Apple's new iPhone lineup: Every rumored difference between the iPhone 13, Mini, Pro and Pro Max

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CNET 09 September, 2021 - 04:34pm 2 views

When will Iphone 13 be announced?

Before 2020, Apple has often announced its new iPhones on either the first or second Tuesday of September. If that happens again in 2021, we'd expect the iPhone 13 range to be revealed on September 7 or September 14 and release 10 days later. TechRadariPhone 13 release date, leaks, price and news

The iPhone 13 lineup is expected to match last year's iPhone 12 line, shown above. 

Apple's next flagship phone, said to be called the iPhone 13, will almost surely debut on Sept. 14 at the tech giant's next 2021 event. We expect to see four iPhone 13 models next week: a standard iPhone 13 as well as Mini, Pro and Pro Max versions. According to a filing with the Federal Communications Commission for a revised MagSafe charger, spotted by 9to5Mac and MacRumors, Apple references the four new iPhone models alongside the four "legacy" iPhone 12 models: the iPhone 12 Mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max. The four-model lineup for the iPhone 13 was predicted previously by analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. 

Although the iPhone 13 is rumored to mirror the iPhone 12 lineup, Apple's 2021 iPhones may feature a few new designcamera and feature upgrades. The prices may also be a bit higher than for 2020's iPhone 12 models. 

Read moreWhich iPhone 12 is which?

Besides size, last year's iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Mini are fairly similar. They share the same camera specs and storage options, and they both lack the lidar scanner Apple included in the Pro models. The iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max also share similar features, with a few small differences in their camera sensors and lenses. For the iPhone 13, however, we won't know exactly how each model compares until they're launched. 

Here are all the rumors we've heard about the iPhone 13 collection so far, and how we expect each model in Apple's new lineup to differ from each other. Just note that none of the iPhone 13 specs have been confirmed by Apple yet. We'll keep this story updated as we hear more. 

Of Apple's 2020 line, the iPhone 12 and 12 Mini are the more affordable phones, with US starting prices of $799 and $699, respectively. The iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max are considered Apple's higher-end models, and cost $999 and $1,099. 

We expect the iPhone 13 Mini to be about $100 less than the baseline iPhone 13, if last year's price structure is any indication. Similarly, an extra Benjamin will probably be the difference between an iPhone 13 Pro and a Pro Max, with prices also varying across storage size and carrier.

If the iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max are priced comparably to the iPhone 12 line, the prices would be similar to other high-end smartphone models like the Galaxy S21 Plus and Galaxy S21 Ultra, which cost $1,000 and $1,200, respectively. 

But Apple could also raise the prices for its new lineup. According to an August report from DigiTimes, the tech giant is considering upping prices for the iPhone 13 models to compensate for the increased costs of chip production from its supplier TSMC. Apple's supplier is looking to increase the cost by as much as 20% for "advanced and mature process technologies" by January 2022, the report says. What's unclear is whether this would impact the price of the entire lineup, or if costs will be passed on unevenly across the different phones.

Here are US prices for each of the iPhone 12 models, for reference: 

Each of the iPhone 13 models are rumored to have a smaller notch than previous iPhones, according to Kuo. Apple has included a notched display on each of its smartphones since the 2017 iPhone X, as a place for the phone's selfie camera. Some components of the design, however, will likely differ for each iPhone 13 model. 

The iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max could be thicker and have larger camera bumps than their predecessors. MacRumors allegedly saw schematics of the iPhone 13 with a thicker camera bump, which could accommodate possible camera upgrades for Apple's higher-end models. The rumor site even made a render showing what a possible iPhone 13 would look like with such a camera bump.

Read more: Stylish color options and new design rumored to come to the iPhone 13

Changes in the design of the camera setup could be coming for the iPhone 13 Mini as well. Renders of the Mini model from leaker Sonny Dickson on Twitter in June show two camera lenses situated diagonally from each other, rather than one atop the other like on the iPhone 12 Mini.

In terms of size, the iPhone 13 line should mirror the iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Mini, iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max. Dummy units of the iPhone 13 line, shared by Apple Insider, showed the iPhone 13 Mini at 5.4 inches, with the standard and Pro models at 6.1 inches and the Pro Max measuring an expansive 6.7 inches. 

iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max could have larger camera bumps than the iPhone 12. 

Kuo predicts that the iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max models will house LTPO technology in their displays for a 120Hz refresh rate. The standard and Mini models, however, may not have this feature. This would be a change from last year's iPhone 12 lineup, which offered the same piddly 60Hz refresh rate for each of the four versions.

Although Apple has yet to add the upped refresh rate to its premium models, other high-end smartphones, including the Samsung Galaxy S21 and OnePlus 9 Pro, have a 120Hz refresh rate. 

Apple's new iPhone could see a few camera upgrades, especially for the Pro and Pro Max models. 

According to an August report by Bloomberg's Mark Gurman, the iPhone 13 could get three new camera and video features: a video version of Portrait Mode, a higher-quality option to record video called ProRes and a new filter system to intensify the appearance of photos. Gurman speculated that ProRes may only be available for the iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max. 

It was previously rumored that all upcoming iPhone 13 models could get a lidar scanner, but more recent buzz from leaker Dylan on Twitter speculates that only the Pro and Pro Max will have that technology. This would be the second generation of iPhones to only feature a lidar scanner on its higher-end models. 

Read more: What does the iPhone's lidar feature actually do?

The scanner, which made its debut in the 2020 iPad Pro, can be seen on both the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max. The scanner is used to help with autofocus and taking pictures in low lighting. (You can also use lidar to measure your friends' heights at parties, which is kind of cool.) 

Check out these iPhone 13 renders, shown above. 

Each model in the iPhone 13 lineup could feature larger batteries than the iPhone 12, according to gossip from Chinese social media platform Weibo in early June. The rumored battery specs, covered on 9to5Mac in June from a tweet by leaker @L0vetodream, show a 2,406-mAh battery for the iPhone 13 Mini, a 3,095-mAh battery for the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro and a 4,352-mAh battery for the iPhone 13 Pro Max. 

Just note that, although the iPhone 13 line could house a larger battery than the iPhone 12, it's possible that the boost in battery size will not directly translate to longer battery life, since battery life isn't the same as battery capacity. 

We won't know exactly how the four upcoming iPhone 13 models compare until Apple unveils the new smartphone next week. But, if you're itching for the latest on the tech giant's new iPhone, you can take a look at the iPhone 13 release date and our iPhone 13 wishlist. You can also check out what the main differences are between each iPhone 12 model, how the rumored iPhone 13 specs compare with the iPhone 12, and how to download the iOS 15 beta today. 

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iPhone 13 vs. iPhone 12: Every major rumored difference between Apple's phones

CNET 11 September, 2021 - 06:20am

The iPhone 13 could be arriving this September to dethrone the iPhone 12.

Apple will likely unwrap details on their new line of 2021 phones, which we expect to include the iPhone 13, with a Sept. 14 reveal event. The hyped-up phone is expected to have a few new features, an updated design and some camera upgrades, but how will it compare to last year's model? Depending on your budget, last year's iPhone 12 or even the iPhone 11iPhone SE or the rumored iPhone SE 3 could be best for you. But, if you're pumped to get your hands on the newest from Apple, the iPhone 13 could be the way to go. 

Typically following the devices' reveal at a September or October event, a potential release date for the iPhone 13 could follow a few weeks after. We've collected all of the early rumors around the iPhone 13's specs, including price, cameras, display size and resolution and the four models that could be arriving soon, to help you plan your potential purchase. 

Read more: Should you still buy an iPhone 12? What about an iPhone 11 or an iPhone SE?

Here are the rumors we've heard so far about the iPhone 13's specs, and how they might compare to the iPhone 12. Just note that none of these iPhone 13 specs have been confirmed by Apple. Plus, here's how the iPhone 12 compares to the iPhone 11 and all the iPhones you can buy in 2021.

Read more: iPhone 13 vs. 13 Mini vs. 13 Pro vs. 13 Pro Max: All the rumored specs differences

The iPhone 13 and 13 Pro models may end up being thicker than their iPhone 12 predecessors, according to a May MacRumors report. Both of the new models are expected to be 7.57mm thick, up from 7.4mm in the iPhone 12 models. However, that's a pretty small difference that most people probably won't notice. 

More sizable could be a change to the camera bump, MacRumors reported: While the iPhone 12 and 12 Pro have camera bumps around 1.5mm to 1.7mm, the iPhone 13's bump will be 2.51mm, and the 13 Pro's will be 3.56mm. The increased size will prevent the lenses from sticking out as much as they do on the older phones. 

The iPhone 13 may be a bit more thick than the iPhone 12. 

The iPhone 13 isn't expected to be a major technical upgrade from the iPhone 12, which was the first to include 5G support, but according to an August report from DigiTimes, Apple is considering raising the price for it 2021 lineup to compensate for the increased cost of chip production from its supplier TSMC. Apple's supplier is looking to up the cost by as much as 20% for "advanced and mature process technologies" by January 2022, the report says. It's unclear, based on the report, how much the iPhone price could increase exactly. 

Analysts previously predicted that the iPhone 13 will cost around the same as the iPhone 12, the base version of which starts at $799. It's also possible that Apple may lower the price of the iPhone 13, as Samsung's Galaxy S20 FE and Google's Pixel 5 did in 2020. The newly released Samsung Galaxy S21 also boasted a lower price tag, starting at $200 lower than its predecessor.

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

Most phones (including the iPhone 12) refresh at 60 frames per second, or 60Hz, but some, like the Galaxy S21 and the OnePlus 8 Pro, refresh at 120Hz. There is speculation that the iPhone 13's display will have a 120Hz refresh rate (and an always-on OLED display). The higher the refresh rate, the faster and smoother a phone feels when scrolling through apps and websites. While this was rumored for the iPhone 12 as well, it seems more likely to happen this time around.

The iPhone 12 camera array includes regular, ultrawide and selfie cameras, night mode photos on all cameras, improved HDR mode, a telephoto lens (on the Pro and Pro Max models) and 2.5x zoom (on the Pro Max only).

As is typically the case with new iPhones, you can expect the iPhone 13's cameras to be upgraded over the iPhone 12. We've heard rumors of an added periscope camera to improve zoom, an improved ultrawide-angle lens for night mode photography, and lidar technology on all models, instead of just the Pro and Pro Max, as was the case with the iPhone 12.

Stay up-to-date on the latest news, reviews and advice on iPhones, iPads, Macs, services and software.

The iPhone 13 could bring back Touch ID for the first time since the iPhone 8, with a big difference: It might be embedded under the screen, instead of as a separate button that takes up phone real estate. Some were expecting this to happen with the iPhone 12, but had also said it could get pushed to the next model. Alas, the iPhone 12 lineup lacks a Touch ID button. It's worth noting that Apple's 2020 iPad Air integrated a Touch ID button onto the side of the device. This would be a great addition this year in particular, since Face ID doesn't work when wearing a mask (unless you have an Apple Watch and iOS 14.5, that is). 

The iPhone 12 doesn't have a headphone jack, and we don't expect any iPhone 13 models to have one either. But the Lightning port may be another story, now that Apple has introduced MagSafe charging capabilities. Kuo predicts that the iPhone 13 models will still include Lightning ports, with the exception of the iPhone 13 Pro Max, which could be completely portless. The iPhone 12, by contrast, featured a Lightning port on all four models.

Read more: The best ways to sell or trade in your old iPhone

Until Apple formally announces the iPhone 13 this fall, all we can do is speculate how it could compare to the iPhone 12. In the meantime, here's how the iPhone 12 compares to the iPhone 11, whether you should buy an iPhone 12, iPhone 11 or iPhone SE and everything coming in iOS 15. You can also check out other rumored Apple products like the Apple Watch 7, AirPods 3 and iPad Mini 6

Apple AirPods 3 preview: release date, rumours, specs and price

Stuff 11 September, 2021 - 06:20am

While many of their gripes with the first-gen earbuds were justified, sales of the distinctive true wireless in-ears since 2016 tell you everything about Apple’s appeal. With more than 100 million units shifted (and counting), the AirPods are well on their way to joining the classic iPod earphones in the bright white hall of fame.

Good news for Joe Public and Premier League players alike: a fresh set of AirPods is right around the corner. From a revised design to more sensors inside, the AirPods 3 promise plenty of improvements. We’ve tapped the wires of the World Wide Web to find all the latest leaks and rumours – and you’ll find what we think are the most realistic AirPods 3 predictions below.

Various rumours and leaked renders reveal that the third-gen AirPods will closely ape the design of the AirPods Pro. How closely remains a matter for conjecture. Most online sources agree that the incoming AirPods will ship with shorter stems, giving them a neater, more streamlined appearance. Some industry insiders also predict that the AirPods 3 will gain the vents required for the pressure-relieving system previously seen on the AirPods Pro (see below).

There’s less agreement over ear tips. The silicone attachments contribute to better noise isolation, plus a more secure, comfortable fit. They made a big difference to the listening experience on the AirPods Pro and would be a welcome addition to the AirPods 3. Realistically, though, fitting ear tips to the standard AirPods would cut out a key selling point of the Pro variant – something Apple will probably want to avoid.

So while renders leaked online show versions of the AirPods 3 both with and without ear tips, we’d expect to see Apple’s new wireless in-ears ship with no silicone tips. That would make the AirPods 3 something of a hybrid set of headphones, with a stem and shell inspired by the Pro, but the same fixed fit as the first two iterations of the AirPods.

And those same leaks point to a similar situation with the third-gen AirPods charging case. Its dimensions look set to sit somewhere between the taller rectangle used by the second-gen AirPods and the shorter, rounded square which stores the Pro version. It’s tricky to assess size based on virtual mock-ups, but there are hints that the AirPods 3 will ship in Apple’s most compact charging case to date.

Some sources suggest that the updated case will also work with MagSafe. While Apple’s magnetic docks currently support Qi wireless charging, they don’t hold AirPods holsters in place while they power up. Magnets in the case could change this, allowing you to stick it to the pad like the iPhone 12 (and incoming iPhone 13).  That said, the presence of magnets might alternatively – or additionally – mean you can to attach the case to the back of compatible iPhone models magnetically, for a neat 'phone on phone combo. This stick-on solution could well be offered as an upgrade or sold-separately accessory.

How much of this is true – and what impact it could have on cell capacity – remains to be seen. We’d certainly hope to see a beefier backup battery for the new AirPods: the current generation extends the AirPods by just 24 hours. While this isn’t terrible, it appears paltry in comparison to several competitors. The case which accompanies Cambridge Audio’s excellent Melomania 1 wireless in-ears, for example, can deliver an additional 36 hours of charge. And those now cost just £100. Luckily, the latest leaks hint at a 20% capacity boost – plus wireless charging as standard.

Rumours suggest that Apple is working on a new wireless chip for the AirPods 3. Rather than a revolutionary feature, though, this fresh hardware is likely to enhance existing specs. In particular, we’d hope to see a longer wireless range, plus battery life that stretches beyond the five hours offered by the AirPods 2. Those Cambridge Audio Melomania 1 wireless in-ears we mentioned above? They offer nine-hour playback from a single charge – but it’s a long-shot to expect the AirPods 3 to match that.

Several sources indicate that some improvements may come courtesy of a revised internal architecture. The AirPods Pro used System-in-Package tech to achieve a more compact hardware bundle inside their plastic shell – and the AirPods 3 are widely expected to follow suit. This should mean Apple has more space to play with beneath the packaging of its updated in-ears. 

That additional room could be used in a few ways: to reduce the overall size of the shell, to fit a bigger battery or to equip the AirPods 3 with more sizeable drivers, which should result in better audio quality. Apple doesn’t publish the size of the custom units used in any of its AirPods, but it stands to reason that the Pro model features larger diameter drivers (an assumption which third-party teardowns appear to confirm). On that basis, it seems unlikely that Apple would want to upsize the audio hardware in the ‘base’ AirPods, lest they stray too far into Pro territory.

Alternatively, that optimised interior could release room for more features borrowed from the AirPods Pro. Some sources have suggested that the AirPods 3 will include accelerometers. Others claim that they will additionally – or alternatively – feature ambient light sensors. But why?

A number of industry sources have reported that the AirPods 3 will feature support for Spatial Audio, as well as Dolby Atmos. This would represent a significant step up from the AirPods 2. And while it would bring the AirPods 3 much closer to the AirPods Pro in terms of listening skills, it would also fit with a push by Apple to distinguish its wireless in-ears with software smarts – many of which may be unlocked by the release of iOS 15 (expected at the same time).

That said, accelerometers could also have a role to play in a different rumoured upgrade: fitness tracking. The idea of using AirPods as in-ear activity trackers has long been mooted by many corners of the internet, but online whispers increasingly indicate that the functionality is imminent. That would also explain indications that the AirPods 3 will feature an ambient light sensor, which may be capable of monitoring heart rate.

That fitness-tracking smarts have even been teased by Apple executives suggests they will be coming soon. Perhaps the more pertinent question is whether they’ll arrive with the AirPods 3, or whether Apple will hold them back for the AirPods Pro 2 – which are believed to be due in 2022.

Reviewed collectively, the leaks and renders paint a picture of the AirPods 3 as a ‘lite’ version of the AirPods Pro. While they aren’t expected to offer active noise-cancelling (or the transparency tech that comes with it), many believe they will ship with the Pro’s air vent system (which neutralises pressure in the ear for improved comfort), plus the Pro touch controls. All of this is, of course, conjecture until we hear anything concrete from Apple.

Also believed to be due soon is the new iPhone 13, as well as the Apple Watch Series 7, an updated MacBook and refreshed iPads. What we don’t know is whether those will all be seen at the same event: some industry insiders have suggested Apple will host multiple launches throughout the month. While that could mean an unveiling dedicated to the AirPods 3, it’s more likely that the new in-ears will be revealed alongside at least one other product, probably the iPhone 13.

As predicted, the invite also confirms that the 14 September event will follow last year’s unveiling as an all-virtual affair, with no audience in attendance. It’s set to broadcast live from Apple Park in Cupertino on YouTube and other platforms, with the stream starting at 6pm UK time.

True wireless in-ears have skyrocketed in popularity since the AirPods 2 broke cover in March 2019. While the Apple faithful will still be eager to see what its latest earbuds have in store, rivals like the Sennehiser CX True Wireless (which offer offering outstanding value and performance) mean Apple’s in-ears face stiffer competition than ever.

Does that suggest Apple will slash the price of the AirPods 3? Probably not. The AirPods 2 cost £159 with a standard charging case and we wouldn’t expect Apple to undercut this with the new generation. 

In fact, certain industry sources have suggested that Apple will market the AirPods 3 at a price 20% less than the AirPods Pro. Given that the latter currently retail at £249, that would put the AirPods 3 on shelves with a price tag of £199. 

That pricing makes sense if Apple plans to position the AirPods 3 as paired-back Pros. But with strong audio performance, battery life and build quality available from rivals that cost significantly less, it also means the AirPods 3 will need to do even more to justify the additional outlay.

iPhone 13: New phone design with stylish colors rumored to debut at Apple's event

CNET 11 September, 2021 - 06:20am

Apple could be adding a new Sunset Gold color to the iPhone 13 lineup, shown above in this render by Twitter user @RendersbyIan.

When Apple holds its events, the iPhone line sometimes gets anything from a new color to a full design makeover. While we do not yet know what Apple plans for its Sept. 14 event, we're expecting that the rumored iPhone 13 line could be making its debut with four phone models. While these four will likely follow last year's iPhone lineup to include a base iPhone 13, a Mini, Pro and Pro Max models, there is still potential for rumored changes like a smaller notch, a thicker camera bump or color options. 

From the rumors and leaks published so far, we aren't expecting a major design change for the iPhone 13 -- it'll likely be pretty similar to the iPhone 12 in terms of models, camera size and price. But there are a few notable changes and upgrades that could make using the iPhone 13 a lot easier. Here's what we know right now. 

Read more: An iPhone 13 with iOS 15, a new battery and cameras could be amazing

These sizes are the same as the iPhone 12, but may end up being just slightly thicker (more below). 

Apple has included a notched display on every iPhone since the 2017 iPhone X, as a place for the selfie camera. Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo in March predicted that the iPhone 13 will have a smaller notch than its predecessors.

We may have gotten a glimpse of a notchless iPhone during an episode of the popular Apple TV series Ted Lasso. In two brief scenes of episode 6, we see an iPhone without a notch running iOS. Some speculate that the phone in question could have been the iPhone 13. But, we shouldn't get our hopes up too much. Despite the buzz generated by shots of the phone, it's more likely a CGI imperfection in post-production than a sneak peek of Apple's new iPhone.

While the headphone jack is a thing of the past for iPhones, some had predicted that the rise of MagSafe accessories last year meant that the next iPhone would be portless. However, Kuo predicts that all iPhone 13 models will still include a Lightning port -- except for the iPhone 13 Pro Max. The iPhone 13 could also be completely buttonless, but this change is more likely on a subsequent release.

In March, Kuo also predicted that the two iPhone 13 Pro models will use LTPO technology in their displays for a 120Hz refresh rate, which we've heard in previous rumors as well. The number of hertz a phone screen is able to display refers to its number of frames per second, which determines how fast and smooth the screen feels when you're scrolling through apps and web pages. It also affects how smooth supported games feel. 

Many people were expecting to see the 120Hz refresh rate in the iPhone 12, since some higher-end phones, including the Samsung Galaxy S21 and the OnePlus 8 Pro, have this feature. On Twitter, tech analyst and leaker Jon Prosser claimed the decision not to implement 120Hz in the iPhone 12 pro was made due to battery life issues, since 5G drains so much battery on its own. But that will likely be less of a problem in the iPhone 13.

The iPhone 12 had a 60Hz display.

All four iPhone 13 models will feature larger batteries than their iPhone 12 counterparts, according to Kuo. This would support the 120Hz display. 

The iPhone 13 and 13 Pro models may end up being thicker than their iPhone 12 predecessors, according to a May MacRumors report. Both of the new models are expected to be 7.57mm thick, up from 7.4mm in the iPhone 12 models. But that's a difference that most people probably won't notice. 

More noticeable could be a change to the camera bump, MacRumors reported: While the iPhone 12 and 12 Pro have camera bumps around 1.5mm to 1.7mm, the iPhone 13's bump will be 2.51mm, and the 13 Pro's will be 3.56mm. The increased size will prevent the lenses from sticking out as much as they do on the older phones. 

A photo from leaker Sonny Dickson on Twitter in late June showed the alleged design of the four models, with the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Mini's camera bump showing two lenses situated diagonally.

This dummy iPhone 13 lineup shows a redesigned camera module for the iPhone 13 and 13 Mini.

We haven't seen a ton of reliable leaks involving potential iPhone 13 colors. The iPhone 12 comes in six colors: deep blue, minty green, Project Red, white, black and, most recently, purple. Apple usually replaces one color with another in its new models, but we aren't yet sure what that will be. 

Apple could be adding a new color, called "Sunset Gold" to the iPhone 13 lineup, according to leaker Ranzuk on Naver, a Korean blogging platform. The color is said to have a "bronze feel" and be slightly less pale than Apple's rose gold. Renders of the iPhone 13's new color were posted to Twitter by @RendersbyIan

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.

For more, check out our review of the iPhone 12 and the best ways to sell or trade in your old iPhone.

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iPhone 13 release date: Here's everything we know about the announcement next week

CNET 11 September, 2021 - 06:20am

Apple could be adding a new Sunset Gold color to the iPhone 13 lineup, shown above in this render by Twitter user @RendersbyIan.

When Apple holds its events, the iPhone line sometimes gets anything from a new color to a full design makeover. While we do not yet know what Apple plans for its Sept. 14 event, we're expecting that the rumored iPhone 13 line could be making its debut with four phone models. While these four will likely follow last year's iPhone lineup to include a base iPhone 13, a Mini, Pro and Pro Max models, there is still potential for rumored changes like a smaller notch, a thicker camera bump or color options. 

From the rumors and leaks published so far, we aren't expecting a major design change for the iPhone 13 -- it'll likely be pretty similar to the iPhone 12 in terms of models, camera size and price. But there are a few notable changes and upgrades that could make using the iPhone 13 a lot easier. Here's what we know right now. 

Read more: An iPhone 13 with iOS 15, a new battery and cameras could be amazing

These sizes are the same as the iPhone 12, but may end up being just slightly thicker (more below). 

Apple has included a notched display on every iPhone since the 2017 iPhone X, as a place for the selfie camera. Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo in March predicted that the iPhone 13 will have a smaller notch than its predecessors.

We may have gotten a glimpse of a notchless iPhone during an episode of the popular Apple TV series Ted Lasso. In two brief scenes of episode 6, we see an iPhone without a notch running iOS. Some speculate that the phone in question could have been the iPhone 13. But, we shouldn't get our hopes up too much. Despite the buzz generated by shots of the phone, it's more likely a CGI imperfection in post-production than a sneak peek of Apple's new iPhone.

While the headphone jack is a thing of the past for iPhones, some had predicted that the rise of MagSafe accessories last year meant that the next iPhone would be portless. However, Kuo predicts that all iPhone 13 models will still include a Lightning port -- except for the iPhone 13 Pro Max. The iPhone 13 could also be completely buttonless, but this change is more likely on a subsequent release.

In March, Kuo also predicted that the two iPhone 13 Pro models will use LTPO technology in their displays for a 120Hz refresh rate, which we've heard in previous rumors as well. The number of hertz a phone screen is able to display refers to its number of frames per second, which determines how fast and smooth the screen feels when you're scrolling through apps and web pages. It also affects how smooth supported games feel. 

Many people were expecting to see the 120Hz refresh rate in the iPhone 12, since some higher-end phones, including the Samsung Galaxy S21 and the OnePlus 8 Pro, have this feature. On Twitter, tech analyst and leaker Jon Prosser claimed the decision not to implement 120Hz in the iPhone 12 pro was made due to battery life issues, since 5G drains so much battery on its own. But that will likely be less of a problem in the iPhone 13.

The iPhone 12 had a 60Hz display.

All four iPhone 13 models will feature larger batteries than their iPhone 12 counterparts, according to Kuo. This would support the 120Hz display. 

The iPhone 13 and 13 Pro models may end up being thicker than their iPhone 12 predecessors, according to a May MacRumors report. Both of the new models are expected to be 7.57mm thick, up from 7.4mm in the iPhone 12 models. But that's a difference that most people probably won't notice. 

More noticeable could be a change to the camera bump, MacRumors reported: While the iPhone 12 and 12 Pro have camera bumps around 1.5mm to 1.7mm, the iPhone 13's bump will be 2.51mm, and the 13 Pro's will be 3.56mm. The increased size will prevent the lenses from sticking out as much as they do on the older phones. 

A photo from leaker Sonny Dickson on Twitter in late June showed the alleged design of the four models, with the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Mini's camera bump showing two lenses situated diagonally.

This dummy iPhone 13 lineup shows a redesigned camera module for the iPhone 13 and 13 Mini.

We haven't seen a ton of reliable leaks involving potential iPhone 13 colors. The iPhone 12 comes in six colors: deep blue, minty green, Project Red, white, black and, most recently, purple. Apple usually replaces one color with another in its new models, but we aren't yet sure what that will be. 

Apple could be adding a new color, called "Sunset Gold" to the iPhone 13 lineup, according to leaker Ranzuk on Naver, a Korean blogging platform. The color is said to have a "bronze feel" and be slightly less pale than Apple's rose gold. Renders of the iPhone 13's new color were posted to Twitter by @RendersbyIan

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.

For more, check out our review of the iPhone 12 and the best ways to sell or trade in your old iPhone.

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iPhone 13 release date: Here's when Apple will likely unveil the new iPhone

CNET 10 September, 2021 - 11:18am

The iPhone 13, shown in this render, should be here in a week.

The iPhone 13 is likely set to make its debut on Sept. 14 at 10 a.m. PT (1 p.m. ET, 6 p.m. BST) during Apple's next event. Similar to last year's announcement of the iPhone 12, Apple is holding an online-only event due to concerns about the pandemic. Although the event will be all virtual, we're expecting to see four versions of the new phone: the iPhone 13, the iPhone 13 Mini, the iPhone 13 Pro and the iPhone 13 Pro Max, according to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. 

A few years ago, CNET took a deep dive into the Apple event timeline and emerged with a compelling Labor Day hypothesis, which you can read about here. Based on the 2021 calendar, the Labor Day rule would have put the September Apple event (and the unveiling of the iPhone 13) this week. But, since Apple set the date for its next event, our hypothesis has not held true this year.

Apple's first event of 2021 happened in April, where we saw new iPadscolorful iMacs, a purple iPhone 12 and AirTags trackers. Then came WWDC in June, where we caught a first glimpse of iOS 15. And there was no word from Apple on the iPhone 13 at either event. But no one was expecting the iPhone 13 to be announced that early.

We already suspected Apple's September iPhone 13 event would go virtual. This was previously rumored in a July Power On newsletter from Bloomberg's Mark Gurman. He originally speculated Apple's next event would be completely virtual because of the tech giant's decision to delay its return to in-person work due to rising COVID-19 cases. Apple had originally said that all employees would be required to come into the office three days a week starting in September. Gurman says that if Apple had stuck with the September time frame, an in-person iPhone 13 event would have been "plausible." 

While the pandemic changed the usual course for 2020, marking the first September Apple event in eight years without an iPhone due to production delays, Kuo predicted that 2021 would see a return to the company's typical cadence. A March 24 report based on supply chain information also pointed to a late September iPhone 13 release date. And an April report from DigiTimes cited industry insiders who said production for the phones' new chips was ahead of schedule, which should put the phone release back on a familiar, prepandemic timeline. 

Read more: Every iPhone 13 rumor we've heard so far, including how much the iPhone 13 will cost

iPhone release dates are typically set on Fridays, about a week and a half after Apple announces new devices. If the iPhone 13 does launch on Tuesday, we can expect the release date to be sometime in the third week of September, perhaps Sept. 24. We'll know more when Apple unveils its new phone lineup.

 For more, check out why the iPhone 13 could have a 120Hz always-on display and our review of the iPhone 12.

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How much will the iPhone 13 cost? We'll find out next week

CNET 09 September, 2021 - 09:07am

Will the iPhone 13 cost more or less than its predecessors? We should know for sure next week.

Apple's new iPhone, expected to be called the iPhone 13, is expected to debut on Sept. 14 at the tech giant's next 2021 event, but how much will it cost? When looking at what phone to buy, price will likely have a big impact on your decision. Although it isn't the most exciting detail about the upcoming iPhone, it can help you choose if it's the right smartphone for you, or whether you should opt for last year's iPhone 12, the iPhone 11 or the rumored iPhone SE 3 --especially since rumors say the iPhone 13 could be more expensive than its predecessors. 

Read more: How to watch Apple's Sept. 14 event live and everything we expect

We have a few thoughts on whether to buy an iPhone 12 now or wait. That decision, however, could be swayed by your color preferences. The iPhone 12 now comes in purple, and the iPhone 13 could come in bubble gum pink. But we won't know exactly how the two iPhones compare until Apple reveals the official iPhone 13 specs.

Meanwhile, rumors about the iPhone 14 are already starting up, with reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicting that the iPhone 14 Pro Max (or whatever the largest model in Apple's 2022 lineup is called) will have a $900 price tag, "the lowest price ever for a large (6.7-inch) iPhone."

We've kept an eye out for more rumors, leaks and clues about the price of Apple's next flagship phone, but so far there isn't much news. We've also gathered the rumors swirling around the iPhone 13's camera specs, design and colors and the phone's rumored features. And don't miss our iPhone 13 wish list. We won't know the final price structure until Apple reveals new phones next week. But in the meantime, we can make some educated guesses on the iPhone 13's price. 

Read more: iPhone 13 vs. iPhone 12: All the rumored upgrades

The iPhone 13 may be pricier than the iPhone 12. According to an August report from DigiTimes, the tech giant is considering increasing the costs for the iPhone 13 to compensate for the escalating price of chip production from its supplier, TSMC. Apple's supplier is looking to increase the cost by as much as 20% for "advanced and mature process technologies" by January 2022, the report says. It's unclear, based on the report, how much the iPhone price could increase. 

Since the iPhone isn't expected to be a major technical upgrade from the iPhone 12, which was the first to include 5G support, analysts previously predicted that the new iPhone will cost about the same as the iPhone 12, the base version of which starts at $799 (£799, AU$1,349). Since the iPhone 12 led to the largest revenue and profit quarter in Apple's history, the company may be incentivized to follow a similar pricing structure. 

It's also possible that Apple may lower the price of the iPhone 13, as other models like Samsung's Galaxy S20 FE and Google's Pixel 5 did in 2020. The Samsung Galaxy S21, released in January, also boasted a lower price tag, starting at $200 less than its predecessor.

For more, check out our review of the iPhone 12 and the best ways to sell or trade in your old iPhone.

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