It’s “tougher than any smartphone glass,” Apple said, and is four times less likely to crack if you drop it. The new phones come with Apple’s updated A14 Bionic, the same chip that’s in the new iPad Air. They also get bumps in their camera capabilities.
Apple has nixed the free EarPods and power adapters that previously came with iPhones. But the new devices do support Apple’s revamped MagSafe charger, which uses magnetic pins to connect the charging cable to the back of the gadget. It’s not just for charging but serves as a magnetic attachment system for different accessories, all of which can snap right onto the back of the iPhone 12. Included in the box with each new iPhone is a Lightning to USB-C connector.
The addition of 5G connectivity is a first for Apple’s device line-up. (No, your older AT&T phones that say “5G E” can’t connect to the new 5G networks.) The most noticeable improvement with 5G over what the iPhone offers today is faster download speeds, hence Apple’s “Hi, Speed” event invite. 5G can run between 10 and 100 times faster than your typical 4G cellular connection, making downloads and video streaming snappier than ever. It’s also more responsive than 4G, making gaming, video streaming and other tasks much smoother.
5G started rolling out across the globe last year and picked up speed in 2020. Virtually all new Android phones arriving in the US today offer 5G, and the country’s biggest carriers have been talking non-stop about connectivity. Now that Apple is jumping into the fray with its 5G-enabled iPhone 12 model, the buzz about 5G is only going to get louder — even if consumers in places like the US aren’t exactly clamouring for 5G devices.
Apple is expected to immediately be a huge player in 5G. This year, the company will likely ship 50 million 5G iPhones, according to Strategy Analytics, making it the second biggest 5G vendor in 2020. That’s with less than three months of sales.
By comparison, Samsung shipped about 6.7 million Galaxy 5G smartphones from May 2019 — when its first 5G phones hit the market — to the end of that year. Next year, Apple will become the world’s biggest 5G phone vendor, Strategy Analytics said.
“There’s a so-called Apple effect,” Strategy Analytics analyst Ville-Petteri Ukonaho said. “Whatever Apple does, it almost immediately becomes a success.”
Though many people believe their current iPhones can connect to 5G — about half of Americans think so, according to a survey by wireless benchmarking tracker Global Wireless Solutions — that isn’t the case. To get on the super speedy new network, Apple fans will need to upgrade to a device in the iPhone 12 line-up.Overall, 5G is expected to change the way we live, much like 4G brought about apps like Uber. But it’s still early days with the technology, and most consumers aren’t using 5G. As of Tuesday, all three major US carriers now have nationwide 5G networks, though they’re built on the slower version of 5G.
The company’s new iPhones are arriving about a month later than normal, a delay attributed to the pandemic. The novel coronavirus, which causes a pneumonia-like disease called COVID-19, quickly spread across the globe this year, causing cities and entire countries to issue lockdowns to slow its advance.
China, where COVID-19 was first detected in late 2019, shut down first, jamming up production of iPhones and other products. The rest of the world soon followed suit, and the global economy all but ground to a halt. Since then, the coronavirus has infected over 37 million people and killed more than a million. While many regions have begun reopening, life isn’t back to normal.
As a result, consumers have been postponing phone purchases in favour of other work-from-home equipment. But Apple is likely to see huge demand for its newest iPhones.
The company hasn’t changed the overall design of its phones since 2017’s iPhone X, its first device that ditched the physical home button in favour of a bigger screen and Face ID. By expanding into 5G, Apple is likely to see a surge in sales for its latest smartphones.
The iPhone “has never been more indispensable than it is now,” Apple CEO Tim Cook said Tuesday. “Today is the beginning of a new era for iPhone.”
No, your current iPhone won’t work on superfast 5G networks. But Apple’s new line-up four devices in total will.
Apple’s iPhones just got a lot faster. During its virtual event Tuesday, the company unveiled its iPhone 12 line-up — and all four new devices come with 5G, including the ultra-fast millimetre wave version.
The company’s 5.4-inch iPhone 12 Mini, 6.1-inch iPhone 12, 6.1-inch iPhone 12 Pro and 6.7-inch iPhone 12 Max pack in some of the biggest advances Apple has made in years.