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Apple dives into 5G

A year after its competitors, notably Samsung and Huawei, Apple unveiled its first 5G-compatible phones on Tuesday. Four phones, from the iPhone 12 mini for $ 669 to the iPhone 12 Pro Max starting at $ 1,549, can now connect to the technology that was touted as "a new era" by Apple CEO Tim Cook at the time. kept online from the launch.

Posted Oct 13, 2020 at 1:38 PM

Updated at 3:48 PM

Karim Benessaieh
La Presse

The 5G promised by Apple can go up to 4 gigabytes per second, "under ideal conditions," with unparalleled latency and bandwidth, and compatibility with most of the carrier millimeter waves. In Canada, three major carriers, Rogers, Bell and Telus, have been offering a 5G network since January last year, mainly in major cities.

Like all newcomers, the mid-sized model unveiled on Tuesday, the iPhone 12, which will retail for $ 979 on October 23, has a new chip, the A14 Bionic. It uses a 5-nanometer processor, "a world first," says Apple, with 11.8 billion transistors and "50% faster" than its competitors.

To reduce the data usage that can explode with 5G and extend battery life, a mode called Smart Data has been developed that falls back to LTE networks when needed.


The iPhone 12

Reduced models

For those who want a screen smaller than 6.1 inches, a scale model has been announced, the iPhone 12 mini with a 5.4 inch screen. As has become the norm over the past two years, the most impressive capabilities are reserved for the top line, the iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max. The latter has a 6.7-inch screen, the largest Apple has ever offered on a phone, and three rear cameras: a very wide and a 12 mpx wide angle, and an optical zoom telephoto lens x4 .

During the presentation, much emphasis was placed on the unique ability of these phones to record and edit high definition video, Dolby Vision HDR. Lidar technology introduced in the iPad Pro last year has also been used to enable better handling of virtual reality and low-light photography.

A new screen design for the phones, called Super Retina XDR, which offers 460 dpi resolution and 1200 nits brightness, has also been announced. A new method of making glass called Ceramic Shield is said to be six times more resistant to drops. The back of the iPhone 12 is now magnetic, a feature called MagSafe that allows you to easily stick chargers, covers, and car holders, among other things.

In a different way, we introduced the second generation of Apple's smart speaker, the HomePod Mini. This reduced model sells nearly three times cheaper than the original version, at $ 129, and features the Apple Watch series S5 chip.


The HomePod Mini

Today's announcements seemed to disappoint investors as the stock closed at US $ 121.10, down 2.7%.

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