineup. This includes the 5.4-inch iPhone 12 Mini, which is the smallest iPhone that Apple has offered in years other than the 4.7-inch iPhone SE. The Pro Max is also available in a bigger 6.7-inch size option.
The new phones give Apple’s new iPhone family more flexibility at a time when smaller-sized phones have become increasingly rare. The bump up to a 6.7-inch screen on the Pro Max model also helps keep the newest iPhone competitive with phones from Samsung and other rivals that have grown in size in recent years.
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Source:: Businessinsider – Tech