Our hunch was right: Apple has revealed its first 5G iPhones.
Apple announced Wednesday morning it was releasing new iPhones using 5G, making it the latest smartphone maker to adapt to the new-generation, high-speed wireless networks.
“We are going to introduce 5G across our entire lineup of iPhone models,” Apple chief executive Tim Cook said at a streamed launch event from the company’s headquarters in California on October 13. “Today is the beginning of a new era for iPhone.”
The new models include the redesigned iPhone 12 — successor to the top-selling iPhone 11 launched last year — which will start at HK$6,799. A smaller iPhone 12 Mini with a 5.4 inch display will start at HK$5,999. There are also a 6.1-inch iPhone 12 Pro (from HK$8,499) and 6.7-inch iPhone 12 Pro Max (from HK$9,399) with the largest Super Retina XDR displays ever on iPhone.
These will be available for pre-order in Hong Kong from October 16 at 8PM for the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro, and from November 6 at 9PM for the iPhone 12 Mini and iPhone 12 Pro Max. Click here for more details.
The new lineup of iPhones was expected to ignite a surge in interest in smartphone upgrades to take advantage of the faster networks.
Apple joins other handset makers including Samsung and Huawei in introducing smartphones taking advantage of the growing 5G footprint around the world, which could open up new markets and technologies.
5G networks are touted as promising an exponential leap in the amount and speed of wireless data, enabling advances in self-driving vehicles, virtual reality, connected health and more as sensors and servers communicate instantly.
The growth of 5G could also be a catalyst to revive a sluggish smartphone market. Total smartphone sales were down 16 percent year-on-year in the second quarter, according to research firm IDC.
Apple also introduced a new version of its HomePod smart speaker standing just eight centimetres (3.3 inches tall). The HomePod mini, which responds to voice commands and plays music, will start at HK$749. Pre-orders can be placed here from November 6 onwards.
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