- October 13, 2020
- Posted by: Stratford Team
- Category: Business
After months of coronavirus-related delays, Apple’s long-awaited iPhone 12 event is finally here.
The tech titan on Tuesday is expected to announce four new versions of the iPhone during its 1 p.m. EDT keynote, and will for the first time be bringing 5G tech to its flagship device.
Two of the upcoming devices are expected to be “Pro” models of the 12, which will have more camera sensors and better displays, while the other paid will have fewer cameras and a lower quality display, albeit with a lower price tag.
The 5G antennae will allow the new iPhones to access a wireless network that promises faster internet and quicker response times than current LTE models.
Leaked designs have suggested that Apple is abandoning the rounded edges that the iPhone has sported for the past several years, replaced instead by iPad Pro-style flat edges that harkens back to the design of Apple’s mega-popular iPhone 4 line.
The return to a more box-like design would mark the first time since 2013’s iPhone 5S that a flagship Apple phone does not have rounded edges. The Cupertino, Calif.-based company kept the design for its budget iPhone SE line, but recently scrapped it with its latest version of the phone.
The company has reportedly been trying to cut costs associated with the expensive 5G equipment by reducing the size of its packaging, which will reduce shipping costs. To do this, Apple has scrapped the 18W power adapter that normally comes with the phone.
Apple will also stop including a complementary pair of earbuds with the new iPhone 12, a tactic that also serves to increase demand for its already popular AirPods wireless headphones.
Apple has included a free pair of headphones in every box since it released the very first iPhone in 2007.
The hardware giant may also use the event to introduce its first pair of over-ear headphones, dubbed AirPods Studio, Bloomberg reports, as well as a mini version of its HomePod smart speaker.