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According to Chinese e-commerce site IT-Home and other leakers, the iPhone will be announced on Sept. 14 and pre-orders will go live on Sept. 17. Expect to see the iPhone 13 portfolio available in Apple Stores on Sept. 24.

While Apple may release the iPhone 13 in September, there’s a chance you’ll have to wait to get one. Analysts predict that 43% of iPhone owners will upgrade to the iPhone 13, but Foxconn is scrambling to hire 200,000 more workers. According to the South China Morning PostSouth China Morning Post, Apple will have 90 million or 100 million units available at launch, and the company plans to ship 130 million to 150 million devices this year.

What does iPhone 13 look like and How big is its screen?

The iPhone 13 may have a smaller top notch and a bigger camera module.Photo pcmag
The iPhone 13 may have a smaller top notch and a bigger camera module. Photo pcmag

For the most part, the iPhone 13 will look a lot like its predecessor. Apple announced it was moving to a three-year cycle for major upgrades a few years ago, and we don’t expect that to change. That said, expect to see four new iPhone flagships this year, including 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.

At first glance, it looks like the iPhone 13 Pro models are due for the most upgrades this year. Max Weinbach reports the upcoming iPhone Pro models will be available in updated matte black and gold finishes. Pro models will also have a fingerprint-resistant finish, if rumors from MacRumors are to be believed. Let's Go Digital has several dozen renders on its site that offer multiple views of the phone.

There was talk earlier in the year about a pink iPhone 13, and while there's definitely potential for that color, this "rumor" was more like wishful thinking. Rumors about a new matte black color also circulated online this spring, as reported by EverythingApplePro on YouTube, courtesy of leaker Max Weinbach.

Rumored sizes of iPhone 13

iPhone 13 Mini: 5.4-inch

iPhone 13: 6.1-inch

iPhone 13 Pro: 6.1-inch

iPhone 13 Pro Max: 6.7-inch

New design?

Two potential design elements that are getting some decent buzz already: a shallower notch, which is also evident in several leaked mockups (or even a completely notchless screen) and the death of the Lightning port, both of which have been speculated about, hoped for or dreaded ad nauseam for generations of iPhones.

A shallower notch was also shared in an Apple Insider video which showed dummy units of the iPhone 13 a smaller earpiece notch that shifted to the top of the phone's bezel. Apple Insider's dummy units were also in line with the previous rumors regarding the iPhone 13 lineup's size similarities to the iPhone 12.

There have already been a number of renders floating around the Twittersphere showing rumored iPhone 13 designs. A recent one, from MacRumors, illustrates the resized camera bump and increased thickness of the iPhone 13 and 13 Pro compared to its predecessors. According to MacRumors, the iPhone 13's camera bump is getting slightly thicker, perhaps to accommodate forthcoming camera upgrades like lidar.

A new render in late June from Sonny Dickson on Twitter showed a slight variation on the iPhone 13 and 12 Mini's camera module, with its two lenses situated diagonally from one another, rather than one atop the other.

Earlier, we spotted a 3D-printed mockup from Japanese blog Macotakara and some concept renderings from EverythingApplePro. But we don't expect any big changes to the iPhone's design in 2021, considering 2020 saw a pretty significant "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 previous generation.

iPhone 13 may nix the chunky notch -- or just slim it down

Apple introduced the world to the notched display in 2017 with the release of the iPhone X, and as rivals solved the selfie conundrum with hole-punch and under-display cameras, Apple still hasn't, er, taken it down a notch. Those who crossed their fingers for a notchless or at least smaller-notched iPhone 12 are reassigning their hopes to the iPhone 13 now that their 2020 all-screen dreams have failed to come to fruition.

READ MORE: iPhone 13 Leaker Tipped Bad News For The Camera

What color is expected? iPhone 13 will probably look familiar

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Photo Techz

We’ve heard rumors of pink and orange for the standard models, while Max Weinbach says the iPhone 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max will be getting a new matte black option that is darker than this year’s graphite color that replaced space gray. A report in July by Naver (translation) claimed the Pro would be getting a new Sunset Gold color that “has a bronze feel” while a “very pale” rose gold could also join the lineup. Just a few days before the event, Ukrainian retail site KTC (spotted by 91Mobiles) posted references to a pink iPhone 13 and 13 mini and Bronze iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max.

What will the iPhone 13 feature for specs?

No ports and the return of Touch ID, maybe?

120Hz Always-on display? It's possible

A better camera system is always a safe bet

Satellite communication tech?

Smaller notch

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Photo notebookcheck

Rumors of a smaller notch resurfaced in early March in an investors' note from Kuo. In its leaked dummy mockup, Macotakara estimated that the iPhone 13's notch could shrink to 26.8mm wide (compared to 34.83mm on the iPhone 12), while becoming ever-so slightly taller, at 5.35mm, compared to the iPhone 12's 5.3mm notch height.

We may have got a glimpse of a notchless iPhone during episode 6 of Ted Lasso season 2. In two scenes of the episode, we see a notchless iPhone that appears to be running iOS. But, we shouldn't get our hopes up too much. Despite the buzz generated by brief shots of the phone, it's more likely a fleeting CGI imperfection in post-production than a sneak peak of the iPhone 13.

How many cameras does the iPhone 13 have?

Apple appears to be offering pretty modest improvements when it comes to the iPhone 13’s camera stack. The less expensive iPhone 13 models will still have two rear cameras, while the Pro models will have three and a LiDAR sensor. TechRadar Middle East has excellent renders of the upcoming phone, and Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman states all the phones will get at least three software updates, including an updated filter to improve photo composition and color, the addition of ProRes video—a way to record 8K video, and Portrait Mode video.

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