After a first “appetizer” back-to-school conference devoted to the Watch and the iPad, here is the main course. Tonight, Apple unveiled the new versions of its flagship product, the iPhone … But also a miniature version of its HomePod smart speaker. Here is a summary of the announcements.
Welcome to the new HomePod … mini
First product introduced by Tim Cook: the HomePod mini. Apple’s new smart speaker is more compact and features a rounded design. It embeds the S5 chip as well as another puce for the computational audio, Which calculates the sound in real time and its rendering.
Putting two HomePod mini side by side will produce stereo sound. And it will suffice to bring the iPhone to the speaker to initiate Handoff, which allows you to transfer sound from one device to another with a simple gesture.
Obviously, Siri is still on board the enclosure. The Apple assistant has, according to the brand, become smarter and has seen his knowledge multiplied by 20.
Siri is still able to find your iPhone, type and send a message, etc. Certain functions announced or recalled are unfortunately always limited to the English-speaking version, such as the recognition of different voices, for example.
Apple also introduced the Intercom function, which allows you to broadcast a message to all HomePods in the house and even all Apple devices in the family, even in the car, thanks to Apple Car.
The HomePod mini will start at $ 99 and will be available on November 16, for a pre-order on November 6.
5G: a new era for iPhones
Tim Cook then spoke again to praise how 5G will revolutionize iPhones, making downloads faster, games smoother and privacy enhanced, because it will no longer necessarily be necessary to use Wi-Fi networks. -Public fi …
With speeds initially of 4 Gbits / s going down and 200 Mbits / s going up, 5G opens the doors to many new uses, according to the CEO of Verizon. Especially since the latency will be very low … perfect for gamers!
In the United States, Verizon announces that it has activated its 5G network. Subscribers will therefore be able to take advantage of the new network as soon as the new iPhones are in their hands …
iPhone 12, first announcement
Available in five colors, the iPhone 12 benefits from the screen Super Retina XDR OLED and it’s 11% smaller, and 16% lighter than the iPhone 11.
Apple announces support for HDR (Dolby Vision, HDR10) and especially a brightness of 1200 nits.
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IPhone 12 benefits from technology Ceramic Shield, developed jointly by Corning to strengthen the screen. It would be four times more impact resistant.
In addition, the antennas have been revised to be compatible with more 5G frequencies. Apple also introduced Smart Data Mode, a function that switches back to 4G if you don’t need speed and want to save your battery. The iPhone displays speeds of 3.5 Gbits / s for downloading under ideal conditions.
Side performance, Apple has (re) introduced the A14 Bionic. It is engraved in 5nm, like its counterpart for the iPad Air. It embeds 11.8 billion transistors. It contains six CPU cores, 50% faster, and 4 GPU cores, which is the fastest GPU on the market, according to Apple. The neural engine goes to 16 cores and is therefore up to 80% faster (11 trillion operations per second).
The Photo is embodied by a new double photo module, with larger focal apertures, for less noise in low light. The machine learning is also used to add more detail to faces or certain areas of the photo. Computational photography also allows Night mode on all iPhone 12 photo modules, even on ultra wide-angle.
The videos are also given to be better and better stabilized. A night mode timelapse was also unveiled.
The iPhone 12 also improves wireless charging with MagSafe for iPhone.
This makes it easier to charge the iPhone, which also allows the introduction of new cases, new accessories. Apple is even introducing a folding travel charger, capable of charging both the iPhone and the Watch.
Apple has also announced the removal of accessories from iPhone boxes, so we will no longer have a charger.
iPhone 12 mini: very small!
The iPhone 12 mini offers the same functions as the iPhone 12 while being much more compact. It’s even the most compact iPhone produced since the introduction of the 4.7-inch models.
It therefore offers the same design, smaller, the same Super Retina XDR OLED screen, an A14 Bionic chip, Face ID and obviously 5G.
The iPhone 12 mini starts at $ 699 and the iPhone 12 starts at $ 799.
iPhone 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max: always bigger!
The new design is the same as the iPhone 12, in steel and is available in four colors.
The screen is protected by the Ceramic Shield panel. And it obviously offers the Super Retina XDR screen which will be 6.7 inches on the Pro Max, as rumors wanted.
Function Deep fusion is now available on all four iPhone cameras. The 12 Mpix wide angle also benefits from a wider f / 1.6 aperture. A new telephoto lens is also present (65mm equivalent). It is possible to zoom x2.5. The new sensor is 47% larger (with 1.7 micron pixels). Technology Sensor Shift stabilizes the ultra-wide-angle sensor with 5,000 micro-adjustments per second. But this feature will only be available on the iPhone 12 Pro Max.
Apple ProRaw will be available later this year on the 12 Pro and Pro Max. It will run on the four photo modules and will allow the dynamic range, colors and light to be worked in a very advanced way. Apple ProRaw photos can be edited from the Photos app and other photo apps.
Pro Video is another novelty. It is now possible to record in 10 bit HDR and Dolby Vision HDR. It is the ISP which is requested and provides up to 60 i / s in 4K and in real time.
Apple also announced another novelty, thanks to the LiDAR, present on the two iPhone 12 Pro. It is possible to scan a room in 3D, to produce enhanced augmented reality effects, to improve the autofocus speed (up to x6 in low light).
The iPhone 12 Pro comes in two sizes, 6.1 inches for the 12 Pro and 6.7 inches for the 12 Pro Max. they are available in four colors Pacific Blue, Gold, Graphite and Silver. It embeds the A14 Bionic, new photo modules, a LiDAR, used for photography or augmented reality. They are obviously compatible with Mag Safe technology for wireless charging.
The iPhone 12 mini will be sold from 809 euros. It can be pre-ordered on Friday, November 6 from 2 p.m., for availability on November 13.
The iPhone 12 will be pre-orderable from October 16 and will be available on October 23, starting at 909 euros.
The iPhone 12 Pro starts at $ 999 and the Pro Max starts at $ 1099.