What to Expect from Apple’s October Event

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Here we go again: Apple’s last event was just a month ago, but on Tuesday, the company will take the wraps off even more new devices. This time, it looks like we’ll get what everyone has been waiting for: new iPhones.

We knew the iPhone(s) 12 would arrive later in the year than usual—Apple confirmed as much in its July quarterly earnings call to set expectations—and after September’s event highlighted the Apple Watch and iPad, it looks like the iPhone is finally on deck.

It is entirely possible that Apple will save the iPhone for yet another rumored launch event next month, but that may well be when we’ll see the first Mac with Apple Silicon (we’re betting on it).

But we’re not expecting just iPhones to appear on Tuesday. Here’s everything Apple is expected to announce.

iPhones 12 Finally Arrive—with 5G

Apple’s cheeky “Hi, Speed” tagline on its event invites is a clear reference to 5G and the faster speeds that the next-gen networks promise. (Whether they deliver or not is a bigger question.) It’s also a reference to the A14 Bionic processor that will almost definitely be included in this year’s iPhones.

The iPhone 12 lineup is rumored to include not two, not three, but four new phones, which is a big deal, because one of those phones is expected to be pint-sized. No, not like this year’s iPhone SE, which sounded like it would be a small phone but was actually the size of an iPhone 8—a regular-sized phone with a tiny screen. This 5.4-inch iPhone 12 mini will look like its larger siblings, with a nearly edge-to-edge display, Face ID, and flattened design with squared-off sides (similar to the latest iPads). A super-sized 6.7-inch iPhone 12 Pro Max is also expected to join the lineup, though recent rumors suggest that model may launch in November. Then there will be two 6.1-inch iPhones 12 models: a Pro version with a stainless steel body and triple-lens camera system (and LiDAR sensor), and a cheaper iPhone 12 with an aluminum body and dual-lens cameras.

This year’s iPhones, like last year’s, will be differentiated by their cameras.

This year’s iPhones, like last year’s, will be differentiated by their cameras.
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Notably, a 5.7-inch iPhone similar to the…