The iPhone 13, of course, will pick up where the iPhone 12 left off. While the current Apple smartphone has more incremental updates than evolutionary leaps like the latest A14 Bionic SoC, a more angular form factor, the ability to charge via MagSafe, and improved cameras, Apple could possibly dare to do more with the iPhone 13 than anyone expected.
Until September 2021, all rumors about the new iPhone 13 will be summarized on this page. If you want to keep an eye on the rumors about the iPhone 13, just bookmark this page and come back to it regularly as we will be continuously updating it over the next few weeks and months.
April 9, 2021: The iPhone 13 Pro may receive a 120 Hz refresh rate for Pro Motion
This isn’t the first time we’ve heard of the likelihood that the iPhone 13 will get a high refresh rate display. Taiwanese publication Digitimes has re-fueled rumors by claiming Apple will be releasing two “Pro” models of the iPhone that feature a low-power LTPO display and support for a refresh rate of 120 Hz. The report adds that this time around, Apple is also looking for displays from the Chinese manufacturer BOE. Samsung is also reportedly increasing production capacity for new LTPS displays, which are likely to make it to the iPhone 13 models.
April 4, 2021: The iPhone 13 Pro dummy device appears
On April 4, 2021, a Japanese blog, Macotakara, posted a picture of a dummy model of the iPhone 13 Pro. While the model looks like an amateur creation at first glance, Macotakara is known for its correct predictions in the past. According to the model, the iPhone 13 Pro appears to be getting a redesigned notch that’s much smaller and subtle design changes, including changes to the front-facing camera. Here is a video of the dummy iPhone 13 Pro.
March 31, 2021: Orange color variant and fewer fingerprints
Leakster Max Weinbach recently revealed some interesting details about the expected color options for the new iPhone 13. According to Max, the chances are good that Apple could not only bring back the matte black variant of the iPhone 7, but also introduce a completely new orange color variant of the device. There is also talk of the phone being given a stainless steel coating that will make next-generation iPhone models less prone to fingerprints.
March 31, 2021: A more subtle camera hump, better portrait photos
The German tech blog Macwelt recently talked about some important changes in the iPhone 13’s camera department. Aside from a smaller camera hump, chances are good the iPhone 13 will get a better portrait mode as well.
March 31, 2021: Always to be seen
One feature that has remained strangely elusive on iPhones – even with OLED displays – is support for always-on display (AoD). According to Max Weinbach, the chances are good that the next generation iPhone will support AoD. However, he adds that Apple’s implementation of AoD will mainly be limited to showing battery status and a clock. At least for now, don’t expect anything more conspicuous.
iPhone 13: Expect These Features
Most of the rumors revolve around the technical specifications of the new iPhone. Therefore, in this section we chronologically gather the latest information on features, design and other information that will be included in the datasheet.
March 1, 2021: Up to 1 terabyte of storage and LiDAR in all models
The use of a LiDAR, ie a laser-based rangefinder, was previously only possible for buyers of the iPhone 12 Pro Max and the iPad Pro. In the future, this scanner should also be available in every model. Above all, LiDAR improves the accuracy when using AR applications and provides the camera with very precise depth information.
In addition, the analyst Daniel Ives from Macrumors was quoted as saying that you can configure the iPhone 13 with a maximum of one terabyte of internal storage. Such a lot of storage space was usually found in the iPad Pro at its maximum configuration. Even the iPhone 12 Pro Max has a maximum of 512 GB of internal storage.
February 3, 2021: Camera (s) are being revised
There was an initial rumor that the iPhone 13’s camera, like the iPhone 12, remained largely unchanged. However, Barclay analyst Blanye Curtis recently spoke of changes should happen, especially in terms of light intensity. Macrumors magazine also reported that the light intensity of the ultra wide angle camera should improve from f / 2.4 to f / 1.8.
In addition, the telephoto camera of the iPhone 12 Pro Max should also find its way into the iPhone 13 Pro. This would provide an optical focal length of 65 millimeters and an open aperture of 1: 2.2.
January 18, 2021: Touch ID could make an acclaimed return
Apple introduced its facial recognition via Face ID in 2017 with the iPhone X and for the first time dispensed with the home button, which also contained the fingerprint sensor. This, of course, has proven to be a problem since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, as face masks were highly recommended to prevent infection. Apple even added a feature that lets you unlock your smartphone with an Apple Watch – whether you’re wearing a mask or not. Touch ID could actually return to the iPhone 13.
In addition to Face ID, Apple could offer a built-in fingerprint sensor in the iPhone 13, just like many Android manufacturers have been doing for some time. Apple could still wait for a provider that actually meets Cupertino’s high quality standards. According to Bloomberg, the reason for this heart change is Qualcomm’s new fingerprint sensor, which has proven to be more precise and larger than its previous attempts.
January 15, 2021: Some models could exit ports completely
Earlier this year, Bloomberg reported that Apple could adopt the Lightning connector on the bottom of the iPhone. Instead of finally switching to USB-C, Apple could actually be brave enough to follow the path that Xiaomi’s conceptual smartphone with waterfall display has taken – with noticeably missing connections.
Apple would at least have created the necessary conditions for this with its own MagSafe system. While this is clearly unsuitable for data transfer, this technology clearly intends to bring its MagSafe system to the top of the food chain and potentially skip the Qi wireless charging coil while it’s there.
January 9, 2021: 120 Hertz display and a smaller notch
The last time there were new rumors about the front of the next iPhone model in early January 2021. A Japanese website, Macotakara announced that the notch could be smaller, with the speaker closer to the side of the case. That little notch has proven to be an integral part of Apple’s smartphone design since the iPhone X. So it would be interesting to see how the new iteration (if any) plays out.
As for the display itself, it’s obvious that we’re talking about a refresh rate of 120 Hertz. Such rumors were the best with the iPhone 12, which unfortunately turned out to be false. Since Samsung supposedly supplies the required OLED displays with LTPO technology for the iPhone 13, we were able to determine variable update rates depending on the apps used. Such displays already see actions in the Apple Watch and would extend the battery life extremely well.
Which models will be available?
With the iPhone 12 mini, the twelfth iPhone generation became smaller. While the iPhone 12 mini turned out to be outstanding in our test, it didn’t cause much of a stir in the market. There were even rumors that the iPhone 12 mini would be discontinued due to poor sales.
If you liked the iPhone 12 mini, you shouldn’t give up on a successor. Apple leaker Jon Prosser speculated in a video that Apple will continue its next-generation mini line. In addition to the smaller model, the Standard, Pro and Max models will most likely be part of the deal. So again, you would most likely have four models to choose from.
Will the iPhone 13 be released in September 2021?
Perhaps you remember the delays in 2020 due to the global coronavirus crisis that hampered the unveiling of the iPhone 12? This year, you probably don’t have to wait any longer for the legendary keynote that takes place every fall. Although the global economic situation is still uncertain, we look forward to it normalizing by the fall, and Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo also remains optimistic.
According to Macrumors, Apple should again present its latest iPhone generation in September. I attribute this to Kuo, who spoke favorably for Apple’s return to the usual production and release cycles. As such, production of the iPhone 13 should begin this summer, followed by a reveal and release in September of that year – assuming everything is on schedule.
How much does the iPhone 13 cost?
Finally, let’s take a look at the likely pricing structure for the iPhone 13 range. Apple’s next smartphone will most likely follow the pricing structure of its predecessor. The slightly distorted prices due to the VAT cut in 2021 are as follows:
- iPhone 12: from € 876.30
- iPhone 12 mini: from € 778.85
- iPhone 12 Pro: from € 1,120
- iPhone 12 Pro Max: from € 1,217.50
Unlike Samsung, Apple hasn’t cut prices on its iPhone 12 by excluding chargers. The Galaxy S21 Ultra, for example, is a whopping 200 euros cheaper than its predecessor, while the Galaxy S21 is at least 50 euros cheaper. If everything goes according to plan by September this year, the iPhone 13 will most likely cost between 780 and 1,250 euros!
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