The recent release of the iPhone 12 does not prevent us from already speculating on its successor, which should be launched at the end of 2021.
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.
What will be the name of the next iPhone?
“Apple 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. It is quite possible that Apple is spreading false information to deceive its competitors, or to find leaks.
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 that, as a result, the company is planning to switch from the iPhone 12s in 2021 to the iPhone 14 in 2022.
Whichever name you choose, we expect all 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.
When will the iPhone 13 be released?
Until the year 2020, Apple’s schedule for iPhone releases was pretty consistent. Generally, the firm has a habit of announcing its new products at the beginning of September, for marketing about a week later.
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.
These delays should only be a bad memory. If we look at the calendars of past years and that of 2021, then the veil could be lifted on the iPhone 13, before being officially released on September 17.
In any case, this assumption is supported by a prediction from Ming-Chi Kuo that Apple will stick with the traditional September launch.
How much will the iPhone 13 Price?
To set the price of the new iPhone, let’s first look at the models that came before it:
- 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
As you can see, the iPhone 12 has increased by $ 100 compared to its predecessor.
With that price list in mind, we expect Apple to stick with that structure and introduce the standard iPhone 13 at around $900.
At LetsGoDigital, the teams have already imagined what the future iPhone 13 could look like overall. On the Technizo Concept YouTube channel, a concept video was recently released, we discover the 4 potential next iPhones and, at first glance, they would be entire without port, to rely only on wireless charging.
A foldable iPhone under the name Flip is also reportedly under development at Apple headquarters. Disclosure Jon Prosser claims it is reminiscent of the Galaxy Z Flip and will come in original colors.
Analytics company Omdia has predicted that Apple won’t launch these iPhone models until 2023.
According to famous leaker Max Weinbach, the new iPhones will feature a new color finish and may even include two.
He claims that the 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max models will be available in matte black, in addition to the silver, gold, graphite, and blue options offered for the 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max.
Also, he mentions an orange bronze finish, which Apple would be experimenting with before being offered. However, the MacRumors site reports that this option would be less likely to launch than matte black.
In addition, there is also talk of a new protective coating that will reduce fingerprint marks.
According to trusted analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, we’ll 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
But what new features will Apple add to the iPhone screen in 2021?
According to some rumors based on a patent that Apple filed in February 2020, a future iPhone could have touch-sensitive sides. A sort of enveloping screen.
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.
There is also a rumor that Apple will use LTPO display technology, as seen on the Apple Watch. It would reduce energy consumption and thus increase the battery life of the new models.
This hypothesis is confirmed by a report from Elec, but also by leaker Max Weinbach, who also states that the iPhone 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max will have a refresh rate of 120 Hz.
Leaks also mention an always-on screen, with a continuous display of the clock and your battery.
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Low power consumption LTPO displays
Apple is rumored to be using LTPO display technology for its iPhone 13, as found on the Apple Watch. It would reduce power consumption and extend the battery life of these new models by up to 15%.
Additionally, low-power displays will likely be made by LG Display, although Korean site The Elec believes Samsung will have the role.
A smaller notch for Face ID
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.
A new render of the iPhone 13 released by the Gizchina site gives us an idea of what it might look like after its notch has been reduced.
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.
Indeed, 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.
@OliverJHaslam Sorry for the delay, I finally got around to those mocks. All of these remove the ambient light sensor and sub w/ induction speaker.— Cameron.swift (@CameronD_swift) March 4, 2021
1st- Based on current notch layout
2nd – Based on 11/12 camera module (my fav)
3rd – #2 with under display concept like ZTE Axon 20 pic.twitter.com/KPLJNwP3wv
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.
Return of Touch ID
Face ID is fast and secure, but some feel that Touch ID is more convenient. Apple is unlikely to bring the “Home” button back to its screens almost edge to edge, but there is another option.
The integration of a fingerprint reader under the screen is a technology that Android is 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.
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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 security.
An interesting tweet, published in October 2020 by leaker Jon Prosser, indicates that the iPhone 13 will offer a storage capacity of 1TB.
According to some sources, the iPhone 13 will have much better photosensors 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.
A 2021 report also suggested that the iPhone 13’s sensors could be around 0.9mm wider and completely covered in sapphire crystal.
iPhone 14 rumors predict 10x optical zoom.
US iPhone 12 models offer mmWave, but elsewhere this type of 5G is not offered. That could change with the iPhone 13.
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.
No Lightning port
One of the pieces of 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 connectivity 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.