Two screen grabs from Tuesday’s Apple event

First the iPhone line-up (with starting prices), then the carriers.

From friend-of-the-blog Bart Yee, who supplied the images:

Note specifically major Chinese 5G carriers China Telecom, China Mobile and China Unicom fully supported.  Same for Japan’s 3 carriers.  This is going to be BIG in China, S. Korea, Japan markets and continued future growth in US, EU/UK, and eventually India.

Apple already has an iPhone 12 5G and LTE page up ready to show everyone iPhone 5G band compatibility and also carrier and country compatibility worldwide.  As usual, they have thought out, prepared and executed this rollout very comprehensively.

See here and here.


  1. Fred Stein said:
    Spectacular. The max’ed out Max hits $1399. And they will sell, no doubt about it.

    A new iPhone for everyone, and for anyone if we include used iPhones. A lot of great used iPhones will hit the market as these monsters become available.

    October 14, 2020
  2. Robert Paul Leitao said:
    Apple maintains extraordinary pricing control over it products. The new flagship handsets are 5G with advanced display technologies and camera system enhancements. The price/performance value proposition of the iPhone 12 series handsets is quite spectacular.

    Yes. The iPhone 12 series handsets will perform very well in the market from a units sales and revenue standpoint. The handsets will also stimulate the consumption of Apple services thus increasing Average Revenue Per User (ARPU). Apple “cleared the bases” with today’s event. In other words, Apple “loaded the bases” with the September 15th event. Today’s event brought everything “home.” Using baseball parlance, today’s event was the “grand slam.”

    October 14, 2020
    • Gregg Thurman said:
      Robert, are you still running the Braeburn group?

      October 14, 2020
  3. Bart Yee said:
    PED, thanks for the shout out. I was very impressed w/5G rollout. Assuming Apple is using Qualcomm’s latest X55 5G modem chip, this solves several issues:

    1) Apple has their own 5G entries at 4 premium price levels adding value to purchases.

    2) Apple has had 12 mo. to optimize 5G speed & power issues to provide an optimum user experience amidst evolving expectations of coverage & network function. All current Android 5G phones, even the new Pixel, either using older chips or lower tier off the shelf integrated modem-CPU QC chips. Even the TOTL QC SnapDragon 865+ was still bested by A13, now Apple’s A14 will blow right by further.

    3) Most important, the X55 (and later X60) will work w/EVERY 5G band worldwide that has been or will be (EU/UK N28 700 MHz) approved & deployed including mmWave. This future proofs the iPhone 12 w/carriers for at least 5 yrs. By going w/best chip, Apple avoids multiple country specific models & skus, simplifying inventory & production.

    4) Plus Apple gets first hand 5G experience which will aid their in-house modem & antenna efforts.

    October 14, 2020
    • David Drinkwater said:
      Judging from the Apple page, they did not avoid large numbers of SKUs by country. Many regions have unique SKUs. They may cover large, multinational regions, but there are still a lotta SKUs.

      October 14, 2020
  4. Adam Foster said:
    Does anybody know whether the original HomePods will have all the new functions of the new MiniHomePod?

    October 14, 2020
    • Kirk DeBernardi said:
      @ Adam Foster —

      Rene Ritchie just released a short video with subtitled comments about the HomePod mini with some references to compatibility with the original HomePods.

      Check it out.

      I certainly hope that the new features introduced will be fully available on the original.

      While I think the HomePod mini will certainly be a GREAT device for most people’s abodes, I’m a bit disheartened about how so many people will alternately expose themselves to a step-down audio experience as compared to the original HomePod.

      You need to move a fair amount of air in a room to keep a semblance of audio fidelity and presence.

      When I first heard the rumblings about a smaller HomePod for more people to buy and to be more inline competent with Google, Amazon and others offerings, I thought Apple was maybe pushing into the “herd mentality” a bit too much to just satisfy some cost comparison posturing instead of the more noble ideal of pulling people up into a greater audio experience.


      October 14, 2020
  5. Kirk DeBernardi said:

    We’re living in an age where too many people don’t believe audio fidelity is all that big of a thing as compared to the Hi-Fi passionate fervent of the 40s, 50s & 60s.

    The more aged among us lived through this audio wonderfulness, yet it was somewhat initially sacrificed at the digital altar for the sake of lower cost, higher capacity and convenience.

    Today’s digital realm now has the “right stuff” for fantastic sound reproduction, yet that last analog mile to your ears is still SO critical.

    The more you do a deep-dive into better audio, the gains achieved oddly become smaller and smaller, yet it’s those small gains that collectively make all the difference in touching your soul.

    I PRAY they don’t walk away from the original HomePod sizing, and maybe even go bigger someday.

    Sign me.

    October 14, 2020
  6. Robert Varipapa said:
    Do the new iPhone work with the UK 5G network? I read somewhere there were issues there. Anyone in the know?

    October 14, 2020
    • Bart Yee said:
      The UK/EU standard is the N28 700 MHz band, newly decided and bandwidth yet to be auctioned off due to pandemic so late in implementing. The Huawei UK situation is also causing delays. The good news is the Qualcomm X55 modem can also handle the 700mhz band easily with a software or Sim switch when available. Qualcomm and China Broadcasting have demonstrated 5G connectivity in Aug 2020. China Broadcasting and China Mobile also will use the 700mhz spectrum band.

      October 14, 2020

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