Apple’s iPhone 12 lineup has solely been on digital cabinets for a number of months, and already the cell phone world has turned its consideration to the iPhone 13 (or no matter Apple names its subsequent flagship) and the three different variants anticipated to affix the lineup: the iPhone 13 Mini, iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max, in accordance with analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.
Rumors have been circulating about Apple’s 2021 telephone lineup even earlier than the final Apple occasion, which unveiled the iPhone 12. And the leaks are solely going to ramp up as we get nearer to the subsequent iPhone launch date. Read on to search out the most recent rumors concerning the iPhone 13’s worth, design, specs and extra. We’ll replace this story as new data turns into out there.
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Release date: iPhone 13 must be right here by mid-September
So far, there isn’t any official or unofficial phrase on after we can count on to see Apple’s subsequent iPhone. Usually, 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. 2020 was a distinct story — it was the primary September Apple occasion in eight years with out an iPhone — because of delays in manufacturing because of the coronavirus pandemic. This 12 months, nevertheless, Kuo is forecasting enterprise as normal for Apple’s provide chain. If that is the case, we are able to count on to see the iPhone 13 unveiled at an occasion someday in September.
Let’s synthesize the information now we have:
- Apple likes to carry its occasions on Tuesdays or Wednesdays.
- iPhone launch dates are usually a week-and-a-half after Apple’s bulletins.
- In common, new iPhones are launched on a Friday, across the third week of September.
Just a few years in the past, TNE took a deep dive into the Apple occasion timeline and emerged with a compelling Labor Day speculation, which you’ll examine right here. 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.
Name: Apple’s subsequent flagship may not be known as iPhone 13
We’re going with the title “iPhone 13” for now, however the moniker will not be a positive factor. Considering high-rise buildings are inclined to omit the thirteenth ground from their elevator buttons for superstitious causes, Apple might very properly succumb to its personal triskaidekaphobia and skip the quantity 13.
iPhone 12S is a worthy guess for the title of Apple’s subsequent era of iPhones. Just as 2014’s iPhone 6 gave approach to 2015’s iPhone 6S and 2017’s iPhone X preceded 2018’s iPhone XS, with no main redesign within the works (extra on that beneath), the 2021 iPhone is simply as more likely to be positioned as an enchancment on the iPhone 12.
Or perhaps Apple takes a web page out of Samsung’s guide and names its subsequent telephone after the 12 months 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 totally different route and title it one thing enjoyable, just like the Motorola Citrus or LG Chocolate of yore.
Price: iPhone 13 might value the identical as iPhone 12… and even much less
Apple’s iPhone 12 lineup included 4 telephones at 4 totally different costs, with much more variation amongst carriers and storage configurations. At launch, the baseline iPhone 12 service mannequin value $799, a rise of $100 from 2019’s iPhone 11, largely because of the addition of 5G assist. Because the iPhone 13 will not be anticipated to have such a significant technical improve, analysts are predicting an analogous worth construction for 2021.
Here’s the iPhone 12 pricing, for reference:
iPhone 12 pricing: All 4 new fashions
|iPhone 12 mannequin||64GB||128GB||256GB||512GB|
|iPhone 12 Mini (service mannequin)||$699||$749||$849||N/A|
|iPhone 12 Mini (SIM-free from Apple)||$729||$779||$879||N/A|
|iPhone 12 (service mannequin)||$799||$849||$949||N/A|
|iPhone 12 (SIM-free from Apple)||$829||$879||$979||N/A|
|iPhone 12 Pro||N/A||$999||$1,099||$1,299|
|iPhone 12 Pro Max||N/A||$1,099||$1,199||$1,399|
There is a few hypothesis that Apple may contemplate decreasing the value of its subsequent telephone lineup. Several rivals rose to the event of the financial downturn by releasing extra reasonably priced fashions in 2020, reminiscent of Samsung’s Galaxy S20 FE and Google’s Pixel 5, each 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.
Sales of the iPhone 12 might point out the route Apple may absorb pricing the iPhone 13. The predicted 2020 “supercycle” appears to have occurred as Apple anticipated: In October, the iPhone 12 and 12 Pro grew to become 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
No leaked renders or grainy movies have emerged but, however we do not count on any massive 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-inch
- iPhone 13: 6.1-inch
- iPhone 13 Pro: 6.1-inch
- iPhone 13 Pro Max: 6.7-inch
Two potential design parts that are getting some first rate buzz already: A shallower notch or fully notchless display and the demise of the Lightning port, each of which have been speculated about, hoped for or dreaded advert nauseum for generations of iPhones.
iPhone 13 could nix the chunky notch
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 who crossed their fingers for a notchless or a minimum of smaller-notched iPhone 12 are reassigning their hopes to the iPhone 13 now that their 2020 all-screen desires have failed to come back to fruition.
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. Though a variety 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 end goal is very obviously portless.”
But do not get too excited (nervous?): Kuo predicts that just one 2021 iPhone will likely be fully portless, doubtless the iPhone 13 Pro Max.
Cameras: New photograph tips and tech coming to the iPhone 13
The iPhone bought some fairly properly acquired digicam upgrades in 2020, particularly within the Pro Max mannequin, which launched the iOS crowd to lidar (additionally discovered on the Pro) and ProUncooked. The iPhone 12 even wrested TNE photograph fanatic Stephen Shankland’s loyalty away from Google Pixel, the erstwhile computational images king.
Better zoom capabilities for the iPhone 13
One weak spot within the 2020 lineup’s digicam choices, nevertheless, was zoom know-how. The iPhone 12 Pro Max solely featured a 2.5x optical zoom — for comparability, Samsung’s Galaxy S20 Ultra and now the S21 Ultra each supply a 100x zoom (although it’s a mixture of optical and digital). According to ETNews (as reported by TechRadar), the iPhone 13 might doubtlessly embody a periscope digicam, a know-how that might enable for a bigger zoom vary with out requiring an excellent 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’s additionally potential that the two.5x zoom discovered on the iPhone 12 Pro Max might trickle all the way down to the subsequent iPhone’s Pro mannequin.
Improved evening mode images
New rumors in early February trace at welcome enhancements for low-light images. Analysts are predicting an ultrawide-angle lens with a bigger aperture — f/1.8, as a substitute of f/2.4. 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 embody lidar know-how, in accordance with a DigiTimes report. Lidar was launched to the iPhone in 2020, however solely on the Pro and Pro Max fashions, so this is able to solely be a real improve for the essential mannequin and the Mini. Still, lidar for everybody can be fairly nifty — the digicam characteristic, which stands for “light 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.
Features: All the opposite iPhone 13 rumors we have heard
There’s quite a bit we are able to confidently predict for the 2021 iPhone lineup primarily based on final 12 months’s options and Apple’s normal monitor file. For occasion, 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 except 2021 throws us for an excellent larger loop than 2020, we count on Apple to preview iOS 15 at its annual WWDC occasion in June, delivery the iPhone 13 with the brand new working system put in.
120Hz refresh price for the iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max
We thought we might get a refreshed refresh price within the iPhone 12, however the 120Hz rumors did not pan out — doubtless due to the already elevated calls for on battery from the telephone’s 5G connectivity. Instead, Apple’s lineup final 12 months featured the identical 60Hz show because the earlier 12 months’s iPhone 11.
But 2021 may very well be the 12 months of the 120Hz show, which permits for a smoother, quicker scrolling expertise because of a better display refresh price. Many higher-end opponents already characteristic a 120Hz show (OnePlus 8T, Galaxy S20), so the chances are good Apple heads on this route for its subsequent Pro line.
Evidence for doubling the refresh price in 2021 comes from Korean information website The Elec, which stories that two of the iPhone 13 fashions will use LTPO know-how of their screens (story is in Spanish). This display tech would make the telephone extra power-efficient generally, which means smaller batteries and/or longer battery life are additionally possible (to not point out these whispers about an always-on show). Learn extra about LTPO (which stands for low-temperature polycrystalline oxide) OLED screens.
Return of the Touch ID button
Bloomberg reported in 2019 that the beloved Touch ID button might return as an under-display sensor within the subsequent 12 months’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 Touch ID final fall, which was subsequently corroborated (and translated) by Prosser.
Apple’s 2020 iPad Air, introduced final September throughout what usually would have been an iPhone unveiling occasion, built-in a Touch ID button onto the facet of the machine. This addition was thrilling as a result of it solved the “Face ID doesn’t work while wearing a mask” downside with out ceding display actual property. An under-display button would clear up the issue, too, although it stays to be seen whether or not the tech will likely be prepared in time for the iPhone 13. (Meanwhile, those that personal an Apple Watch may have but another choice for masked iPhone-unlocking, as soon as iOS 14.5 turns into out there.)
As we close to the purported September iPhone announcement, we’ll maintain this publish up to date with all of the iPhone 13 leaks, rumors and different hypothesis because it comes up, so examine again. And within the meantime, this is what it’s best to know concerning the iPhone 12:
- iPhone 12 and 12 Pro overview
- iPhone 12 Mini overview
- iPhone 12 Pro Max overview
- iPhone 12’s 4 fashions in contrast
- Best iPhone 12 offers out there now
- iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max vs. iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max