Apple’s ‘Hi, Speed’ event: What to expect from next iPhone announcement

Apple’s ‘Hi, Speed’ event: What to expect from next iPhone announcement

Who’s ready for a new iPhone?

Tuesday, Apple will unveil four new editions of one of the best-selling U.S. consumer devices in a virtual presentation on Apple’s website and YouTube channel.

Instead of mid-September, when Apple traditionally introduces new iPhones, the company was forced to delay the event because of manufacturing delays in China caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The big news this year: connectivity to the new, emerging speedy 5G wireless networks, hence Apple’s title for the event: “Hi, Speed.”

Apple enthusiast websites peg the four models as starting from $699 to $1,099, similar to the current lineup.

According to MacRumors, the models will be named the iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, iPhone 12 Pro Max and a newer, smaller model, the iPhone 12 Mini.

The Mini would have the smallest screen size in the bunch, at 5.4 inches, bigger than the current entry-level model, the SE, which has a 4.7-inch screen. The iPhone 12 will have the same screen size as the 11, at 6.1 inches, according to MacRumors. The top-of-the-line iPhone 12 Pro Max will, at 6.7 inches, be the largest iPhone to date.

Andrew Murphy, an analyst with Loup Ventures, says the Mini is directed at consumers who want a smaller iPhone “without sacrificing the extra power and speed” from the newer 12 phones. The SE is still more competitively priced, at $399.

A new Apple smart speaker?

Beyond the new iPhones, Apple looks to finally get competitive with Amazon and Google with a consumer-priced smart speaker, according to analyst Angelo Zino of CFRA Research.

The original HomePod was introduced in early 2018 with a $349 price tag. The new, small HomePod will be “more affordable to consumers,” Zino says. The speaker is expected to sell for $99…Read more>>