Apple’s new iPhone 13 will be out this autumn; here’s what we know so far.
The next iPhone 13 announcement appears to be just a few weeks away, and Apple’s ambitions for its future handsets are becoming clear. Of course, not officially – Apple never comments on unannounced goods. However, the various leakers and suppliers have no such restrictions, and as a result, we have a remarkably full iPhone 13 image.
According to what we’ve heard so far, the iPhone 13 will have a 120Hz LTPO display on both Pro versions, increased battery life owing to a more efficient 5G modem, and significant improvements to the all-important cameras. There’s also a new portrait video mode.
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In terms of design, we’ve heard that the next iPhone’s notch will eventually shrink on all models. (And, sure, four versions are expected, like with the iPhone 12.) Other reports claim that at least one variant of the next iPhone will have a fully portless design (though that prediction is looking shaky). We could also see an always-on display on the iPhone.
Here’s all we know about the upcoming iPhone 13 based on the speculations and leaks that have already surfaced.
The most recent iPhone 13 news (updated August 1)
The iPhone 13 chip supplier TSMC has apparently been contaminated by gas, however this does not appear to have an influence on Apple’s production timetable.
According to a rumor, Apple has purchased more than 100 million A15 processors for the iPhone 13, indicating a potentially massive demand.
The iPhone 13 may support quicker 25W charging, putting it on par with the Galaxy S21 series, although the source is unclear.
When will the iPhone 13 be released?
Despite the coronavirus-related delays that pushed the iPhone 12’s release date to October 13, Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicts that the iPhone 13 will return to a regular release schedule in 2021. That suggests a September release.
According to Nikkei Asia, TSMC, which is allegedly producing the A15 Bionic processor for the iPhone 13, experienced gas contamination in late July. According to the source, this should not have an impact on the iPhone 13 delivery date.
Apple indicated a year ago that the iPhone 12 would not be released in September. However, while presenting profits for the June quarter, Apple did not mention any potential delays, implying that the iPhone 13 launch is still on schedule. Apple did mention certain supply constraints, but they are unlikely to influence the launch dates of its new phones.
If Apple’s previous release dates are any indication, the iPhone 13 may enter stores on the fourth Friday of September 2021. That day is September 24.
This likelihood is supported by a report from analyst company Wedbush, which believes that the iPhone 13 will be released in the third week of September. Pre-orders may begin that Friday, with the new iPhones going on sale the following Friday. However, it is unclear if the iPhone launch event would take place in the third week of September or if the phones will go on sale at that time.
Price of the iPhone 13
In terms of pricing, we expect the iPhone 13 will be priced similarly to the iPhone 12 — $699, $799, $999, and $1,099, respectively. Apple’s price for each new generation of iPhone is often similar to the one that came before it.
According to TrendForce, the iPhone 13 price should be “roughly on pace” with existing iPhone 13 versions. Unfortunately, the company also states that the iPhone 13 Pro models will not come with a 1TB storage option.
According to several speculations, the next iPhone will be available in the same four sizes as the iPhone 12: a 5.4-inch iPhone 13 small, a 6.1-inch iPhone 13, a 6.1-inch iPhone 13 Pro, and a 6.7-inch iPhone 13 Pro Max.
The new iPhones were discovered in regulatory files with the Eurasian Economic Commission; the document contained seven models, however various configurations might be included.
Despite the fact that the iPhone 12 small did not sell well, sources indicate that Apple will produce an iPhone 13 mini (though not everyone is persuaded that an iPhone 13 tiny is a smart idea). Assume we’ll see four versions in the autumn, all of which will be part of the iPhone 13 family. A 5G-ready iPhone SE isn’t expected until next year, and a foldable iPhone Flip isn’t expected for another two years.
iPhone 13 Leaked Name
Since Apple transitioned from the iPhone 11 to the iPhone 12 last year, early speculations regarding this fall’s iPhone have utilized the term iPhone 13 for the forthcoming generation. According to a few speculations, the next iPhone will be known as the iPhone 12s.
While we won’t know for sure until it’s released, a fresh report suggests Apple will stay with the iPhone 13 moniker after all. According to the Economic Daily News, citing sources and supply chain inspections, the iPhone 13 lineup will be similar to the iPhone 12 in terms of name structure and models.
The “s” model of iPhones typically meant that the phone had many similarities with the previous year’s model, with the exception of a few major upgrades. So whether Apple calls this year’s phone the iPhone 12s or the iPhone 13, it will reveal a lot about how unique it is.
Interestingly, according to a SellCell poll of 3,000 Apple consumers, 18.3 percent indicated they would be put off buying a device called the iPhone 13 since the number 13 is unlucky.
The majority of respondents preferred calling the devices following the year of release, with 38% supporting the uncharacteristically Apple-like iPhone (2021). 16 percent thought the firm should jump ahead to iPhone 21.
Design of the iPhone 13
Apple Insider has gotten their hands on a batch of iPhone 13 dummy units, and they reveal some of the most significant probable design changes. This includes relocating the speaker to the device’s top, a new diagonal camera configuration for the standard iPhone 13, and a bigger camera module for the iPhone 13 Pro.
The SIM card slot appears to be sliding down as well, and the power buttons appear to be migrating down as well.
Sonny Dickson has already leaked purported iPhone 13 fake devices. They only show the rear of Apple’s lineup, but they appear to confirm reports that the iPhone 13 will include a diagonal camera configuration.
Furthermore, the iPhone 13 Pro Max may be a little bigger than its predecessor.
In reality, one purported iPhone 13 Pro case depicts a far bigger camera module, albeit this has yet to be confirmed.
According to a number of rumors and rumours, the iPhone 13 will include a reduced display notch, following many generations of having the same, fairly hefty notch.
Apple is reportedly achieving this notch reduction on the next iPhone by merging the presently separate infrared flood illuminator, sensor, and dot projector that comprise the iPhone 12’s Face ID unlocking mechanism into a single module. With two less sensors necessary, the iPhone 13 should have a significantly smaller notch.
These reports appear to be supported by iPhone 13 dummy devices that have been leaked on Weibo, which show both the reduced notch and diagonal cameras.
According to a different rumor from Digitimes, the die size of the VCSEL chips used in the Face ID scanner would be reduced by 40 to 50 percent. As a result, a smaller Face ID chip may result in a smaller notch on the iPhone 13.
According to an iPhone 13 Pro Max fake unit with the revised design and reduced notch, the earpiece speaker could no longer be located in the notch and would instead be positioned in the top bezel. Another iPhone 13 Pro dummy device (obtained via Mac Otakara) displays a narrower notch up front, with the same design. Leaked glass screen protectors appear to corroborate the switch.
That iPhone 13 Pro Max dummy unit suggested this year’s phone will be slightly thicker than the iPhone 12 Pro Max. Subsequent iPhone 13 schematics reveal that will be the case for all iPhone 13 models — they’re thicker than their iPhone 12 counterparts with larger camera arrays.
Concept artist Ian Zelbo has also created renders of the iPhone 13, this time based on CAD files from leaker Jon Prosser. These again show the diagonal camera lens array and smaller notch.
A slew of leaks and speculations point to the iPhone 13 adopting an under-display version of Touch ID. There is still some question that this would be the case, since it might be limited to the iPhone 14. At a time when mask-wearing is on the rise, having a supplementary type of biometric protection would be quite beneficial.
The greatest difference we could see with the iPhone 13 is that one model will be portless, eliminating the Lightning port and opting for wireless charging and data transfer.
However, Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo dismissed this idea, claiming that a portless iPhone 13 will not be released. “At the moment, the MagSafe ecosystem is insufficiently developed, thus the iPhone will continue to use the Lightning connector for the foreseeable future.”
iPhone 13 colors
According to the most recent iPhone 13 colors rumor, the iPhone 13 Pro would be available in four different colors. There are four of them: black, silver, rose gold, and sunset gold.
We’ve heard that the standard iPhone 13 might be available in pink, but that’s just a rumor based on a render. Previously, we learned that the iPhone 13 Pro lineup will have two new color options: matte black and a new golden or orange hue. Both of the later rumors are the work of tipper Max Weinbach. If you want to discover more, check out our tiny iPhone 13 colors compilation.
Display on the iPhone 13
Apple might make further modifications to the phones’ displays if it keeps the same display sizes as the iPhone 12. According to ET News, Apple will use a 120Hz refresh rate for the 6.1-inch iPhone 13 Pro and 6.7-inch iPhone 13 Pro Max, with leaker Ice Universe also identifying the iPhone 13 Pro Max as having a 120Hz refresh rate. This will result in speedier scrolling, enhanced gaming, and video playback.
A fresh leak has added fire to the rumors that the iPhone 13 would use an LTPO display and that Samsung Display will manufacture it.
Furthermore, Samsung is giving Apple with circuit boards to link the display to the phone’s motherboard, indicating that an LTPO screen is in the works.
Because of the nature of an LTPO panel, it does not require additional components beneath the display to provide adaptive refresh rate, allowing phones with such displays to have slim chassis. An LTPO display on the iPhone 13 may allow the phone to not only have a very smooth refresh rate but also maintain the tidy frame of the iPhone 12.
Another advantage of LTPO is lower power usage. According to DigiTimes, the LTPO screens that Samsung and LG are developing for the iPhone 13 Pro versions would cut battery consumption by 15% to 20%.
Other rumors indicate that the iPhone 13 would utilize an always-on display, which LTPO technology may likely allow. A video demonstrates how an iPhone with an always-on display may operate. An always-on display would provide Apple’s iPhones a feature that Android phones have had for some time, allowing you to check the clock, battery life, and maybe notifications.
According to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, the iPhone 13 will also gain an always-on display, but it’s unclear if this would be for the iPhone 13 Pro or the standard iPhone 13 models.
This is the only rumor about an iPhone 13 update. I’m genuinely looking forward to the iPhone 13 specifications.
As night follows day, we may anticipate an iPhone 13 chip improvement over its predecessor. This is most likely in the form of the A15 Bionic, a successor to the highly powerful A14 Bionic seen in the iPhone 12.
This new system-on-a-chip (SoC) might be an acceptable upgrade over the A14 Bionic, presumably increasing overall performance and efficiency. A significant improvement is unlikely until the iPhone 14, when Apple may use a processor with a 4-nanometer manufacturing node. The A14 Bionic chip inside the iPhone 12 is currently a 5nm processor.
Apple has allegedly purchased more than 100 million A15 processors, indicating that the upcoming iPhone 13 will be in more demand than the iPhone 12.
On the storage front, we can anticipate the iPhone 13 to come in sizes ranging from 64GB to 512GB, however according to a recent analyst report, the iPhone 13 will be able to hold up to 1TB of data. That would make it the iPhone with the most inbuilt storage ever.
Wireless connection on the iPhone 13 might potentially get a significant improvement. According to the documentation of Apple’s settlement with Qualcomm, Apple intends to integrate Qualcomm’s X60 5G modem in forthcoming iPhones, which will most likely include the iPhone 13. (Apple-built modems will not be available until 2023.)
The 5nm X60 modem may be directly integrated into a phone’s SoC, resulting in a reduced footprint and lower battery drain. Furthermore, because the modem can connect to both mmWave and sub-6GHz 5G networks at the same time, 5G performance should be improved.
In addition, the iPhone 13 is expected to have Wi-Fi 6E, a variant of the Wi-Fi 6 standard that will allow even higher wireless connections.
According to a Digitimes story, the iPhone 13 may use liquid crystal polymer circuit boards for imaging, resulting in quicker data transfer. The inclusion of LCP boards, in conjunction with 5G connection, offers the potential to speed up applications such as live streaming and augmented reality.
Cameras on the iPhone 13
We’re starting to learn more about the iPhone 13 cameras, with rumours claiming that the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max would use a new 6-element ultrawide lens. The latest iPhone 12 Pro versions are equipped with a 5-element ultrawide angle lens. In general, the more elements in a lens, the higher the image quality.
Ming-Chi Kuo, an Apple analyst, also says that the ultrawide camera on the iPhone 13 Pro series would include autofocus for the first time. Sharper pictures should come as a result of this. Unfortunately, Kuo claims that these enhancements will not be available to the remainder of the iPhone lineup until the iPhone 14.
According to a separate report by Digitimes, Apple is boosting its order of VCMs (voice coil motors), which assist camera lenses focus, by up to 40%.
Unbox Therapy has shown a purported iPhone 13 Pro Max fake device that contains an iPhone with considerably larger lenses. This should allow more light in, resulting in better photographs in low-light situations.
This is consistent with recent rumours indicating that the iPhone 13’s camera would receive a significant hardware upgrade. For instance, analyst Ross Young predicts that the upcoming Apple phone will have bigger sensors.
Larger sensors imply larger pixels for more light intake, which should result in higher-quality pictures. Unfortunately, it’s unclear whether iPhone 13s will use these sensors, while the iPhone 12 Pro Max arrived with a bigger sensor in the autumn.
Furthermore, Ming-Chi Kuo predicts that the iPhone 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max would also have bigger apertures on their ultra-wide cameras. According to Kuo, both phones will have an f/1.8 aperture, up from the f/2.4 in the iPhone 12. When combined with a six-element lens, this implies that more light will enter the camera, improving image quality.
Sensor-shift stabilization, which is presently available exclusively on the iPhone 12 Pro Max, is likely to be added to all iPhone 13 models. This is an advancement over optical image stabilization and should result in smoother video, among other advantages.
One intriguing rumor says that Apple is searching for vendors for a “folded lens” camera that would increase the optical camera zoom on the iPhone 13. Because of the periscope-like design, the telephoto lens is stacked vertically rather than horizontally, allowing you to enhance the optical magnification without expanding the size of the phone. However, it is conceivable that this functionality will not be available until the iPhone 14 next year.
The iPhone 13 is also expected to have camera improvements that will allow it to better capture the night sky and offer portrait mode movies. A more powerful ultrawide camera on all iPhone 13 models might enable a dedicated astrophotography mode. And, similar to how night mode is activated when you’re in a low-light situation, this mode will be activated when you aim the phone at the stars or the moon.
When activated, Portrait video mode may provide a blurred backdrop on video recordings. It will also allegedly let you to modify the depth of field after filming, allowing you to dial in the blurred look after the fact. There is no word on whether this can be utilized on all of the iPhone 13’s cameras or just a handful.
Finally, rather than only the Pro versions, LiDAR sensors may be included on the iPhone 13 and 13 mini. This sensor aids in focusing and AR performance; however, leaker Dylandkt on Twitter claims that LiDAR will be a Pro-only feature for the next iPhones once again.
We look at the expected iPhone 13 camera upgrades and what they imply for your photographs.
Battery for iPhone 13
In our battery life test, the iPhone 12 models did not impress. Only the iPhone 12 Pro Max’s big battery genuinely impressed. However, according to another rumor from Ming-Chi Kuo concerning so-called soft battery technology in the iPhone 13, the next iPhones might offer higher battery capacity without increasing the design footprint.
This appears to be supported by a recent allegation from leaker L0vetodream, who has hinted to increased battery capacity for all models. The iPhone 13 Pro Max comes out on top, with an 18% increase in capacity from 3,687 mAh to 4,352 mAh. The increases for the other three models are significantly modest, but they would still help to address the short battery life issue.
Charging the iPhone 13
The iPhone 12 is limited to 20W charging, but one rumor suggests that Apple may provide quicker 25W charging this year. Unfortunately, the claim originates from Chinese website MyDrivers, as reported by 9to5 Mac, citing unidentified “international media.” That doesn’t seem very trustworthy.
According to tipper Max Weinbach, the iPhone 13 might include reverse wireless charging, allowing it to power gadgets like as the AirPods Pro and Apple Watch. However, Bloomberg earlier reported that the iPhone 13 will most likely not support reverse wireless charging. So, at this point, we would consider this rumor to be speculative.
A new patent has also revealed an iPhone-compatible version of the classic MacBook Pro MagSafe charger. If implemented this system would replace the Lightning port with a new charging system held in place by magnets. That means you could charge wirelessly, while still benefitting from the security of a cable that will break away when it’s knocked or tripped.
iPhone 13 colors
The colors that each new iPhone model will come in are usually a hot topic of debate, and even though we’re still more than a half-year away from the iPhone 13’s release, certain color speculations are already circulating, at least for the iPhone 13 Pro versions.
Leakers Flip Koroy and Max Weinbach have collaborated to provide some color information for the iPhone 13 Pro. The Space Gray variant should return to the lineup, maybe alongside a new black matte color for the iPhone 13 Pro. Orange and bronze are also rumored to make their debut as hues for this year’s Pro models.
Another rumor, this time from Peng Phones, indicates that a pink iPhone 13 model is on the way. We’re not sure how much weight to give to this claim, which appears to be based on a concept design rather than an official render, but it does imply that this year’s iPhone models may include some unique color options for Apple phones.
iOS 15 and the iPhone 13
With the release of each new iPhone comes a new version of iOS. Apple unveiled out iOS 15 at the Worldwide Developer Conference in June, giving us our first real look at the software that will power the new iPhones — as well as iPhones dating back to the iPhone 6s.
The major iOS 15 additions include FaceTime upgrades that let you to watch movies and share material with others, a new Focus mode for controlling alerts, and enhancements to Maps, Messages, Wallet, Weather, and other built-in applications.
Some iOS 15 capabilities will require an A12 Bionic CPU or later, but the iPhone 13 and its snazzy new Apple chip should be OK.
We’re eager to learn more about the iPhone 13-specific features concealed in iOS 15. Predictive charging alerts are one feature we’d like to see, and they were just mentioned in an Apple patent. This system would learn your phone usage and charging patterns in the same way as Optimized Charging does now, but it would then alert you to charge it up before you drain the battery too much, while you’re still in the correct position to plug it in.
What we hope to see on the iPhone 13
More information on the iPhone 13 will be released between now and September. Beyond what speculations say, here’s what we’d want to see from the iPhone 13 when it does appear.
- 128GB of storage as standard: Apple only included 128GB of storage as standard in the higher-tier iPhone 12 Pro models, leaving it out of the ordinary iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini. That’s a fantastic first step, but Apple has to catch up and offer a minimum of 128GB of storage in all iPhone 13 variants. Spending nearly a thousand on a premium smartphone with only 64GB out of the box is borderline insulting, especially given Apple’s resistance to microSD expandability.
- Improved camera zoom: Apple must improve the iPhone’s photographic capabilities while shooting from a distance, whether by hardware, software, or a mix of the two. Many smartphone users prefer a decent ultrawide lens, but a powerful telephoto lens is as vital for times you can’t get up close to your topic. Perhaps Apple might take a cue from Google’s Super Res Zoom function, which employs sophisticated algorithms to compensate for the absence of a powerful periscope lens. The iPhone 12 Pro Max has somewhat improved things to 2.5x optical power, but we’d like to see at least 3x in future telephoto-equipped iPhones.
- If you’ve never used a phone with a fast refresh-rate display, you’ll notice that every scroll, tap, task, and game is considerably more responsive than on normal 60Hz screens. If 120Hz is considered too expensive for battery life, we’d settle for 90Hz, but a faster refresh rate might go a long way toward making iOS seem even smoother than it already does. Unfortunately, this was another another feature touted for the iPhone 12 that never made it to delivery.
The iPhone 12 Pro, with its flatter design, full 5G compatibility, and LiDAR-enhanced camera, is expected to serve as the cornerstone for Apple’s 2021 smartphones. So keep an eye on this website in the coming months as the iPhone’s future takes form.