In this news, we discuss the FACTBOX-Four things to watch for at Apple’s iPhone launch event.
Apple Inc. will broadcast an event from its Cupertino, Calif. Campus on Tuesday and is expected to announce new iPhones that can leverage 5G wireless data networks.
Apple teased the event’s announcement with the tagline “Hi, speed,” a possible allusion to the much faster speeds some 5G variants can deliver. Apple is far from the first phone maker to launch 5G phones. Indeed, almost all of its competitors such as Samsung Electronics Co Ltd already have 5G models on store shelves. Apple’s entry into the fray is likely to bring new attention to the technology, even though US carriers are still years away from rolling out the faster versions.
Here’s a look at what analysts expect Apple to announce. A FLAGSHIP IPHONE FOR PROS
From last year iPhone models, Apple branched out iPhone 11 flagship devices in a “Pro” variant that packs more cameras and an upgraded screen starting at $ 1,000 while the standard flagship costs $ 700. Analysts expect a similar split this year, with two iPhone “Pro” models, one of which may feature a larger screen than last year’s larger “Max” model. Some analysts expect a 3D camera to assist features like augmented reality, similar to a sensor Apple installed in some iPad models earlier this year. Both iPhone Pro models are likely to have 5G functionality. A FLAGSHIP IPHONE FOR ALL OTHERS
As in the previous year, analysts expect a iPhone 12 which will probably have cheaper screen technology and fewer cameras, but which will otherwise retain the features of the high-end model such as the new “A14” processor chips. Look for this model in one size, get in the middle of Apple’s price bracket, and be the phone that Apple promotes as the right choice for most users. POCKETS OF THE WORLD, JOIN
Apple iPhones have grown steadily in size since their debut in 2007, and the latest flagships can tire even the most spacious pants pockets. Fans of phones that can be used comfortably with one hand are stuck with Apple iPhone SE, whose design recalls the 2014 iPhone 6 despite a newer processor chip. This year, analysts expect Apple to introduce a smaller version of its flagship – perhaps called the iPhone 12 Mini – which will have features like a screen with a much smaller bezel but in a form factor closer to the iPhone SE.
This model is probably Apple’s lowest-priced flagship, but a major question is whether it will support the faster 5G variant called the Millimeter Wave. Millimeter wave technology requires new radio chips that increase the cost of phones – some Android phones with this feature cost more than their other 5G cousins - and take up space inside the phone. A LITTLE HOMEPOD
Apple was a late entry into the smart speaker market, launching its HomePod in early 2018, long after rivals Amazon.com Inc and Alphabet Inc’s Google dominated the market. Apple hasn’t released an update for the HomePod since then, but analysts expect a smaller, cheaper speaker, possibly called the HomePod Mini, though it’s unclear whether Apple will match. the price of $ 40 for some of the smaller speakers from Amazon and Google.
- A FLAGSHIP IPHONE FOR EVERYBODY As in the previous year, analysts expect a iPhone 12 which will probably have cheaper screen technology and fewer cameras, but which will otherwise retain the features of the high-end model such as the new “A14” processor chips.
- FACTBOX-Four things to watch out for at Apple iPhone launch event