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 Professional and iPhone 13 Professional Max, according to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. The most recent rumor: à la the Apple Watch (and like many Android telephones have had for years).
Rumors have been circulating about Apple’s 2021 cellphone lineup even earlier than the final Apple event, which unveiled the iPhone 12. And the leaks are solely going to ramp up as we get nearer to the subsequent iPhone launch date. Learn on to search out the most recent rumors in regards to the iPhone 13’s value, design, specs and extra. We’ll replace this story as new info turns into out there.
Launch date: iPhone 13 needs to be right here by mid-September
Thus far, there isn’t any official or unofficial phrase on once we can count on to see Apple’s subsequent iPhone. Often, we will predict with some degree of accuracy when Apple’s iPhone events will occur and extrapolate a launch date based mostly on that. 2020 was a unique story — it was the primary September Apple event in eight years without an iPhone — due to delays in production due to the coronavirus pandemic. This yr, nonetheless, Kuo is forecasting enterprise as regular for Apple’s provide chain. If that is the case, we will count on to see the iPhone 13 unveiled at an occasion someday in September.
Let’s synthesize the information we’ve:
- Apple likes to carry its occasions on Tuesdays or Wednesdays.
- iPhone launch dates are usually per week and a half after Apple’s bulletins.
- On the whole, new iPhones are launched on a Friday, across the third week of September.
A couple of years in the past, CNET took a deep dive into the Apple occasion timeline and emerged with a compelling Labor Day hypothesis, which you can read about here. Based mostly 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.
Title: Apple’s subsequent flagship may not be referred to as iPhone 13
We’re going with the title “iPhone 13” for now, however the moniker isn’t a positive factor. Contemplating high-rise buildings are inclined to omit the thirteenth ground from their elevator buttons for superstitious causes, Apple may 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. Simply as 2014’s iPhone 6 gave method to 2015’s iPhone 6S and 2017’s iPhone X preceded 2018’s iPhone XS, with out a main redesign within the works (extra on that beneath), the 2021 iPhone is simply as prone to be positioned as an enchancment on the iPhone 12.
Or perhaps Apple takes a page out of Samsung’s book and names its subsequent cellphone after the yr of its conception: iPhone 2021 has a pleasant ring to it. Or what in regards to the iPhone XXI? Or, dare to dream, Apple may go in a totally totally different path and name it something fun, like the Motorola Citrus or LG Chocolate of yore.
Worth: iPhone 13 may price the identical as iPhone 12… and even much less
Apple’s iPhone 12 lineup included four phones at 4 totally different costs, with much more variation amongst carriers and storage configurations. At launch, the baseline iPhone 12 service mannequin price $799, a rise of $100 from 2019’s iPhone 11, largely as a result of addition of 5G help. As a result of the iPhone 13 isn’t anticipated to have such a serious technical improve, analysts are predicting an identical value construction for 2021.
This is the, 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 Professional||N/A||$999||$1,099||$1,299|
|iPhone 12 Professional Max||N/A||$1,099||$1,199||$1,399|
There’s some hypothesis that Apple may think about reducing the worth of its subsequent cellphone lineup. A number of rivals rose to the event of the financial downturn by releasing extra reasonably priced fashions in 2020, comparable to Samsung’s Galaxy S20 FE and Google’s Pixel 5, each the identical value because the iPhone 12 Mini, however about $100 lower than the iPhone 12. The newly launched additionally boasted a lower cost tag, than its predecessor.
Gross sales of the iPhone 12 may point out the direction Apple might take in pricing the iPhone 13. The predicted 2020 “supercycle” appears to have occurred as Apple anticipated: In October, the iPhone 12 and 12 Pro became the first and second best-selling 5G phone models worldwide. And Apple just lately introduced that .
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 reasonably important “slabular” redesign 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 earlier era.
iPhone 13’s rumored sizes:
- iPhone 13 Mini: 5.4-inch
- iPhone 13: 6.1-inch
- iPhone 13 Professional: 6.1-inch
- iPhone 13 Professional 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 dying 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 that crossed their fingers for a notchless or at the least smaller-notched iPhone 12 are reassigning their hopes to the iPhone 13 now that their 2020 all-screen goals have failed to return 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, according to industry analysts. Although numerous us are still holding out hope for a USB-C port, the introduction of MagSafe accessories 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.”
However do not get too excited (nervous?): Kuo predicts that only one 2021 iPhone will be completely portless, probably the iPhone 13 Professional Max.
Cameras: New picture methods and tech coming to the iPhone 13
The iPhone bought some fairly properly obtained digicam upgrades in 2020, especially in the Pro Max model, which launched the iOS crowd to lidar (additionally discovered on the Professional) and ProRaw. The iPhone 12 even wrested CNET photo enthusiast Stephen Shankland’s loyalty away from Google Pixel, the erstwhile computational images king.
Higher zoom capabilities for the iPhone 13
One weak spot within the 2020 lineup’s digicam choices, nonetheless, was zoom expertise. The iPhone 12 Pro Max solely featured a 2.5x optical zoom — for comparability, Samsung’s Galaxy S20 Ultra and now the each provide a (although it’s a mixture of optical and digital). In response to ETNews (as reported by TechRadar), the iPhone 13 may probably embrace a periscope digicam, a expertise that might permit 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 is also potential that the two.5x zoom discovered on the iPhone 12 Professional Max may trickle right down to the subsequent iPhone’s Professional mannequin.
Improved night time mode photographs
New rumors in early February trace at welcome enhancements for low-light images. Analysts are predicting an ultrawide-angle lens with a bigger aperture — f1.8, as an alternative of f2.4. A bigger aperture means extra mild can hit the sensor, which makes for higher photographs at nighttime or in low-light conditions.
You get lidar, you get lidar, everybody will get lidar!
All four models of the iPhone 13 lineup could include lidar technology, in accordance with a DigiTimes report. Lidar was launched to the iPhone in 2020, however solely on the Professional and Professional Max fashions, so this might solely be a real improve for the fundamental mannequin and the Mini. Nonetheless, lidar for everybody could be fairly nifty — the digicam characteristic, which stands for “mild detection and ranging,” is a depth sensor that makes use of lasers to measure distance. The camera trick can take your iPhone photos to the next level, and it additionally has some pretty cool AR applications.
Options: All the opposite iPhone 13 rumors we have heard
There’s lots we will confidently predict for the 2021 iPhone lineup based mostly on final yr’s options and Apple’s regular observe report. As an example, 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 greater loop than 2020, we count on Apple to preview iOS 15 at its annual WWDC event in June, transport the iPhone 13 with the brand new working system put in.
120Hz refresh fee for the iPhone 13 Professional and Professional Max
We thought we might get a refreshed refresh fee within the iPhone 12, but the 120Hz rumors didn’t pan out — probably due to the already elevated calls for on battery from the cellphone’s 5G connectivity. As a substitute, Apple’s lineup final yr featured the identical 60Hz show because the earlier yr’s iPhone 11.
However 2021 might be the yr of the 120Hz show, which might lead to a smoother, sooner scrolling expertise due to the next display refresh fee. Many higher-end rivals already characteristic a 120Hz show (e.g. theand ), so the percentages are good Apple heads on this path for its subsequent Professional line.
Proof for doubling the refresh fee in 2021 comes from Korean news site The Elec, which experiences that two of the iPhone 13 models will use LTPO technology in their screens (story is in Spanish). This display tech would make the cellphone 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 display). Learn more about LTPO, or low-temperature polycrystalline oxide, OLED screens. This rumor was in mid-February on YouTube.
An always-on show
Just like the Apple Watch (and Android telephones),, what Weinbach referred to as a “toned-down lock display.” If rumors are true, your subsequent iPhone would all the time show the time and battery cost, in addition to incoming notifications, with out you having to unlock or wake the entire display.
Return of the Contact ID button
Bloomberg reported in 2019 that the beloved Touch ID button could return as an under-display sensor within the subsequent yr’s flagship, which might have been the iPhone 12. That did not occur, however the Bloomberg report left room for error, saying the expertise may “slip to the 2021 iPhone refresh.”
Twitter leaker @L0vetodream also 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, integrated a Touch ID button onto the side of the device. This addition was thrilling as a result of it solved the “Face ID doesn’t work while wearing a mask” problem 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 probably be prepared in time for the iPhone 13. (In the meantime, those that personal an Apple Watch can have but another choice for .)
As we close to the purported September iPhone announcement, we’ll hold this publish up to date with all of the iPhone 13 leaks, rumors and different hypothesis because it comes up, so verify again. And within the meantime, here is what it is best to know in regards to the iPhone 12: