iPhone 13: Apple followers may not just like the sound of the most recent design rumor

Apple could be making the iPhone 13 thicker, with a digicam bump even greater than the iPhone 12’s, in accordance a current rumor.

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Apple’s subsequent flagship lineup is already the topic of an lively rumor mill, and it is nonetheless months away from a launch. The newest rumor across the iPhone 13, or no matter Apple decides to call the successor to the iPhone 12, considerations its design. MacRumors this week launched new renders evaluating the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Professional to the 12 and 12 Professional, illustrating the brand new telephones’ alleged improve in thickness and bigger digicam bump, which could be unwelcome information to many Apple followers (this is each distinction we anticipate between the iPhone 12 and iPhone 13).

What else can we anticipate from Apple’s 2021 lineup? In response to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, we must always anticipate to see 4 fashions once more this yr: the iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Mini, iPhone 13 Professional and iPhone 13 Professional Max — identical to the iPhone 12 lineup. We will additionally anticipate some new iPhone 13 digicam options and a slew of different issues to get enthusiastic about. 

The iPhone 13 lineup ought to get a September launch date if rumors come true, so there’s nonetheless loads of time between now and the autumn Apple occasion for rumors to essentially begin to fly. Learn on to search out the most recent rumors concerning the iPhone 13’s worth, design, specs, digicam options and extra. We’ll replace this story as new info turns into accessible.

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Launch date: iPhone 13 needs to be right here by mid-September

Thus far, there is no official or unofficial phrase on once we can anticipate to see Apple’s subsequent iPhone. An April report advised the manufacturing of the iPhones’ new chips had been working forward of schedule, placing the iPhone 13 launch date again on Apple’s pre-pandemic timeline. Normally, we are able to predict with a point of accuracy when Apple’s iPhone occasions will happen and extrapolate a launch date primarily based on that. 

However 2020 was a unique story — it was the primary September Apple occasion in eight years with out an iPhone — because of delays in manufacturing as a result of coronavirus pandemic. This yr, nonetheless, Kuo can be forecasting enterprise as traditional for Apple’s provide chain. If that is the case, we are able to anticipate to see the iPhone 13 unveiled at an occasion someday in September.

Let’s synthesize the data we now have: 

Apple likes to carry its occasions on Tuesdays or Wednesdays.iPhone launch dates are sometimes per week and a half after Apple’s bulletins.Normally, new iPhones are launched on a Friday, across the third week of September.

A number of years in the past, CNET took a deep dive into the Apple occasion timeline and emerged with a compelling Labor Day speculation, which you’ll be able to examine right here. Primarily based on the 2021 calendar, the Labor Day rule would put the September Apple occasion (and unveiling of the iPhone 13) on Sept. 8, with a Sept. 17 launch date. 

Learn extra: iPhone 13 want listing: What Apple wants for its subsequent telephone to succeed

Keep up-to-date on the most recent information, critiques and recommendation on iPhones, iPads, Macs, companies and software program.

Identify: Apple’s subsequent flagship may not be known as iPhone 13

iPhone 13 render


We’re going with the identify “iPhone 13” for now, however the moniker will not be a positive factor. Contemplating high-rise buildings are likely to omit the 13th flooring from their elevator buttons for superstitious causes, Apple might very properly succumb to its personal triskaidekaphobia and skip the quantity 13. 

Learn extra: iPhone 13 could be the telephone that by no means hits cabinets. This is why individuals suppose so

iPhone 12S is a worthy guess for the identify of Apple’s subsequent era of iPhones. Simply as 2014’s iPhone 6 gave option to 2015’s iPhone 6S and 2017’s iPhone X preceded 2018’s iPhone XS, and not using a main redesign within the works (extra on that under), the 2021 iPhone is simply as prone to be positioned as an enchancment on the iPhone 12.

Or perhaps Apple will take a web page out of Samsung’s e-book and identify its subsequent telephone after the yr of its conception: iPhone 2021 has a pleasant ring to it. Or what concerning the iPhone XXI? Or, dare to dream, Apple might go in a totally completely different path and identify it one thing enjoyable, just like the Motorola Citrus or LG Chocolate of yore.

Value: iPhone 13 might value the identical as iPhone 12… and even much less

Apple’s iPhone 12 lineup included 4 telephones at 4 costs, with much more variation amongst carriers and storage configurations. At launch, the baseline iPhone 12 provider mannequin value $799, a rise of $100 from 2019’s iPhone 11, largely as a result of addition of 5G help. As a result of the iPhone 13 will not be anticipated to have such a significant technical improve, analysts are predicting an identical worth construction for 2021. 

GIF by Caitlin Petrakovitz/CNET

This is the iPhone 12’s US pricing, for reference:

iPhone 12 pricing: All 4 new fashions

iPhone 12 mannequin





iPhone 12 Mini (provider mannequin)





iPhone 12 Mini (SIM-free from Apple)





iPhone 12 (provider mannequin)





iPhone 12 (SIM-free from Apple)





iPhone 12 Professional





iPhone 12 Professional Max





There may be some hypothesis that Apple would possibly contemplate decreasing the worth of its subsequent telephone lineup. A number of rivals rose to the event of the financial downturn by releasing extra reasonably priced fashions in 2020, akin to Samsung’s Galaxy S20 FE and Google’s Pixel 5: Each are the identical worth because the iPhone 12 Mini, however about $100 lower than the iPhone 12. The newly launched Samsung Galaxy S21 additionally boasted a lower cost tag, beginning at $200 decrease than its predecessor. 

Gross sales of the iPhone 12 might point out the path Apple would possibly soak up pricing the iPhone 13. The anticipated 2020 “supercycle” appears to have occurred as Apple anticipated: In October, the iPhone 12 and 12 Professional turned the primary and second best-selling 5G telephone fashions worldwide. And Apple not too long ago introduced that the iPhone 12 led to the biggest income and revenue within the firm’s historical past.

Design: iPhone 13 will in all probability look acquainted

There have already been quite a lot of renders floating across the Twittersphere displaying rumored iPhone 13 designs. The newest, from MacRumors, illustrates the resized digicam bump and elevated thickness of the iPhone 13 and 13 Professional in comparison with its predecessors. In response to MacRumors, the iPhone 13’s digicam bump is getting barely thicker, maybe to accommodate its forthcoming digicam upgrades like lidar.

iPhone 13 vs. iPhone 12 digicam bumps


iPhone 13 and iPhone 12 rumored thickness in contrast


Earlier, we noticed a 3D-printed mockup from Japanese weblog Macotakara and a few idea renderings from EverythingApplePro. However we do not anticipate any huge adjustments to the iPhone’s design in 2021, contemplating 2020 noticed a fairly vital “slabular” redesign already with the return of the iPhone 5’s flat sides. Apple can be not anticipated to make any adjustments to the telephone’s sizing from the earlier era. 

iPhone 13’s rumored sizes:iPhone 13 Mini: 5.4-inchiPhone 13: 6.1-inchiPhone 13 Professional: 6.1-inchiPhone 13 Professional Max: 6.7-inch

Two potential design components which are getting some first rate buzz already: a shallower notch, which can be evident within the leaked mockup (or perhaps a utterly notchless display screen) and the demise of the Lightning port, each of which have been speculated about, hoped for or dreaded advert nauseam for generations of iPhones. 

iPhone 13 rendering

iPhone 13 could nix the chunky notch — or simply slim it down

Apple launched the world to the notched show in 2017 with the discharge of the iPhone X, and as rivals solved the selfie conundrum with hole-punch and under-display cameras, Apple nonetheless hasn’t, er, taken it down a notch. Those that crossed their fingers for a notchless or at the very least smaller-notched iPhone 12 are reassigning their hopes to the iPhone 13 now that their 2020 all-screen desires have failed to return to fruition.

Rumors of a smaller notch resurfaced in early March in an traders observe from analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. In its leaked dummy mockup, Macotakara estimated that the iPhone 13’s notch might shrink to 26.8mm vast (in comparison with 34.83mm on the iPhone 12), whereas turning into ever-so barely taller, at 5.35mm, in comparison with the iPhone 12’s 5.3mm notch peak.

A leaked 3D-printed mockup of the iPhone 13, that includes a slimmed notch.

Will Apple kill the Lightning port, too?

When Apple ousted the headphone jack, the doomsday clock began ticking for the iPhone’s charging port as properly, in accordance with trade analysts. Although lots of us are nonetheless holding out hope for a USB-C port, the introduction of MagSafe equipment in 2020 all however sealed the deal on a portless future for the iPhone. Frequent leaker Jon Prosser shares this prediction, asserting on his YouTube channel, “The top objective could be very clearly portless.”

However do not get too excited (nervous?): Kuo predicts that just one 2021 iPhone will likely be utterly portless, seemingly the iPhone 13 Professional Max. 

iPhone 12 Professional’s Magsafe charger.

Cameras: New photograph tips and tech coming to the iPhone 13

The iPhone bought some fairly well-received digicam upgrades in 2020, particularly within the Professional Max mannequin, which launched the iOS crowd to lidar (additionally discovered on the Professional) and ProRaw. The iPhone 12 even wrested CNET photograph fanatic Stephen Shankland’s loyalty away from Google Pixel, the erstwhile computational images king. 

Learn extra: iPhone 13 digicam rumors: The specs and upgrades we’ll seemingly see

iPhone 13 rendering

Higher zoom capabilities for the iPhone 13

One weak spot within the 2020 lineup’s digicam choices, nonetheless, was zoom know-how. The iPhone 12 Professional Max solely featured a 2.5x optical zoom — for comparability, Samsung’s Galaxy S20 Extremely and now the S21 Extremely each provide a 100x zoom (although it’s a mixture of optical and digital).

In response to ETNews (as reported by TechRadar), the iPhone 13 might doubtlessly embrace a periscope digicam, a know-how that will enable for a bigger zoom vary with out requiring a good bigger digicam bump. Kuo made comparable predictions for a future periscope lens, although his report hinted that we could have to attend till 2022. It is also attainable that the two.5x zoom discovered on the iPhone 12 Professional Max might trickle right down to the subsequent iPhone’s Professional mannequin.

Improved night time mode images

Rumors in early February hinted at welcome enhancements for low-light images. Analysts are predicting an ultrawide-angle lens with a bigger aperture — f1.8, as an alternative of f2.4. A bigger aperture means extra mild can hit the sensor, which makes for higher images at nighttime or in low-light conditions.

You get lidar, you get lidar, everybody will get lidar!

All 4 fashions of the iPhone 13 lineup might embrace lidar know-how, in accordance with a DigiTimes report. Lidar was launched to the iPhone in 2020 however solely on the Professional and Professional Max fashions, so this might solely be a real improve for the essential mannequin and the Mini. Nonetheless, lidar for everybody can be fairly nifty — the digicam function, which stands for “mild detection and ranging,” is a depth sensor that makes use of lasers to measure distance. The digicam trick can take your iPhone images to the subsequent stage, and it additionally has some fairly cool AR purposes. 

The iPhone 12 Professional’s lidar sensor — the black circle on the backside proper of the digicam unit — opens up AR prospects and far more.

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Options: All the opposite iPhone 13 rumors we have heard

There’s rather a lot we are able to confidently predict for the 2021 iPhone lineup primarily based on final yr’s options and Apple’s traditional observe document. As an example, 5G is all however a foregone conclusion. There in all probability will not be a charger or headphones within the field, nor a headphone jack, nor a USB-C port. And until 2021 throws us for a good greater loop than 2020, we anticipate Apple to preview iOS 15 at its annual WWDC occasion in June, transport the iPhone 13 with the brand new working system put in. (By the way in which, iOS 14.5 has simply arrived, and iOS 14.6 is on its method.)

120Hz refresh charge for the iPhone 13 Professional and Professional Max

We thought we would get a refreshed refresh charge within the iPhone 12, however the 120Hz rumors did not pan out — seemingly due to the already elevated calls for on battery from the telephone’s 5G connectivity. As a substitute, Apple’s lineup final yr featured the identical 60Hz show because the earlier yr’s iPhone 11.

However 2021 may very well be the yr of the 120Hz show, which might lead to a smoother, sooner scrolling expertise because of a better display screen refresh charge. Many higher-end rivals already function a 120Hz show (e.g., the OnePlus 8T and Galaxy S21), so the chances are good Apple heads on this path for its subsequent Professional line.

Proof for doubling the refresh charge in 2021 comes from Korean information website The Elec, which studies that two of the iPhone 13 fashions will use LTPO know-how of their screens (story is in Spanish). This display screen tech would make the telephone extra power-efficient basically, which means smaller batteries and/or longer battery life are additionally possible (to not point out these whispers about an always-on show). Study extra about LTPO, or low-temperature polycrystalline oxide, OLED screens. This rumor was repeated by well-known leaker Max Weinbach in mid-February on YouTube and reported once more in an April DigiTimes report.

An always-on show

Just like the Apple Watch (and Android telephones), the iPhone 13 could have its personal model of the always-on show, what Weinbach known as a “toned-down lock display screen.” If rumors are true, your subsequent iPhone would at all times show the time and battery cost, in addition to incoming notifications, with out you having to unlock or wake the entire display screen.

Return of the Contact ID button

Bloomberg reported in 2019 that the beloved Contact ID button might return as an under-display sensor within the subsequent yr’s flagship, which might have been the iPhone 12. That did not occur, however the Bloomberg report left room for error, saying the know-how might “slip to the 2021 iPhone refresh.” 

Twitter leaker @L0vetodream additionally teased an under-display Contact ID final fall, which was subsequently corroborated (and translated) by Prosser.

“MESA” is Contact ID.

“uts” is “below the display screen”

— Jon Prosser (@jon_prosser) October 16, 2020

Apple’s 2020 iPad Air, introduced final September throughout what usually would have been an iPhone unveiling occasion, built-in a Contact ID button onto the aspect of the machine. The brand new iMac, unveiled in April, can be getting a Contact ID button on its redesigned Magic Keyboard. This addition is thrilling as a result of it solves the “Face ID would not work whereas carrying a masks” drawback with out ceding display screen actual property. An under-display button would resolve the issue, too, although it stays to be seen whether or not the tech will likely be prepared in time for the iPhone 13. (In the meantime, those that personal an Apple Watch have already got but an alternative choice for masked iPhone-unlocking, now that iOS 14.5 is offered.)

As we close to the purported September iPhone announcement, we’ll maintain this put up up to date with all of the iPhone 13 leaks, rumors and different hypothesis because it comes up, so verify again.

And within the meantime, this is what you must know concerning the iPhone 12:

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