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iPhone 13 Spec and Release Rumors Actually Making A Lot Of Sense
With The iPhone 12 is barely out, it feels way too early for iPhone 13 rumours, and yet here they are.
But the latest crop of iPhone 13 and iPhone 14 (not a typo) rumours come from Ming-Chi Kuo, who is among the most accurate leakers of all things Apple — and they actually sound plausible.
According to Kuo’s latest report (via MacRumors), the iPhone 13 will come in the same four sizes as the iPhone 12 models. That also (probably) means no big design changes, given Apple typically keeps the same design for at least two years.
Cameras on the new phones will be upgraded, though. Specifically, the ultra-wide cameras on the iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max will get an f/1.8, six-element lens, and autofocus — a big upgrade from the iPhone 12 models, whose ultra-wide camera has an aperture of f/2.4, a five-element lens, and fixed focus. It’s unclear what will happen to the ultra-wide cameras on the non-Pro models.
Finally, Kuo believes that the iPhone 13 will be launched in September, which is what Apple normally does. (This year was an anomaly. The iPhone 12 was launched in October, with two models coming in November.)
This, along with more robust 5G infrastructure and the improved camera, should mean strong sales for the iPhone 13 series, compared to the iPhone 12. The report doesn’t mention it, but the COVID-19 pandemic will surely play a big role in both production and sales of upcoming iPhone models.
An earlier report by analyst Ross Young (also via MacRumors) also forecasted that the iPhone 13 will come in same sizes as its predecessor, but it also predicted the new devices will have a 120Hz display (up from the iPhone 12’s 60Hz display). This, also, is a logical step for Apple, given that its competitors, including Samsung and Google, have already started using displays with refresh rates higher than 60Hz.
Kuo also shared a few details about the iPhone 14, which should arrive in 2022. He says these phones will have the same ultra-wide camera as the iPhone 13 models. Frankly, it’s probably too early to say; even if Kuo’s sources are accurate now, Apple’s plans might change in two years.
Alongside the usually upgraded versions of processors and camera tweaks, Apple could be preparing some genuinely new features for the next iteration of its smartphone. Here’s what we’ve seen rumoured so far.
Well-known technology leaker Jon Prosser has indicated via his Twitter account that the iPhone 13 could come with twice as much storage as current models.
hope y’all are ready for 1TB iphones
— Jon Prosser (@jon_prosser) October 28, 2020
While few users need that much storage space, those who film in high resolution may benefit. Read more about the 1TB storage iPhone here.
Many thought the iPhone 12, or at least the 12 Pro models, would come with updates to the display refresh rates.
With a wide range of Android devices already boasting 90Hz or even 120Hz refresh rates, the 60Hz on Apple’s displays seemed to be falling behind. This was surprising, given the company’s iPad Pro range has taken advantage of these faster speeds for a while to enable their ProMotion feature.
It was disappointing, then, when the iPhone 12 range arrived with only 60Hz on offer. But of course, this leaves the door open for Apple to introduce the faster displays on the iPhone 13.
There’s also the recurring rumour that Apple will use LTPO display technology, as found on the Apple Watch, for the iPhone 13. This could bring the advantage of lower power drain, boosting battery life in the new models.
Another area of the display that needs work is the notch. While Apple users have grown used to the intrusion at the top of their screens, the notch remains a divisive feature.
With this in mind it will be an encouragement to many that tech tipster Ice Universe reported recently that the notch on the iPhone 13 will be shorter than that of the iPhone 12. How much of a difference is still unclear, but anything that reduces the black box at the top of the display will be a welcome addition.
Face ID is fast and secure, but in our new post-COVID world where masks are a regular part of most people’s wardrobes, there are many occasions when Touch ID would be more useful. Of course, Apple is unlikely to bring back the Home button now that it has its nearly edge-to-edge displays, but there is another option
Leak leviathan Jon Prosser recently gave the nod to a tweet from fellow tipster @L0vetodream, who stated rather cryptically “MESA uts for iPhone”. Apparently, this is deciphered as MESA (Touch ID) uts (under the screen) for iPhone (well, we think you can work that one out).
Apple has since been granted a patent for an under-screen fingerprint scanner, so it’s clearly on the company’s mind.
Of course, with the new iPad Air including Touch ID in the power button instead, Apple may decide that this solves the problem in a neater fashion.
One of the stranger rumours that seems to be picking up traction is that Apple will ditch the Lightning port on the iPhone 13.
“Well, what’s so strange about that?” you may ask, as most Apple products now use USB-C. Ah, but we didn’t say there would be a replacement port. Instead the rumours from Jon Prosser and Fudge state that the iPhone 13 will have no ports at all.
Rather than rely on cables for charging, all power will be delivered wirelessly. It’s a bit weird, as it instantly renders many accessories and power banks redundant, but that’s never stopped Apple in the past.
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