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After years of rumors, 5G finally reaches the iPhone

By Marc Arcas

San Francisco, US, Oct 13 (efe-epa).- Speculated about in the industry for years, an Apple presentation Tuesday launched the iPhone 12 range, revealing compatibility with very high-speed 5G internet networks.

Although several weeks later than usual due to the logistical complications derived from the COVID-19 pandemic, in Cupertino, California, Apple celebrated its traditional presentation of the new phone, which comes equipped with a 6.1-inch OLED screen and available in black, white, red, green and blue.

5G connectivity, which has been on the market for a long time thanks to other manufacturers, should allow new devices to reach internet browsing and download speeds much higher than current ones, and facilitate connections with all kinds of other appliances.

The question that arises now is whether this feature really provides value in the daily lives of users, since the degree of penetration of 5G in countries such as the United States is still very limited, and not everyone in the world can take advantage of it.

As usual, the new iPhone comes in four different versions that vary in dimensions and technical specifications – the iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Mini, iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max.

The standard version of the new mobile has two rear cameras: a 12-megapixel wide-angle with a relative aperture of 1.6 and a focal length of 26 millimeters, and an ultra-wide angle also of 12 mega-pixels with a relative aperture of 2.4, focal length 13 millimeters and 120-degree field of view.

The phone uses an A14 Bionic processor and the OLED display supports Dolby Vision, HDR 10 and HLG.

Apple has brought back the MagSafe magnetic charger, previously used in MacBook laptops but which the company stopped using in 2016, and it now complements the line of phones for the first time with a magnetic wallet to charge the devices.

The iPhone 12 (available in 64 GB, 128 GB and 256 GB) can be ordered online from Friday at a price starting at $799 and will hit stores on Oct. 23.

As for the other versions, the iPhone 12 Pro Max stands out, with a 6.7-inch screen becoming the largest phone ever made by Apple.

In addition to 5G compatibility, as is the case with the standard, the high-end Pro and Pro Max models include a LIDAR sensor that enhances the effects of augmented reality and the camera’s night mode functionality, as well as telephoto lens additional to the two wide-angle.

Along with the Pro, Apple also added this year a small version of the new iPhone, which it christened iPhone 12 Mini, with 5G compatibility, a 5.4-inch screen and in which the fingerprint recognition button is replaced by facial recognition to win space.

The iPhone 12 Pro will start at $999 ($1,099 for the Pro Max) and will be available in gray, steel, gold and blue, while the mini will cost $699 and won’t hit stores until Nov. 13.

In addition to the phone, the firm led by Tim Cook also presented on Tuesday a reduced version of its HomePod smart speaker, which it christened the HomePod Mini, equipped with an Apple S5 microchip, available in white and gray at a price of $99 and that will start to be distributed as of Nov.16. EFE-EPA


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