iPhone 12 Four Times Less Likely to Crack When Dropped, Apple Contends

It's a crack that cuts through all the other noise, a devastating sound that leaves your heart as shattered as the glass on the screen. Odds are you or someone you know have heard it and known the truth immediately: You've dropped your beloved iPhone, and now it's a goner.

Soon, that's a fate that will be almost completely avoidable, according to Apple. During the tech company's iPhone 12 event on Tuesday, in which the latest model of the cellular device was unveiled, Apple revealed that the new fleet of iPhones will feature a fresh "Ceramic Shield" that will make the phone significantly more durable. In fact, Apple said the new screens are four times less likely to crack when dropped, making the iPhone 12 screens "tougher than any smartphone glass."

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While the ceramic glass will be a feature on all of the new phones, there are some different options available, when it comes to the phone's size. While the iPhone 12 Pro will feature the standard 6.1-inch screen, the iPhone 12 Pro Max will get an even bigger screen, set at 6.7 inches. And now there's the newest addition to the iPhone fleet, the iPhone 12 Mini, which features a 5.4-inch screen.

Although the iPhone 12 Mini is smaller and lighter than the others, the phones have all the same features and functions, and all come in the same range of colors, now including silver, gray, gold and blue. The phones also come in a new design, which is an ode to the iPhones of the past, featuring flat edges that resemble those of the iPhone 4 and iPhone 5.

The phones' technology will support 5G as well, thanks to a new partnership with Verizon, Apple's CEO, Tim Cook, announced. Verizon's CEO, Hans Vestburg, also made an appearance at the event and explained how the speedy millimeter-wave 5G will work, giving iPhone 12's the ability to download data at 4-Gbps speeds on Verizon's millimeter-wave network. Although, customers should note that 5G isn't yet available nationally, so its availability may be limited depending on user's locations.

Other standout announcements from the event included the upgraded MagSafe charging, which will allow iPhone 12 users to charge their phones wirelessly with a charging pad. Apple has also expanded its HomePod lineup and introduced the HomePod Mini, available for purchase on November 16 for $99, with pre-order sales starting on November 6.

As for the iPhone 12 Pro, sales start on October 23, with pre-orders beginning on Friday and prices starting at $999. The iPhone 12 Pro Max price point starts at $1,099, with pre-orders launching on November 6 and regular sales kicking off November 13.

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