Shortly after the iPhone 12 was released, there were already rumors of a successor floating around. Will Apple continue down the same road with the iPhone 13? What kind of improvements will there be in the camera system? In our rumour roundup, we summarize all that we have heard so far for the iPhone 13's planned release in September 2021.
The iPhone 13 will naturally continue where the iPhone 12 left off. While there are more incremental updates in the current Apple smartphone as opposed to evolutionary leaps, such as the latest A14 Bionic SoC, a more angular form factor, the ability to charge via MagSafe, and improved cameras, Apple could possibly dare to do more with the iPhone 13 than anyone expects.
Until September 2021 rolls around, all rumors about the new iPhone 13 will be summarized on this page. If you want to keep tabs on iPhone 13 rumors, simply bookmark this page and return to it frequently as we will update it continuously over the next few weeks and months.
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April 20, 2021: iPhone 13 to get a smaller notch
The most recent rumour surrounding the iPhone 13 is the likelihood of Apple reducing the size of the gigantic notch. The rumour is based on the image of a protective cover for the display - said to of the iPhone 13.
The image at the top comes from a Twitter user called "DuanRui", who is holding the supposed iPhone 13 protective case in front of the current iPhone 12. The notch does not protrude any less into the display, but it is a little narrower and leaves more space for the symbols on the top.
April 9, 2021: iPhone 13 Pro 'might' get 120Hz 'Pro Motion' refresh rate
This is not the first time that we have heard about the likelihood of the iPhone 13 getting a high refresh rate display. Taiwanese publication Digitimes has once again stoked rumours about the same by claiming that Apple will release two 'Pro' models of the iPhone that will feature a low power LTPO display with support for 120Hz refresh rate. The report goes on to add that Apple, this time around, is also looking to source displays from Chinese manufacturer BOE. Samsung is also reportedly amping up production capacity for new LTPS displays which will likely make it to the iPhone 13 models.
April 4, 2021: iPhone 13 Pro Dummy unit appears
On April 4, 2021, a Japanese blog Macotakara shared an image of a dummy unit mockup of what it says is the iPhone 13 Pro. While the mockup does look like an amateur creation at first glance, Macotakara is known for its correct predictions in the past. Going by the mockup, it appears that the iPhone 13 Pro will get a redesigned notch which is much smaller, and subtle design changes including changes to the front-facing camera. Here's a video of the dummy iPhone 13 Pro.
March 31, 2021: Orange colour variant and fewer fingerprints
Leakster Max Weinbach recently revealed a few interesting details about the expected colour variants for the new iPhone 13. As per Max, chances are high Apple could not only bring back the matte black variant of the iPhone 7 but also introduce a completely new orange colour variant of the device. There is also talk of the phone getting a stainless steel coating that will make the next-generation iPhone models less susceptible to fingerprints.
March 31, 2021: A subtler camera hump, better portrait photos
German tech blog Macwelt had also recently talked about some major changes to the camera department on the iPhone 13. Apart from getting a smaller camera hump, chances are high the iPhone 13 will also get a better portrait mode.
March 31, 2021: Always-on-Display
One function that has remained curiously elusive on iPhones - even with the ones with OLED displays - is support for Always-on Display (AoD). As per Max Weinbach, chances are high the next-generation iPhone will feature support for AoD. He does add, however, that Apple’s implementation of AoD will mostly be restricted to showing the battery status and a clock. Do not, at least for the time being expect anything flashier.
Most of the rumors revolve around the technical specifications of the new iPhone. Therefore, under this section, we chronologically collect the latest leaks on features, design, and other information that will make its way into the specifications sheet.
March 1, 2021: Up to 1 terabyte of storage and LiDAR in all models
The use of a LiDAR, i.e. a laser-based distance meter, was previously only available to buyers of the iPhone 12 Pro Max and the iPad Pro. In the future, this scanner should also be available in every model. Above all, LiDAR improves accuracy levels when using AR applications and supplies the camera with very precise depth information.
Furthermore, the analyst Daniel Ives from Macrumors was quoted as saying that you can configure the iPhone 13 with a maximum of one terabyte of internal memory. Such ample storage space was normally found in the iPad Pro at its maximum configuration. Heck, even the iPhone 12 Pro Max comes with a maximum of 512 GB of internal storage.
February 3, 2021: Camera(s) to undergo a revamp
There was an initial rumor about the iPhone 13's camera remaining largely unchanged, just like the iPhone 12. However, Barclay analyst Blanye Curtis recently spoke of the fact that there should be changes arriving, especially in terms of light intensity. The Macrumors magazine also reported that the light intensity of the ultra-wide angle camera should see an improvement from f / 2.4 to f / 1.8.
In addition, the telephoto camera of the iPhone 12 Pro Max should also make its way into the iPhone 13 Pro. This would offer an optical focal length of 65 millimeters and an open aperture of f / 2.2.
January 18, 2021: Touch ID could make a celebrated return
Apple introduced its face recognition via Face ID in 2017 with the iPhone X, and for the first time did away with the home button that also held the fingerprint sensor. This has of course proven to be a problem since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic as face masks were highly recommended to prevent infection. Apple has even added a feature that allows you to unlock your smartphone using an Apple Watch - whether you are wearing a mask or not. Touch ID could actually make its way back into the iPhone 13.
In addition to Face ID, Apple could offer an in-display fingerprint sensor in the iPhone 13 just like how many Android manufacturers have been doing for a while now. Apple could still be waiting for a vendor that actually meets Cupertino's high-quality standards. According to Bloomberg, the reason for this change of heart is Qualcomm's new fingerprint sensor that has proven itself to be more precise and larger than its previous attempts.
January 15, 2021: Some models might ditch ports completely
Earlier this year, Bloomberg reported that Apple could bid adieu to the Lightning connector on the bottom of the iPhone. Instead of finally making the switch to USB-C, Apple could actually be so bold as to follow the road forged by Xiaomi's conceptual smartphone that sports a waterfall display - with conspicuously missing ports.
Using their own MagSafe system, Apple would at least have created the necessary prerequisites for this to happen. Although doing so is clearly unsuitable for data transfer, such technology clearly intends to elevate its MagSafe system to the top of the food chain, perhaps leapfrogging the Qi wireless charging coil while it is at it.
January 9, 2021: 120 Hertz display and a smaller notch
The last time there were new rumors about the next iPhone model's front was in early January 2021. A Japanese site leaked to Macotakara that the notch could be smaller, with the speaker edging closer to the side of the case. This small notch has proven itself to be an integral part of Apple's smartphone design ever since the iPhone X, so it would be interesting to see how the new iteration (if any) pans out.
As for the display itself, it is obvious that talk of a 120 Hertz refresh rate is being bandied about. Such rumors were top drawer ones with the iPhone 12, which unfortunately, turned out to be false. With Samsung supposedly delivering the necessary OLED displays with LTPO technology for the iPhone 13, we could see variable refresh rates based on apps used. Such displays already see action in the Apple Watch, and would do a great job in prolonging its battery life.
The addition of the iPhone 12 mini saw the twelfth iPhone generation go smaller. While the iPhone 12 mini proved to be stellar in our review, it failed to make a huge splash in the market. There were even rumors circulating that because of the poor sales figures, the iPhone 12 mini would cease production.
If you liked the iPhone 12 mini, you should not give up on a successor. Apple leaker Jon Prosser speculated in a video that Apple will continue its next-generation mini line. In addition to the smaller model, the standard model, a Pro and Max models will most likely be part of the deal. Hence, you would most probably end up with four models to pick from again.
Perhaps you remember the delays that occurred in 2020 due to the worldwide coronavirus crisis, hampering the iPhone 12's unveiling? This year, you will probably not have to wait any longer for the legendary keynote that happens each autumn. While the global economic situation is still uncertain, we look forward to it normalizing until autumn arrives, and Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo also remains optimistic.
According to Macrumors, Apple should once again unveil its latest generation of iPhones in September. I attribute this to Kuo having spoken positively for Apple's return to the usual production and release cycles. Hence, production of the iPhone 13 should begin this summer, followed by an unveiling and release in September the same year - assuming everything is on schedule.
Last but not least, let's take a look at the probable pricing structure for the iPhone 13 range. Apple's next smartphone will most probably follow the pricing structure of its predecessor. The somewhat skewed pricing because of the VAT cut in 2021 are as follows:
- iPhone 12: from €876.30
- iPhone 12 mini: from €778.85
- iPhone 12 Pro: from €1,120
- iPhone 12 Pro Max: from €1,217.50
Unlike Samsung, Apple didn't choose to slash prices for its iPhone 12 by excluding chargers. The Galaxy S21 Ultra, for example, is a whopping €200 cheaper than its predecessor, while the Galaxy S21 is at least €50 more affordable. If everything goes according to plan by September this year, the iPhone 13 will most probably cost anywhere between €780 and €1,250!
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