After much hype, Apple finally revealed the date of its largest event of the year – which it is dubbing “Hi, Speed” – where the long-awaited iPhone 12 is expected to be revealed. Occurring later today on October 13th, the event will commence at 10 am PDT (Pacific Daylight Time), or 9 pm GST (Gulf Standard Time). Apple usually unveils its new iPhone every year around this period, often during September, so it’s all but confirmed at this point.
You will be able to watch the livestream through the myriad of news outlets that will be attending the event. Alternatively, you will be able to watch it on your Apple TV, through the Apple Events app from the App Store for Apple TV.
What to expect from the iPhone 12
While Apple is being as cryptic as ever, the rumor mill has been hard at work for quite a while now.
Naturally, the star of the show will be the iPhone 12, which is expected to feature 5G connectivity capabilities.
Luckily, a leak detailing the details of the event has been circulating across news outlets, courtesy of a post on Chinese microblogging site Weibo by a user going by the name Kang.
According to Kang, Apple will be release four different versions of the iPhone 12:
- iPhone 12 Mini (5.4 inches), starting from $699. Available colors will include black, white, red, blue, and green. Presales scheduled for November 6/7, while release will fall on November 13/14.
- iPhone 12 (6.1 inches), starting from $799. Available colors will include black, white, red, blue, green. Presales scheduled for October 16/17, while release will fall on October 23/24;
- iPhone 12 Pro (6.1 inches), starting from $999 dollars. Available colors will include gold, silver, graphite, blue. Presales scheduled for October 16/17, while release will fall on October 23/24;
- iPhone 12 Pro Max (6.7 inches), starting from $1,099. Available colors will include gold, silver, graphite, and blue. Presales are scheduled for November 13/14, while release will fall on November 20/21.
Supposedly, all four versions will be 5G compatible, and will feature more angular edges in the vein of the classic iPhone 4 and 5, as opposed to the smoother edges adopted with the iPhone 6 and onwards. Additionally, the talk making the rounds recently in the smartphone industry about new smartphones not including chargers seems to be accurate, as Kang says the new iPhones won’t come with earphones or chargers in the box anymore.
The iPhone 12 Mini and iPhone 12 will come with memory capacities of either 64 GB, 128 GB or 256 GB, whereas the 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max models will offer memory capacity options of 128 GB, 256 GB, and 512 GB.
Other products to be revealed
Additional products expected to make an appearance include its latest smart speaker, dubbed the HomePod Mini, priced at $99. According to Bloomberg, Apple is also working on a new Apple TV with a faster processor and a revamped remote control, which it could reveal today.
It also seems Apple will be bringing back Magsafe charger tech, after discontinuing it a few years ago.
Finally, news site Pocket-Lint cites recent rumors that suggest Apple is developing a pair of high-end, wireless over-ear headphones that will be released soon.
“The over-ear headphones won’t be Beats headphones,” the site said. “Instead, they’ll be Apple-branded and may be called AirPods X or AirPods Studio.”
Should this be true, we could see them revealed today.
One final note is that the anticipated Apple AirTags, the company’s take on smart tracker tags that allow you to keep tabs on your belongings, might not be included in today’s event. That’s according to tech analyst Jon Prosser, who’s been a reliable source of industry information over the years.
Note that most of the above is still speculation based on multiple rumors, leaks and insider reports, simply to whet your appetite while we wait for the big reveal later tonight.