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When does Iphone 13 come out?

Based on the 2021 calendar, the Labor Day rule would put the September Apple event (and the unveiling of the iPhone 13) on Sept. 8, with a Sept. 17 release date. CNETiPhone 13 release date: When could we see Apple's new smartphone?

Is a new Iphone coming out in 2021?

Apple is expected to unveil its new iPhones for 2021 in September. Even if you don't want the new iPhone, you might find better deals on the iPhone 12 if you wait. Business InsiderNow is the worst time to buy a new iPhone

Why does Apple still sell the $499 iPhone XR?

Macworld 06 August, 2021 - 06:51am

So I opted for a new iPhone 12 mini for my small hands. But if I wanted a larger phone, I might have considered grabbing an iPhone XR instead. Available for $499 (versus $729 for the mini), the model received high marks when it was released, and it’s still pretty great three years later. As we wrote at the time, “When you take everything into consideration—price, design, storage, camera, battery life, and performance—the iPhone XR might be the best iPhone Apple has ever made, even if it’s not technically the most advanced.” Of course, the XR is no longer Apple’s best phone—and in fact, has a slightly slower processor than the $399 iPhone SE—but it’s plenty capable.

The biggest difference between the XR and the SE is the screen. While both phones have LCD screens rather than the newer OLED tech, the iPhone SE’s display is just 4.7 inches while the XR’s display is the same size as the iPhone 12 at 6.1 inches. Both the SE and the XR have single 12MP rear cameras so you’ll want to jump up to the iPhone 11 or 12 for dual cameras or night mode, but you still get features like portrait mode, portrait lighting, and Smart HDR. 

The iPhone XR doesn’t look like a phone that’s from 2018.

My best friend doesn’t have a budget for the latest technology and, like me, never buys the newest iPhone model. She recently upgraded from the iPhone 7 to an iPhone XR and for her minimal uses, there haven’t been any cons. “One of the reasons I upgraded to the XR from the iPhone 7 was for the bigger screen and I really like it,” she explained. “Although it seems huge compared to my old iPhone, it’s not so big that I feel like I’m lugging around an iPad Mini. It still fits in my jacket pocket and purse without a problem.” 

Compared to the iPhone 7, she also likes that the XR charges quickly (50 percent charge in a half-hour with 20W adapter) and has a better battery life (up to 16 hours of video playback versus 13 hours on the iPhone 7). She’s also getting advanced features such as Face ID and the A12 Bionic processor that supports all of iOS 15’s features. For her purposes, the iPhone SE is too small and that’s basically why the XR exists: to fill that gap.

I’m the opposite of my friend when it comes to what we look for in a phone. While we both like bargains, she gravitated toward the larger display and I chose the iPhone 12 mini instead of the iPhone 12 for its petite frame, which is very similar in size to the 6S. 

I can’t imagine ever owning one of the larger models, and for that reason alone, the XR wouldn’t have been the right purchase for me. But if it was smaller, I would have considered it. Even as someone who essentially puts new iPhone purchases on layaway and then keeps it until the wheels fall off, an iPhone XR mini would have kept me happy for years to come, and I’m sure my friend will still love hers when the iPhone 15 is on shelves.

The iPhone XR (left) has a single camera, but it’s still a surprisingly good phone.

While I’m happy that I bought the more powerful phone now, the iPhone XR could be a sound purchase for someone who will never veer anywhere near spending $1,000 for an iPhone.  However, there are definite sacrifices. The XR’s thick bezels, an LCD screen that always needs backlighting, and a single camera can be off-putting when buying a phone in 2021. There’s also the fact that the iPhone 13 will arrive in just about a month. Based on history, the iPhone 11 will more than likely take the place of the iPhone XR at the $499 tier, so that’s a huge consideration.

But even taking all that into account, for a three-year-old phone in 2021, the iPhone XR is still a surprisingly good value at $499.

Update 3:00 pm ET: Fixed an error in the chart.

iPhone 13 battery leaks might be the best reason to upgrade

BGR 06 August, 2021 - 06:51am

The next iteration of the iPhone isn't expected for at least another month, but insiders are already saying it'll come with a much longer battery life.

The iPhone 13 will be a 'little thicker' than the current iPhone 12, ZDNet reports, and rumors are that's because 'Apple plans to bump the battery capacity of the new lineup and bump it up quite significantly'

Tech columnist Adrian Kingsley-Hughes says he's heard the Pro Max battery capacity will go up from 3687mAh to 4352mAh, and the Pro and regular models going from 2815mAh to 3095mAh.

Even the iPhone 13 Mini will get a bump, from 2227mAh to 2406mAh.

Adding in talk that the phone's A15 processor will lower energy consumption by 15 to 20 percent, Kingsley-Hughes predicts the new iPhone could have the best battery life from the company to date.

'And given that everything else about the iPhone 12 — from the camera to the screen to the performance -- is so good that improvements just won't be noticeable, better battery life would be a strong selling point indeed, appealing both to upgraders and those switching to iPhone from Android.'

There had been talk the bulkier model was because Apple was going to add reverse charging capabilities, allowing owners to use their phone to power small devices like AirPods or an Air Tag.

Kingsley-Hughes calls that a 'dumb idea,' given how poor battery life is already a huge complaint among iPhone users.

'Now that Apple has readily adopted wireless charging, there are many options for topping up your phone, headsets, and watches without plugging a cable into the mobile gear.' 

Even if the next iPhone isn't thicker, according to DigiTimes, the phone could make use of 'slimmer' integrated passive device (IPD) chips, rather than the expected A15 chipset, leaving more room for larger batteries.

Rumors about the next iPhone have been circulating almost since the 12 dropped in October 2020: In July 2021, leaked images of a device purported to be the iPhone 13 suggested it will have a larger camera bump with lenses laid out diagonally, allowing users to take better wide-angle and zoomed-in photos.

Snapshots of dummy units of the phones were posted on Chinese social media site Weibo.  

Other claims about the upcoming release, expected in September 2021, include a slightly larger camera 'bump,' a 2.5x telephoto zoom, and an upgrade to the super wide-angle lens.

MacRumors reported the iPhone 13's camera will have a f1.8 aperture, lower than the f2.4 on the iPhone 12.

A lower aperture means more light enters, which creates dynamic photos and a nice depth of field. It's also useful for shooting under lower light, like at night.

The improvement could come to all four rumored models, the site said, the iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Mini, iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max.

According to Tom's Guide, the lenses will also include automatic focus and sensor-shift optical image stabilization (OIS), which help counter shakiness. 

Tom's Guide also referenced a portrait mode for video and an astrophotography mode for shooting the night sky.

Its also been suggested the company will bring back Touch ID, as face masks have interfered with some users' ability to use Face ID.

Of course, since Apple hasn't officially shared any specs, everything about the iPhone 13 is speculation—even its name: a survey conducted by the used-phone site SellCell found that almost 75 percent of respondents thought Apple would avoid labeling its next-gen smartphone with the number '13,' considered unlucky in some cultures.

Nearly one in five (18.3 percent) said they'd refuse to buy anything called the 'iPhone 13' because of the superstition.

Of course, Apple did launch iOS 13 in 2019—and the number 13 is only bad luck in the West.

in China, it means 'assured growth' or 'definitely vibrant,' and denotes good fortune. 

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