Apple CEO Tim Cook unveiled new iPhone models, including the iPhone 12, iPhone 12 mini, and iPhone 12 Pro, with support for the new 5G communication standard, allowing data transfer speeds of up to 4 Gbps. In Russia, 5G will not work on new iPhones: fifth-generation networks are not yet available, and government agencies have not yet prepared the necessary certification rules for these devices. Older iPhone models will cost from 99,990 rubles. And 109,990 rubles, and the younger ones – from 79,990 rubles. And 69,990 rubles. Respectively.
At its presentation in Cupertino, Apple unveiled a new line of iPhones, including the iPhone 12, iPhone 12 mini, and iPhone 12 Pro with support for the new 5G communication standard. The older model iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max with the memory of 128 GB, 256 GB, and 512 GB will be available in graphite, silver, and gold and color “Pacific Blue” for 99,990 rubles. And 109,990 rubles. Respectively.
Younger models of the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini will be presented in five colors (black, white, red, blue, and green) with the memory of 64 GB, 128 GB, and 256 GB for 79,990 rubles. And 69,990 rubles. respectively. iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 models in Russia will be available on Apple and authorized retailers for pre-order from October 21 and on sale from Friday, October 23. Pre-orders for the iPhone 12 Pro Max and iPhone 12 mini will begin November 6 and sell on November 13.
All devices are equipped with an OLED display and ultra-durable Ceramic Shield glass and support fast wireless charging. For wireless charging, Apple also introduced a new accessory, the MagSafe wireless charger used in new silicone, leather, transparent cases, and leather wallet cases that easily attach to the iPhone’s back.
At the same time, headphones and wired charging adapters will no longer be included with the new iPhones.
The company will stop adding them to reduce its carbon footprint. The iPhone will now have a standard USB-C charging connector with a cable included.
Apple also unveiled the HomePod mini, a smart speaker with iPhone integration, and Siri voice assistant. It will be available in two colors – white and space gray and will retail for $ 99 in the US. The device will be available for pre-order in Australia, UK, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Spain, Canada, USA, France, and Japan starting November 6 and will go on sale on November 16. In China, Mexico, and Taiwan, HomePod mini will be on sale later this year; in Russia, the column will not be on sale.
Earlier, Apple presented an updated iPad tablet and smart watches Apple Watch, Kommersant reported on September 15. It also announced the consolidation of its services, including the Apple TV + online cinema and Apple Arcade gaming service, into an overall Apple One subscription.
Apple reports that the new iPhone 12 models support “most 5G bands.”
What specific bands will be supported is not specified, but models released for the US market will operate at millimeter waves (above 6 GHz). Under ideal conditions, the new iPhones’ data transfer rates will reach 4 Gbps, under normal conditions – 1 Gbps. The smartphone will also be able to switch between 5G and LTE to save battery automatically.
In Russia, 5G networks are not yet available, so this feature will not be supported on new iPhones.
So far, the development of 5G in Russia is hindered by a shortage of frequencies, which are now occupied by the special services and disagreements between departments around the cryptographic protection of new generation equipment.
For the certification of base stations and smartphones, the FSB and the Ministry of Digital Security require installing domestic crypto protection in them, Kommersant reported on October 8. Without agreeing on the rules for using base stations and smartphones for 5G, it will be impossible to certify these devices for Russia, explains Eldar Murtazin, a leading analyst at Mobile Research Group. “But if the user travels abroad, to countries where 5G is supported, the corresponding module will be turned on, and upon returning to Russia, it will turn off again,” he explains.