Apple’s new iPhone 13 is coming this fall – here’s what we’ve found so far:
The iPhone 13 is approaching its time in the spotlight. Apple has yet to decide on a date to unveil the new iPhone, but expectations for the iPhone 13 are growing in September, the traditional launch month. In addition, constantly repeated leaks and rumors have revealed a complete picture of the new iPhone’s appearance and key features.
According to the information obtained so far, the iPhone 13 will have a 120Hz LTPO display on both Pro models, improving battery life and significantly upgrading critical cameras as well. Among them are new portrait video modes and astrophotphot modes. In addition, the iPhone 13 may also have satellite communication capabilities.
New iPhone 13: An Overview of Rumored Features
- 4 iPhone 13 models the same size as the iPhone 12
- Smaller notches on all four models
- Faster A15 Bionic chip
- New modem improves 5G
- Astrophotography and portrait mode video
- Pro model display delivers dynamic 120Hz refresh rate
- Always on the display
- Satellite communication function
- Ultra-wide-angle lenses improved with Pro models
- Large battery to be installed in all 4 models of the iPhone 13
As for the design of the iPhone 13, I have heard that the notch of the new iPhone will finally be reduced on all models. (And as with the iPhone 12, four models are expected). In addition, the new iPhone may finally have a display that is always displayed.
Based on all the rumors and leaks that are already around, we’ve summarized what we know about the new iPhone 13.
Latest news on iPhone 13 (Updated August 31)
People are fussing that the new iPhone without a notch was witnessed in an episode of Ted Lasso, but we don’t think it’s legitimate.
A new report by Apple analysts claims the iPhone 13 may offer satellite communications for the first time.
According to leaked release date information, reservations for the iPhone 13 will begin on September 17 and go on sale on September 24.
Face ID has been upgraded on the iPhone 13 and may work well even for masked people.
iPhone 13 release date
Despite its launch being postponed to October 13 due to coronavirus-related delays in the face of the iPhone 12, Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo insists the iPhone 13 should return to its regular launch schedule in 2021. And that means a September launch.
Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, who is familiar with Apple’s various trends, also sees the iPhone 13 spearheading a parade of Apple product announcements in the fall. Another rumor on DigiTimes claims that Apple will host multiple events in September, confirming that.
A year ago, Apple had warned that the iPhone 12 announcement would not take place in September. However, when it announced its June quarter results, Apple made no mention of possible delays, suggesting that the iPhone 13 launch was on schedule. Apple has pointed out some supply constraint issues, but that’s unlikely to affect the launch date of the new model.
If the iPhone 13 release date is the same as apple’s launch pattern so far, the device will hit stores on the fourth Friday in September 2021. It is September 24th. Front Page Tech’s report confirms this: The iPhone 13 will go on sale on September 24 and will begin booking on September 17.
Analyst Wedbush claims in multiple reports that the iPhone 13 will go on sale in the third week of September. If that’s the timing of Apple’s launch event, it’s no convincing that the new model will be released on September 24.
However, the South Korean e-commerce app “IT Home” claims that the iPhone 13 will ship on Friday, September 17. According to a report discovered by MacRumors, Apple will launch airpods 3 on September 30 and make its next release.
Apple is reported to be struggling to hire workers, and suppliers are raising bonuses to ensure they have enough people to meet demand, which could lead to longer wait times at the launch of the iPhone 13. And in one survey of U.S. iPhone owners, 44 percent said they would like to buy an iPhone 13, so demand can be quite high.
The price of the iPhone 13
As for the price of the iPhone 13, we expect it to be in line with the range of the iPhone 12 — $699, $799, $999 and $1099, respectively. Apple tends to price each new iPhone relatively close to the previous one.
A TrendForce report said the iPhone 13 should be priced “relatively flat” with the current iPhone 13 model. Unfortunately, the company also said the iPhone 13 Pro model would not have a 1TB storage option.
Rumours suggest that the new iPhone will be the same size as the iPhone 12: the 5.4-inch iPhone 13 mini, the 6.1-inch iPhone 13, the 6.1-inch iPhone 13 Pro and the 6.7-inch iPhone 13 Pro Max. The new iPhone appears in the Eurasian Economic Commission’s regulatory document, which includes seven models, although it may include different configurations.
Even if the iPhone 12 mini doesn’t sell well, reports suggest Apple will still release the iPhone 13 mini (though not everyone believes the iPhone 13 mini is a good idea). Let’s say we’ll see four models in the fall, all of which will be part of the iPhone 13 family. A 5G version of the iPhone SE is not expected until next year, while the collapsible iPhone Flip could take up to two years.
Still, a new report claims that TSMC, Apple’s chip supplier, will increase its production costs, which could mean Apple passing on the costs to its customers. It’s unclear whether this will affect the iPhone 13 or wait until the iPhone 14.
Name of iPhone 13
Early rumors about the iPhone this fall have been that apple moved from the iPhone 11 to the iPhone 12 last year, so the iPhone 13 has been used as the name of the next model. A handful of rumors have called the new iPhone “iPhone 12s.”
However, its name won’t be clear until it’s released, but according to one report, Apple insists it will stick to the name of the iPhone 13 after all. According to a report by Economic Daily News, citing sources and supply chain checks, the iPhone 13 lineup will reflect the iPhone 12 in both naming configurations and models. And Bloomberg’s Gurman expects Apple to use the name of the iPhone 13 for its next phone.
The iPhone’s “s” model generally meant it had a lot in common with last year’s version, except for a few important improvements. So it becomes clear how different this year’s phones are, depending on whether Apple adopts the names “iPhone 12s” or “iPhone 13”.
Interestingly, according to SellCell’s survey of 3,000 Apple users, 18.3% said they would refrain from buying a product called the iPhone 13, on the back of the ominous number “13.”
In addition, a large number of people supported naming after the sales year, and 38% supported the “iPhone (2021)” which is not very Apple-like. And 16% said it should be an “iPhone 21”.
Phone 13 Design
The dummy unit of the iPhone 13 has been handsed on by Apple Insider, showing some of the biggest design changes possible. These include moving the speaker to the top of the device, placing the camera diagonally on a regular iPhone 13, and increasing the camera module on the iPhone 13 Pro.
The SIM card tray also seems to be moving further down, and the power button may have moved down a bit.
In the leak information of another iPhone 13 case, many of the above changes seem to have been confirmed, including not only camera modules and notches, but also possible dimensions of the new iPhone. In fact, notches can be 25% smaller.
We have seen other alleged iPhone 13 dummy units leaked by Sony Dickson. They only show the back of Apple’s lineup, but seem to match rumors that the iPhone 13 will have an oblique camera arrangement.
The iPhone 13 Pro Max could also be slightly larger than its earlier model, according to the company. In fact, the alleged iPhone 13 Pro case depicts a fairly large camera module, which has not been confirmed.
Various leaked information and reports say the iPhone 13 will feature a smaller display notch after using similar, somey bulky notches for generations.
Apple seems to be making notch miniaturization on the new iPhone by integrating the now-separated infrared reflectors, sensors and dot projectors that make up the iPhone 12’s Face ID unlock system into A module. With two fewer sensors, the notch should be considerably narrower on the iPhone 13.
The iPhone 13 Pro Max’s dummy unit showed off its new design and small notch, and said the ear speakers could no longer be stored in the notch and move to the top bezel instead. Another iPhone 13 Pro dummy unit obtained by Mac Otakara also features the same design and a smaller notch on the front. In addition, a glass screen protector has been leaked, which seems to support this change.
The iPhone 13 Pro Max’s dummy unit suggested that this year’s phone would be slightly thicker than the iPhone 12 Pro Max. Subsequent iPhone 13 schemes reveal that this will be the case for all iPhone 13 models – they are thicker than their iPhone 12 counterparts with larger camera networks.
Conceptual artist Ian Zelbo also created renderings of the iPhone 13, this time from the CAD files of discloser Jon Prosser. These renders again show the diagonal of the camera lens and a smaller notch.
iPhone 13: No Touch ID?
Multiple leaks and rumours suggest the iPhone 13 will have Touch ID under the display. The latest news is challenging the rumour, with some claiming Apple will not bring Touch ID under display until next year’s iPhone 14. Nevertheless, at a time when the wearing of a mask is on the run, it would be very welcome to have a secondary form of biometric security.
The latest report comes from Mark Gurman of Bloomberg, who says Apple won’t add Touch ID on display to the new iPhone 13.
According to the report, “although Apple has tested in-screen Touch ID for other iPhone flagships, this year it will not take place. [Gurman believes that] Apple is fully focused on Face ID for its high end iPhones, and its long term goal is to implement Face ID into the display itself.”
That may not be the best news, but the iPhone 13 could get an improved version of Face ID that makes it easier for users to unlock their phone when wearing a face mask. That may not be as good as a second biometric scanner, but at least Apple could respond to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on our daily behavior.
iPhone 13 colors
Previous iPhone 13 color rumors pointed out that the iPhone 13 Pro has four color options. This includes black, silver, rose gold and sunset gold. More recently, a Ukrainian e-commerce site has posted color and storage options for the iPhone 13, with the Pro model adding black, silver, gold, and new bronze options.
We are hearing that a regular iPhone 13 may turn pink. This rumor seems to be accurate, as one of the six color options of the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini listed on the Ukrainian website is pink. The other colors are white, black, blue, purple, and product (red), just like the iPhone 12. If you want to learn more, check out our article on iPhone 13 colors.
iPhone 13 Display
Because Apple maintains the same display dimensions as the iPhone 12, the company could make further changes to phone screens. ET News reports that Apple will adopt a 120Hz refresh rate for the 6.1-inch iPhone 13 Pro and the 6.7-inch iPhone 13 Pro Max, while the Ice Universe leaker also lists the name of the iPhone 13 Pro Max, which has 120Hz.
The recent leak has further fueled rumours that the iPhone 13 will have an LTPO panel and will be made by Samsung Display. In addition, Samsung supplies Apple circuits to connect the screen to the phone’s motherboard – further proof that an LTPO display is being prepared.
The nature of the LTPO panel means that it does not need additional components under the screen that allow for a flexible refresh rate, which means that phones with such screens can have a thin case. The LTPO screen could not only allow for extremely smooth refresh speeds on the iPhone 13, but also maintain the iPhone 12’s unique frame.
Another advantage of the LTPO screen is improved power consumption. The DigiTimes report claims that the LTPO screens that Samsung and LG make for iPhone 13 Pro models will reduce power consumption by 15 to 20%.
According to other data, the iPhone 13 is supposed to use a screen that’s always turned on, which the LTPO technology would certainly allow. The video shows how the iPhone screen could work on at all times. An ever-activated screen would finally give Apple’s iPhones a feature that Android phones have been having for some time, looking at time, battery life, and possibly notifications.
Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman also says the iPhone 13 will always get the screen on, though it’s unclear whether that will apply to the iPhone 13 Pro or even to conventional iPhone 13 models.
iPhone 13 phone specifications
Just as the night follows the day, the iPhone 13 can expect to be upgraded to a chip compared to its predecessor. It is likely to be in the form of the A15 Bionic chip, the successor to the high-performance A14 Bionic in the iPhone 12.
This new chip-based system (SoC) could be a reasonable upgrade of the A14 Bionic and would likely increase overall performance and efficiency. After one of the alleged comparative tests of the A15 Bionic, the iPhone 13 could be able to beat all phones with android operating system after graphics performance.
According to Hermit Trone, the GFXBench Manhattan 3.1 graphics processor apple A15 peaked at 198 frames per second. After the suffo leak, the stroke of the graphics processor decreased and the speed of the imaging dropped to 140-150. By comparison, last year’s A14 Bionic could not exceed a speed of 120 frames per second.
A major upgrade is only likely for the iPhone 14, when Apple might produce a chip based on a 4-nanometer process node. Currently, the A14 Bionic chip in the iPhone 12 is made at 5 nm.
Apple is expected to order more than 100 million A15 chips, indicating even greater demand for the new iPhone 13 than on the iPhone 12.
As far as memory is concerned, we can expect the iPhone 13 to have 64 GB and 512 GB, although according to the Wedbush iPhone 13 report it will get up to 1 TB of memory. That would mean the largest built-in storage any iPhone has ever had.
The iPhone 13 could also get a big boost in wireless connectivity. Apple’s settlement with Qualcomm revealed that Apple plans to use Qualcomm’s X60 5G modem on upcoming iPhones, including the iPhone 13. (Apple modems won’t be available until 2023.)
The X60 modem, designed according to the 5 nm process, can be installed directly into the phone’s chips, which means a smaller footprint and less battery consumption. In addition, 5G performance should be better, as the modem can combine mmWave networks with sub-6GHz 5G networks at the same time.
In addition, the iPhone 13 is expected to be equipped with Wi-Fi 6E, a version of the Wi-Fi 6 standard that will support even higher wireless speeds.
The Digitimes report said that the iPhone 13 could use polymer circuits with liquid crystals for imaging purposes, allowing faster data transfer. Adding LCP panels along with 5G connectivity can speed up apps such as live streaming or augmented reality.
iPhone 13 Camera
There’s a lot of information about the iPhone 13 camera, starting with reports that the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max will have six new ultra-wide-angle lenses. The current iPhone 12 Pro model uses a five-disc ultra-wide-angle lens. As a general rule, the more components a lens has, the better the image quality tends to be.
Leeker’s Max Weinbach suggests several camera upgrades, “all sensors now receive at least 15% more light overall”; and claims that ultra-wide cameras (probably only available in Pros) can take in more than 40% of the light. In addition, the night mode that allows you to shoot the starry sky and the portrait video mode called “cinematic video” have also been improved.
And Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claims that the ultra-wide-angle cameras in the iPhone 13 Pro series will have autofocus for the first time. This should result in a sharper image. Unfortunately, Kuo says the upgrade won’t apply to other line-ups until the iPhone 14.
Apple is increasing orders for voice coil motors (VCM) to help focus camera lenses by as many as 40 percent, according to a separate report from Digitimes.
The leaked iPhone 13 Pro Max dummy unit released by Unbox Therapy features an iPhone with an apparently large lens. This should allow you to take in more light and improve photography in low light environments.
Another photo, believed to be the iPhone 13 Pro, was published on Twitter by leeker Major Bu, and appears to have a larger camera module overall to back this up.
This is consistent with other reports that the camera of the iPhone 13 will be significantly enhanced hardware-based. Analyst Ross Young predicts that the new Apple phones will first have larger sensors.
The larger the sensor, the more pixels it will have, the more light it will take, and the higher quality of photos it will be able to take. Unfortunately, it’s not clear which iPhone 13 will have this sensor, but the iPhone 12 Pro Max, launched in the fall, had a larger sensor.
On top of that, Ming-Chi Kuo predicts that both the iPhone 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max will have large openings in their ultra-wide-angle cameras. Kuo said both models will have expanded openings from F2.4 to F1.8 on the iPhone 12. Combined with a six-lens lens, more light enters the camera for better image quality.
Currently, the sensor-shifting image stabilization feature, which is only available on the iPhone 12 Pro Max, will be available on all iPhone 13 models. This feature is superior to optical image stabilization and can be expected to make the video smoother.
According to interesting rumors, Apple seems to be looking for a supplier of “foldable lens” cameras to improve the zoom of the iPhone 13’s optical cameras. The peridoscope-like design means telephoto lenses are stacked vertically rather than horizontally, which allows you to increase the optical magnification without increasing the size of your phone. However, it could be next year’s iPhone 14 that will come with this feature.
It is also said that on the iPhone 13, camera upgrades will allow you to shoot night sky and portrait mode videos. If the ultrawide camera on all iPhone 13 models is upgraded, you may be able to use a mode dedicated to astrophotophots. Just as night mode is enabled when you’re in the dark, pointing your camera at a star or moon will enable this mode.
Portrait video mode allows you to blur the background of video footage. It is also said that you can customize the depth of field after shooting to adjust the blur effect later. There is no specific explanation as to whether this feature is available for all iPhone 13 cameras or only on some cameras.
As a final addition, not only pro models, but also iPhone 13 and 13 minis may also have LiDAR sensors. This sensor is useful for autofocus and AR performance. Leeker Dylandkt says on Twitter that LiDAR will be a Pro-only feature, but Wedbush claims in its latest report that the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini will have LiDAR.
Let’s take a closer look at the camera improvements of the rumored iPhone 13 and what it means to bring to your photos.
iPhone 13 satellite communications
The iPhone 13 will be equipped with the iPhone’s first satellite communication function due to customization of the Qualcomm X60 baseband chip.
This feature allows iPhone 13 users to make calls and send messages even if they are not connected to a 4G or 5G phone. This feature is a great benefit for users who are often in places where radio waves are not available, for example in mountain areas.
Apple analyst Ming-Chip Kuo says Globalstar is a low-Earth satellite service provider (LEO) that will most likely work with Apple to provide a satellite system to connect to the next iPhone. However, it is not clear how customers would be charged; perhaps this could be through a relationship with their existing operator.
A report by Mark Gurman of Bloomberg claims that the iPhone 13’s alleged satellite connectivity will only be available in select markets and only for emergency messaging services. Given the somewhat vagueness of this rumour, we wouldn’t be too a wonder if this hardware isn’t ready for the iPhone 13 and instead it’s something for the iPhone 14.
iPhone 13 battery and charging
On the iPhone 12 model, “Oh GOD This is SO Boring. In battery life testing, it is now Please Kill Me. Only the iPhone 12 Pro Max truly impressed its high-capacity battery. However, a separate report by Ming-Chi Kuo on the iPhone 13’s so-called soft battery technology argues that the new iPhone can increase battery capacity without increasing the design footprint.
This seems to be backed up by leeker L0vetodream’s claim that suggests an increase in battery capacity on all models. The iPhone 13 Pro Max is up 18% from 3,687 mAh to 4,352 mAh. The increases in all three other models are much smaller, but they will still have some effect on solving the problem of short battery life.
Trendforce reports that the new flexible charging and battery circuit boards have increased the battery capacity of the iPhone 13 model.
According to another FCC application, Apple may revamp and announce the MagSafe charger on the iPhone 13. The charging speed may remain at 15W, but some rumors have also pointed out that magnets can become more powerful.
iPhone 13 charging
The iPhone 12 can charge up to 20W, but according to one rumor, Apple may offer a faster 25W charge this year. Unfortunately, the rumor quotes an unnamed “overseas media” via 9to5 Mac from the Chinese site “MyDrivers”. I don’t have much credibility.
Informant Max Weinbach said the iPhone 13 could offer wireless charging in the opposite direction, which would allow iPhones to charge devices such as the AirPods Pro and Apple Watch. However, Bloomberg has previously reported that the iPhone 13 is likely to not have reverse wireless charging. Therefore, it is thought that this rumor is floating in the air at this stage.
iPhone 13 and iOS 15
Every time a new iPhone is launched, a new version of iOS is introduced. Apple first saw the software that powers iPhones up to the new iPhone and iPhone 6s when it revealed iOS 15 at the Worldwide Developer Conference in June.
Key features of iOS 15 include FaceTime updates that allow you to watch videos and share content, a new Focus mode for managing notifications, and improvements to maps, messages, Wallet, weather, and other built-in applications. Some features of iOS 15 require an A12 Bionic processor or later, but for the iPhone 13 and its flashy new Apple chip, it shouldn’t be a problem.
We are waiting for information about iPhone 13 specific features hidden in iOS 15. Among them, we are particularly expecting a function called “charge prediction notification” that appeared in Apple’s patent. This system will warn you to learn your phone usage and charging habits, as you have already done with optimized charging, and charge it in the right place before draining the battery too much.
iPhone 13: What we want to see
With the iPhone 13 announced date, we are expected to reveal more details about the iPhone 13. Here are some of the more we expect from the iPhone 13, which will be announced next week, than rumors.
- With 128GB of storage as standard, Apple only granted 128GB of base storage on its higher-end iPhone 12 Pro, with the regular iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini. This is a good first step, but Apple needs to offer 128GB of storage on all models of the iPhone 13, in time. It’s very disingenuous that premium smartphones cost nearly $1,000 and only 64GB from the factory, especially given Apple’s admity of microSD’s extensibility.
- Zoom up the camera. With a combination of hardware, software, or both, Apple must improve the iPhone’s photo capabilities when shooting from a distance. Many smartphone users love good ultra-wide-angle lenses, but powerful telephoto lenses are equally important when you can’t get close to your subject. Apple may have to follow google’s super lesbian zoom feature. This feature uses clever algorithms to almost make up for the lack of high-power pericscopic lenses. The iPhone 12 Pro Max has improved by 2.5x, but we want it to be at least tripled on future iPhones with telephoto lenses.
- 120Hz display. The display with a fast refresh rate will make all operations such as scrolling, tapping, tasks and games very fast compared to the standard panel at 60Hz. If you determine that the battery life is too long at 120Hz, you can use 90Hz. However, the faster refresh rate can go a long way to make your iOS run smoother than it is now. Unfortunately, this feature was heralded in the early stages of the iPhone 12, but it didn’t come to release after all.
We expect the iPhone 12 Pro, with a flatted design, fully compatible with 5G and equipped with a LiDAR-enhanced camera, to form the foundation for Apple’s 2021 device. So, look at this page for the coming months as the future of the iPhone shapes.
iPhone 13: What will happen to the iPhone 14 in 2022?
There are already some interesting rumors about the iPhone 14. One of the most noteworthy is the return of Touch ID. In particular, such rumors have come out now that expectations of a Touch ID revival on the iPhone 13 have been dashed.
FrontPageTech’s Jon Prosser has already posted a rendered image of the rumored iPhone 14 design. According to this leaked information, a punchhole camera will be adopted without a notch. Plus, the back can be completely flat, so there’s no camera bump.
According to other rumors, the A16 Bionic chip is manufactured in a 4nm process, which may improve power efficiency and overall performance. However, in possible way to make these assessments, you actually need to see this chip.
We’ve also heard that the iPhone 14 could have improved cameras, and that all iPhone 14 models will have ultra-wide parts upgraded. Another rumor is that the iPhone 14 may have a foldable telephoto lens. This is what allows for better enlargement without having to increase the physical size of the camera or mobile phone.