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Apple’s October 13, 2020 Keynote: By the Numbers

As usual, Apple sprinkled facts, figures, and statistics throughout the keynote today. Here are highlights of some of those metrics from the event, which was held online from the Steve Jobs Theater in Cupertino, California.

HomePod mini

  • The HomePod mini is just 3.3 inches tall, 3.8 inches wide, and weighs .76 pounds (345 grams)
  • The mini analyzes your music to adjust playback dynamics 180 times/second
  • The tiny smart speaker features 360-degree sound using a custom acoustic waveguide
  • HomePod mini uses 99% recycled rare earth elements
  • The neodymium magnet in the speaker driver is made of 100% rare earth elements
  • The mesh fabric of the mini is made of 90% recycled plastic

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Apple’s iPhone 12 Lineup: The MacStories Overview

Today during its streamed event from Apple Park, Apple debuted its flagship iPhone 12 lineup consisting of four separate devices, the largest number of new models ever debuted at once:

  • iPhone 12 mini
  • iPhone 12
  • iPhone 12 Pro
  • iPhone 12 Pro Max

The iPhone 12 and 12 mini are the more affordable options, while the two Pro models add premium features, most notably better camera systems, at an additional cost. All four devices share a lot in common, however, such as the new A14 processor, support for 5G networking, a fresh physical design inspired by the iPad Pro, camera upgrades, support for new magnetic accessories, and more.

The iPhone 12 and 12 Pro will be available for pre-order this Friday, October 16 starting at $799 and $999, respectively, and ship on October 23. The iPhone 12 mini ($699) and 12 Pro Max ($1,099) won’t arrive until a few weeks later: their pre-orders open November 6 and they’ll arrive in customers’ hands on November 13.

Which model is right for you? Here’s a full overview of everything new for each device.

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Replay Apple’s October 13, 2020 Keynote and Other Videos

If you didn’t follow the live stream or announcements as they unfolded at the Steve Jobs Theater in Cupertino today, you can replay it on Apple’s Events site and catch the product videos on Apple’s YouTube channel.

The keynote video can be streamed here and on the Apple TV using the Apple Events app. A high-quality version is also available through Apple Podcasts as a video and audio podcast or you can watch it on YouTube. First debuted at the September event, there is also an American Sign Language version of the event, which is available here.

Apple also posted other product videos and a 51-second recap on its YouTube channel, which are embedded after the break.


You can follow all of our October event coverage through ourOctober 2020 event hub, or subscribe to the dedicated RSS feed.


Apple Announces New iPhone and HomePod mini Availability

Today Apple announced the following preorder and availability dates for its iPhone 12 lineup:

  • iPhone 12
    • Preorder Date: October 16
    • Availability: October 23
  • iPhone 12 mini
    • Preorder Date: November 6
    • Availability: November 13
  • iPhone 12 Pro
    • Preorder Date: October 16
    • Availability: October 23
  • iPhone 12 Pro Max
    • Preorder Date: November 6
    • Availability: November 13

Apple also announced dates for the new HomePod mini:

  • Pre-order: November 6
  • Availability: the week of November 16

Today’s iPhone announcements continue what is shaping up to be an unusually spread out product release schedule. What wasn’t mentioned today are a launch date for the iPad Air, a release date for macOS Big Sur, or Apple Silicon Macs, the first of which Apple said at WWDC would be released before the end of the year. I suspect that, as a result, we’ll see one more Apple event in 2020, most likely in November.


You can follow all of our October event coverage through ourOctober 2020 event hub, or subscribe to the dedicated RSS feed.