iPhone 13 rumors: As Apple’s plunge event gets nearer, the secrets preserve spilling


A render of the iPhone 13.


The iPhone 13 (or whatever or now now not it’s known as) did now not abolish an appearance at WWDC 2021, however now we contain considered a preview of the iOS 15 developer beta, which provides us some key data about the iPhone 13’s fresh capabilities. (It is probably you’ll per chance download iOS 15 ethical now need to you is at risk of be queer, however we don’t point out it.) Beyond arrangement, now we contain additionally been listening to a lot now now not too lengthy in the past about the iPhone 13’s coloration alternatives. First it used to be the crimson iPhone leak heard spherical the enviornment. After which it used to be a swish, matte shaded coloration option, as reported by EverythingApplePro on YouTube, courtesy of leaker Max Weinbach.

We contain accrued these rumors and every thing else now we contain heard below, including hypothesis about the iPhone 13’s free up date (rumors teach September, as traditional), how the iPhone 13 would possibly per chance compare to the iPhone 12, and every thing we learn about the iPhone 13’s tag, cameras and varied specs. (And do not miss our iPhone 13 need list.)  

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In step with analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, we would possibly per chance silent query to spy four models once more this year: the iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Mini, iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max — acceptable cherish the iPhone 12 lineup. We contain a few extra months of hypothesis sooner than Apple unveils its subsequent flagship, so buckle up and read on. We are going to update this memoir as fresh data becomes available.

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Battery: Bigger capability does not imply iPhone 13 can contain a protracted battery lifestyles

A rumor from Chinese social media platform Weibo in early June suggested that the iPhone 13 lineup will feature bigger batteries than the iPhone 12 lineup. The specs, shared on Twitter by leaker @L0vetodream, claim a 2,406mAh battery for the iPhone 13 Mini, going as a lot as three,095mAh for the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro, and 4,325mAh for the iPhone 13 Pro Max. 

These battery sizes are all upgrades over the iPhone 12’s respective capacities (though Apple doesn’t bid official battery specs). Nonetheless, battery lifestyles is now now not the same as battery capability, so or now now not it’s imaginable that the develop in iPhone 13’s battery size will now now not translate into a protracted battery lifestyles. That every body is dependent on the cell phone’s varied upgrades and the contrivance properly its arrangement optimizes for battery lifestyles. However when put next with varied manufacturers’ top price telephones, Apple’s batteries plunge immediate. The batteries in Samsung’s Galaxy S21 lineup, to illustrate, differ from 4,000 to 5,000 mAh. 

Read extra: iOS 15: Free up date, fresh capabilities and every rumor, detailed

Free up date: iPhone 13 would possibly per chance silent be here by mid-September

To this point, there just isn’t any official or unofficial word on once we can query to spy Apple’s subsequent iPhone. An April file suggested the manufacturing of the iPhones’ fresh chips were working forward of time desk, placing the iPhone 13 free up date lend a hand on Apple’s pre-pandemic timeline. Typically, we can predict with some stage of accuracy when Apple’s iPhone events will occur and extrapolate a free up date in response to that. 

However 2020 used to be a particular memoir — it used to be the principle September Apple event in eight years with out an iPhone — because of delays in manufacturing due to the the coronavirus pandemic. This year, nonetheless, Kuo is additionally forecasting replace as traditional for Apple’s offer chain. If that’s the case, we can query to spy the iPhone 13 unveiled at an event in the end in September.

Let’s synthesize the info we have: 

  • Apple likes to preserve its events on Tuesdays or Wednesdays.
  • iPhone free up dates are frequently a week and a half of after Apple’s bulletins.
  • Typically, fresh iPhones are released on a Friday, around the third week of September.

A pair of years in the past, CNET took a deep dive into the Apple event timeline and emerged with a compelling Labor Day hypothesis, which that it’s probably you’ll examine here. In step with the 2021 calendar, the Labor Day rule would attach the September Apple event (and unveiling of the iPhone 13) on Sept. 8, with a Sept. 17 free up date. 

Read extra: iPhone 13 need list: What Apple needs for its subsequent cell phone to be triumphant

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Name: Apple’s subsequent flagship would possibly per chance now now not be known as iPhone 13

iPhone 13 render


We’re going with the title “iPhone 13” for now, however the moniker is now now not a particular thing. Brooding about high-upward thrust constructions are inclined to leave out the 13th ground from their elevator buttons for superstitious causes, Apple would possibly per chance succumb to its hold triskaidekaphobia and skip the quantity 13. 

Read extra: iPhone 13 would possibly be the cell phone that under no circumstances hits shelves. Here’s why other folks take into consideration so

iPhone 12S is a noteworthy wager for the title of Apple’s subsequent technology of iPhones. Merely as 2014’s iPhone 6 gave technique to 2015’s iPhone 6S and 2017’s iPhone X preceded 2018’s iPhone XS, with out a principal redesign in the works (extra on that below), the 2021 iPhone is suitable as at risk of be positioned as an reveal on the iPhone 12.

And even Apple will buy a web hiss out of Samsung’s e book and title its subsequent cell phone after the year of its thought: iPhone 2021 has a pleasant ring to it. Or what about the iPhone XXI? Or, dare to dream, Apple would possibly per chance hotfoot in a fully varied course and title it one thing fun, cherish the Motorola Citrus or LG Chocolate of yore.

Tag: iPhone 13 would possibly per chance tag the same as iPhone 12… or much less

Apple’s iPhone 12 lineup incorporated four telephones at four costs, with a lot extra variation among carriers and storage configurations. At delivery, the baseline iPhone 12 carrier mannequin tag $799, an develop of $100 from 2019’s iPhone 11, largely due to the the addition of 5G beef up. Since the iPhone 13 is now now not anticipated to contain this form of principal technical upgrade, analysts are predicting a the same tag structure for 2021

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Here’s the iPhone 12’s US pricing, for reference:

iPhone 12 pricing: All four models

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

There’s some hypothesis that Apple would possibly per chance preserve in thoughts lowering the tag of its subsequent cell phone lineup. Several competitors rose to the event of the financial downturn by releasing extra affordable models in 2020, such as Samsung’s Galaxy S20 FE and Google’s Pixel 5: Both are the same tag as the iPhone 12 Mini, however about $100 much less than the iPhone 12. The newly released Samsung Galaxy S21 additionally boasted a lower value, starting at $200 lower than its predecessor. 

Sales of the iPhone 12 would possibly per chance present the course Apple would possibly per chance buy in pricing the iPhone 13. The predicted 2020 “supercycle” seems to contain took place as Apple anticipated: In October, the iPhone 12 and 12 Pro turned the principle and 2d handiest-promoting 5G cell phone models worldwide. And Apple recently announced that the iPhone 12 resulted in the most though-provoking earnings and profit in the firm’s ancient previous.

Abolish: iPhone 13 will more than seemingly seek for familiar

There contain already been a different of renders floating around the Twittersphere exhibiting rumored iPhone 13 designs. Basically the most stylish, from MacRumors, illustrates the resized camera bump and elevated thickness of the iPhone 13 and 13 Pro when put next to its predecessors. In step with MacRumors, the iPhone 13’s camera bump is getting reasonably thicker, maybe to accommodate forthcoming camera upgrades cherish lidar.

iPhone 13 vs. iPhone 12 camera bumps.


iPhone 13 and iPhone 12 rumored thickness when put next.


The Twittersphere used to be abuzz in early Can also simply when an yarn known as Peng Telephones released a supposedly leaked utter of a bubblegum crimson iPhone 13, though the utter ended up being wishful pondering from an artist on Instagram who focuses on 3D modeling. Then in June, YouTube yarn EverythingApplePro previewed a matte shaded iPhone 13 render, acknowledged to be a alternative for the present graphite or house gray coloration alternatives on the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro models, respectively.

The rumored matte shaded coloration option for the iPhone 13.


Earlier, we spotted a 3D-printed mockup from Jap weblog Macotakara and some belief renderings from EverythingApplePro. However we don’t query any enormous changes to the iPhone’s compose in 2021, desirous about 2020 saw a rather principal “slabular” redesign already with the return of the iPhone 5’s flat facets. Apple is additionally now now not anticipated to abolish any changes to the cell phone’s sizing from the outdated technology. 

The purported crimson iPhone 13.


iPhone 13’s rumored sizes:

  • iPhone 13 Mini: 5.4-traipse
  • iPhone 13: 6.1-traipse
  • iPhone 13 Pro: 6.1-traipse
  • iPhone 13 Pro Max: 6.7-traipse

Two doable compose capabilities that are getting some first price buzz already: a shallower notch, which is additionally evident in the leaked mockup (and even a fully notchless display cover cover) and the loss of life of the Lightning port, both of which had been speculated about, hoped for or dreaded ad nauseam for generations of iPhones. 

iPhone 13 rendering


iPhone 13 would possibly per chance nix the corpulent notch — or acceptable slim it down

Apple launched the enviornment to the notched demonstrate in 2017 with the free up of the iPhone X, and as competitors solved the selfie conundrum with gap-punch and below-demonstrate cameras, Apple silent hasn’t, er, taken it down a notch. Folk that crossed their fingers for a notchless or now now not much less than smaller-notched iPhone 12 are reassigning their hopes to the iPhone 13 now that their 2020 all-display cover cover needs contain did now not technique to fruition.

Rumors of a smaller notch resurfaced in early March in an investors demonstrate from analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. In its leaked dummy mockup, Macotakara estimated that the iPhone 13’s notch would possibly per chance shrink to 26.8mm wide (when put next to 34.83mm on the iPhone 12), whereas changing into ever-so reasonably taller, at 5.35mm, when put next to the iPhone 12’s 5.3mm notch high.

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


Will Apple waste the Lightning port, too?

When Apple ousted the headphone jack, the doomsday clock started ticking for the iPhone’s charging port as properly, per replace analysts. Though a quantity of us are silent conserving 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, placing forward on his YouTube channel, “The stop contrivance is terribly obviously portless.”

However don’t salvage too exasperated (worried?): Kuo predicts that handiest one 2021 iPhone will seemingly be utterly portless, seemingly the iPhone 13 Pro Max.

iPhone 12 Pro’s Magsafe charger.


Cameras: Fresh utter systems and tech coming to the iPhone 13

The iPhone got some rather a lot-got camera upgrades in 2020, in particular in the Pro Max mannequin, which launched the iOS crowd to lidar (additionally chanced on on the Pro) and ProRaw. The iPhone 12 even wrested CNET utter fanatic Stephen Shankland’s loyalty away from Google Pixel, the erstwhile computational photography king. 

Read extra: iPhone 13 camera rumors: The specs and upgrades we will seemingly spy

iPhone 13 rendering


Greater zoom capabilities for the iPhone 13

One extinct affirm in the 2020 lineup’s camera offerings, nonetheless, used to be zoom technology. The iPhone 12 Pro Max handiest featured a 2.5x optical zoom — for comparison, Samsung’s Galaxy S20 Ultra and now the S21 Ultra both provide a 100x zoom (though it’s miles a mixture of optical and digital).

In step with ETNews (as reported by TechRadar), the iPhone 13 would possibly per chance more than seemingly consist of a periscope camera, a technology that would enable for an even bigger zoom differ with out requiring an even bigger camera bump. Kuo made the same predictions for a future periscope lens, though his file hinted that we would possibly per chance need to attend except 2022. It be additionally imaginable that the 2.5x zoom chanced on on the iPhone 12 Pro Max would possibly per chance trickle the final contrivance down to the following iPhone’s Pro mannequin.

Improved evening mode photos

Rumors in early February hinted at welcome improvements for low-light photography. Analysts are predicting an ultrawide-angle lens with an even bigger aperture — f1.8, as a replace of f2.4. An even bigger aperture capacity extra light can hit the sensor, which makes for better photos at boring evening or in low-light instances.

You salvage lidar, you salvage lidar, every person gets lidar!

All four models of the iPhone 13 lineup would possibly per chance consist of lidar technology, per a DigiTimes file. Lidar used to be launched to the iPhone in 2020 however handiest on the Pro and Pro Max models, so this will seemingly handiest be a right upgrade for the obligatory mannequin and the Mini. Restful, lidar for everyone would possibly per chance be rather nifty — the camera feature, which stands for “light detection and ranging,” is a depth sensor that uses lasers to measure distance. The camera trick can buy your iPhone photos to the following stage, and it additionally has some rather cool AR capabilities

The iPhone 12 Pro’s lidar sensor — the shaded circle on the bottom ethical of the camera unit — opens up AR potentialities and masses extra.

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Parts: Your whole varied iPhone 13 rumors now we contain heard

There’s a lot we can confidently predict for the 2021 iPhone lineup in response to final year’s capabilities and Apple’s traditional discover file. As an instance, 5G is all however a foregone conclusion. There more than seemingly is now now not going to be a charger or headphones in the box, nor a headphone jack, nor a USB-C port. And unless 2021 throws us for an even better loop than 2020, we query Apple to ship the iPhone 13 with the fresh iOS 15 installed. (Incidentally, iOS 14.6 is here and iOS 14.7 is on the contrivance.)

120Hz refresh price for the iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max

We notion we would salvage a refreshed refresh price in the iPhone 12, however the 120Hz rumors did now not pan out — seemingly due to the already elevated demands on battery from the cell phone’s 5G connectivity. As a alternative, Apple’s lineup final year featured the same 60Hz demonstrate as the outdated year’s iPhone 11.

However 2021 would possibly be the year of the 120Hz demonstrate, which would possibly per chance perchance result in a smoother, faster scrolling abilities because of an even bigger display cover cover refresh price. Many bigger-stop competitors already feature a 120Hz demonstrate (e.g., the OnePlus 8T and Galaxy S21), so the potentialities are ethical Apple heads in this course for its subsequent Pro line.

Proof for doubling the refresh price in 2021 comes from Korean data location The Elec, which reports that two of the iPhone 13 models will expend LTPO technology of their monitors. This display cover cover tech would abolish the cell phone extra energy-ambiance pleasant most incessantly, that suggests smaller batteries and/or longer battery lifestyles are additionally probable (now to now not level out whispers about an repeatedly-on demonstrate). Learn extra about LTPO, or low-temperature polycrystalline oxide, OLED monitors. This rumor used to be repeated by properly-known leaker Max Weinbach in mid-February on YouTube and once more in an April DigiTimes file.

An repeatedly-on demonstrate

Admire the Apple Test out (and Android telephones), the iPhone 13 can contain its hold version of the repeatedly-on demonstrate, what Weinbach known as a “toned-down lock display cover cover.” If rumors are right, your subsequent iPhone would repeatedly demonstrate the time and battery tag, as properly as incoming notifications, with out you having to free up or wake the total display cover cover.

Return of the Touch ID button

Bloomberg reported in 2019 that the favored Touch ID button would possibly per chance return as an below-demonstrate sensor in the following year’s flagship, which would possibly per chance perchance had been the iPhone 12. That did now now not happen, however the Bloomberg file left room for error, announcing the technology would possibly per chance “creep to the 2021 iPhone refresh.” 

Twitter leaker @L0vetodream additionally teased an below-demonstrate Touch ID final plunge, which used to be therefore corroborated (and translated) by Prosser.

“MESA” is Touch ID.

“uts” is “below the display cover cover”

— Jon Prosser (@jon_prosser) October 16, 2020

Apple’s 2020 iPad Air, announced final September at some stage in what in general would had been an iPhone unveiling event, built-in a Touch ID button onto the facet of the instrument. The fresh iMac, unveiled in April, is additionally getting a Touch ID button on its redesigned Magic Keyboard. This addition is thrilling since it solves the “Face ID doesn’t work whereas wearing a mask” grief with out ceding display cover cover exact property. An below-demonstrate button would clear up the grief, too, though it stays to be considered whether or now now not the tech will seemingly be ready in time for the iPhone 13. (In the intervening time, of us that hold an Apple Test out already contain but one other option for masked iPhone-unlocking as of iOS 14.5.)

As we cease to the purported September iPhone announcement, we will preserve this publish up to this point with the total iPhone 13 leaks, rumors and varied hypothesis because it comes up, so test lend a hand.

And for the time being, here’s what it’s probably you’ll per chance silent learn about the iPhone 12: