There was some previous speculation that Apple may keep the same price structure for the iPhone 13, or consider lowering the price of its next phone lineup. Several rivals rose to the occasion of the economic downturn by releasing more affordable models in 2020, such as iPhone 12 Mini, but about $100 less than the iPhone 12. The newly released also boasted a lower price tag, than its predecessor.and : Both are the same price as the
Sales of the iPhone 12 could indicatethe iPhone 13. The seems to have happened as Apple expected: In October, the worldwide. And Apple recently announced that .
Colors and design: iPhone 13 will probably look familiar
There have already been a number of renders floating around the Twittersphere showing rumored iPhone 13 designs. A recent one, from MacRumors, illustrates the resized camera bump and increased thickness of the iPhone 13 and 13 Pro compared to its predecessors. According to MacRumors, the iPhone 13’s camera bump is getting slightly thicker, perhaps to accommodate forthcoming camera upgrades like lidar.
A new render in late June from Sonny Dickson on Twitter showed a slight variation on the iPhone 13 and 12 Mini’s camera module, with its two lenses situated diagonally from one another, rather than one atop the other.
The Twittersphere was abuzz in early May when an account called Peng Phones released a an artist on Instagram who specializes in 3D modeling. Then in June, YouTube account EverythingApplePro previewed a matte-black iPhone 13 render, said to be a replacement for the existing graphite or space gray color options on the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro models, respectively., though the image ended up being wishful thinking from
Apple also could be adding a new color, called “Sunset Gold,” to the iPhone 13 lineup, according to leaker Ranzuk on Naver, a Korean blogging platform. The color is said to have a “bronze feel” and be slightly less pale than Apple’s rose gold. Renders of the iPhone 13’s new color were posted to Twitter by @RendersbyIan.
Earlier, we spotted a 3D-printed mockup from Japanese blog Macotakara and some concept renderings from EverythingApplePro. But we don’t expect any big changes to the iPhone’s design in 2021, considering 2020 saw a pretty significant already with the return of the iPhone 5’s flat sides. Apple is also not expected to make any changes to the phone’s sizing from the previous generation.
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 elements that are getting some decent buzz already: a shallower notch, which is also evident in several leaked mockups (or even a completely notchless screen) and , both of which have been speculated about, hoped for or dreaded ad nauseam for generations of iPhones.
A shallower notch was also shared in an Apple Insider video which showed dummy units of the iPhone 13 a smaller earpiece notch that shifted to the top of the phone’s bezel. Apple Insider’s dummy units were also in line with the previous rumors regarding the iPhone 13 lineup’s size similarities to the iPhone 12.
iPhone 13 may nix the chunky notch — or just slim it down
Apple introduced the world to the notched display in 2017 with the release of the iPhone X, and as rivals solved the selfie conundrum with hole-punch and under-display cameras, Apple still hasn’t, er, taken it down a notch. Those who crossed their fingers for a notchless or at leastare reassigning their hopes to the iPhone 13 now that their 2020 all-screen dreams have failed to come to fruition.
. In its leaked dummy mockup, Macotakara estimated that the iPhone 13’s notch could shrink to 26.8mm wide (compared to 34.83mm on the iPhone 12), while becoming ever-so slightly taller, at 5.35mm, compared to the iPhone 12’s 5.3mm notch height.
We may have got aduring episode 6 of . In two scenes of the episode, we see a notchless iPhone that appears to be running iOS. But, we shouldn’t get our hopes up too much. Despite the buzz generated by brief shots of the phone, it’s more likely a fleeting CGI imperfection in post-production than a sneak peak of the iPhone 13.
Will Apple kill the Lightning port, too?
When Apple ousted the headphone jack, the doomsday clock started ticking for the iPhone’s charging port as well, Jon Prosser shares this prediction, asserting on his YouTube channel, “The end goal is very obviously portless.”. Though a lot of us are , the introduction of in 2020 all but sealed the deal on a . Frequent leaker
But don’t get too excited (nervous?): Kuo predicts that only one 2021 iPhone will be completely portless, likely the iPhone 13 Pro Max.
Cameras: New photo tricks and tech coming to the iPhone 13
The iPhone got some pretty well-received camera upgrades in 2020,, which introduced the iOS crowd to (also found on the Pro) and . The , the erstwhile computational photography king.
ProRes and Portrait Mode video could be coming to the iPhone 13
The iPhone 13 could feature at least three major new camera and video features. According to a recent report by Gurman, Apple’s latest iPhone could offer the video version of Portrait Mode, a higher quality option to record video called ProRes, and a new filter system to enhance the look and color of pictures.
Portrait Mode was originally released with thein 2016 just for taking photos. But, if Gurman’s speculation is true, you soon may be able to record videos with a bokeh effect behind your main subject. For the rumored ProRes for video, Gurman speculates that it may be similar to how ProRaw for photos is exclusive to just the higher-end iPhone 12 models. Gurman says that ProRes could only be available for the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max.
Better zoom capabilities for the iPhone 13
One weak spot in the 2020 lineup’s camera offerings, however, was zoom technology. The iPhone 12 Pro Max only featured a 2.5x optical zoom — for comparison,and now the both offer a (though it is a mix of optical and digital).
According to ETNews (as reported by TechRadar), the iPhone 13 could potentially include a periscope camera, a technology that would allow for a larger zoom range without requiring an even larger camera bump. Kuo made similar predictions for a future periscope lens, though his report hinted that we may have to wait until 2022. It’s also possible that the 2.5x zoom found on the iPhone 12 Pro Max could trickle down to the next iPhone’s Pro model.
Improved night-mode photos
Rumors in early February hinted at welcome improvements for low-light photography. Analysts are predicting an ultrawide-angle lens with a larger aperture — f1.8, instead of f2.4. A larger aperture means more light can hit the sensor, which makes for better photos at nighttime or in low-light situations.
Lidar could only be available for the Pro models
Although camera upgrades are expected across all four iPhone 13 models, the standard versions of Apple’s upcoming handset may lack a Dylan on Twitter speculates that only the iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max will feature the scanner. Dylan’s theory followed previous Apple iPhone gossip from a DigiTimes report that said all four models in the iPhone 13 lineup would come with the scanner.. Leaker
This would be the second generation in a row to only feature a lidar scanner in its Pro models, if Dylan’s rumor becomes reality. The scanner, used to help with autofocus and portrait pictures in low lighting, made its debut in the. It also can be found in the and .
Still, lidar for everyone would be pretty nifty — the camera feature, which stands for “light detection and ranging,” is a depth sensor that uses lasers to measure distance., and it also has some .
Features: All the other iPhone 13 rumors we’ve heard
There’s a lot we can confidently predict for the 2021 iPhone lineup based on last year’s features and Apple’s usual track record. For instance, 5G is all but a foregone conclusion. There probably won’t be a charger or headphones in the box, nor a headphone jack, nor a USB-C port. And unless 2021 throws us for an even bigger loop than 2020, we expect Apple to ship the iPhone 13 with the newinstalled. (By the way, and .)
120Hz refresh rate for the iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max
We thought we’d get a refreshed refresh rate in the— likely because of the already increased demands on battery from the phone’s 5G connectivity. Instead, Apple’s lineup last year featured the same 60Hz display as the previous year’s iPhone 11.
But 2021 could be the year of the 120Hz display, which would result in a smoother, faster scrolling experience thanks to a higher screen refresh rate. Many higher-end competitors already feature a 120Hz display (e.g., theand ), so the odds are good Apple heads in this direction for its next Pro line.
Evidence for doubling the refresh rate in 2021 comes from Korean news site The Elec, which reports that two of the iPhone 13 models will use LTPO technology in their screens. This screen tech would make the phone more power efficient in general, meaning smaller batteries and/or longer battery life are also probable (not to mention whispers about an always-on display). Learn more about LTPO, or low-temperature polycrystalline oxide, OLED screens. This rumor was in mid-February on YouTube and again in an April DigiTimes report.
An always-on display
Like the Apple Watch (and many Android phones, like theand ), , what Weinbach called a “toned-down lock screen.” If rumors are true, your next iPhone would always display the time and battery charge, as well as incoming notifications, without you having to unlock or wake the whole screen.
Rumors about this feature were corroborated in July by Gurman in his Power On newsletter for Bloomberg. He speculates that the iPhone’s larger batteries could power its display with a 120Hz refresh rate and always-on mode.
Will the iPhone 13 bring back Touch ID?
Bloomberg reported in 2019 that the beloved Touch ID button might return as an under-display sensor in the following year’s flagship, which would have been the iPhone 12. That didn’t happen, but the Bloomberg report left room for error, saying the technology could “slip to the 2021 iPhone refresh.”
Leaker @L0vetodream also teased an under-display Touch ID last fall, which was subsequently corroborated (and translated) by Prosser.
The buzz around the return of Touch ID, however, shifted with Gurman’s latest Power On Newsletter. He speculates that an under-screen Touch ID sensor “won’t make the cut” for the iPhone 13. Instead, Gurman says that Apple will embed Face ID under the display in place of Touch ID, with sensors hidden beneath the screen instead of in a notch.
Apple’s, announced last September during what normally would have been an iPhone unveiling event, . The new iMac, unveiled in April, is on its redesigned . This addition is exciting because it solves the without ceding screen real estate. An under-display button would solve the problem, too, though it remains to be seen whether the tech will be ready in time for the iPhone 13. (Meanwhile, those who own an Apple Watch already have yet another option for .)
Satellite communication connectivity
Apple’s iPhone 13 is rumored to feature, which would let you make calls and send texts in areas without cellular coverage. According to a note from Kuo, the new iPhone can tap low-Earth-orbit satellites to stay connected in areas that lack 4G or 5G coverage with its Qualcomm X60 baseband chip. The satellite communications connectivity, however, could be such as texting emergency services, calling emergency contacts or reporting a crisis.
As we near the purported September iPhone announcement, we’ll keep this post updated with all the iPhone 13 leaks, rumors and other speculation as it comes up, so check back.