Since 2007, a new year has always been called a new iPhone. In 2021, the iPhone 13 will be available, including an iPhone 13 Pro, an iPhone 13 Pro Max, and possibly an iPhone 13 mini. Apple fans can expect updates to the display, chip, memory, and camera. Here you can read what you can expect according to current rumours.
iPhone 13 or iPhone 12S?
First of all, it should be noted that the name has actually not yet been finally clarified. While the technology press speculates extensively on the name iPhone 13, an iPhone 12S would be just as conceivable. Evidence of this is provided, for example, by the generally well-informed leaker Jon Prosser, who was able to publish correct information more than once before the official confirmation.
As always, the most obvious change is to be expected with the display. Apple has been working hard to make the notch even smaller since it was introduced on the iPhone X, thereby increasing the ratio between the front and the screen. For this, the listener speaker should move further up into the edge of the housing to only have space for a selfie camera and other sensors in the notch.
The refresh rate is often discussed in smartphones. The 120 Hertz, which is now common in the industry for high-end devices, including the iPhone, fans had already hoped for in the iPhone 12. Apple surprisingly stayed true to the somewhat old-fashioned 60 Hertz. The significant upgrade to a turbo display is realistic in the iPhone 13. An LTPO panel could also be installed for this, which enables dynamic refresh rates between 1 Hertz and the respective maximum. Users can enjoy an ultra-fluid display, but the screen saves valuable energy in all other moments.
Also overdue is an always-on display, which manufacturer Apple has long been ahead of. This can keep the user up to date about the time, date and incoming notifications, even if the screen is locked. According to Leaker Max Winebach, this functionality is to be integrated into the iPhone 13. However, it is entirely unclear whether Apple will use a fingerprint sensor again. Since the removal of the home button, the Touch ID, unfortunately, had to give way and was replaced by face recognition. In the meantime, however, fingerprint scanners are also increasingly being placed under the screen – maybe even in the iPhone 13.
Logically, the A15 Bionic will be used as the chip in the “next-gen iPhone” after the A14 SoC in the models of the iPhone 12 series. According to current rumours, mass production will start in May. Like the A14, its successor will probably also be manufactured using the five-nanometer process. This corresponds to the current industry standard and is also used in upper-class chips such as the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888. It is used in numerous Android smartphones such as the Xiaomi Mi 11 and ASUS ROG Phone 5. The Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), is responsible for production. However, the early start of the mass output is intended to counteract any iPhone delivery bottlenecks.
The smartphone camera in the models of the iPhone 13 should show only a few changes. There are detailed improvements here for example, with f / 1.8, a more open aperture of the ultra-wide-angle sensor compared to the f / 2.4 in the iPhone 12. As per the fans of Google Pixel smartphones, the iPhone 13 could still come up with a separate mode for astrophotography.
A so-called LiDAR sensor, which was previously reserved for the Pro models, could also be used across all iPhone versions. This can measure the distance between the object to be photographed and the smartphone and thus achieve a better bokeh effect for portraits, for example. This would also be a helpful addition to augmented reality applications.
The iPhone 12 was available with 128, 256 and 512 GB of internal memory. As usual with Apple smartphones, you cannot expend the memory via microSD. With the iPhone 13, however, the maximum storage is assuming 1 TB, twice the previous upper limit.
Price and publication
Apple is unlikely to change the pricing. The lack of a power supply caused criticism, which was justified with consistent environmental protection. There was no price reduction for the iPhone 12. The iPhone 13, the iPhone 13 Pro, the iPhone 13 Pro Max and the iPhone 13 mini should again come in the box without a power supply unit.