Saturday, 18 September 2021




Apple's new iPhone 13 is highly likely to debut on September 14, 2021 and you may be able to buy the phone soon after that. The company has confirmed its next launch for that date, and we've been hard at work rounding up and cutting through the key new iPhone leaks.


New iPhone rumors have been springing up from a variety of sources for the last few months, and now got a clear picture of many of the likely specs of the iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Pro, iPhone 13 Pro Max and iPhone 13 mini.


Here also have a good idea of the likely design of these phones, and have seen numerous leaked images. For those of you who are light on time we've cut down the rumors into a handy, bite-sized portion below, while further down you'll find tons more depth where explain everything you have to know about the new iPhone range. 



September 14, 2021 is likely when we'll hear about the iPhone 13. Apple is hosting an event on that date, and it's almost certain to be the day we hear about any new devices.



Expect a similar price to the iPhone 12 range, with one (1) leak suggesting it'll be exactly the same. The iPhone 12 mini - the cheapest of 2020's iPhones - started at $699 /AU$ 1,199 while the iPhone 12 Pro Max cost $ 1,099 / AU$ 1,849. That said, there is some evidence the price could increase a bit.


Little is expected to change from the iPhone 12, but it seems the company will be changing the design of the rear camera. It'll seemingly have a diagonal lens arrangement on the two (2) cheaper phones, but the design seems otherwise largely set to be similar to last year's handsets, albeit with a slightly smaller notch.


Apple may debut some new shades with the iPhone 13 series, and two (2) rumored versions are pink and orange. Alongside those, we expect to see similar shades to last-gen, such as purple, black and white.



Screen sizes and resolutions are expected to stay the same across the range of iPhone 13 products, but both the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max are heavily rumored to debut 120Hz refresh rates. That means the image on these screens will be smoother than previous iPhones. Plus we're expecting an always-on display on each handset, too.


Apple is expected to be tweaking the camera on the iPhone 13 series, and the two (2) Pro handsets may get an upgraded ultra-wide shooter. The iPhone 13 Pro may also get an upgraded telephoto camera, plus some leaks suggest LiDAR could be present on all four (4) models so you'll have improved depth perception, though more recent leaks don't mention this, so don't count on it. Video recording software improvements are also expected, including a new Portrait mode.


The A15 chipset will likely power each of these handsets, though current reports suggest this won't bring a huge power boost. It's also heavily rumored that Apple may bring out a 1TB iPhone for the first time in 2021, so that'll allow for the largest iPhone sizes ever.



If the biggest iPhone 13 battery leak is correct, you can expect a larger battery inside 2021's phones. These are expected to be notably larger, with the iPhone 13 expected to offer a 3,095mAh cell compared to the iPhone 12'2 2,805mAh. What will that mean ? Expect a longer lasting iPhone 13 than your previous iPhones.


Been covering Apple handsets since the very first iPhone was revealed by Steve Jobs in 2007, so only brought you the most likely and coherent new iPhone new based on our analysis of dates, source validity and, well, just what makes the most sense to us.


The iPhone 13 release date is likely to be in September 2021, and expect it to hit stores on the fourth (4) Friday of the month (meaning here is September 24, 2021). The next Apple event is set for September 14 - the company has confirmed that - so we're likely to hear about the phone then.


Before 2020, Apple has often announced its new iPhones on either the first or second Tuesday of September and then released them 10 days later. Based on Apple's usual approach we'd then expect pre-orders to open on September 17, 2021, with the release date being September 24, 2021 (the following Friday).


That's in line with a date posted by a retailer. They list the iPhone 13 range for September 17, 2021, though it's not clear from the listing whether that's a pre-order date or an on sale date, and it's possible this is just a placeholder date anyway.


There's no guarantee this will be the iPhone 13 release date though, and that's mostly due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The iPhone 13 and iPhone 12 Pro were pushed back to October in 2020, and the other two (2) devices - the iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 12 Pro Max - were released in November of that year.


Plus, apparently the 2020 delay resulted in increased sales for the phones. That may mean Apple decides to keep to this new window, but there's no real indication of that from leaks.


Apple is heavily rumored to be hosting another virtual event in 2021, rather than a physical launch for the iPhone 13. That likely doesn't mean much of a change for you, but it does suggest it'll take a bit longer for press (like TechRadar) to be able to touch the phones and give you our first impressions.



The only big price leak about the iPhone 13 range suggests that the upcoming models will cost a similar amount to the iPhone 12 range. The same source has now said this twice, and that's in line with what expected.


We'll be sure to include more 2021 iPhone price leaks and rumors as hear them.



The iPhone 13 family is largely expected to look similar to the iPhone 12 series, but there are a few key differences that we've heard time and time again in leaks and rumors.


These may not be entirely accurate when the phone debuts later this year, but this is our best picture yet of the handset considering the leaks we've heard about in July 2021 and earlier.


One of the biggest design leaks so far includes CAD files that show a smaller notch, plus a diagonal camera layout for the iPhone 13. They appear to show a slightly thicker build too, likely to accommodate the larger batteries that have been rumored.



The notch looks very likely to change with this generation of Apple handsets. Far more sources are pointing to it shrinking than staying the same size, so a smaller notch seems likely, with one (1) source adding that the Face ID sensor has apparently also been shrunk, which would allow for a smaller notch.


We've now also seen a couple of leaked photos reportedly showing the screen glass for the iPhone 13 range, and there's a visibly smaller notch, achieved by moving the earpiece to the bezel above.


Similarly, a 3D-printed iPhone 13 mock-up also shows a smaller notch. Specifically the notch here is 26.8mm wide (compared to 34.83mm on the iPhone 12), but it's also 5.35mm deep, making it stick out a tiny bit more than the 5.3mm one on the iPhone 12.


The mock-up also shows that the contents on the notch may have been moved around a bit, with the selfie camera shown on the left rather than the right, and the earpiece moved into the bezel. Elsewhere, reports put the notch at either 26.62 mm or 25.57mm wide.


There is an outside chance that could see an iPhone 13 model with no notch at all. Just such a phone appears to have been shown in the Apple TV Plus show Ted Lasso, but this is almost certainly a case of inaccurate CGI, rather than the brand intentionally putting an unannounced phone in the show.



So what about the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max ? An iPhone 13 Pro Max dummy unit - created based on leaked schematics and other leaks - also shows a smaller notch, as well as larger camera lenses.


However, the design and even the size is otherwise more or less the same as the iPhone 12 Pro Max.


We've also seen a very similar design in unofficial iPhone 13 Pro renders, supposedly based on a 'finalized version' of the handset. These include a larger, flatter camera bump than on the iPhone 12 Pro, plus larger camera sensors, a smaller notch, and an apparently less fingerprint-prone stainless steel frame.


Plus, we've also seen dummy units of the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro, which again match up with all the leaks above, so this design is very likely what we'll see from the iPhone 13 range.


Note also the colors used here, which appear to include white for the dual-lens iPhone 13, and silver for the triple-lens iPhone 13 Pro. So perhaps these will be among the colors that the phones are sold in.


And we've now seen chassis models of the iPhone 13 range as well. These were shared by a case maker and are used bu it to design cases.


You can see images of these models and they fully match up with what we've seen elsewhere - with the biggest visual differences being the layout of the cameras on the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini, and the size of the camera blocks on the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max.



One leak has suggested the company may finally be ready to introduce an under-display fingerprint scanner. A lot of the best Android phones include this technology already, and this leak suggests Apple is ready to follow suit. In fact, we've now heard talk of an in-screen scanner multiple times at this point, with Apple apparently considering it in addition to Face ID.


This isn't a certainty, though, as noted Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo suggests the feature is coming in some 2022 iPhones - aka the iPhone 14 - and will presumably skip the iPhone 13 line.


We've even now heard from Mark Gurman (another reputable source) that Apple probably won't bring under-display Face ID - though don't expect this to be ready in time for the iPhone 13 range.


What might be ready for the iPhone 13 range is a form of Face ID that works with masks and foggy glasses, as Apple is supposedly testing this, but wouldn't count on seeing it that soon if at all.


Elsewhere, an iOS 15 leak suggests the company's next major software update will arrive with support for dual biometric authentication - a feature which would only be possible to implement on a device with both Face ID and Touch ID. Still, wouldn't count on this.



One thing that probably won't be changing is the sizes of the phones, with leaks suggesting we'll see four (4) models, with the same screen sizes as the iPhone 12 range.


That said, the dimensions may vary slightly, with a report suggesting that the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro will be 7.57mm thick, making them 0.17mm thicker than their predecessors.


The same report suggests the camera blocks will stick out much further, with the iPhone 13 Pro's apparently sticking out by 3.65mm (compared to 1.7mm on the iPhone 12 Pro), and the iPhone 13'2 by 2.51mm (compared to 1.5mm on the iPhone 12).


A more recent report puts the change in body thickness at just 0.1mm, but whatever the case it sounds like the change will be minor.


This same report talked about changes to the camera block sizes, with the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini apparently getting one with a 3.9cm diameter (up from 3.71cm), and the iPhone 13 pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max's having a 4.49cm diameter, up from 3.71cm on the iPhone 12 Pro, and 4cm on the iPhone 12 Pro Max.



We're expecting a mix of old and new shades for the iPhone 13 range, with a leak suggesting that the iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max could come in black, silver, sunset gold ( which is said to be a bronze shade ) and rose gold ( which is said to be very pale ).


That rose gold color has since been leaked again, and you can see what it might look like.


Elsewhere, we've heard that we may be seeing rose pink and orange debut this year as well.


That pink and orange rumor has come from a source without much track record though, and one other leak suggested that orange apparently didn't make it past the prototype stage. That said, the orange has been described as possibly bronze, so perhaps the bronze version did make it given the leak above.


In any case, those are two exciting shades, so for our own artist's impressions, the orange and pink shades of other Apple products including the AirPods Pro Max and the new iMac for 2021 to give you an idea of what the shades may look like.


We've now also heard multiple times that the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max might come in a matte black shade. Apparently this will be a reworked version of the graphite iPhone 12 Pro, but a lot darker.


That means you're likely to see more color options with some brighter shades on the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini, while the iPhone 13 pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max are more likely to have fewer choices with more sedate shades like silver and gold.



One thing heavily rumored for the iPhone 12 that didn't come to fruition was the addition of a 12oHz refresh rate display. But rumors suggest that may be introduced on the iPhone 13, and that'll make the display look smoother when playing games or scrolling through your social media feed.

That technology may also work in a similar way to what we've seen on the company's iPad Pro range, where it is able to vary the refresh rate depending on what activity you're doing on your phone.

Multiple rumors have suggested the 12oHz refresh feature may be incoming, and that includes reports from DigiTimes as well as well-placed analysts that have further suggested this tech might only be on two of the four anticipated iPhone 13 models.

Korean site The Elec added that industry sources say the top two models will get a 120Hz screen, so this may just be a Pro model feature in 2021. That site has also now added more details, claiming that Samsung will be the sole supplier of these 120Hz panels.

In fact, there's a chance it will have an even higher refresh rate than 120Hz, as an Apple patent talks about a phone with multiple refresh rates, possibly topping out at 240Hz - which is a rate no mainstream phone currently offers. But patents often don't develop into features, so we'd take this with a pinch of salt.

We're also likely to see the introduction of an always-on display with the iPhone 13 family. A number of reliable leakers - including Mark Gurman form Bloomberg - have about time Apple got on board.

What sizes should you expect for the iPhone 13 family? The same as last year's models, based on rumors, meaning a 5.4-inch iPhone 13 mini, a 6.1-inch iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro, and a 6.7-inch iPhone 13 Pro Max.


As for the camera, industry analyst Ming-Chi Kuo- who is often right about Apple information - has suggested the iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max's ultra-wide camera may be bumped to a f/1.8, six-element lens from the current f/2.4, five-element lens on the iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max.

He additionally claims that the Pro models will get autofocus for their ultra-wide lenses, with all four iPhone 14's apparently getting this upgrade in 2022. And Kuo reiterated this claim in June 2021, so it seems he's confident in it.




@ Jackie San













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