iPhone 13’s juiciest rumors up to now: What is going on on with Apple’s notch design?


Apple simply launched a purple iPhone 12, however persons are already whispering in regards to the iPhone 13.

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We’re greater than midway between the iPhone 12 and iPhone 13, which implies the rumor mill is at full churn. Thus far we have seen a variety of rumors, leaks and pretty renders of various credibility. We count on to see Apple unveil the iPhone 13 (or the iPhone 12S, if that’s what it’s called) at an event in September sometime.

A lot of the current iPhone 13 rumors revolve across the telephone’s design. Will the iPhone 13 come in pink? Will the notch slim down? Will the digital camera bump beef up? Will the Lightning port be put out to pasture? And what else can we count on from Apple’s 2021 lineup? According to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, we must always count on to see 4 fashions once more this yr: the iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Mini, iPhone 13 Professional and iPhone 13 Professional Max — identical to the iPhone 12 lineup

We have collected all of those iPhone 13 design rumors, camera rumors, and different rumored iPhone 13 features and specs we’re excited about. We must always have one other 4 or 5 months of hypothesis earlier than Apple unveils its subsequent flagship, so buckle up and skim on. We’ll replace this story as new data turns into out there.

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Launch date: iPhone 13 needs to be right here by mid-September

Thus far, there is not any official or unofficial phrase on once we can count on to see Apple’s subsequent iPhone. An April report suggested the manufacturing of the iPhones’ new chips were running ahead of schedule, placing the iPhone 13 launch date again on Apple’s pre-pandemic timeline. Normally, we are able to predict with some degree of accuracy when Apple’s iPhone events will occur and extrapolate a launch date primarily based on that. 

However 2020 was a distinct story — it was the primary September Apple event in eight years without an iPhone — due to delays in production due to the coronavirus pandemic. This yr, nevertheless, Kuo can also be forecasting enterprise as standard for Apple’s provide chain. If that is the case, we can expect to see the iPhone 13 unveiled at an event sometime in September.

Let’s synthesize the information we now have: 

  • Apple likes to carry its occasions on Tuesdays or Wednesdays.
  • iPhone launch dates are usually per week and a half after Apple’s bulletins.
  • Normally, new iPhones are launched on a Friday, across the third week of September.

A couple of years in the past, CNET took a deep dive into the Apple occasion timeline and emerged with a compelling Labor Day hypothesis, which you can read about here. Primarily based on the 2021 calendar, the Labor Day rule would put the September Apple occasion (and unveiling of the iPhone 13) on Sept. 8, with a Sept. 17 launch date. 

Learn extra: iPhone 13 wish list: What Apple needs for its next phone to succeed

Identify: Apple’s subsequent flagship won’t be referred to as iPhone 13


iPhone 13 render


We’re going with the identify “iPhone 13” for now, however the moniker just isn’t a certain factor. Contemplating high-rise buildings are likely to omit the thirteenth flooring from their elevator buttons for superstitious causes, Apple might succumb to its personal triskaidekaphobia and skip the quantity 13. 

Learn extra: iPhone 13 might be the phone that never hits shelves. Here’s why people think so

iPhone 12S is a worthy guess for the identify of Apple’s subsequent technology of iPhones. Simply as 2014’s iPhone 6 gave solution to 2015’s iPhone 6S and 2017’s iPhone X preceded 2018’s iPhone XS, with no main redesign within the works (extra on that under), the 2021 iPhone is simply as prone to be positioned as an enchancment on the iPhone 12.

Or perhaps Apple will take a page out of Samsung’s book and identify its subsequent telephone after the yr of its conception: iPhone 2021 has a pleasant ring to it. Or what in regards to the iPhone XXI? Or, dare to dream, Apple might go in a very completely different course and name it something fun, like the Motorola Citrus or LG Chocolate of yore.

Worth: iPhone 13 might value the identical as iPhone 12… or much less

Apple’s iPhone 12 lineup included four phones at 4 costs, with much more variation amongst carriers and storage configurations. At launch, the baseline iPhone 12 service mannequin value $799, a rise of $100 from 2019’s iPhone 11, largely as a result of addition of 5G assist. Because the iPhone 13 is not expected to have such a major technical upgrade, analysts are predicting a similar price structure for 2021

GIF by Caitlin Petrakovitz/CNET

This is the iPhone 12’s US pricing, for reference:

iPhone 12 pricing: All 4 new fashions

iPhone 12 mannequin 64GB 128GB 256GB 512GB
iPhone 12 Mini (service mannequin) $699 $749 $849 N/A
iPhone 12 Mini (SIM-free from Apple) $729 $779 $879 N/A
iPhone 12 (service mannequin) $799 $849 $949 N/A
iPhone 12 (SIM-free from Apple) $829 $879 $979 N/A
iPhone 12 Professional N/A $999 $1,099 $1,299
iPhone 12 Professional Max N/A $1,099 $1,199 $1,399

There may be some hypothesis that Apple would possibly contemplate decreasing the value of its subsequent telephone lineup. A number of rivals rose to the event of the financial downturn by releasing extra reasonably priced fashions in 2020, equivalent to Samsung’s Galaxy S20 FE and Google’s Pixel 5: Each are the identical value because the iPhone 12 Mini, however about $100 lower than the iPhone 12. The newly launched Samsung Galaxy S21 additionally boasted a lower cost tag, starting at $200 lower than its predecessor. 

Gross sales of the iPhone 12 might point out the direction Apple might take in pricing the iPhone 13. The predicted 2020 “supercycle” appears to have occurred as Apple anticipated: In October, the iPhone 12 and 12 Pro became the first and second best-selling 5G phone models worldwide. And Apple just lately introduced that the iPhone 12 led to the largest revenue and profit in the company’s history.

Design: iPhone 13 will in all probability look acquainted

There have already been a variety of renders floating across the Twittersphere exhibiting rumored iPhone 13 designs. The newest, from MacRumors, illustrates the resized digital camera bump and elevated thickness of the iPhone 13 and 13 Professional in comparison with its predecessors. In accordance with MacRumors, the iPhone 13’s camera bump is getting slightly thicker, maybe to accommodate its forthcoming digital camera upgrades like lidar.


iPhone 13 vs. iPhone 12 digital camera bumps



iPhone 13 and iPhone 12 rumored thickness in contrast


The Twittersphere was abuzz in early Could when an account referred to as Peng Telephones launched an alleged leaked image of a bubblegum pink iPhone 13, although the picture could have simply been wishful considering and a few Photoshopping. We have not heard a lot else on the iPhone 13’s potential colours but.

Earlier, we noticed a 3D-printed mockup from Japanese blog Macotakara and a few idea renderings from EverythingApplePro. However we do not count on any huge adjustments to the iPhone’s design in 2021, contemplating 2020 noticed a reasonably important “slabular” redesign already with the return of the iPhone 5’s flat sides. Apple is also not expected to make any changes to the phone’s sizing from the earlier technology. 


The alleged pink iPhone 13.


iPhone 13’s rumored sizes:

  • iPhone 13 Mini: 5.4-inch
  • iPhone 13: 6.1-inch
  • iPhone 13 Professional: 6.1-inch
  • iPhone 13 Professional Max: 6.7-inch

Two potential design components that are getting some respectable buzz already: a shallower notch, which can also be evident within the leaked mockup (or perhaps a fully notchless display screen) and the death of the Lightning port, each of which have been speculated about, hoped for or dreaded advert nauseam for generations of iPhones. 


iPhone 13 rendering


iPhone 13 could nix the chunky notch — or simply slim it down

Apple launched the world to the notched show in 2017 with the discharge of the iPhone X, and as rivals solved the selfie conundrum with hole-punch and under-display cameras, Apple nonetheless hasn’t, er, taken it down a notch. Those that crossed their fingers for a notchless or a minimum of smaller-notched iPhone 12 are reassigning their hopes to the iPhone 13 now that their 2020 all-screen desires have failed to return to fruition.

Rumors of a smaller notch resurfaced in early March in an investors note from analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. In its leaked dummy mockup, Macotakara estimated that the iPhone 13’s notch might shrink to 26.8mm extensive (in comparison with 34.83mm on the iPhone 12), whereas turning into ever-so barely taller, at 5.35mm, in comparison with the iPhone 12’s 5.3mm notch peak.


A leaked 3D-printed mockup of the iPhone 13, that includes a slimmed notch.


Will Apple kill the Lightning port, too?

When Apple ousted the headphone jack, the doomsday clock began ticking for the iPhone’s charging port as nicely, according to industry analysts. Although a variety of us are still holding out hope for a USB-C port, the introduction of MagSafe accessories in 2020 all however sealed the deal on a portless future for the iPhone. Frequent leaker Jon Prosser shares this prediction, asserting on his YouTube channel, “The end goal is very obviously portless.”

However do not get too excited (nervous?): Kuo predicts that only one 2021 iPhone will be completely portless, seemingly the iPhone 13 Professional Max. 

iPhone 12 Professional’s Magsafe charger.


Cameras: New picture tips and tech coming to the iPhone 13

The iPhone received some fairly well-received digital camera upgrades in 2020, especially in the Pro Max model, which launched the iOS crowd to lidar (additionally discovered on the Professional) and ProRaw. The iPhone 12 even wrested CNET photo enthusiast Stephen Shankland’s loyalty away from Google Pixel, the erstwhile computational pictures king. 

Learn extra: iPhone 13 camera rumors: The specs and upgrades we’ll likely see


iPhone 13 rendering


Higher zoom capabilities for the iPhone 13

One weak spot within the 2020 lineup’s digital camera choices, nevertheless, was zoom expertise. The iPhone 12 Professional Max solely featured a 2.5x optical zoom — for comparability, Samsung’s Galaxy S20 Ultra and now the S21 Ultra each supply a 100x zoom (although it’s a mixture of optical and digital).

In accordance with ETNews (as reported by TechRadar), the iPhone 13 might probably embrace a periscope digital camera, a expertise that will permit for a bigger zoom vary with out requiring an excellent bigger digital camera bump. Kuo made comparable predictions for a future periscope lens, although his report hinted that we could have to attend till 2022. It is also potential that the two.5x zoom discovered on the iPhone 12 Professional Max might trickle all the way down to the following iPhone’s Professional mannequin.

Improved night time mode photographs

Rumors in early February hinted at welcome enhancements for low-light pictures. Analysts are predicting an ultrawide-angle lens with a bigger aperture — f1.8, as an alternative of f2.4. A bigger aperture means extra mild can hit the sensor, which makes for higher photographs at nighttime or in low-light conditions.

You get lidar, you get lidar, everybody will get lidar!

All four models of the iPhone 13 lineup could include lidar technology, in keeping with a DigiTimes report. Lidar was launched to the iPhone in 2020 however solely on the Professional and Professional Max fashions, so this is able to solely be a real improve for the essential mannequin and the Mini. Nonetheless, lidar for everybody can be fairly nifty — the digital camera function, which stands for “mild detection and ranging,” is a depth sensor that makes use of lasers to measure distance. The camera trick can take your iPhone photos to the next level, and it additionally has some pretty cool AR applications


The iPhone 12 Professional’s lidar sensor — the black circle on the backside proper of the digital camera unit — opens up AR prospects and way more.

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Options: All the opposite iPhone 13 rumors we have heard

There’s quite a bit we are able to confidently predict for the 2021 iPhone lineup primarily based on final yr’s options and Apple’s standard observe document. As an example, 5G is all however a foregone conclusion. There in all probability will not be a charger or headphones within the field, nor a headphone jack, nor a USB-C port. And except 2021 throws us for an excellent larger loop than 2020, we count on Apple to preview iOS 15 at its annual WWDC event in June, delivery the iPhone 13 with the brand new working system put in. (By the way in which, iOS 14.5 has just arrived, and iOS 14.6 is on its way.)

120Hz refresh fee for the iPhone 13 Professional and Professional Max

We thought we would get a refreshed refresh fee within the iPhone 12, but the 120Hz rumors didn’t pan out — seemingly due to the already elevated calls for on battery from the telephone’s 5G connectivity. As a substitute, Apple’s lineup final yr featured the identical 60Hz show because the earlier yr’s iPhone 11.

However 2021 may very well be the yr of the 120Hz show, which might end in a smoother, quicker scrolling expertise due to a better display screen refresh fee. Many higher-end opponents already function a 120Hz show (e.g., the OnePlus 8T and Galaxy S21), so the percentages are good Apple heads on this course for its subsequent Professional line.

Proof for doubling the refresh fee in 2021 comes from Korean news site The Elec, which reviews that two of the iPhone 13 fashions will use LTPO expertise of their screens. This display screen tech would make the telephone extra power-efficient on the whole, which means smaller batteries and/or longer battery life are additionally possible (to not point out whispers about an always-on display). Learn more about LTPO, or low-temperature polycrystalline oxide, OLED screens. This rumor was repeated by well-known leaker Max Weinbach in mid-February on YouTube and once more in an April DigiTimes report.

An always-on show

Just like the Apple Watch (and Android telephones), the iPhone 13 may have its own version of the always-on display, what Weinbach referred to as a “toned-down lock display screen.” If rumors are true, your subsequent iPhone would at all times show the time and battery cost, in addition to incoming notifications, with out you having to unlock or wake the entire display screen.

Return of the Contact ID button

Bloomberg reported in 2019 that the beloved Touch ID button could return as an under-display sensor within the subsequent yr’s flagship, which might have been the iPhone 12. That did not occur, however the Bloomberg report left room for error, saying the expertise might “slip to the 2021 iPhone refresh.” 

Twitter leaker @L0vetodream also teased an under-display Touch ID final fall, which was subsequently corroborated (and translated) by Prosser.

Apple’s 2020 iPad Air, introduced final September throughout what usually would have been an iPhone unveiling occasion, integrated a Touch ID button onto the side of the device. The brand new iMac, unveiled in April, is also getting a Touch ID button on its redesigned Magic Keyboard. This addition is thrilling as a result of it solves the “Face ID doesn’t work while wearing a mask” problem with out ceding display screen actual property. An under-display button would resolve the issue, too, although it stays to be seen whether or not the tech will probably be prepared in time for the iPhone 13. (In the meantime, those that personal an Apple Watch have already got but another choice for masked iPhone-unlocking now that iOS 14.5 is available.)

As we close to the purported September iPhone announcement, we’ll preserve this submit up to date with all of the iPhone 13 leaks, rumors and different hypothesis because it comes up, so examine again.

And within the meantime, here is what you must know in regards to the iPhone 12:

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