Will triskaidekaphobia force Apple to make changes to this year’s 5G iPhone line?


Starting in 2009 The iPhone 3GS ended with the 2015 iPhone 6S lineup and then returned with the 2018 iPhone XS models. Apple’s naming strategy for its phones was to mark an “S” on the name of the device every two years. While most of the time there was little design difference between an iPhone and its “S” variant, a new feature like Siri was occasionally added to the version iPhone 4S and 3D Touch in the iPhone 6S. While most of us media types have named the 2021 series the iPhone 13, it could actually be called the iPhone 12S.

Will Apple give in to the triskaidekaphobics in its customer base?

While the design of the upcoming iPhone models may look the same as this year, there will be some key differences, especially with the Pro models, which should have the 120Hz ProMotion display, which runs up to 120 times per second is updated. This allows for buttery smooth scrolling, improved animation, and much more. With the addition of LTPO technology, the refresh rate can be varied depending on the content displayed on the screen, reducing battery life.

We also expect upgrades to the camera system, including improved ultra-wide-angle camera features on all four models and portrait mode for videos. Despite these changes and the addition of the ProMotion display back in January Bloomberg pointed out that Apple engineers described the additions as “minor”.

If we don’t get an iPhone 13 this year, we will in 2022, right? Not so fast. Triskaidecaphobia, the fear of the number 13, is a real phobic condition that affects more people than you might think. When was the last time you saw a 13th floor in a hotel?

According to CNET, Apple could skip the iPhone 13 and move straight to the iPhone 14 range in 2022, amid fears that sales could suffer due to fears about using the number 13. Apple hasn’t changed the labeling of the A13 Bionic chip with the iPhone 11 series and the still-released iOS 13, the tech giant may not want to play with its main product. Apple could also expect a massive design change in 2022.
You might remember it Apple skipped the iPhone 9, not because of any phobias about the number, but to celebrate the device’s 10th anniversary by offering the redesigned offering iPhone X. Something like that seems likely, as the January Bloomberg article mentioned above indicates that Apple has already built a working prototype of a foldable iPhone. The next big redesigned iPhone could include a built-in fingerprint scanner and other changes.

Skipping the iPhone 13 and switching straight to the iPhone 14 could be done by Apple to mark the new iPhone design that could appear by 2022 or 2023. TF International’s trusted analyst Ming-Chi Kuo expects the look of the iPhone to be changed in 2023.

Of course, there is always the possibility that Apple will decide to name the 2021 or 2022 models as the iPhone 13 because most people do not allow their smartphone purchases to be controlled by superstition. The bottom line is that we’ll have to wait for Apple’s September event to see if we get the iPhone 13 or iPhone 12S name for this year. And if Apple chooses the latter, we’ll have to wait until September 2022 to find out if Apple will give in to the triskaidekaphobics among its believers.

If you are curious about the Apple iPhone models 2021, You can see our preview here. You should also bookmark it as this preview updates frequently. Although we are still a week before the end of April and have about four and a half months before the iPhone series is announced in 2021, you know from previous experience that this period usually goes by.

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