The release of the iPhone 12 does not prevent us from speculating on its successor, which should be launched at the end of 2021.
There are less than two months until Apple releases its new 2021 iPhones. In this article, we take stock of everything we know so far about the iPhone 13, or maybe the iPhone 12s, if Apple wants to avoid this unlucky number, including its likely release date, new features, price, design, and specs.
The big news is that a financial analyst is speculating that the Apple event to introduce the iPhone 13 will take place in the third week of September, which almost certainly means Tuesday, September 14. We also hear that the new iPhone will have an always-on display and its storage space will go beyond the terabyte cap, and that Apple will continue to use the “iPhone 13” brand this year, despite a survey. which advised Apple against opting for this figure, a sign of bad luck.
Eager to find out what the iPhone 13 can have in store for us, in this article we bring together all the rumors about its price, its release and its technical characteristics.
When will the iPhone 13 be released?
We believe the iPhone 13 will be announced on September 14, 2021, and will go on sale to the public around a week after.
Until 2020, Apple’s timeline for iPhone releases was pretty consistent. They are usually announced in early September and marketed about a week later.
There are sometimes exceptions, like the iPhone X and XR, which released in November and October, respectively, and the iPhone SE launched in the spring. But most often it is in September.
However, this agenda can see some upheavals, as with the iPhone X and XR which were respectively launched in November and October, although announced in September… Also, the iPhone SE which, until now, was a spring product, was finally unveiled in September.
As the pandemic caused a lot of disruption in Apple’s supply chain, the company had postponed the launch of the iPhone 12 until October 2020.
Financial analyst Dan Ives expects the new iPhones to go on sale at the end of September 2021, which suggests an announcement a week or two before that. Since iPhones are almost always announced on Tuesdays, this clearly points to September 14, 2021. In a more recent memo, he reaffirmed the September deadline, although it could be “pushed back to early October”.
What will be the name of the next iPhone?
“IPhone 13” should be the name of the future flagship of Apple, even if it seems that engineers of the brand have called it iPhone 12s.
From 2009 to 2015, the firm had followed a very specific strategy, alternating major updates in even years and minor in odd years.
Until the release of the iPhone XS and XS Max, the iPhone 6 was the last model to be available in s version. So the question we ask ourselves is whether this name could reappear in 2021.
It could also be that Apple is worried about the superstitious side around the number 13 in some countries and, therefore, is planning to upgrade from the iPhone 12s in 2021 to the iPhone 14 in 2022.
Whichever name you choose, we expect the four models launched in late 2021 to follow in the footsteps of the previous generation, namely an iPhone 13, or 12s, standard, then Pro and Pro Max versions.
Even if the iPhone 12 mini did not sell as well as the company would have liked, we still expect to discover a 13 mini.
Apple remains discreet on the name it chooses for its new smartphones, however we now know their model numbers.
In June 2021, we noticed that the company had registered seven new phones in the EEC database: A2628, A2630, A2634, A2635, A2640, A2643 and A2645.
None of them match the IDs of known iPhone models. So it looks like the iPhone 13 exists whether it’s called that or not.
How much will the iPhone 13 cost?
According to the latest information from the analyst firm Trendforce concerning the next generation of iPhone, it could be offered at a price similar to that of the previous one.
So, to define the cost of the new iPhone 13, let’s look at its predecessors:
- iPhone XR – 859 €
- iPhone 11 – 809 €
- iPhone 11 Pro – 1,159 €
- iPhone 11 Pro Max – 1,259 €
- iPhone 12 Mini – 809 €
- iPhone 12 – 909 €
- iPhone 12 Pro – 1,159 €
- iPhone 12 Pro Max – 1,259 €
With that price list in mind, we expect Apple to stick with this structure and introduce the iPhone 13 at a starting price of around $ 900. Here are the prices we imagine:
- iPhone 13 Mini – from 809 €
- iPhone 13 – from 909 €
- iPhone 13 Pro – from € 1,159
- iPhone 13 Pro Max – from € 1,259
What will the design of the iPhone 13 be?
Apple is one of the most traditional design companies in the tech industry. Historically, it tends to stick to the same chassis for three or four generations, before eventually and reluctantly changing to something else that it will hold onto for a long time.
Which is a roundabout way of saying that while it’s still early days and nothing is set in the rock, you probably shouldn’t expect a drastic overhaul in 2021. The square-edged 12-series models represented, if not the total design overhaul we saw with the iPhone X in 2017, a reasonably major change by Apple standards. And it would be out of the question for the company to make any changes for its next generation.
For many of us, that would be a step backwards. Indeed, the continued presence of a prominent photo module on the back of the iPhone marrows the overall design, even if it can be camouflaged by a case.
In May, design drawings seem to indicate that the iPhone 13 will have a more protruding camera bump than ever before: 2.51mm (comparatively), compared to 1.5-1.7mm on the iOS 2020s. That means also that the phones themselves will be thicker, with the new models measuring 7.57mm thick, compared to 7.4mm for the iPhone 12.
This hypothesis was confirmed by a photo of a dummy iPhone 13 published by Sonny Dickson at the end of June, which shows photo modules more protruding than those of the 12. It also shows the transition from a vertical configuration to a diagonal configuration of the two lenses. on the 13 and 13 min.
Based on the dummy models, it looks like the biggest design change will be in the colors. Let’s do a quick refresh of the colors currently available:
- iPhone 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max: silver, gold, graphite, blue.
- iPhone 12 and 12 mini: white, black, blue, green, red, purple.
It’s likely that most of those colors will apply to the 13 Series: the 13 Pro will certainly be available in silver, gold, and a gray / black variant, while the 13 will be available in white, black, and red. But Apple will analyze the sales of the colors blue and green and could replace them.
We’ve heard that Apple is currently investigating two replacement colors – Matte Black and Orange Bronze. The iPhone 7 was offered in 2016 in a matte black finish (alongside a glossier black).
IPhones tend to have good quality screens for an enjoyable user experience, but they often lag behind their competition, with resolution being the most obvious example.
Will that change with the iPhone generation at the end of 2021? Here are the technical changes and new features we’ve come to expect from the iPhone 13 display.
According to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, we will have the same screen sizes:
- iPhone 13 mini – 5.4 inches
- iPhone 13 – 6.1 inch
- iPhone 13 Pro – 6.1 inches
- iPhone 13 Pro Max – 6.7 inches
We also suspect that the company is giving the mini design another shot this year, and therefore sticking to 5.4in, 6.1in, and 6.7in. The leaker Jon Prosser is agreement that we can also expect an iPhone Mini 13 this fall.
A reduced notch
Since the launch of the iPhone X, the notch at the top of the screen houses its Face ID technology. If a handful of users like it and others have just gotten used to it, others hate it.
If Mac Otakara is to be believed, Apple is reportedly planning to move the TrueDepth receiver from the front to the side of the phone to get a smaller notch.
Informant @MauriQHD has openly declared that he is not certain that such a change concerns the iPhone 13 or even the iPhone 14. According to him, it would take a little more time.
For the removal of the notch it may be necessary to wait until 2022. The iPhone 14 Pro will have, according to Ming-Chi Kuo, a punched screen design.
An iOS developer posted a series of concept illustrations, giving an idea of what an iPhone without a notch might look like.
If we trust a photo that appeared on the MacRumours site, the iPhone speaker would ultimately be placed in its upper border and not in the center of the notch. This configuration then makes it possible to reduce the latter.
Taiwanese site DigiTimes says Apple has chosen a new Face ID sensor that is half the size of the current sensor, which would allow such reductions. Still according to him, it will not only be used for the iPhone models of this year, but also on the iPad Pro of 2022.
New images unveiled by the leaker @DuanRui on Twitter would offer a preview of the future notch of the iPhone 13. We clearly notice the reduction in its width.
The LeaksApplePro leaker shared a few unofficial renders of the iPhone 13, but seemingly final.
The least we can say is that its design seems to resemble what we’ve been talking about so far – a reduced notch, a bigger but flatter photo module and bigger lenses.
Recently released images of non-functional prototypes used to test compatibility with cases and other accessories. They seem to confirm that Apple will offer a virtually unchanged chassis this fall, while revealing some intriguing design changes.
Finally, several photos of models of the smartphone have been published on Weibo. These models were reportedly made according to CAD drawings from a source who works in Apple’s supply chain.
Many believed that the iPhone 12’s display, or at least the Pro models, would have better refresh rates.
With a wide range of Android devices already offering rates of 90Hz or even 120Hz, the 60Hz of Apple displays seem to be lagging behind. However, his iPad Pro takes advantage of these new speeds in Pro Motion.
So it was disappointing to see that the iPhone 12 only has a 60Hz rate, but that leaves the door open for Apple to introduce faster screens on its iPhone 13.
Low power consumption LTPO displays
For its OLED displays, Apple could use LTPO display technology, as found on the Apple Watch. This information was also recently confirmed by a new paid report from DigiTimes, relayed by the MacRumors site.
It would reduce power consumption and extend the battery life of these new models by up to 15%.
Multiple sources have since added weight to the LTPO rumor, an April report said the technology will only appear on the iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max, while a report from May confirmed this information by stating that the displays will have a refresh rate of 120Hz, with production starting in the first half of 2021.
Screen always active
Last February, YouTube channel EverythingApplePro posted a video about whistleblower Max Weinbach’s claims about this year’s new iPhones, including one regarding an always-on LTPO display.
Apple uses LTPO for the Apple Watch Series 5 and 6, whose always-on screens display the time and other essential information even when they are theoretically asleep; the screens update once per second. The iPhone 13, similarly, should display the time, date, flashlight, and some (non-animated) notifications, all in low light.
The theory reappeared in July 2021, this time defended by trusted Bloomberg reporter Mark Gurman. Confirmation from two reliable sources takes the still-active screen from a very distant hypothesis to a separate possibility, although we’re not yet convinced.
Touch ID on screen
Face ID is fast and secure, but some feel that Touch ID is more convenient. Apple is unlikely to bring back the “Home” button on its screens almost edge to edge, however there is another option.
The integration of a fingerprint reader under the screen is a technology that Android are already adopting such as the Samsung Galaxy S20 and the OnePlus 8T. It is therefore not impossible for Apple to do the same, at least we wish.
Jon Prosser , the whistleblower that we no longer present, had pointed out a tweet from @ L0vetodream which declared in a rather cryptic way “MESA uts for iPhone”. Apparently, it would be a passcode for “Touch ID under iPhone screen”.
In January 2021, a report from Bloomberg and respected Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo both claimed that the 2021 iPhone will feature Touch ID. Apple would have obtained a patent for the inclusion of a fingerprint reader under the screen.
Finally, McGuire Wood, editor at Appleosophy, also confirmed Apple’s interest in this new feature.
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iPhone 13 technical specifications
The next generation of iPhone will see improvements in all areas. Here’s what we’ve seen so far.
An A15 Bionic processor
Just as the iPhone 11 was equipped with an A13 Bionic and the iPhone 12 with an A14 Bionic, it’s a safe bet that the iPhone 13 will be equipped with a new A15 Bionic.
We don’t know much about the A15 other than that it will be faster than its predecessors (obviously) and that it will be based on an improved 5 nanometer (5nm) production process from vendor TSMC.
Mass production of Apple’s A15 processors will begin as early as next month, according to DigiTimes, so that enough units are ready on time. This suggests that the development of the iPhone 13 is going according to plan, for now…
Like its predecessor, the A14 Bionic, the A15 Bionic is based on 5nm (nanometers) technology, the switch to 4nm not being planned before the iPhone 14. It will bring an improvement in performance, efficiency and of security.
An interesting tweet, published in October 2020 by leaker Jon Prosser , indicates that the iPhone 13 will offer a storage capacity of 1TB.
We do not yet know the battery capacity of future iPhone 13s, but we are starting to get an idea of what performance we can expect.
This year’s 5G modem will improve battery life, as will the expected use of low power LTPO display.
In addition, according to Digital Chat Station information, reported by L0vetodream, the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro would carry 3095 mAh batteries. As for the Pro Max model, it would benefit from a capacity of 4,352 mAh.
This new generation of iPhone should also integrate fast charging up to 25W, against 20W for the iPhone 12. In other words, you will be able to enjoy an even faster recharge.
On the other hand, as you know, Apple no longer offers a free charger in the box of its latest iPhones, so it is difficult to predict the speed limit of its next model…
Finally, another complication to take into account is the MagSafe currently capped at 15W.
According to some sources , the iPhone 13 will have much better photo sensors than the 12.
If we are to believe the news that Apple has made a deal with Sony to supply LiDAR scanners for the next three years, it is believed that all iPhone 13 models will be equipped with LiDAR (this technology does not is currently only offered on the iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max).
LiDAR allows users to measure and map a space in 3D. It can be used for AR and to enhance photography (for example, focusing in the dark or low light).
According to a new report from Ming-Chi Kuo released by MacRumors , the iPhone 13, 13 mini, and 13 Pro will all have the same wide-angle lens built into current models.
The only significant change in the field of photography will be the aperture of this sensor which will drop from f / 1.6 to f / 1.5 on the Max model.
Previously, he predicted that the two Pro’s would be 1.8 instead of 2.4, in particular to let in twice as much light and thus provide sharper images in low light conditions.
In addition, this camera should be equipped with optical image stabilization and autofocus.
The iPhone 13’s module will be more square and should measure around 29mm by 29mm, and it will be located around a millimeter closer to the top of the smartphone.
While on previous generations the individual lenses of the camera stick out, on newer models it is the block that should stand out more. As a result, the next iOS will be thicker, 7.57mm wide.
These designs are similar to the dummy models shared by Unbox Therapy on May 4th.
US iPhone 12 models offer mmWave, but elsewhere this type of 5G is not offered. That could change with the iPhone 13.
In April, Ming-Chi Kuo supported this theory, predicting that support for the mmWave standard would be rolled out to more countries with the launch of the new iPhones. He mentioned Canada, Australia, Japan and the “major European mobile operators”, which hopefully includes France.
The theoretical maximum speed of millimeter waves is 1 to 2 gigabits per second, compared to 100 to 400 megabits for sub-6 GHz waves. However, the Sub-6GHz offers greater range, a good point for large cities.
To deliver such performance, we are already imagining what components Apple could use. After the Qualcomm Snapdragon X55 that the iPhone 12 comes with, we’ll probably see the X60 with the iPhone 13 and the X65 with the iPhone 14.
According to a report released in July 2021 by the DigiTimes site, iPhones released in 2021 will support the new Wi-Fi 6E wireless standard.
Compared to Wi-Fi 6 standard, it adds compatibility with 6Hz band, which increases bandwidth, improves speeds and reduces interference.
iPhone 13, a 1TB model?
If we are to believe again Jon Prosser, Apple would consider offering a model supported by a 1 TB of storage.
Indeed, the whistleblower posted a tweet in which he predicted the arrival of such an ability.
But in late June 2021, a new report from Taiwanese research firm TrendForce contradicted the 1TB theory, firmly predicting that the flagship model of the next iPhone 13 series will be capped at 512GB.
No Lightning port
One of the information that seems to be gaining momentum concerns the abandonment of the Lightning port on the iPhone 13. According to leakers Jon Prosser and Fudge, there may be no connection in the future smartphone to Apple.
Rather than relying on cables for recharging, all of the energy would be provided through wireless technology. This change would then make many accessories, such as adapters, superfluous.
We believe that the plug-in iPhone, which people have been talking about for so long, will not become a reality for some time.
In the meantime, a new magnetic cable standard similar to the old MagSafe used by MacBooks could emerge. Apple allegedly patented aligned magnets with a linear configuration of a set of spring-loaded pins… Here is an illustration: While the MagSafe is very practical, its downside is its extremely long charging time.
Operating system: iOS 15
At WWDC 2021, we got our first look at iOS 15 , the operating system that will run on the iPhone 13 upon release. It will be available in developer beta starting June 7, in public in July.
It includes important updates to FaceTime, Messages, and content sharing, with support for exciting new features Live Text, Memories, Weather, and Notes.
iPhone 14 and beyond
Many analysts have their own theories about Apple’s next smartphones in 2022 and beyond. A number of them even suggest that this year’s update could be lackluster compared to the ones that will follow.
The concept of a portless iPhone, for example, is a radical change in the way the device can be built and used. As for removing the notch, we’ll definitely have to wait until 2022. The iPhone 14 Pro will have a holey screen design, according to Ming-Chi Kuo.
On the processor side, the big leap could take place in 2022. The iPhone 14’s A16 will be 4nm and we can therefore expect significant gains in energy efficiency. So that could translate into a leap in range, with a smaller battery, higher performance, or a combination of all three.