Apple released its iPhone 12, compatible with 5G technology
Apple presented its first range of 5G smartphones on Tuesday, which will be marketed in the coming weeks at base prices ranging from $699 to $1,099.
We are introducing 5G across our entire line of iPhone models, announced Apple CEO Tim Cook at a launch event broadcast from the company's headquarters in California. "Today is the beginning of a new era."
The first range of iPhones with 5G, the latest generation of ultra-fast wireless connections, was eagerly awaited by the markets.
New models include the redesigned iPhone 12, the successor to the iPhone 11 - the best-seller launched last year - which will start at $799.
An iPhone 12 mini with a 5.4-inch (13.7-centimeter) screen will start at $699.
Apple thus joins other mobile phone manufacturers a year later, including leaders Samsung and Huawei, who have launched smartphones that take advantage of the growing presence of 5G around the world, which could open up new markets and technologies.
5G networks are touted on the promise of offering an exponential leap in the amount and speed of wireless data, enabling advancements in autonomous vehicles, virtual reality, and connected health, among many other areas, as sensors and servers communicate instantly.
The growth of 5G could also be a catalyst to revive the sluggish smartphone market.
Total smartphone sales fell 16% year-on-year in the second quarter, according to research firm IDC.
Apple also introduced a new version of its HomePod smart speaker that is just 8 centimeters tall (3.3 inches). The HomePod mini, which responds to voice commands and plays music, will start at $99.