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This week on The CultCast: Don’t miss our one-week reviews of Apple Watch Series 6! We’ll tell you if it’s worth upgrading. Plus: Multiple sources are now confirming a second Apple hardware event coming October 13, where a new “iPhone 12 mini” may be announced — we’ll tell you what we know. And stick around for more Apple stock talk! Erfon reveals what his big investment is worth now, following this month’s depressing AAPL stock plummet, and we’re talking real numbers.

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Case stickers appear to confirm ‘iPhone 12 mini’ naming

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These iPhone 12 dummy units show what the real handset might look like.
iPhone 12 will run from mini to Pro Max.
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An image that reportedly shows iPhone case stickers seemingly adds more evidence that Apple will call its smallest iPhone 12 model the “iPhone 12 mini.”

The pictures, posted on Twitter Thursday evening by Apple leaker DuanRui, follow a recent report from @L0vetodream suggesting that this year’s models will be called the iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max.

Multiple sources point to iPhone 12 event on October 13

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A redesigned iPhone 12 is almost certainly just a few weeks away.
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The iPhone 12 will debut at a special event on October13, multiple sources claimed on Wednesday. The release date will reportedly come shortly thereafter.

Cupertino is widely expected to introduce its next-generation handset in October, with only the date remaining a mystery. According to several sources, there’ll be an Apple event the second Tuesday of that month to take the wraps off.

UK mobile network says 5G iPhone 12 is ‘just days away’

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An iPhone 12 concept video shows off lots of color options.
A realistic iPhone 12 concept shows this upcoming device in all their glory.
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Everyone knows that the iPhone 12 is on the way, but — having been MIA at September’s “Time Flies” event — it’s not clearly exactly when. A leaked video from U.K. mobile network EE and BT could have answers, suggesting that the world’s first 5G iPhones are coming very, very soon.

In a leaked marketing video produced for interval use, EE and BT boss Marc Allera said that, “We are just days away from Apple’s next major launch, a 5G iPhone, which will be a huge boost for 5G.”

Apple’s smallest iPhone 12 could be called ‘iPhone 12 mini’

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These iPhone 12 dummy units show what the real handset might look like.
The smallest could be the iPhone 12 mini.
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For the first time ever, Apple will adopt its “mini” branding for the iPhone, claims Apple leaker L0vetodream. According to the tipster, Apple will use the name “iPhone 12 mini” for the smallest of four models coming this year.

The other ones would be called “iPhone 12,” “iPhone 12 Pro” and “iPhone 12 Pro Max.”

5 big takeaways from Apple’s September ‘Time Flies’ event

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The Apple September event had everything you could want
Important new products and services were all highlights of the Apple “Time Flies” September event.
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Apple executives took to virtual stages on Tuesday to unveil a parade of important new products at its “Time Flies” event. The much-anticipated Apple Watch made its debut, and a cheaper version too. And the iPad Air got a massive upgrade. Plus, there are new services and more.

Here’s why you shouldn’t overlook anything Apple just announced.

Only one iPhone 12 version could include smaller notch

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5.4-inch iPhone 12 could be dwarfed by the iPhone SE.
The iPhone 12 notch could actually be smaller than shown in this concept image.
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Apple will reduce the size of the notch in the iPhone 12, but only in a single version of this upcoming handset.

That’s one of the predictions made Monday by a respected analyst about what’s on the docket for Apple’s September 15 event.

Expect a glitzy show with plenty of new hardware at Apple’s September event

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The Apple September Event 2020 will surely take advantage of its virtual nature.
Apple software chief Craig Federighi is sure to take the virtual stage at Apple’s Sept. 15 event.
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Apple will hold an online event on September 15. That’s all we know for sure. But leaks, rumors and unconfirmed reports reveal much more, with multiple new devices supposedly on the docket — although maybe not the one you expect.

An event with no real people in attendance, it likely will follow the template of Apple’s virtual Worldwide Developers Conference from June, which drew much praise. Here’s what you can expect from Apple’s September event next Tuesday.

Potential iPhone 12 buyers want faster 5G and a smaller design

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One version of iPhone 12 will be huge.
The iPhone 12 will reportedly offer a 6.7-inch option, but there’s more interest in the smallest version.
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A survey of current iPhone users found that 41% of them intend to upgrade to the iPhone 12 when it’s released this autumn.

What’s drawing in potential buyers the most is a faster connection via 5G. And there’s plenty of interest in the tiny 5.4-inch model. But survey respondents aren’t much interested in another rumored feature of the iPhone 12: a LiDAR scanner for augmented reality.