What does 'Hi, Speed' mean? Apple enthusiasts feel the iPhone-maker is all set to go the 5G way

New-generation 5G networks have also taken shape in South Korea and in parts of Europe.

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5G networks are touted as promising an exponential leap in the amount and speed of wireless data.
SAN FRANCISCO: Apple is expected on Tuesday to unveil a keenly anticipated iPhone 12 line-up starring models tuned to super-fast new 5G telecom networks in an update considered vital to the company's fortunes.

A streamed event was cryptically teased with the message "Hi, Speed" in an apparent reference to the faster wireless networks being introduced in many parts of the world.

Analysts expect Apple to introduce a selection of iPhone 12 models in multiple sizes, with some shipping earlier than others due to the toll the pandemic has taken on the company's supply chain.


"We believe iPhone 12 represents the most significant product cycle for Cook & Co. since iPhone 6 in 2014 and will be another defining chapter in the Apple growth story," Wedbush analyst Dan Ives said in a note to investors, referring to chief executive Tim Cook.

The time is ripe, analysts said, for Apple to hit the market with an iPhone tailored to the super-fast 5G telecom networks taking root around the world.

"Apple absolutely needs 5G right now," said Techsponential analyst Avi Greengart, "not for the US, but for China, where 5G is driving purchase decisions."
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Some Apple rivals have already produced 5G models, and China is far ahead of the US when it comes to the new-generation networks.

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.

"5G is happening in China with or without Apple; in fact, more 5G phones than non-5G phones are selling in China," said analyst Patrick Moorhead of Moor Insights & Strategy.

New-generation 5G networks have also taken shape in South Korea and in parts of Europe.
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Meanwhile, US telecom firms are looking at a 5G iPhone as a catalyst for consumer interest that will justify the big investments needed for those networks, according to analysts.

"US carriers are waiting for Apple to announce a 5G iPhone to put the pedal to the metal in the US," said Moorhead.
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Apple also needs a 5G-capable iPhone to maintain its premium image, analysts added.

Powerhouses Samsung and Huawei already have 5G smartphones on the market.

Google recently unveiled two new smartphones with 5G wireless capability under its Pixel brand, which showcases the Android mobile system but has limited market share.

"Apple got away with not releasing a 5G device last year because the 5G use-cases and network coverage simply wasn't there," said Futuresource Consulting research analyst Stephen Mears.

"Apple won't want to be perceived as being two generations behind on 5G handsets."

The streamed event comes a month after Apple unveiled new service bundles and smartwatch models tied to the iPhone, which remains at the heart of its money-making ecosystem.

Adding 5G iPhones to its line-up should help Apple "drive forward" with that lucrative blend of hardware, software, services and digital content, Mears said. From the health-centric Apple Watch to subscriptions to music and television services, the iPhone is at the center of the user experience.

Apple remains the most expensive company on Wall Street, where it ended the formal trading session Friday with a value of $2.03 billion, based on its share price.

Rumors swirling ahead of the event include that Apple will unveil new iPhones in an array of sizes, from a small model with a 5.4-inch (13.7-centimeter) screen to one with a 6.7-inch screen, measured diagonally.

Overall, it has been a tough year for the smartphone industry, with the pandemic disrupting economies and supply chains.

"Recovery will be slow, with tough market conditions expected to continue through 2021," Mears said.

Total smartphone sales were down 16 percent in the second quarter, according to research firm IDC.

Its survey showed Huawei leading the market, ahead of Samsung, Apple and Chinese firms Xiaomi and Oppo.

iPhone 12, AirPods Studio & More: What To Expect From Apple’s ‘Hi, Speed’ Event, How To Watch Livestream
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Less than a month after Apple’s September event in which the Cupertino-based company unveiled Apple Watch Series 6 and the redesigned Apple iPad Air, the iPhone-maker is all set for its second fall event on October 13, which has been named ‘Hi, Speed’.

The tech aficionados and Apple fans can’t contain their excitement for the much-awaited October event. While the company has managed to keep pretty much everything under-the-wraps, the Internet is abuzz with what can be expected from the event.

Will high-tech gadgets be dropped by the Cupertino-based company at the ‘Hi, Speed’ event? Will there be an iPhone 12, or a new HomePod Mini? Here’s a comprehensive rundown of what to expect from Apple on October 13.

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However, if the rumours are to be believed, the Cupertino-based tech giant might finally unveil the new iPhone 12 which is expected to have a 5G variant. According to a report on Artstechnica, the name ‘Hi, Speed’ could refer to the fast A14 chip which is expected to power the new iPhone 12 or the 5G connectivity.

Buzz also suggests that the tech giant could unveil as many as four iPhone 12 models ranging from 5.4 inches to 6.7 inches screen size. All four models are expected to come with OLED displays as well as 5G.

The phones will likely feature Apple’s new high-performance A14 chipset and an upgraded camera.

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Giving a tough competition to its Beats brethren, Apple is expected to launch over-the-ear headphones called AirPods Studio. These headphones will likely carry the Apple branding and will have superior noise cancellation, in addition to better sound quality as compared to the regular AirPods.

It is being said that Apple will launch the AirPods Studio in two styles: a luxury edition that could end up costing over $600 and the standard model aimed at fitness-freaks.

A Bloomberg report claimed these new headphones will be modular, allowing users to swap out the ear pads, among other things.

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For quite some time, the buzz is strong that the Cupertino-based tech giant might soon unveil a location-based tracking device called AirTags, which will be Apple’s answer to physical tags, Tile.

AirTags is a GPS-enabled device that can be attached to a valuable item which can be later traced if lost. Early leaks suggested AirTags would also offer augmented reality features, allowing the owner to find them with a heads-up-display-like AR view on their iPhones, iPads, or (in the future) AR glasses. (Image Courtesy: MacRumours)

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Rumour has it that Apple is gearing up to launch a miniature version of HomePod at its October 13 event. It’s being said that this mini HomePod will be half the size of the original, with the same design.


The new HomePod Mini is expected to compete with the lower-end speakers from Google and Amazon. A cheaper speaker would likely sacrifice that audio quality to bring Siri to more people, an Artstechnica report states.

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Apple’s ‘Hi, Speed’ event will take place on October 13. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the event will be held virtually.

The event starts at 10 AM PDT i.e. 10:30 PM IST and will be streamed live from Apple Park in Cupertino, California. You can watch the livestream at 10:30 pm live on Apple.com or on Apple’s official YouTube channel.

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