Summary of Apple's "Hi, Speed" Event

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Hi, Speed

Today was Apple's second event this fall, named "Hi, Speed". The previous one, about a month ago, introduced new Apple Watch and iPad models, among other announcements. Notably absent that day was any mention of iPhone.

That's what today was all about. We now have all the details on iPhone 12, which is seeing some changes to its line-up with the inclusion of a "mini" option. Of course, today's announcements covered more than just iPhone; we also got the details on the new HomePod Mini, a $99 HomePod speaker.

iPhone 12: Mini to Max

As mentioned, the iPhone line-up is changing a bit. The pattern we've gotten used to is still present: there's iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, and iPhone 12 Pro Max. Now, though, there's a new addition in the form of iPhone 12 mini. This model is identical to iPhone 12, except for screen size. The mini is 5.4 inches to iPhone 12's 6.1 inches. The Pro variant is also 6.1 inches, while the Pro Max is a pocket-straining 6.7 inches.

Before we get to the differences, let's run through the features that all the new models share.

The physical design of iPhone 12 is somewhat different from that of the 11. Instead of the rounded sides you might be used to, iPhone 12 returns to flat sides, with the front and rear glass merging with a metal frame. Apple says that, despite the larger screen sizes in these models, iPhone 12 is eleven percent thinner, sixteen percent lighter, and has fifteen percent less volume than iPhone 11. By reducing the screen bezels and pushing the screen as close to the frame as they could, they say that iPhone 12 is about the same overall size as iPhone 11, yet has even more display surface.

As usual, there's a new processor at the heart of the new iPhones. The A14 Bionic is the same chip we saw introduced in the recently-announced iPad Air, and as we found out then, the A14 is an impressive bit of engineering. Today gave us even more details. It has twice as many cores for machine learning, it runs both normal and graphics operations faster than the A13, and it is among the first mobile chips to use a five nanometer process. Basically, this means Apple is able to fit more material into the same physical size, letting the A14 do more work while drawing little extra power and putting off less heat. Apple claims that the A14 Bionic is generations ahead of anything else out there, and is the fastest chip in any smartphone.

It won't surprise you that there are improved cameras on every new iPhone. The pattern where the Pro models include an extra lens continues, but every iPhone 12 is capable of taking better images than any iPhone before it. Low light performance has markedly improved, though you'll see more in this area on the Pro, and Smart HDR updates help images look great. So Apple says, at least.

Before we get off of visual topics, let's touch on the screen. The glass is the big topic here: not only is it the newest, toughest glass Corning has made to date, it's backed by a "ceramic shield" to offer even more durability. Essentially, Apple and Corning have come up with a way to grow ceramic crystals in the glass itself. These tiny crystals offer four times the drop resistance as compared to iPhone 11. Also of note is that all iPhone 12 models now sport OLED screens, with twice the pixel count as last year's phones had. Previously, the non-Pro phones used LCD screens, so this will be a welcome change for those who want their display to look great, but may not need the other features of an iPhone Pro.

Ever since iPhones gained the ability to charge wirelessly, way back with iPhone 8, people have wished this charging method could top off batteries faster. More and more often, competing phones offer faster wireless charging speeds, leaving Apple's phones in the dust. This year, iPhone 12 finally addresses this shortcoming, supporting wireless charging speeds of up to twice what previous-generation iPhones could manage. This isn't to say that you'll see your battery charge twice as fast, but you'll certainly see a big jump in charging speed, if you use a compatible wireless charger.

Apple has finally gotten onboard the 5G train. Each iPhone 12 will include 5G cellular support, though the details of which bands, types, and features are supported where can get rather complicated. Still, not only has 5G support finally arrived, but it's done so without costing extra. You don't need to choose whether you want the 5G model of whichever iPhone 12 you buy; instead, 5G will be included on all variants.

Apple also explained that they've tuned iOS to only use 5G at certain times, improving battery life by not leaving the power-draining feature on constantly. For instance, when apps are updating themselves in the background or you're sending iMessages, 5G might not be used at all, since the speed difference between that and 4G wouldn't be noticeable. However, if you're downloading a large file, 5G would kick in to try to speed up the download. The goal seems to be to use 5G when you'd feel the speed increase, and fall back to (the far more power-efficient) 4G otherwise.

The last common feature is actually what's not present. Starting with Apple Watch Series 6, Apple stopped including a USB charging brick in the box. It won't surprise many people to hear that this practice now extends to iPhone. Starting this year, new iPhones won't come with a charging brick, though you'll still get a Lightning charging cable. In fact, the included cable is now a fast charge-capable USB-C one. The phones will also lack earbuds or headphones of any kind. As with the charging bricks, Apple says these changes are to help lessen the amount of e-waste its products generate.

iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini are, as usual, the lower end of the range. The mini has a 5.4-inch screen, while the non-mini version's screen is 6.1 inches.

If you go with iPhone 12, you lose the third lens and LiDAR sensor that the Pro has. You also can't record Dolby Vision video, and can't do a few other advanced image tricks. If you don't need all the Pro's photography features, you will probably be quite happy with iPhone 12. It has the same processor, MagSafe mounting magnets, glass with Ceramic Shield, cellular support, and so on that iPhone 12 Pro has. Apart from a frame made of aluminum instead of stainless steel, a smaller screen size option, and the camera hardware, the two models are quite similar where it counts.

There are some changes to the color options: iPhone 12 comes in white, black, red, green, and blue. The storage tiers are the same as last year, and include 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB. iPhone 12 mini starts at $729, and iPhone 12 starts at $829. Certain carriers are selling these phones for $30 less than the prices listed here.

iPhone Pro and Pro Max, are, as we just went over, similar to iPhone 12 in most ways. The major differentiator is the camera.

There are two headline features of the camera setup on the Pro. First, LiDAR is finally included. LiDAR allows for more accurate distance measurements, meaning that the camera lenses can adjust more precisely to focus a subject or perform other tricks. Instead of the phone using AI to analyze visual data, it can get precise numbers that will help it be more effective. Of course, LiDAR also has implications for mixed/augmented reality, which we should see even more of now that LiDAR isn't only present on modern iPad Pros, but has arrived on iPhone as well.

The other major improvement is a combination of changes in the three lenses making up the camera array, and the sensors behind them. Basically, the iPhone 12 Pro is capable of 4X optical zoom, while the Max can manage 5X optical zoom. The "optical" part of that is impressive, as it means there are no software tricks that might obscure or alter details in the image.

Together, all this adds up to some impressive photography and videography abilities. The Pro can record video in Dolby Vision, let you edit that footage, let you edit raw images with the enhancements iOS would have added automatically still saved should you want them, apply image affects to video recordings, get perfectly-focused shots in low light (thanks to LiDAR), and more.

iPhone 12 Pro is also getting some color changes. It will be offered in gold, silver, graphite, and blue. Storage options are 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB. The Pro starts at $999, while the Pro Max starts at $1099.

MagSafe Returns! Kind of

MagSafe used to be the technology that let a MacBook's charging cable snap into place when held near the charging port. Today, Apple re-branded the term. MagSafe is now a system of magnets found inside every iPhone 12, which enables some pretty neat possibilities.

First, MagSafe chargers are wireless chargers that include magnets and magnetic sensors. When an iPhone with MagSafe is placed on this kind of charger, it will automatically settle itself into the perfect charging position. Plus, MagSafe chargers offer 15W, which is twice as fast as older iPhones could handle. Don't worry, though: Apple promises that MagSafe hardware won't interfeer with iPhone 12's ability to use non-MagSafe chargers.

This system of magnets can do more, though. Apple showed off several accessories that use the technology, including some cases and a wallet attachment. All of these easily snap onto the phone, and seem to be easier to remove than traditional cases.

Perhaps the most exciting aspect of MagSafe is that it's open to anyone. Accessory makers are free to come up with their own add-ons, cases, mounts, chargers, and anything else they can dream up. Apple sells its own cases, and that wallet, but mentioned that Belkin is working on MagSafe designs of its own. They seem confident that other companies will quickly follow.

HomePod Mini

Introduced in 2018, HomePod is Apple's answer to Amazon Echo or Google Home: a stand-alone smart speaker with Siri as its brain. Ever since the launch, Apple hasn't made a smaller, cheaper version of HomePod to rival similar offerings from its smart speaker competitors. At least, not until now.

HomePod Mini is a smaller, $99 HomePod. It uses the same chip as a Series 5 Apple Watch, and supports the same commands as its big brother. At about 3.5 inches tall, though, it stands less than half the height. It also has a more spherical shape, whereas its more expensive counterpart is a cylinder. HomePod Mini comes in the same colors--gray or white--as the full-sized HomePod, and shares the same cloth covering.

Don't expect the Mini to match the sublime sounds of the HomePod, but the difference may not be as big as you'd think. HomePod Mini samples its own audio a hundred and eighty times per second, constantly tuning the output to match not only the environment, but the kind of audio being played. It uses custom-designed drivers to pump out sound, and with AirPods and the bigger HomePod to draw from, you can't deny that Apple has a lot of experience getting big sound from small packages.

It's more than audio, though. Combining an onboard U1 chip, Siri, and its existing devices, Apple has ported many features from HomePod, and added some new ones.

An intercom system lets users send voice messages to each other. Messages will play on all HomePods (Mini or otherwise) in the house, as well as on the AirPods of anyone in the family. Apple Watches, iPhones, and iPads will show an alert, playing the audio when the user taps the notification. The demo showed this feature working to broadcast a message to everyone, but I imagine it can target a specific room or floor as well. It seems likely that HomePod Mini will integrate with HomeKit to let you tell it which room it's in for this kind of use.

HomePod Mini can play music from Apple Music, as you'd expect, but can (or will soon be able to) also use Amazon Music and Tunein as sources. All this music only sounds better from more speakers, though, and to that end, HomePod Mini can synchronize playback between whichever speakers you choose. It can also tell if there's another Mini in the same room; if there is, the two can automatically form a stereo pair. Add AirPlay 2 to this, and your options for playing music, podcasts, or other audio are quite broad.

Finally, Siri gets similar features as it has on the full-sized HomePod. It can recognize people by their voice, customizing its data sources and music recommendations to them, and do everything else Siri on HomePod can do. Apple stressed Siri's privacy features, including not associating commands with a specific Apple ID, not sending audio to the cloud until the wake word is heard, letting users opt out of having their recordings kept, and more. With Siri, calendars, messages, reminders, HomeKit commands, and more are all available. The Mini has two less microphones than the larger HomePod, though, so it remains to be seen whether voice commands will suffer.

HomePod Mini can be pre-ordered starting November 6. It will cost $99.

Bye, Speed

That's it for today, though if the rumors are true, we might be back here in November for yet another set of announcements.

Did anything grab your attention today? Does iPhone 12 mini look tempting, or maybe the HomePod Mini? Will you be upgrading anything this year? For my part, I was sad to see Touch ID fail to return to iPhone, so I'll probably keep my iPhone 11 for another year. However, I'm pre-ordering at least one HomePod Mini the second Apple opens the virtual doors. I haven't been this excited about an Apple product since I went from a Series 2 Apple Watch to a Series 4.

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Submitted by JC Alicea on Tuesday, October 13, 2020

I'm thinking about purchasing the HomePod mini. simple and easy to use.

Submitted by Darrell Shandr… on Wednesday, October 14, 2020

I thought, certainly, we would see the return of Touch ID this year. I have the iPhone 11, so I think I'll wait.

Submitted by Brad on Wednesday, October 14, 2020

My 10 s is having issues with podcasts and there's nothing I can do, so I'll be geting a new phone and hoping it's fixed. I'll be paying off both at the same time. It'll be a bit tight but I really like the sound of the mini.

Submitted by Pepper Fox on Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Classic Apple. The environmental excuse for removing the charger is almost offensive when they're shipping a cable that won't fit into most peoples' existing chargers, and the unlocked iphone models have a $30US upcharge. The base storage on the non-pro models is also a tough pill to swallow. Even high end NVME storage has been well under 50 cents a gig for some time now, but this is Apple world, not normal-tech world. Complaints aside, it seems like a nice phone. I'll probably be buying the 12. My Galaxy is perfectly healthy, but I want in on actual, real, proper community and developer support for my non-visual needs, and Google and Android just can't support that. There is no purple color this year, and that makes me a sad lady. I really, really, really hope the x60 modem made it into these phones. I'm worried about battery life. I think low and mid band 5G will be nice improvements, especially since I live in a city that gets swamped with tourists in the summer (working at an office without wifi is a bummer). If the lidar senser proves to be useful between now and when I click the buy button, I might upgrade to the pro model.

The Homepod is disappointing for me. I've got speakers that eat the regular homepod for breakfast, so I was hoping for something like the Echo Dot that can plug into a sound system. I am not a fan of DSP unless the speakers are exceptionally small, like a phone, and this thing has DSP for days. I think I'll build my own Airplay receiver with a Raspberry Pi.

There were no AirTags, and rumors say they're delayed until March. Ouch. The magsafe chargers seem nice. 40 bucks for a first-party accessory isn't quite as ludicrous as I was expecting. I might pick one up. Can the duo charger power an Apple Watch?

Call this post whining, if you like. I'm one of those weirdos that obsesses over tech specs and is perpetually disappointed with the tech industry. I'm sure the 4 models are all perfectly adequate and likely more powerful than anyone will need for at least several years. Either way, I'm gonna go and buy one of these in a few weeks. I want Braille that actually works and a community that actually exists.

Hi friend. Make sure you do your research first. The reason why your podcasts don't work right, isn't really because of the iPhone XS or which ever 1 you have. Its because iOS 13 made accessibility not work properly. I have an iPhone 8 with either iOS 11 or 12 , and it is working fine. I can't commment on the new iOS 14 though.

Submitted by Juan Avila on Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Hi all,
Do you really think the reason for not putting a pair of head phones/ear buds, or a power brick is a way for them to be more environmentally friendly? I certainly do not. They just want to save money, and are forcing you to buy these items from a third party, or even something more expensive like bluetooth "Air Pods", or wireless chargers. I mean, the new cable doesn't have a regular USB plug like the old ones. Instead, it has a USBC plug, which not many people have yet. Unless, you are , buying a lot of technology in these recent times.
In my opinion, if Apple really wanted to save the environment, they should offer a deal where they give you money back for old products, even if they don't work anymore.

Submitted by Brad on Wednesday, October 14, 2020

In reply to by Juan Avila

The thing is, the guy I spoke to had the exact same phone with the exact same IOS build on it, IOS 14. He's worked as I expected and mine didn't.

Plus getting the mini will be nice, I like small phones.

The duo, as far as I can tell, is specifically for iPhone 12 and Apple Watch.

As for the HomePod Mini, I'm wondering if I can pair it with my Sonos setup for full Siri integration through airplay.

Yeah, pi's are all well and good but you're not going to get voice control. I understand it to be a 'low cost' (In quotation marks) means of having Siri in every room rather than hifi. It's the equiviliant of the echo dot but I also have a suspicion that apple is going to create a home theatre set up with two rear minis and two full size HomePods using the spacial audio they've been developing for AirPods Pro. Who knows though.

Submitted by Bingo Little on Wednesday, October 14, 2020

I was disappointed not to see the return of touch ID to the iPhone. as for the other features they all look very nice but I not sufficient to part with the SE2020 I only just bought. I'm open to persuasion from other contributors but as things stand the 'buy now' button will not be seeing any action this year.

Submitted by Amir on Wednesday, October 14, 2020

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Greetings all. Honestly I watched one of the least exciting -- and rather disappointing -- Apple launches yesterday. Of course, I had heard about the removal of the charger and the earphones, but I was hoping to observe the return of the Touch ID in this day and age of mask-wearing against all odds. After all, it's both ridiculous and time-wasting to enter a 6-digit number on my iPhone 11 Pro Max while wearing a mask -- as if it were a Nokia 6600! As such, I won't be getting the 12 Pro Max this year. In fact, this passkey-typing has been so frustrating that I might even let go of my iPhone, despite its huge accessibility benefits, to use another platform -- at least for a while.

Submitted by Callum on Wednesday, October 14, 2020

These announcements look pretty good, however the new phones are not for me just yet. My iPhone xR is working great for now, even with iOS 14, so I'll happily stick with that.

I must admit I'm surprised to see no Touch ID. With many of us needing to wear face coverings due to Covid-19, and of course Face ID being impossible to use while wearing one of these, the re-introduction of Touch ID on these new phones could have been a smart move for Apple even if it was Touch ID alongside Face ID, so the user could use either option depending on what was easier and more convenient for them.

With the HomePod, however, that's a different story... I have always hated the idea of the HomePod, 1 because Siri cannot compete with the likes of Google Assistant and Alexa, and 2 because the price is just ridiculous. However, the lower price of the HomePod Mini does have me tempted to try it out, even though I know deep down that Siri will probably leave me more frustrated than impressed, and also that I simply don't need another smart speaker. Someone help me be sensible here before that buy now button gets "accidentally" clicked! :)

Submitted by dennis on Wednesday, October 14, 2020

It looks like another over priced apple iPhone. The minni $730 for 64gb? No Thank you. I'm sure the battery is crap like in most iPhones. Its pretty bad in a pixel4a when I get over a day. The pixel4A is not a flag ship. It is the competition to the new SE and blows it out of the water as far as battery life.

Submitted by gailisaiah on Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Hi Mehgcap, Excellent recap of the event. Thanks for providing this information to us!

The Mini sounds good to me. But I am still considering the SE as my next phone. Right now, I have the iPhone 8.

Submitted by JC Alicea on Wednesday, October 14, 2020

The latest phones are nice, but I'll stick with my 11. that's the current phone for me. I also have a wireless charging pad from samsung. also, as far as the HomePod mini goes, it sounds amazing. I replayed it's presentation from apple, and the sound quality sounds great. I will especially enjoy the sound handoff feature, whenever it becomes available. We'll see once it fully launches to the public. I'm considering purchasing one of my own. besides, $99 isn't that bad.

Submitted by Chris Hill on Wednesday, October 14, 2020

I suppose the lidar features and the new cameras may eventually come to something for the blind, but I'm not going to buy a new piece of expensive gear until that happens. I really doubt those really nice camera features are going to help me scan a bar code or text. There was supposed to be a more accurate gps chip coming out eventually, a couple of years ago it was mentioned; I'd jump at that. Otherwise, I'll stick with my 8, the touch id is much better for me, and I'll trade battery life for speed and smile while doing it.

Submitted by Scott Duck on Wednesday, October 14, 2020

I generally use my technology for several years before moving on to something newer. Most years, I don't pay much attention to the new iPhones simply because I know I won't be getting one. I am currently using a iPhone 6S, which is meeting my needs just fine. However, it is a bit sluggish on IOS 14, and this has me eyeing the new phones.

I am considering getting a 2020 iPhone SE at some point. I like the home button and the familiar form factor. The low price point is pretty attractive too, as compared to the other choices. There is one thing slowing me down. I am wondering how much of a difference in performance I would actually get over my 6S, given the VO sluggishness bug in IOS 14. One would think that the performance difference between the A9 and A13 would be significant but, if much of the sluggishness I am experiencing is due to the bug, then perhaps not.

I would be curious to hear from someone who has a device with a A9 processor (same as my 6S) and also has a newer device and is running IOS 14 on both. What kind of performance difference do you see between the two devices?

I replaced the battery on my 6S in January of 2020, so I am good there. Really my only concern is the sluggishness and even that isn't a big enough deal to be really problematic. I will probably hold on to the 6S at least until they fix the sluggishness bug. I will probably make the move to the SE before IOS 15, simply because I'm sure my 6S won't support it. Even then, I will keep the 6S as a back-up device. The longevity of Apple's phones is quite remarkable.

That duo sounds like a great accessory then. Stick that on a nighstand or a desk, and it'd be a perfect wire-free solution. I've lost count of how many cables and ports I've mangled in bed at this point. I bet the main reason the price isn't extortionate is because they have to compete with Qi pucks that cost 5 bucks on amazon.

What I really wanted out of the Homepod mini was literally a chromecast audio, but airplay. I get the feeling I won't be able to replace google assistant with Siri any time soon, which is unfortunate. Maybe I can find something like that on AliExpress. Just a box with optical out that I can swap out, unless anyone knows about a good Airplay preamp.

You can change the six numbers to 4 I'm sure of it, or you can have no passcode, that's what I do. I know a lot of peple have a passcode and I get that but for me; it's not needed.

What do you mean by taski typing?

Typing will be the same on IOS and Android these days, they're both touch screen unless you can find an android with a keyboard but that's rare in the UK/Europe from what I understand. IF you live in the states though, I think they're still selling them.

Submitted by Missy Hoppe on Wednesday, October 14, 2020

I listened to the Apple event yesterday, and am trying to decide if I want a new phone or not. I love my 8 plus, and would happily keep using it, but with the recognition features in iOS 14, I wonder if a device that could actually take advantage of them properly would be a worthwhile investment. If the recognition settings were available for VO on my current device and I could turn off all the completely useless overly verbose descriptions of things that don't even need describing, then I truly would hold out until the return of touch ID, but unless Apple fixes things in iOS 14 to make things less annoying on my 8 plus, then I definitely see a new phone in my future. I will either get the 12 mini or the smaller version of the 12 pro. I know this is a little silly, but I will more likely than not base my decision, at least in part, on which shade of blue I like better. I have color perception, and blue is my favorite color. I'm hoping that I will be able to discern the colors of the new phones from pictures on the apple store web site, or maybe by the time my tax refund arrives next year, I will be able to get to my local Apple Store and check out the two shades of blue in person. In the mean-time, if anyone on here has enough vision to try and describe the colors, that information would be extremely appreciated.

Submitted by Pepper Fox on Wednesday, October 14, 2020

I just found out the 11 starts at $600. If I get that, I could throw in some airpods into my purchase. Yeah yeah, 5G is nice and all, but I don't care. Low band isn't much faster than LTE, and I can deal with some slow down in crowded places. OLED is nice and all, but I'm blind. I don't care. Maybe it uses slightly less power with screen curtain on. Big woop. I'm not too attracted to the 12 pro, so it came down to the 12 vs the 11, and it's hard to say no to a $230 price drop. I could get a watch series 6 instead of an SE, or some airpods.

Screw it, and the 11 even comes in purple! I figure if the Intel modem still gets me good signal at my house, then I'm good for another 3 or 4 or more years. Bonus, buying the charger (which is no longer included with the 11) won't hurt quite as much.

Submitted by JC Alicea on Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Hi again,

To the previous poster, I already have the 11 and it's awesome!! you are going to enjoy using it as much as I do. I also have the second gen AirPods and they work absolutely well on the 11. also, be sure you get a case with a built-in screen protector.

The problem with typing 4 or 6 digits is that compared with using Touch ID or Face ID, it takes time especially if you first have to force your iPhone, via a couple of tricks and touches, to enter the passkey-typing mode and forget about face recognition. As for not using a passkey, the only thing I can say is to each their own. I'll never ever do it as it poses huge security risks. Even using 4-digit passkeys isn't safe as Apple tends to discourage it. Finally, I suggest reading the following for more details and a better analysis of the whole issue: https://www.cnet.com/news/apple-doesnt-seem-to-care-that-were-all-stuck…

Submitted by Brian Giles on Thursday, October 15, 2020

I am kind of tempted by the 12 mini, but after you factor in a possible case, maybe upgrading to higher storage and maybe Apple care, I don't know if it would be worth it. Even though I don't like how big my XR is, that does mean it has longer battery life, and it is running great and doing everything I need it to, so I might skip the upgrade for a while longer. I like the idea of the magsafe wallet, but I don't care about the charger though. I've got a mophie dual qi charger that I love.

I also like that they no longer include a charger and ear pods in the box. I've gone through every pair of ear pods I've gotten since they don't last me more than 6 months at most. Even though BT ear buds have batteries that eventually degrade, they've lasted me longer than any wired pair of ear pods every has, so I haven't looked back. I've got 4 5w charging bricks, and 2 of them are still in the box because I don't need them. It's the lightning cables that wear out over time though. I think I've used all the ones I've had. Maybe for now Apple should include both a USB C and a USB A cable since that's most likely what people will be using which don't have a USB C or wireless charger. Then again, Apple likes to make people jump right into the future.

I started watching the event about halfway through, so I missed the stuff about the homepod mini. But a question kept running through my mind the whole time: why does visual stuff take so much dang power? Every year they talk on and on about the detail in whatever thing in this shot. As a totally blind person, I admittedly have no concept of this, even though I had a tiny bit of sight as a child. Yeah I know it will never happen, but I wish they would do a separate presentation, and show me how all that power of the new chip will impact me as a blind, or otherwise disabled person.

Submitted by Pepper Fox on Thursday, October 15, 2020

I bought an iPhone 11 with 128 gigs, and I used the money I saved to get Airpods pro with the sale amazon had... and a charger because literally none of my current bricks are USB C. Removing the charger is a money grab, plain and simple. I'll pick up the watch SE later and plug it into my USB type A power brick since Apple didn't use the same port everywhere for some reason. You can keep your 5G. I'll wait a few years for it to roll out. I'm missing out on the extra load capacity that 5G towers can handle, but I also saved enough cash to get an extra shiny toy that'll be infinitely more useful to me than slightly faster internet. Hey, maybe carriers might actually use fiber all over this time instead of T3 and microwave backhaul on lTE. Oh, and I can't forget the mandatory headphone dongle. At least it's reasonably priced.

Oof, I was way more excited a few days ago, but I suppose that's the power of marketing. Still, I just cannot say no to a $650 iPhone 11 when the 12 is only slightly better and improves on components that simply aren't that important to me.

Sardonic as I may be, I am excited to make the switch. I was going to buy the watch at the same time, but I figured it would be better to only have one new gadget to get used to at once. After all, Apple only has a 15 day return policy. Also, I got me my purple phone!

Submitted by gailisaiah on Thursday, October 15, 2020

Hi: If you go in to the TV app, you can watch the event with audio description.

Submitted by Holger Fiallo on Thursday, October 15, 2020

Well tomorrow I will call Verizon and get 12 pro. My 11 pro max is going to a sweet lady for Christmas. She has iPhone 6 and is not working well.Beside whenever we go out and she uses it, is not nice because them I use my 11 pro max. She needs a great phone so she can look great.

quote, Even using 4-digit passkeys isn't safe as Apple tends to discourage it. unquote

obviously, the longer the passcode, the safer it becomes, but one should use at least 7 digits. when you use 6 digits, people can get lucky if they happen to enter it correctly, the phone will unlock itself automatically. some people are very lucky, you know, some of them won the lottery twice.

if you use 7 digit, the attacker first need to know how many digit you use, and then tap ok. it's not easy, and i haven't met anyone who is that lucky.

Thing is; I don't go out that much so it's not really needed. As for swiping and tapping, I've done it before when out, all you've got to do is make sure you're out of the way of others and just press the unlock key, swipe to the place that doesn't actually have a name as far as I know, tap on that and then put in the pin, it's quite simple once you've done it a couple times.

I find it kind of amusing that someone might want my phone, cause they won't be able to use it with voiceover on and even if they manage to turn it off, what are they going to do, take money from my account, they'd need my pin. These peple would be a lot better off just stealing my card and using my pin for that.

Submitted by Holger Fiallo on Friday, October 16, 2020

Just pre-order from Verizon. It will not be send until Oct 30. I thought I would get it on Oct 25 but I will wait.