Rachel Maguire Rachel Maguire Oct 13, 2020
  • The launch of 5G capable iPhones is expected to be a turning point in the roll-out of the fifth-generation mobile networks.
  • The cheapest phone in the new iPhone 12 lineup is the iPhone 12 mini, which starts at $699, while the top of the line iPhone 12 Pro Max will start at $1099.
  • The latest iPhones are powered by the new A14 Bionic chip, which the company boasts is the fastest

Apple announced four new iPhones in a virtual event on Tuesday, the iPhone 12, the iPhone 12 Pro, the iPhone 12 Pro Max and a new iPhone 12 mini. The cheapest phone in the new iPhone 12 lineup is the iPhone 12 mini, which starts at $699, while the top-of-the-line iPhone 12 Pro Max will start at $1099. The iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini will have two cameras on the back, a wide and an ultrawide. The two cameras have several software features that will enable features such as night mode timelapses. The iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max add a third telephoto lens. The iPhone 12 will detect when your phone doesn't need 5G and switch to the slower network to save battery life, the company said. The latest iPhones are powered by the new A14 Bionic chip, which the company boasts is the “fastest.. in any smartphone”. Apple will ship the iPhone 12 without headphones or a charging brink, a move that will cut down on waste. The last time Apple released a phone into so much economic uncertainty was the iPhone 3G in July 2008. The iPhone 3G was released on July 3, 2008, when the United States was already in a recession and just before the financial crisis escalated with the bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers. The company typically announces new iPhones in September. But this year the pandemic affected supply chains, leading it to announce that the phones would ship out later than usual.

How much of a motivator 5G will help convince people to switch to the iPhone 12? Apple is relatively late to the 5G game. Competitors like Samsung, Motorola, LG and Google have had 5G smartphones on the market for months, but 5G networks themselves are still at a nascent stage. The launch of 5G-capable iPhones is expected to be a turning point in the roll-out of the fifth-generation mobile networks. It will be similar to the first 4G-capable iPhone that spurred widespread adoption of the technology in 2012.

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