Right on cue, the Apple Store is down today ahead of new iPhone and HomePod mini preorders.
The store will be back up at about 5 AM PT, so if you are waiting to order a new HomePod mini or the iPhone 12 mini, or the iPhone 12 Pro Max, you’ve got a few more hours to wait.
Last night, Apple allowed a few publications to post their hands-on with the iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 12 Pro Max, with both ends of the spectrum offering the smallest and largest flagship phones Apple has made to date.
The iPhone 12 mini features a 5.4-inch OLED screen. Thanks to the minimal bezel, the overall device is barely larger than a 4.7-inch iPhone 7. It sports a dual rear camera system, aluminium sides, and is powered by the speedy A14 chip. The model starts at $729 unlocked.
The $1099 iPhone 12 Pro Max is roughly comparable to the iPhone 11 Pro Max in physical size, but now boasts an even larger 6.7-inch display. The Max also features Apple’s best camera system with a wider aperture sensor that can take in up to 87% more light, which should result in noticeably less noise especially at night … although we’ll have to wait for full reviews to be published to know exactly how much difference it makes in practice.
Like all iPhone 12 models, the Mini and the Max can connect to high-speed 5G cellular networks. The US models support mmWave ultra-wide band connectivity with typical download speeds exceeding 1 gigabit, if you happen to be in close proximity to a UWB cell tower.