Apple Unveiled iPhone 12 With 5G, A14 Bionic Chip, iPhone Mini, And Much More

Apple just dropped the iPhone 12, along with a nationwide 5G network, A14 Bionic Chip, and more.
Brad Bergan

Apple unveiled its latest smartphone model on Tuesday — the next-gen iPhone 12 — during an online-only event that streamed live at 1:00 PM EDT, on Apple's YouTube channel (featured below).

The starting price for the iPhone 12 is $799, and it will come out next week, according to the live stream.


Apple iPhone 12 Pro LIDAR
The iPhone 12 Pro model uses LIDAR to sense depth and scan rooms. Source: Apple / YouTube

UPDATE Oct. 13, 2:00 PM EDT: Apple debuts iPhone 12 Pro

The iPhone 12 Pro features 6.7 inches (17 cm), and comes in four different colors, including blue. It will sell for $999, while the iPhone 12 Pro Max is priced at $1,099 — both coming out next week.

Apple iPhone 12 Pro in a Nutshell
iPhone 12 Pro comes in pacific blue, graphite, gold, and silver. Source: Apple / YouTube

Additionally, the iPhone 12 Pro model comes with Dolby Vision — so filmmakers may shoot and edit high-quality films with their smartphone. The Pro also comes with a capable AR, and can record in low light environments.

Apple iPhone 12 Pro Ultrawide
iPhone 12 Pro's Ultra Wide has 120° of view. Source: Apple / YouTube

The Pro version features LIDAR sensors — similar to the iPad Pro. This enables depth sensing, in addition to room scanning.

Notably, the camera features three focal lengths. It also comes with a new capability called Apple Pro Raw. But the best possible camera from Apple is only included in the iPhone 12 Pro Max — which features an optical zoom of 5 times normal magnification.

iPhone Mini Size
The iPhone Mini has the same features as the main iPhone 12. Source: Apple / YouTube

UPDATE Oct. 13, 1:55 PM EDT: Apple debuts iPhone Mini

Apple's iPhone Mini has the same capabilities as the iPhone 12.

Apple iPhone Mini Features
The iPhone Mini will come in 5G, and include a dual-camera system. Source: Apple / YouTube

At a compact size, it includes 5G, a Ceramic Shield, Super Retina XD, the A14 Bionic, a dual-camera system, and the MagSafe. The iPhone 12 Mini will sell at a starting price of $699.

Apple iPhone 12 MagSafe
Apple's MagSafe for iPhone will allow magnets to snap on and off. Source: Apple / YouTube

UPDATE Oct. 13, 1:50 PM EDT: Apple debuts MagSafe wireless charging

Apple introduced a MagSafe wireless charging capability for the iPhone 12. "It's an advanced new system. It starts by improving the wireless charging system," according to the live stream. This means new cases for the iPhone 12 will allow magnets to snap on and off.

A MagSafe wallet will also be available.

Apple iPhone 12 A14 Bionic
Apple's A14 Bionic chip features 70% faster machine learning accelerators. Source: Apple / YouTube

UPDATE Oct. 13, 1:35 PM EDT: Apple's A14 Bionic chip is '50% faster' than any other phone

The iPhone 12 will still use 4G LTE up to the point where 5G speeds are necessary — presumably to save battery life. The new phone will feature millimeter-wave 5G — which has repeatedly added an extra cost to 5G smartphones. This is why they are usually not included in several more affordable 5G-capable Android phones.

Additionally, Apple says its A14 Bionic chip has 50% more speed than any other smartphone chip available. It was the "secret chip lab" at Apple's headquarters, and contains 4 cores.

The A14 features machine learning a full 70% faster than other devices — a bonus for developers working toward the next hit app. Gaming will also benefit from the A14 Bionic chip, according to the live stream.

Apple iPhone 12
Apple just debuted the iPhone 12. Source: Apple / YouTube

UPDATE Oct. 13, 1:20 PM EDT: Apple just officially dropped the iPhone 12

"This is the start of something big," said Apple CEO Tim Cook in the live stream. "We are going to introduce 5G across our entire lineup of phones today."

Apple iPhone 12 Colors
The iPhone 12 will come in a new red color. Source: Apple / YouTube

The iPhone 12 returns to the straight edges of the iPhone 4 and 5 — but hopefully lack the antenna problems those phones suffered from.

The new smartphone will have a 6.1-inch (15.5-cm) display, in addition to a "ceramic shield" coating — presumably to prevent scratching with "four times" the protection of earlier models. The cover glass was manufactured in partnership with Corning.

iPhone 12 comes in white, black, green, blue, and a proprietary red. It's thinner than previous models, with twice the number of pixels as the iPhone 11. Additionally, the new iPhone is keeping the dual-camera system — only the Pro line will have more.

All iPhones will support the MMW spectrum — the 5G Verizon claims is "ultrawideband."

Apple iPhone 12 Carriers
Some of the carriers Apple has worked with to deliver 5G. Source: Apple / YouTube

Additionally, Apple is working with more than 100 carriers to ensure 5G will be universally available.

UPDATE Oct. 13, 1:15 PM EDT: Apple explains Verizon's 5G

For the first time, iPhone can access Verizon's 5G ultrawideband — with a reputation for being the fastest 5G in the world, at 4.0 Gbps, with 200 Mbps — in ideal conditions, according to the live stream.

Verizon's 5G Ultrawideband will give double the speed in cities like New York, and Los Angeles. Verizon is switching on its "5G Nationwide" network, according to the live stream.

It's expected to reach more than 200 million people in the United States.

UPDATE Oct. 13, 1:10 PM EDT: Apple debuts smaller HomePod mini

Apple unveiled the HomePod mini — a smaller HomePod aiming to offer service at a lower price. In essence, the company is offering the first entry-level HomePod.

The HomePod Mini will sell for $99.

MacRumors iPhone 12 Size Leaked
iPhone 12 dummies, leaked in July. Source: MacRumors

Apple debuts iPhone 12 at live online-only event

We expect the iPhone 12 to look more boxy, like the iPad Pro — in addition to faster processing chips and 5G wireless capability. Let's review what we know so far about the iPhone 12's price, release date, and a handful of features Apple should probably take from Samsung.

Apple fans have awaited the new iPhone with bated breath, and industry experts have reported every single available detail of information available on the new device.

Apple's iPhone 12 will launch phone upgrade 'supercycle'

The iPhone 12 is the first substantial revamp of the basic design since 2017 — when Apple debuted its $1,000 iPhone X, which had a new face-mounted unlocking system, along with better screen technology. A survey from a device recycler and reseller called Decluttr reported that a "staggering" 53% of respondents are readying to buy this year's iPhone, which analysts believe will launch a "supercycle" of phone upgrades, reports CNET.