Apple launched its range for the iPhone 12 last October and time has apparently passed. We are now a few months away from the probable announcement of the iPhone 13 and we have already heard a lot of rumors about the upcoming flagship.
Apple has provided improvements across the board with the iPhone 12. Composed by the iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, iPhone 12 Pro Max and all new iPhone Mini, the 2020 line offered a more Pro-level experience in its base model and a smaller option for those looking for a truly pocket-sized phone in the Mini.
While we have a few months until the much-anticipated launch of the iPhone 13, we already see a fair amount of losses that give us a lot to speculate about the iPhone 13 (or the iPhone 12s?). The latest rumors include new display technology, larger batteries and the return of TouchID.
Below you will find everything we know about the iPhone 13 so far, including when it might arrive, how it might look like and what specifications it will pack. Don’t forget to bookmark this page as we plan to update it regularly.
Release date – when will the phone be launched?
The iPhone 13 is expected to launch towards the end of 2021, both in September and October.
Traditionally, we expect Apple to unveil its flagship in September. However, after the pandemic delayed last year’s iPhone 12 to October 13, it’s unclear whether Apple will return to its usual calendar for 2021.
Wedbush analyst Dan Ives (via Barrons) predicts that we will see an announcement that will take place in the third week of September. While Ives did not give an exact date, Technical Radar did the math and calculated that, based on Apple’s tendency to hold launch events on Tuesday, we could see the launch take place on September 14th, followed by pre-orders opening on September 17th and the device officially shipped September 24th.
Features and specifications – a 120Hz display, TouchID return and an always-on display
- 120Hz could be on the cards
- TouchID to make a comeback?
As for the display itself, Jon Prosser’s Front Page Tech believes that the iPhone 13 will definitely receive LTPO screens, allowing Apple to include a 120Hz refresh rate on its ProMotion screen. Apple currently uses LTPO technology to allow their Apple Watch 6 to display a display still on display and we’ve seen it used in some more recent best android phones, as the OnePlus 9 Pro and Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra.
This was supported by influential analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who claims that both technologies are coming to some versions of the iPhone 13.
Further evidence for the move to LTPO comes from a DigiTimes report, which reports both Samsung and LG Display are converting part of their production into LTPO display manufacturing for Apple. The report (via MacRumors) also claims that these displays are more efficient, with 15-20% less power required.
Leaker Max Weinbach (via YouTube channel All ApplePro) also believes that we can see an ever-present exhibition this year. Weinbach says the clock and battery icons will be visible on the display even when it is off. You can even view your incoming notifications this way, with all the display you no longer need to turn on.
Apple could also renew its connectivity features, with a rumor of one return to TouchID alongside the iPhone’s existing Face ID capabilities. On March 12, Barclays analyst Andrew Gardiner added his voice to the chorus waiting for this to arrive on the iPhone 13.
In a note to investors (via MacRumors), wrote: “We are also seeing the adoption of fingerprinting under the glass, which is likely to be added in 2H21 iPhones, as a structural windfall for additional 3D-sensitive content at Apple and could be the hallmark of security of the future. “
Under-visualized fingerprint technology, which has also been reported by the Wall Street Journal, Would be particularly useful now because it will give users wearing masks a quick alternative option to sign in on their phones and use features like Apple Pay in stores.
Apple is already testing a feature to combat this common problem – and you can try it right away – but you’ll also need an Apple Watch to use it, so hopefully the company will provide perhaps an option that doesn’t require a bit more technology.
Don’t overdo your hopes. Since Ming-Chi Kuo suggested that we may not see the TouchID sub-display appear on the iPhone until 2022 (via MacRumors).
Kuo (via Apple Insider) also suggested that Apple be “aggressively” testing a steam camera thermal system to be used in the iPhone, allowing Apple to handle higher thermal loads caused by the adoption of 5G and higher CPU performance. However, as of March 1, 2021, Kuo has somewhat strayed from those predictions.
Kuo (via MacRumors) also believes that the iPhone 13’s range will come with a larger battery pack, made possible by some space efficiency in the phone. This will include the integration of the e-SIM into the logic board and the cutting-edge of Face ID components, says Kuo.
Concept – we may finally have a smaller spot
- The stain could eventually become smaller
Tramindui Digitimes (via Forbes) and MacOtakara they have suggested that the next iPhone will work to reduce the size of its slightly dated tablet, with the latter also reporting that the phone will be larger than 0.26mm.
More recently, Twitter tipster @MauriGHD shared the above tweet apparently confirming that Apple has created a prototype entirely no less to the detriment of larger glasses. However, the leaker also indicated that Apple won’t be able to make the leap until the iPhone 14 in 2022, so we’re not always hopeful.
The chances of having a smaller spot appear to increase in early March thanks to a research note from Ming-Chi Kuo. This would be welcome, especially if Apple launches an iPhone 13 mini, as the smaller iPhone 12 line is particularly plentiful.
Research company TrendForce he also reported that the next iPhone will see a smaller spot. However, the company also suggested that this will be one of the biggest changes we see, with the four new models operating as more of an “extension” for the iPhone 12 series. TrendForce also reported that the phone can being called the “iPhone 12s” series instead of the iPhone 13, which implies a smaller upgrade than what we’ve seen in recent years.
Battery – help is on the way!
- Larger batteries on the street
Apple plans to adapt the iPhone 13 with much larger batteries, according to several recent rumors and now the reliable Ming-Chi Kuo has entered. In a note to investors, Kuo says this year’s models will physically have larger batteries than the iPhone 12.
As we’ve heard about previous leaks, the iPhone 13 range will find room for larger cells by cutting components in other areas. However, it won’t prevent the iPhone 13 from gaining a bit of weight as a result, says Kuo.
He wrote (away MacRumors): “The new 2H21 iPhone models have a larger battery capacity than the iPhone 12 series, thanks to the space design of several components. Therefore, the new 2H21 iPhone models are also slightly heavier than the iPhone 12. The design space-saving includes integrating the SIM card slot with the main board, reducing the thickness of the front optical modules, and so on. “
It’s unclear how much heavier the iPhone 13 range will be if larger batteries are deployed, but the iPhone 12 Pro Max already weighs in at 228 grams. It’s also possible that larger batteries won’t have a big effect on runtime, but with rumors of a 120Hz display, a larger cell might be needed to maintain the current rhythm.
Twitter tipster L0vetodream (via Creative Blog) claims that the iPhone 13 Mini will feature a 2406mAh battery, while the iPhone 13 and 13 Pro will feature 3095mAh batteries and the Pro Max will see the biggest increase with an 18% larger 4352mAh battery.
Leaker Max Weinbach via EverythingApplePro he suggested that the iPhone 13 will pack larger wireless charging coils at the back, perhaps for better heat management or to allow faster wireless charging. While MagSafe can charge up to 15w, many of the best android phones wireless charging at much faster speeds than this.
A larger coil could also allow for additional features, such as the wireless reverse charging feature used in many Android phones. This could allow a pair of AirPods to be sprayed on the back of the iPhone 13. This is a noisy feature for an iPad to come.
No Lightning ports?
As with previous models, there are rumors that Apple will eventually abandon the Lightning port and become completely wireless. Prosser tweeted about a portless iPhone 2021 last May, suggesting that phones will never adopt USB-C despite pressure from the EU to make the port a universal standard.
In a new note to investors (via MacRumors) Kuo wrote: “If the iPhone abandons Lightning in the future, it can directly adopt the portless design with MagSafe support instead of using a USB-C port. Today, the MagSafe ecosystem is not mature enough, so l ‘iPhone will continue to use the Lightning port in the foreseeable future.’
Camera – an ultra wide updated lens
We haven’t heard from major updates to Apple’s flagship camera.
So far, Barclays analysts Blayne Curtis and Thomas O’Malley (via MacRumors) have predicted an af / 1.8 aperture for the ultra wide lens on all four models of the iPhone 13. This is wider than the f / 2.4 aperture found in the iPhone 12 and offers a slightly better performance. light. However, Ming-Chi Kuo believes the updated ultra-wide lens will only be available on the Pro model.
Kuo (via 9to5Mac) has also suggested that Apple will introduce a periscope-style lens that offers a 10x optical zoom without widening the phone’s body, following the trend seen in other flagships now, but this isn’t expected to debut until the iPhone 14 in 2022. Stabilization of sensor change images will also be carried over from the iPhone 12 Pro Max, he says.
Tipster Sonny Dickson it also tweeted images of the supposed sleeves of the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro showing a larger and more diagonal camera module than the one found in the iPhone 12.