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October 13, 2020, 10:10 PM

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Tim Hardwick / MacRumors:
Apple debuts $999 6.1" iPhone 12 Pro and $1,099 6.7" iPhone 12 Pro Max with flat-edge design, 5G, LiDAR, three rear cameras with 5x zoom, and 128GB base storage  —  Apple today unveiled the new 6.1-inch iPhone 12 Pro and 6.7-inch iPhone 12 Pro Max at its pre-recorded “Hi, Speed” digital event.
Apple:
iPhone 12 pre-orders start on October 16, shipping on October 23, while iPhone 12 mini pre-orders begin November 6, shipping on November 13  —  iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini introduce a beautiful new design packed with innovative features, including A14 Bionic, an advanced dual-camera system …
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Apple unveils iPhone 12 with 6.1" OLED display and 460ppi, A14, thinner and lighter design, 5G, improved durability, and five color options, starting at $829  —  The right iPhone for most people gets a new design, OLED screen, and 5G  —  It might be happening a bit later than usual, but Apple has just announced the iPhone 12.
Apple:
iPhone 12 Pro pre-orders start on October 16, shipping on October 23, while iPhone 12 Pro Max pre-orders begin November 6, shipping on November 13  —  Best iPhone ever features the powerful A14 Bionic, all-new design with Ceramic Shield, pro camera system, LiDAR Scanner, and the biggest Super Retina XDR display ever on an iPhone
Joe Rossignol / MacRumors:
Support for high-frequency mmWave 5G bands in the iPhone 12 lineup is limited to models sold in the US, with models sold outside US limited to sub-6GHz bands  —  As expected, the entire iPhone 12 lineup is compatible with faster 5G networks, but Apple's website confirms that support …
Nick Statt / The Verge:
Apple announces MagSafe for iPhone 12, letting users magnetically attach chargers, wallets, and other accessories  —  The magnetic charging brand is back  —  Apple has revived its MagSafe charging brand with a twist: it's no longer for its MacBook line but instead for the new iPhone 12 line.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Apple announces the $729 iPhone 12 mini with 5.4-inch OLED display, five colors, and similar specs to the iPhone 12  —  The iPhone mini has arrived  —  Apple is announcing a new iPhone 12 mini today.  It's the first time Apple has used the “mini” moniker on its iPhone line …
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Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge:
Apple debuts HomePod mini with spherical design, S5 chip, fabric mesh exterior, black and white options, a small screen on top; pre-orders start Nov. 6 from $99  —  Apple finally offers an entry-level HomePod  —  Apple has announced a new version of its HomePod smart speaker …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
CNBC:
Facebook announces a global policy banning anti-vaccination ads but will allow ads that advocate for legislation around vaccination policies  —  - Facebook said Tuesday it is launching a new global policy that bans ads that discourage people from getting vaccines.
Paul Thurrott / Thurrott:
Microsoft says backward compatible titles on the Xbox Series X and S will support Auto HDR, alongside better visuals and faster frame rates  —  We already knew that Xbox Series X and Series S users will be able to play thousands of previous-generation games at launch.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Facebook Messenger gets a visual update, custom reactions, chat themes, and more, as cross-app communication between Instagram and FB rolls out to North America  —  Facebook Messenger is getting a visual update and a number of new features, including support for chat themes, custom reactions, and soon, selfie stickers and vanish mode.
Jessica Bursztynsky / CNBC:
Dropbox says it will be a “virtual first” company and will set up “Dropbox Studios” in SF, Seattle, Austin, and Dublin for employees to meet in-person  —  - San Francisco-based Dropbox announced Tuesday that will stop asking employees to come into its offices and instead make remote work the standard practice.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
WordPress debuts a tool that can take blog posts, including accompanying images and videos, and post them as Twitter threads automatically  —  Earlier this year, WordPress .com introduced an easier way to post your Twitter threads, also known as tweetstorms, to your blog with the introduction of “unroll” option for Twitter embeds.
Zac Hall / 9to5Mac:
Apple announces $49 Beats Flex earbuds with USB-C, longer battery life, and Apple's W1 chip, replacing the BeatsX, available from October 21  —  BeatsX wireless headphones landed three years ago as the first Beats product to feature Apple's W1 chip and Lightning charging port like the original AirPods.
Ben Lovejoy / 9to5Mac:

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