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iPhone 13 release date, price, specs and leaks




In late 2021, the “iPhone 13” is scheduled to launch and may see some dramatic changes that will impact everyday use. In favour of wireless charging, Apple can do everything from eliminating the Lightning port to adding yet another camera for enhanced optical zoom.


The iPhone 13 is set to deliver a 120Hz LTPO display on both Pro versions, better battery life thanks to a more powerful 5G modem, as well as major improvements to the all-important cameras, from all we’ve learned so far. This includes a LiDAR sensor, as well as a new portrait video feature on the cheaper iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini.


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As for the design, we’ve learned that the notch is shrinking and a truly portless design could come with at least one iPhone 13 model. Actually, it’s likely now that we’re charging MagSafe. We might potentially see an always-on show, too.


Based on all the rumours and leaks out there already, here’s everything we know about the iPhone 13.


Latest update on iPhone 13 (updated February 23)


In producing screens for the iPhone 13, a new display supplier could join Samsung and LG.

A new study says that reverse wireless charging will not be featured on the iPhone 13, giving Samsung an advantage.


A new always-on camera, portrait mode video and a clever way to capture the night sky could come with the iPhone 13.


Price iPhone 13


A research by Kwesi Afful said Apple will offer four sizes for the iPhone 13 again. A 5.4-inch iPhone 13 mini, a 6.1-inch iPhone 13, a 6.1-inch iPhone 13 Pro and a 6.7-inch iPhone 13 Pro Max are what you can expect.


We’d expect these to cost the same as the iPhone 12 range, so $699, $799, $999 and $1,099, respectively. Apple tends to keep its pricing structure fairly rigid from generation to generation, so we’re not expecting any increase to the sticker price.


iPhone 13 Design

One Mac Otakara research, having spoken to sources in the supply chain of Apple, suggests that the design of the iPhone 13 would eventually deliver a thinner notch. This could be done by the top speaker being moved.


A newer leak from claimed “industry sources” has also noted that the iPhone 13 will have a smaller notch. Apple will apparently achieve this notch downsizing by combining the currently separated infrared flood illuminator, sensor and dot projector, which make up the iPhone 12’s Face ID unlocking system, into a single module. With two fewer sensors required, we should see a much narrower notch on the iPhone 13.


If you want an idea of what that would look like, LetsGoDigital published some iPhone 13 renders — actually labelled as the iPhone 12s Pro — that show off Apple’s phone with a smaller notch and a Touch ID sensor under the phone’s display.


In fact, the iPhone 13 could be slightly thicker, allowing for a larger battery.


The biggest change we can expect from the iPhone 13 is that one model could feature a portless design, dropping the Lightning port and opting for charging and data transfer to be carried out wirelessly. That would be a radical change from the iPhone 12, but could also spark a move for the smartphone world to slowly ditch its reliance on ports and bundled chargers and cables. (Apple already made such a move with the iPhone 12, by not including a charger with any of those phones.


It is possible that Apple will add a way to incorporate Face ID into the bezels of the iPhone 13, taking that into account. Leaker Ben Geskin published a rendering on Twitter last fall outlining how the device could operate by embedding the entire TrueDepth system and earpiece into the top bezel of the handset.


Another rumour indicated that Apple could eliminate the Face ID sensor technology currently kept in the display notches of the modern iPhone. But that’ll mean that in order to keep the sensor tech, the iPhone 13 will have wider display bezels; take this leak with a dose of skepticism though.


We can expect there to be an iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max, but things aren’t so clear on whether there’ll be an iPhone 13 mini.


iPhone 13 Touch ID

Apple is working on providing an in-display fingerprint sensor for the iPhone 13, according to a story in Bloomberg. In addition to Face ID, this will be.


A separate article in the Wall Street Journal details that a new in-screen optical fingerprint scanner will be used by Apple to pull Touch ID off. Samsung phones use an ultrasonic reader, but the argument is that in the implementation of Apple, the optical variety will be more precise.


With both Face ID and Touch ID, Cupertino has never launched an iPhone, but analyst Ming-Chi Kuo also believes that Apple is looking at adding an in-screen fingerprint sensor to its 2021 smartphones.


Kuo noted that Apple viewed both biometric technologies as complementary, with the potential to work well together, so we could potentially see the iPhone 13 sport Face ID and Touch ID. Given that the current version of Face ID can’t recognize people with masks, and Apple updated its iOS software to better accommodate users with face masks, we suspect that the company has to at least be thinking about how to bring back Touch ID in a sleeker way.


iPhone 13 display

If Apple sticks to four iPhone 13 versions, then we should expect 5.4 inches, 6.1 inches, and 6.7 inches to compare the displays.


A study from ET News notes that for the 6.1-inch iPhone 13 Pro and 6.7-inch iPhone 13 Pro Max, Apple will introduce a 120Hz refresh rate. As well as better gameplay and video playback, this will make for smoother scrolling.


A more recent one that noted that the two iPhone 13 Pro models will receive the 120Hz display, which will be able to dynamically scale its refresh rate up or down depending on what is seen courtesy of a Samsung Display LTPO screen, gave more credence to that leak. This will help save the life of the battery.


And the nature of an LTPO panel means it doesn’t need extra components under the display to enable an adaptive refresh rate, meaning phones with such screens can sport a thin chassis. In the iPhone 13, an LTPO display could enable the phone to not only have a super smooth refresh rate but also keep the neat frame of the iPhone 12.


Latest reports have tipped the iPhone 13 to use an always-on monitor, something that could definitely be facilitated by the LTPO software. And a new video illustrates how that could work out. An always-on display will finally offer a functionality that Android phones have had for some time to Apple’s iPhones.


iPhone 13 specs

As night follows day, so to can we expect a chip upgrade for the iPhone 13 over its predecessor. It’s likely this will come in the form of the A15 Bionic, a successor to the very powerful A14 Bionic in the iPhone 12.

This new system-on-a-chip (SoC) could be a reasonable upgrade on the A14 Bionic, likely boosting overall performance and efficiency. A major upgrade doesn’t look likely until the iPhone 14, when Apple could potentially make a chip based on a 4-nanometer process node. Currently, the A14 Bionic inside the iPhone 12 is a 5nm chip.

However, the iPhone 13 could get a big boost in terms of wireless connectivity. Documentation of Apple’s settlement with Qualcomm revealed that Apple has plans to use Qualcomm’s X60 5G modem in upcoming iPhones, which will likely include the iPhone 13. This is important because the 5nm X60 modem can integrate directly into a phone’s chipset, meaning a smaller footprint and lower battery drain. There’s also the possibility of Apple turning to Qualcomm’s newly unveiled X65 5G Medem which can deliver speeds of up to 10 Gbps — not that current 5G networks are coming anywhere near that mark.


Plus, because the modem can combine mmWave and sub-6GHz 5G networks simultaneously, the 5G output should be higher. In addition, Wi-Fi 6E, a variant on the Wi-Fi 6 standard that will accommodate even higher wireless speeds, is tipped to come with the iPhone 13.


iPhone 13 cameras

We haven’t heard much about the entire iPhone 13 range yet, but one leak has the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max offering a new 6-element ultrawide lens. It would also offer autofocus capability. The current iPhone 12 Pro models sport a 5-element ultrawide angle lens. The more elements in a lens, the better the image quality tends to be as a rule.

One interesting rumour that has come up suggests Apple is looking for suppliers for a “folded lens” camera that will improve the iPhone 13’s optical camera zoom. The periscope-like design means the telephoto lens would be stacked vertically, instead of horizontally, meaning you can increase the optical magnification without increasing the size of the phone.


In fact, this design is commonly used by other phone makers, including Samsung and Huawei, to increase their own optical zoom capabilities. Which iPhone 13 models will get the improved zoom is still unclear.

Speaking of zooming, the iPhone 13 is also tipped to get camera upgrades that allow it to better shoot the night sky, as well as deliver portrait mode videos.


An upgraded ultra-wide camera on all iPhone 13 models cud facilitate a dedicated astrophotography mode. And much like how night mode is enabled when you’re in a low-light environment, you’ll activate this mode when you point the phone at the stars or the moon.


Portrait video mode will offer a blurred background on video footage when enabled, It will also reportedly let you customize the depth of field after shooting so you can dial in the blurred effect after the fact. There are no specifics given on whether this can be used on any of the iPhone 13’s cameras or just a select few.


Various other reports claim the iPhone 13’s camera will get a big hardware boost as well. Analyst Ross Young has predicted that the new Apple phone will come with larger sensors for starters.


Larger sensors mean larger pixels for increased light intake, which should produce better quality photos. Unfortunately, it’s not clear which iPhone 13s are set to take advantage of these sensors, though the iPhone 12 Pro Max featured a larger sensor when it debuted in the fall.


One final addition would be the inclusion of LiDAR sensors on the iPhone 13 and 13 mini, rather than just the Pro models. That’s according to sources speaking to DigiTimes, at least, who say all 2021 iPhones will include the advanced sensor.


iPhone 13: charging

The iPhone 12 maxes out at 20W charging, and we have not yet heard any rumours about the charging speed for this year. However, we have heard some bad news. According to Bloomberg, the iPhone 13 likely won’t include reverse wireless charging, which would have allowed the iPhone to charge devices like the AirPods Pro and Apple Watch.


iPhone 13: What we want to see

Chances are we’ll begin to hear the first concrete details on the iPhone 13 just after the dust settles from the iPhone 12’s 2020 reveal. That’s because Apple’s strategy with its forthcoming handsets will allow us to deduce where it goes after that.


In fact, one of the earliest reports that Apple was planning a compact, 5.4-inch variant of the iPhone 12 dropped last September, mere days after the iPhone 11 series debuted. That device, of course, ended up known as the iPhone 12 mini.

  • 128GB of storage, standard: Apple only granted 128GB base storage in the higher-tier iPhone 12 Pro models, leaving it out of the regular iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini. That’s a good first step, but Apple has really got to get with the times and offer a floor of 128GB of storage in all iPhone 13 models. It’s borderline offensive to spend nearly a grand on a premium smartphone that only packs 64GB from the factory, especially considering Apple’s aversion to micro SD expandability.
  • Improved camera zoom: Either through hardware, software or a combination of both, Apple has to punch up the iPhone’s photography abilities when shooting from a distance. Many smartphone users love having a good ultrawide lens, but a strong telephoto is just as important for when you can’t get up close to your subject. Perhaps Apple could learn a thing or two from Google’s Super Res Zoom feature, which uses clever algorithms to nearly make up for the lack of a high-powered periscope lens. The iPhone 12 Pro Max has improved things slightly to 2.5x optical power, but we’d really like to see at least 3x in future telephoto-equipped iPhones.
  • 120Hz display: If you’ve never used a phone with one before, a fast refresh-rate display just makes every scroll, tap, task and game so much more responsive than on standard 60Hz panels. We’d settle for 90Hz if 120Hz is deemed too costly for battery life, but a swifter refresh rate could go a long way toward making iOS feel even smoother than it feels now. Unfortunately, this was another feature teased for iPhone 12 early on that never ended up panning out for release


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