We’re early in the iPhone 12 lifecycle, but rumours about the next iPhone are already here. The “iPhone 13” is expected to launch in late 2021 and could see some drastic changes. Apple’s new iPhones for 2021 are likely to launch toward the end of the year with improved cameras, no ports, and the possible return of Touch ID and here’s what we know so far about it.
iPhone 13 release date
Despite the coronavirus-related delays that faced the iPhone 12, pushing its launch to October 13. When can you expect to be able to buy a next-gen iPhone?
Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claims that “The iPhone 13 should return to a normal release schedule in September 2021.
iPhone 13 price
Apple will likely release four distinct models of the “iPhone 13” identically priced to the iPhone 12 counterparts. A report from analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said that Apple will once again offer four sizes for the iPhone 13. So you can expect a 5.4-inch iPhone 13 mini, a 6.1-inch iPhone 13, a 6.1-inch iPhone 13 Pro and a 6.7-inch iPhone 13 Pro Max.
We’d expect these to cost the same as the iPhone 12 range and Apple tends to keep its pricing structure fairly rigid from generation to generation, so we’re not expecting any increase to the sticker price.
Design and Display
Talking about the upcoming iPhone design one report from Mac Otakara, having spoken to sources in Apple’s supply chain reports that the iPhone 13 design will finally offer a thinner notch. The most noticeable physical changes to the device could be the camera bump and notch. The notch is expected to be reduced or eliminated or the iPhone 13 may be slightly thicker, which would allow for a larger battery. Apple may be able to hide the selfie camera and a few other sensors in the “iPhone 13” by placing them under the display or raising them into the bezel. Apple may implement various design changes to improve durability and water-resistance as well. And the colours currently offered are white, black, blue, green, and (PRODUCT)RED.
Rumours suggest that may be on the iPhone 13 they’ll make the display look smoother when playing games or scrolling through your social media feed. If Apple sticks to having four models of iPhone 13, then we can expect the displays to measure in at 5.4 inches, 6.1 inches, and 6.7 inches. It is claimed that Apple wants its Pro models to have 120Hz refresh rates, but they must be variable to prevent inadvertent battery drain.
iPhone 13 camera
As with the body design changes, a camera change usually occurs on a longer cycle. The industry analyst Ming-Chi Kuo – has suggested the iPhone 13’s ultra-wide camera may be bumped to an f/1.8, six-element lens from the current f/2.4, a five-element lens on the Pro and Pro Max.
One interesting rumour that has come up suggests Apple is looking for suppliers for a “folded lens” camera that will improve the iPhone 13’s optical camera zoom. Speaking of zooming, the iPhone 13 is also tipped to get camera upgrades that allow it to better shoot the night sky, as well as deliver portrait mode videos.
iPhone 13 charging
According to Bloomberg, the iPhone 13 likely won’t include reverse wireless charging, which would have allowed the iPhone to charge devices like the AirPods Pro and Apple Watch.
We’ve also heard from analyst Ming-Chi Kuo that the iPhone 13 might switch to soft board technology, which could allow for physically smaller batteries without reducing the capacity.
The iPhone 12 lineup has 5G in sub-6GHz and mmWave bands. As 5G becomes more ubiquitous Apple will want people who travel to have access to the same speeds they find at home, so a global expansion of 5G mmWave support is natural. Apple is reportedly working on its own cellular modems, which means future iPhones may drop Qualcomm as a modem provider.