Four things to watch for at Apple’s iPhone launch event

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On Tuesday, Apple Inc will broadcast an event from its Cupertino, California campus and has been widely expected to announce fresh iPhones that can tap 5G wireless information networks.

Apple teased the occasion’s announcement with the tagline “Hi, speed”, a possible allusion to the far faster speeds that a few versions of 5G can provide.

Apple is far from the first phone maker to launch 5G mobiles. Indeed, nearly all of its rivals like Samsung Electronics possess 5G models on store shelves today. Apple’s entry to the fray is very likely to bring fresh focus on the tech, even though US carriers are still years away from rolling out the fastest versions.

Following is a closer look at what analysts expect Apple to announce.

Beginning with last year’s iPhone versions, Apple forked its iPhone 11 flagship apparatus into a “Pro” version that packed more cameras and an updated screen beginning in a $1,000 while the standard flagship cost $700. Analysts anticipate a similar split this year, with just two iPhone “Pro” versions, among which could feature a larger screen than the past year’s biggest “Max” model. Some analysts anticipate a 3D camera to assist with attributes like augmented reality, very similar to a detector that Apple put into some iPad versions earlier this season. Both iPhone Pro versions are very likely to possess 5G attributes.

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As with the prior calendar year, analysts expect a plain iPhone 12 model that will have cheaper screen technology and fewer cameras, but otherwise retain features from the top-of-the-line version such as fresh same “A14” processor chips. Look for this version to come in only 1 size, arrive at the centre of Apple’s pricing scope and be the phone Apple promotes as the right selection for the majority of users.

Apple’s iPhones have steadily grown in size since their debut in 2007, and also the latest flagships can breed even the roomiest pants pockets. Fans of phones which will be used with one hand are stuck together with Apple’s iPhone SE, whose design harkens back into the 2014 iPhone 6 despite using a newer processor chip.

Analysts and industry watchers expect Apple to show a smaller version of its flagship – perhaps called the iPhone 12 Mini – that will have features such as a screen with much smaller bezel but in form factor nearer to the iPhone SE.

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This model is likely to be Apple’s cheapest cost flagship, but a significant question is if it is going to encourage the fastest variant of 5G known as millimeter wave. Millimeter wave technology demands new radio chips that push up the price of phones – a few Android phones with the attribute cost more than their other 5G cousins – and take up space within the telephone.

Apple was a late comer to the smart speaker market, launching its HomePod in early 2018, well after competitor Amazon.com and also Google had begun to dominate the marketplace. Apple has not released an upgrade to the HomePod since then, but analysts anticipate a smaller, more affordable speaker, possibly called the HomePod Mini, though it’s unclear whether Apple will match the $40 price tag for a few of Amazon and Google’s tiniest speakers.

The team at Platform Executive hope you have enjoyed this news article. Initial reporting via our official content partners at Thomson Reuters. Reporting by Stephen Nellis in San Francisco. Editing by Lisa Shumaker.

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