iPhone 12: Here’s what to expect at Apple’s launch event on 13 October | Science & Tech News

Apple is expected to finally unveil the iPhone 12 and a handful of other products at a special event later.

The company showed off a range of new gadgets including Apple Watches and iPads in its September event, but for the first time in years didn’t released a new iPhone.

Today’s launch is being held online – like last month’s reveal and Apple’s developer conference in June – and will broadcast at 6pm UK time.

You can follow it live with Sky News, but here’s what to expect.

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Apple’s September event focused mainly on the Apple Watch

The firm is set to unveil four devices in three different sizes in the iPhone 12 range.

They are rumoured to include super-fast 5G wireless connectivity for the first time, with the models going on sale on 23 October.

The smallest device is expected to have a 5.4-inch screen, two will measure 6.1 inches, and the biggest will have a mammoth 6.7-inch display.

The biggest version and one of the 6.1-inch models are expected to be higher-end devices with the latest technology, potentially called the iPhone 12 Pro range.

They are expected to keep the triple-lens housing which debuted with the iPhone 11 Pro, while the regular and smaller models will have a dual-lens set-up at the rear.

It isn’t clear what the smaller iPhone 12 will be called, but there have been suggestions it might be named the iPhone 12 mini.

Apple could be set to drop the iPhone charger from its next device
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Apple could be set to drop the iPhone charger from its new devices

Apple is rumoured to have added a distinctive metal frame, reminiscent of the iPhone 4 and the newest iPad Pro models, to differentiate the devices from the iPhone 11 range.

The design is expected to align with the iPad Pro, with the frame giving the device a square-edged look – although for most people these features tend to be hidden by a case.

It has also been rumoured that the iPhone 12 will be sold without headphones, a charger or a plug adaptor in the box.

The best features are rumoured to be packed into the 6.7-inch device, including a rear camera system that uses lasers to calculate depth information, opening up a range of new photography and augmented-reality features.

Apple is also rumoured to be working on over-the-ear headphones to add to the AirPods family, potentially called AirPods Studio – although leaks on Chinese social media claim they won’t feature in today’s event.

The main invite to Tuesday’s event also has the title “Hi, Speed”.

This suggests the firm will make a big deal out of the inclusion of Apple Silicon – or its in-house developed computer chips – as it did in September for the A14 Bionic, available in the iPad Air 4.

The chip was described as “by far the most advanced we’ve ever made” with transistors so small they “challenge the laws of physics” with about 11.8 billion on a single chip.

“We’re talking about a scale so small, they’re measured in atoms,” Apple said.

It is the first time such a chip has been announced in any product line other than the iPhone, potentially due to the delayed release date the company warned investors about earlier this year.

Apple says the iPad Air 4 is three times faster than the top-selling Android tablet, and six times faster than the top-selling Chromebook.

We’ll have to wait and see what comparisons Apple makes with the iPhone 12.

Tile bluetooth trackers are seen during CES 2018 in Las Vegas on January 10, 2018. Tile is now Amazon Alexa and Google Home compatible. / AFP PHOTO / MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)
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Apple will reportedly launch its own Bluetooth-tracker tags

Also look out for perhaps the most novel addition to the company’s line-up – Apple AirTags – similar to the Tile Bluetooth trackers.

These can be added to a keyring or other items and located using an app.

Particularly exciting is the idea of an augmented reality tracker, which would enable users to open their iPhone and get an overlay of where the tag is located.

It could be particularly handy for the age-old problem of not knowing where you left your keys.

But even if the tag has been left further afield, there are suggestions it could be located by other iPhones through Apple’s “Find My” app mesh network.

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