Just a few months after the release of the iPhone 12 on October 23, 2020, rumors are already out about the latest iPhone series – iPhone 13. Everything that is being said is speculation, but here’s what we know so far.
iPhone 13: Release Date and Price
If Apple’s pattern remains constant, we expect the launch of the iPhone 13 to be around October or September 2021, probably September Friday the 24th. Last year, the launch of the iPhone 12 was pushed to October due to Covid-19 issues, but we can expect a normal schedule this year, according to Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. Before that, and if rumors making rounds on the internet are to be believed, Apple may announce the successor to last year's iPhone SE. Reports indicate that iPhone 13 will be offered in four variants:
- A 5.4-inch iPhone 13 mini
- A 6.1-inch iPhone 13
- A 6.1 iPhone-13 Pro
- A 6.7-inch iPhone 13 Pro Max
The cost is speculated to start at around $699 for the mini, $799 for the iPhone 13, $999 for the Pro, and $1099 for the Pro Max. These calculations were reached based on Apple’s pattern of keeping a standard price structure from generation to generation.
Rumored iPhone 13 Name
Last year, Apple went from iPhone 11 to iPhone 12, and rumors indicate that this year will carry the same legacy. So chances are the phone will be named iPhone 13. However, enthusiasts have speculated the phone will go by a different name – iPhone 12S. If that’s the case, the “S” implies that the new phone will have a lot in common with last year's model. The last phone to bear the “S” letter was the iPhone 6s, released in 2015. Whether it will be named iPhone 12S or iPhone 13 will say a lot of what we will expect in terms of features.
iPhone 13: Specifications
While nothing’s confirmed yet, the iPhone 13 is expected to sport a better camera than iPhone 12. As per the leaks, the upcoming phone will feature an improved Ultra-Wide camera lens with an f/1.8 aperture (from f/2.4) and a telephoto camera. The new aperture will double the amount of light, improving the camera’s performance in low light. The ultra-wide lens will also be fitted with autofocus, which will help enhance close-up photography. The front-facing camera may not see any major uplifts, and users can expect similar specs to the iPhone 12. However, with the new collaboration between Sony and Apple, the iPhone 13 is highly likely to feature LiDAR technology, which is currently only offered in iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max. LiDAR technology allows users to measure and map a 3D space. This can be applied to enhance photography, like for focusing on dark or low light, and for AR (in applications like games and interior design).
A Faster Processor
According to rumors, the new iPhone 13 will feature an upgraded processor. The A15 Bionic processor is expected to perform better and faster than the A14 (obviously) that’s currently being used in iPhone 12. A faster processor would mean a more efficient smartphone in terms of battery life, a lighter device, and superior performance.
A report in Bloomberg indicates that Apple plans to introduce an in-display fingerprint on the new iPhone 13, in addition to Face ID. Touch ID was last seen in iPhone X back in 2017. But, new reports now show that Apple plans to revisit Touch ID in the new upcoming phone. In-screen fingerprint scanners can only be found in a handful of Android devices, and the technology can be flaky in some situations. However, thanks to the rapid advancements in technology, the readers have become more stable and well developed. The iPhone 13 will still feature Face ID, giving users two methods of authenticating their identity. Given the predicaments of COVID-19 that forced people to wear masks, relying on Face ID only can be tricky. Touch ID is, therefore, a welcome method of proving one’s identity.
iPhone 13 is rumored to adopt a 120Hz fresh rate for the top models, the Pro and Pro Max. This will improve video playback, gaming, and enable smooth scrolling. A different source also speculated that the two models will be getting the 120Hz display, capable of scaling the refresh rate up or down, depending on what the user is viewing. Apple is likely to opt for a larger screen compared to last year's iPhone 12.
Cables and Connectors
Apple is not new to controversies, and the iPhone 13 seems to be causing a stir already about wireless charging on all iPhone 13 models. The rumors point out that Apple will drop the Lightning connector in favor of a portless design. While many have speculated at Apple, including USB-C ports on the iPhone 13 series, a renowned leaker Jon Prosser suggested that Apple may forgo any kind of port in 2021. The iPhone 13 could see a major shift in features and functionalities as the expansion of new technologies and collaborations with tech companies increases in 2021. However, for now, all we have are rumors, so we are yet to get any official details from Apple.
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