The last of the 2020 iPhones go on sale Friday for pre-orders, a time-honored tradition that lets early adopters (hopefully) get the shiny new devices delivered to them by opening day.
The preorders open at 8 a.m. ET. The iPhone 12 Mini and iPhone 12 Pro Max are scheduled for in-store sales on Friday, Nov. 13, starting at $699 and $1,099. Both are expected to be in short supply, due to manufacturing issues. Quick pre-order sellouts are expected.
Apple’s HomePod Mini ($99), which looks to take on Amazon’s Echo and Google’s Nest Audio speakers, also goes on presale Friday – to be release on Nov. 16.
The iPhone 12 Mini is a 5.4-inch screen version, for those concerned that iPhones have gotten too big. (It also has the lowest price of the new 12 line, starting at $699.)
On the other side of the spectrum, the iPhone 12 Pro Max sports a 6.7-inch screen, setting a new record for iPhone sizes. The iPhone 12 and 12 Pro models both have 6.1-inch screens.
But beyond the heft for the iPhone 12 Pro Max are the new camera features that have pros drooling.
“It’s great,” DPReview said of the iPhone 12, “but the Max should be even better.”
Specifically, Apple promises a 47% larger image sensor and large pixels, meaning higher resolution photos, an advanced image stabilizer to help steady shots, and a more advanced telephoto lens.
The focal length is 65mm, up from the 52mm offering on the other iPhones with an advanced telephoto offering. Many pros use a 24mm-70mm zoom lens on their digital single-lens reflex and mirrorless cameras to cover events, and with the three lenses on the iPhone, the ultra-wide kicks in at around 20mm, meaning a little iPhone is equaling what many photographers spend $1,000 to $2,500 on for their accessory go-to lens.