Photo: India Today
Latest updates of iPhone 13. Photo: India Today

iPhone 13 has already been subjected to a plethora of leaks helping us with a lot of details. We already know about the design of the upcoming series through the renders that surfaced online. Also, a few key specs popped up to provide us with a clearer picture of the upcoming iPhone 13 lineup.

What will the iPhone 13 be called?

Right off the bat, it’s unclear whether this year’s iPhone will be called the iPhone 12s or the iPhone 13. A report has said that Apple is internally referring to this year as an “S” year upgrade, which implies minor changes compared to the existing iPhone 12.

It’s possible that this year’s devices are referred to as the iPhone 12s or iPhone 13. Apple could also abandon numbers altogether. This would follow in the footsteps of what Apple has done with the iPad lineup over the years. Apple marketing names stay under wraps until the last minute, so we’ll have to wait until the fall to learn more, 9to5 Mac cited.

iPhone 13 specs and features

Photo: London News Time
Photo: London News Time

Starting off with the design, the most significant design change that you might see on the upcoming iPhone 13 series is the inclusion of a shrunken notch. Several leaks have appeared to confirm that Apple is downsizing the notch to incorporate a bigger display.

A more recent leak reported by a credible website reveals the front glass panels of the iPhone 13 lineup. The images showcase three different-sized glass panels with a small hole for the selfie shooter.

Moreover, the top bezel can be seen having a small cutout which we suppose is for the earpiece/speaker. To remind you, the notch on the iPhone 12 lineup series was included in the notch itself.

Moving further, the devices in the upcoming lineup are expected to come in 5.4-inch, 6.1-inch, and 6.7-inch sizes.

Another interesting rumor suggests that the iPhone 13 series may feature a portless design on one of the models. However, a renowned Apple analyst denied this change to take place in the iPhone 13 lineup. He said, "At present, the MagSafe ecosystem is not mature enough, so the iPhone will continue to use the Lightning port in the foreseeable future."

There are strong statements being made around the inclusion of an LTPO display on the Pro models of the iPhone 13 series. Also, these are expected to be 120Hz high-refresh displays that do not need extra components under the display to enable adaptively or, say, scalable refresh rate.

For your information, LTPO is a superior and power-efficient backplane technology that can switch the individual pixel on display on and off. Thus, allowing for better battery life on the Pro models.

The Touch ID was replaced by Face ID on the iPhone X series. However, a bunch of reports suggests that it is coming back on the iPhone 13 series with an in-display fingerprint scanner. If this comes out to be true, we will see an under-display scanner on the iPhone for the first time.

Another leak says that the upcoming iPhones will be a tad bit thicker, to be precise, by approx 0.26mm to make space for a bigger battery.

Finally, we may also see an always-on display on the iPhone 13 like most high-end Android devices.

Like every year, we will see an updated chipset on the iPhone 13 series in the form of A15 Bionic. We had previously reported that the upcoming lineup might ship with a 4nm chipset. However, a new report has popped up to reveal that the iPhone 13 series will feature a 5nm A15 Bionic chipset.

The report further details that the chipset is being developed by TSMC and will begin production in May.

New iPhones may see a major upgrade in terms of wireless connectivity. Apple's settlement with Qualcomm allows it to use Qualcomm's latest Snapdragon X60 5G modem. This modem will expectedly be integrated into the upcoming A15 Bionic chipset thereby, saving a lot of battery life.

Apart from this, the iPhone 13 will also have support for the latest Wi-Fi compliance, i.e. the Wi-Fi 6E/6.

The iPhones come with some of the best cameras available in the smartphone markets. We are already aware of the capabilities of the cameras on the iPhone 12 lineup, hence, Apple is looking to build upon the same.

Several reports have hinted towards a six-element Ultra-wide lens on Pro models. The current iPhone 12 Pro setup features a five-element ultrawide lens on the iPhone 12 Pro and Pro max. This should bring better image and auto-focus capability to the respective devices.

Another interesting rumor suggests that Apple is looking for suppliers for a "folded lens" camera that will improve the iPhone 13's optical camera zoom.

Besides this, the iPhone 13 models are suggested to get an upgraded ultra-wide lens with an f/1.8 lens. This information is not in line with the previous leak from the famed analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, which said that only Pro models would get new cameras. This new f/1.8 lens will allow a lot more light to enter the lens, resulting in an overall crisper image.

Kuo further added that the upcoming iPhone 13 Pro and Pro max would borrow the Sensor-Shift stabilization technology from the iPhone 12 Pro max. This should hugely benefit the video and image stabilization on Pro models.

Finally, all iPhone 13 models are expected to see a LiDAR sensor, a report says. But we suggest you take this information with a pinch of salt as some other reports are stating that only the iPhone 13 and the iPhone 13 Mini will ship with a LiDAR sensor, according to India Today.

Release date: When will iPhone 13 come out?

Photo: Techno Razique
Photo: Techno Razique

The iPhone 12 launched later than usual due to delays caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The iPhone 12 launch was also staggered, with Apple releasing the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro first, followed by the iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 12 Pro max a month later.

This year, Kuo has reported the mass production schedule of the iPhone 13 will be the same as for previous iPhone models before the 12 lineups. That means we can expect all iPhone 13 models available by September 2021, barring any delays.

This has also been corroborated by analysts at Wedbush, who reported that the iPhone 13 is on track for a late September release date.

Price: How much will the iPhone 13 cost?

There’s no word on whether Apple has pricing changes in store for the iPhone 12s lineup this year. Like marketing names, iPhone pricing information rarely leaks prior to the announcement. For comparison’s sake, here’s how the iPhone 12 looks in terms of price:

  • iPhone 12 mini: $729

  • iPhone 12: $829

  • iPhone 12 Pro: $999

  • iPhone 12 Pro Max: $1099

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