Apple’s 2020 iPhone Event Had An Unmistakable Undercurrent That Was All About Accessibility

Apple this morning held its second event in as many months, announcing a new HomePod Mini and a range of new iPhones. The iPhone is undeniably Apple’s crown jewel product, and the new ones look as stellar as ever, while the baby HomePod feels like something Cupertino should’ve launched years ago.

Forget 5G networking. Forget the Pro Max’s LiDAR sensor and fancy camera tricks. Forget the (albeit delightful) new color finishes on both iPhones. Forget HomePod Mini doesn’t (for now?) support Spotify. If you’re someone who cares deeply about accessibility, disabled or not, the high-level take from today’s announcement was unmistakable. Everything Apple announced today has some sort of accessibility story that will define the user experience for legions of buyers with disabilities. It’s yet another lesson that accessible hardware matters just as much as accessible software.

Look no further than the reintroduction of MagSafe to the Apple lexicon for proof. Apple’s years-long love affair with magnets has been a low-key boon for people with fine-motor conditions. The new accessories unveiled today keep the theme going, which should make adding and removing a case (and charging a device, obviously) eminently more accessible than tediously fiddling with a case’s material or a Lightning cable. It’s one thing to sneer at Apple’s accessory game by deriding their peripherals as pretty but overpriced—but it’s a mistake to overlook the accessibility gains MagSafe should have on a person with physical motor impairments. The ramifications of these clever new cases and chargers is immensely important if you’re someone who struggles with an ostensibly mundane thing like plugging in your phone to charge.

As for the iPhone 12 and 12 Pro, the 12 Mini is the most intriguing model insofar as accessibility goes. It wasn’t too long ago when Apple introduced an iPhone with

iPhone 12 launch day: Apple’s big event was quite a whirlwind

This story is part of Apple Event, our full coverage of the latest news from Apple headquarters.

Apple set Oct. 13 as the date for its latest iPhone’s debut, and the day finally arrived. Here’s everything Apple announced on Tuesday, including four versions of the iPhone 12 and the $99 HomePod Mini. And here’s how to preorder the entire iPhone 12 lineup.

Like Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference and the Apple Watch and iPad launch event earlier this year, the iPhone event took place entirely online, livestreamed on Apple’s website. CNET also hosted a live watch party, which you can rewatch above.


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Apple’s fall product launch this year is expected to touch off a wave of upgrade purchases, analysts say, with fans eyeing the iPhone’s new 5G capabilities and boxier look, similar to that of the iPad Pro. A “staggering” 53% of respondents plan to buy this year’s iPhone, according to a survey by electronics reseller Decluttr. Flashier rivals — such as Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold 2, with its foldable display, or Microsoft’s Surface Duo, with two screens sandwiched together — offer new spins on the standard metal-and-glass smartphone construction. But most consumers will likely gravitate toward what they know.

And even if the new iPhone only offers a few new bells and whistles beyond a different exterior design and a new blue color option, it’ll draw the lion’s share of attention.

Apple’s invitation, which often offers clues, had an Apple logo inside circles with hues of blue, orange and red. And there’s a pun: “Hi, Speed.” 

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This didn’t stop people from speculating about what other mysteries could be hidden in the invite’s

Here’s everything Apple announced at its iPhone 12 event

Apple made us wait to get a glimpse of its 2020 iPhone lineup, and now it’s easy to see why. All told, it announced four new iPhone models on Tuesday. Add that a more affordable HomePod mini speaker, and it was a jam-packed event.

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Apple didn’t lead off with the iPhone 12, but it was probably the device most people tuned in to see. The company’s latest mainstream iPhone improves upon the iPhone 11 in several notable ways. To start, it has a new OLED display with the company’s True Tone tech and a much sharper 2,532 by 1,170 resolution. It also adopts the same flat-edged design as Apple’s recently announced iPad Air. Moreover, it’s thinner and smaller than its predecessor, and if Apple’s claims are accurate, more durable as well. The latter is thanks to a new Ceramic Shield glass layer over the display that the company says is four times more drop-resistant than the glass on the iPhone 11.

Internally, the phone features the company’s latest A14 Bionic chip, which Apple claims is 15 percent faster and 30 percent more power-efficient than its A13 silicon. Like all of the other phones Apple announced today, it also comes with 5G network support. For taking photos, there’s a new 12-megapixel camera with a fast f/1.6 aperture lens alongside the same ultra-wide camera that was on the iPhone 11. According to Apple, the primary camera improves on low-light performance by 27 percent.

With the iPhone 12, Apple is also bringing back its MagSafe brand in the form of new magnetic sensors that allow for some nifty tricks. The tech will enable you to snap a wireless charger directly to the back of the phone. Apple plans to release accessories like credit cardholders that take advantage of

Apple’s big event is finally here

Apple  set Oct. 13 as the date for its latest iPhone’s debut, and the day has finally arrived. The new device, rumored to be called the iPhone 12, is expected to include superfast 5G wireless connectivity and a new, iPad-inspired design. Apple’s event starts at 10 a.m. PT (1 p.m. ET, 6 p.m. BST). 



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There’s no official word yet on price or release date, but here’s what the latest rumors say. Like Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference and the Apple Watch and iPad launch event, the iPhone event will take place entirely online. 

Apple will livestream the event on its website. Here’s how to watch. CNET is also hosting a live watch party, starting at 9:30 a.m. PT that you can watch above.

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Apple’s fall product launch this year is expected to touch off a wave of upgrade purchases, analysts say, with fans eyeing the iPhone’s rumored new 5G capabilities and boxier look, similar to that of the iPad Pro . A “staggering” 53% of respondents plan to buy this year’s iPhone, according to a survey by electronics reseller Decluttr. Flashier rivals — such as Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold 2, with its foldable display, or Microsoft’s Surface Duo , with two screens sandwiched together — offer new spins on the standard metal-and-glass smartphone construction. But most consumers will likely gravitate toward what they know.

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And even if the new iPhone only offers a few new bells and whistles beyond a different exterior design and a possible new blue color option, it’ll

Darlene Pope to Chair the Connected Virtual Tech Event November 16th and 17th

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