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When will Iphone 13 be released?

Apple is famously secretive when it comes to tech announcements but going by the latest rumours, Apple's iPhone 13 launch date will be September 2021. The next-gen iPhone is expected to bring a host of upgrades including a super-fast 5G modem, ultra-wide 48MP camera and Apple's first-ever 120Hz display. What Hi-Fi?iPhone 13: release date, price, leaks and all of the news

Not just for the Pro models

The report from Korean publication The Elec says that LG Display is preparing itself to make panels for Apple to use for its 2022 handsets that we currently expect to be called the iPhone 14. This suggests Apple will be ready to include this tech on more handsets than just the Pro and Pro Max models.

It's expected that Apple will introduce an iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini in 2021, but neither of these handsets will feature 120Hz LTPO panels. Instead the company is rumored to be sticking to 60Hz OLED displays, like on the iPhone 12.

If this report is correct, it's a big hint that the iPhone 14 – or whatever Apple decides to name its 2022 models – will be the first Apple phone series to all feature 120Hz panels.

A 120Hz screen means the image on the display refreshes at 120 times per second, which offers a smoother picture than a 60Hz display. A lot of Android phones use an equivalent refresh rate, and we're expecting it to be one of Apple's big upgrades for the iPhone 13.

This new report isn't a guarantee that Apple will include the tech across most lines in 2022, but it's a big hint that it's the company's intention.

Apple may change plans at a later date, or it may find that it isn't able to find enough supply to make the feature happen. We won't truly know until the iPhone 14 is unveiled, but this is a big hint that it will be happening.

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Apple Considering Purchasing Reese Witherspoon's 'Hello Sunshine' Media Company

MacRumors 07 July, 2021 - 07:13pm

Hello Sunshine reportedly began pursuing a sale in the last couple of months and has received interest from multiple suitors, one of which is Apple. The company could be valued at as much as $1 billion, due to hits like the aforementioned series "The Morning Show" and also "Big Little Lies" and "Little Fires Everywhere."

The production company is working with investment bankers to explore its options, and there is no guarantee that it will be sold, nor that Apple will purchase it.

If Apple does indeed purchase Hello Sunshine, it could ultimately be folded into Apple Studios, Apple's own production company that is involved with some of its ‌Apple TV+‌ shows. Apple Studios is thus far working on "Surface," "Snow Blind" with Jake Gyllenhaal, "Emancipation" with Will Smith, and "Killers of the Flower Moon" with Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio.

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iPhone 13 rumors: Reverse wireless charging could finally happen

CNET 07 July, 2021 - 07:13pm

The latest stream of iPhone 13 news clears up the name of the highly anticipated lineup. Apple's new smartphone will be called "iPhone 13", according to a report from Taiwanese publication Economic Daily News. This latest rumor followed some speculation that the new iPhone would hold a different name and avoid the bad vibes associated with the traditionally unlucky number. New iPhone 13 buzz from EverythingApplePro on Youtube via leaker Max Weinbach also revealed the phone will offer faster wireless charging and reverse wireless charging, a feature that would allow you to charge other wireless charging devices like your Airpods on the back of your iPhone. 

We've also heard that the iPhone 13 lineup will feature four phones, the iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Mini, iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max, as reported earlier by analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. This lineup matches the four iPhone 12 models from last year. But that's not all that's staying the same: The iPhone 13 price and design might be very familiar as well. 

We've collected these rumors and everything else we've heard below, including speculation about the iPhone 13's release date (rumors say September, as usual), how the iPhone 13 might compare to the iPhone 12, and everything we know about the iPhone 13's price, cameras and other specs. (And don't miss our iPhone 13 wish list.) We have a few more months of speculation before Apple unveils its next flagship, so buckle up and read on. We'll update this story as new information becomes available.

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These battery sizes are all upgrades over the iPhone 12's respective capacities (though Apple doesn't disclose official battery specs). However, battery life is not the same as battery capacity, so it's possible that the increase in iPhone 13's battery size will not translate into a longer battery life. That all depends on the phone's other upgrades and how well its software optimizes for battery life. But compared with other brands' premium phones, Apple's batteries fall short. The batteries in Samsung's Galaxy S21 lineup, for example, range from 4,000 to 5,000 mAh. 

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When it comes to charging its battery, the iPhone 13 could have some new tricks up its sleeve with faster wireless charging and possible reverse charging capabilities, according to a video from EverythingApplePro on Youtube via Weinbach. Reverse charging is a feature that allows you to charge other Qi devices on the back of your phone. Weinbach speculates the upcoming iPhone 13 will have this feature due to a bigger wireless charging coil and a stronger set of magnets housed in the back of the phone. Many of the iPhone's competitors including the Samsung Galaxy S21Samsung Galaxy S20, the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra and the OnePlus 8 Pro already have reverse wireless charging. But, Apple has yet to introduce the feature to its iPhones. 

So far, there's no official or unofficial word on when we can expect to see Apple's next iPhone. An April report suggested the manufacturing of the iPhones' new chips were running ahead of schedule, putting the iPhone 13 release date back on Apple's pre-pandemic timeline. Usually, we can predict with some degree of accuracy when Apple's iPhone events will occur and extrapolate a release date based on that. 

But 2020 was a different story -- it was the first September Apple event in eight years without an iPhone -- thanks to delays in production due to the coronavirus pandemic. This year, however, Kuo is also forecasting business as usual for Apple's supply chain. If that's the case, we can expect to see the iPhone 13 unveiled at an event sometime in September.

Let's synthesize the info we have: 

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 put the September Apple event (and unveiling of the iPhone 13) on Sept. 8, with a Sept. 17 release date. 

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Apple will call its next lineup "iPhone 13", according to a report from Taiwanese publication Economic Daily News. The rumored decision to adhere to its standard naming method followed speculation that the tech giant would switch up the new iPhone's title and dodge the superstition associated with the number. Considering high-rise buildings tend to omit the 13th floor from their elevator buttons for superstitious reasons, previous rumors suggested Apple could succumb to its own triskaidekaphobia and skip the number 13. 

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iPhone 12S was a worthy guess for the name of Apple's next generation of iPhones. Just as 2014's iPhone 6 gave way to 2015's iPhone 6S and 2017's iPhone X preceded 2018's iPhone XS, without a major redesign in the works (more on that below), the 2021 iPhone seemed just as likely to be positioned as an improvement on the iPhone 12.

Or maybe Apple could have taken a page out of Samsung's book and named its next phone after the year of its conception: iPhone 2021 has a nice ring to it. Or what about the iPhone XXI? Or, dare to dream, Apple could have gone in a completely different direction and name it something fun, like the Motorola Citrus or LG Chocolate of yore.

Apple's iPhone 12 lineup included four phones at four prices, with even more variation among carriers and storage configurations. At launch, the baseline iPhone 12 carrier model cost $799, an increase of $100 from 2019's iPhone 11, largely due to the addition of 5G support. Because the iPhone 13 is not expected to have such a major technical upgrade, analysts are predicting a similar price structure for 2021

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

There is some speculation that Apple might consider lowering the price of its next phone lineup. Several rivals rose to the occasion of the economic downturn by releasing more affordable models in 2020, such as Samsung's Galaxy S20 FE and Google's Pixel 5: Both are the same price as the iPhone 12 Mini, but about $100 less than the iPhone 12. The newly released Samsung Galaxy S21 also boasted a lower price tag, starting at $200 lower than its predecessor. 

Sales of the iPhone 12 could indicate the direction Apple might take in pricing the iPhone 13. The predicted 2020 "supercycle" seems to have happened as Apple expected: In October, the iPhone 12 and 12 Pro became the first and second best-selling 5G phone models worldwide. And Apple recently announced that the iPhone 12 led to the largest revenue and profit in the company's history.

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.

iPhone 13 vs. iPhone 12 camera bumps.

iPhone 13 and iPhone 12 rumored thickness compared.

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.

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

The Twittersphere was abuzz in early May when an account called Peng Phones released a supposedly leaked image of a bubblegum pink iPhone 13, though the image ended up being wishful thinking from an artist on Instagram who specializes in 3D modeling. Then in June, YouTube account EverythingApplePro previewed a matte-black iPhone 13 render, said to be a replacement for the existing graphite or space gray color options on the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro models, respectively.

The rumored matte black color option for the iPhone 13.

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. 

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. 

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.

Rumors of a smaller notch resurfaced in early March in an investors note from analyst Ming-Chi 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.

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

When Apple ousted the headphone jack, the doomsday clock started ticking for the iPhone's charging port as well, according to industry analysts. Though a lot of us are still holding out hope for a USB-C port, the introduction of MagSafe accessories in 2020 all but sealed the deal on a portless future for the iPhone. Frequent leaker Jon Prosser shares this prediction, asserting on his YouTube channel, "The end goal is very obviously portless."

But don't get too excited (nervous?): Kuo predicts that only one 2021 iPhone will be completely portless, likely the iPhone 13 Pro Max.

The iPhone got some pretty well-received camera upgrades in 2020, especially in the Pro Max model, which introduced the iOS crowd to lidar (also found on the Pro) and ProRaw. The iPhone 12 even wrested CNET photo enthusiast Stephen Shankland's loyalty away from Google Pixel, the erstwhile computational photography king. 

Read more: iPhone 13 camera rumors: The specs and upgrades we'll likely see

One weak spot in the 2020 lineup's camera offerings, however, was zoom technology. The iPhone 12 Pro Max only featured a 2.5x optical zoom -- for comparison, Samsung's Galaxy S20 Ultra and now the S21 Ultra both offer a 100x zoom (though it is a mix of optical and digital).

According to ETNews (as reported by TechRadar), the iPhone 13 could potentially include a periscope camera, a technology that would allow for a larger zoom range without requiring an even larger camera bump. Kuo made similar predictions for a future periscope lens, though his report hinted that we may have to wait until 2022. It's also possible that the 2.5x zoom found on the iPhone 12 Pro Max could trickle down to the next iPhone's Pro model.

Rumors in early February hinted at welcome improvements for low-light photography. Analysts are predicting an ultrawide-angle lens with a larger aperture -- f1.8, instead of f2.4. A larger aperture means more light can hit the sensor, which makes for better photos at nighttime or in low-light situations.

All four models of the iPhone 13 lineup could include lidar technology, according to a DigiTimes report. Lidar was introduced to the iPhone in 2020 but only on the Pro and Pro Max models, so this would only be a true upgrade for the basic model and the Mini. Still, lidar for everyone would be pretty 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 take your iPhone photos to the next level, and it also has some pretty cool AR applications

The iPhone 12 Pro's lidar sensor -- the black circle at the bottom right of the camera unit -- opens up AR possibilities and much more.

There's a lot we can confidently predict for the 2021 iPhone lineup based on last year's features and Apple's usual track record. For instance, 5G is all but a foregone conclusion. There probably won't 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 bigger loop than 2020, we expect Apple to ship the iPhone 13 with the new iOS 15 installed. (By the way, iOS 14.6 is here and iOS 14.7 is on the way.)

We thought we'd get a refreshed refresh rate in the iPhone 12, but the 120Hz rumors didn't pan out -- likely because of the already increased demands on battery from the phone's 5G connectivity. Instead, Apple's lineup last year featured the same 60Hz display as the previous year's iPhone 11.

But 2021 could be the year of the 120Hz display, which would result in a smoother, faster scrolling experience thanks to a higher screen refresh rate. Many higher-end competitors already feature a 120Hz display (e.g., the OnePlus 8T and Galaxy S21), so the odds are good Apple heads in this direction for its next Pro line.

Evidence for doubling the refresh rate in 2021 comes from Korean news site The Elec, which reports that two of the iPhone 13 models will use LTPO technology in their screens. This screen tech would make the phone more power-efficient in general, meaning smaller batteries and/or longer battery life are also probable (not to mention whispers about an always-on display). Learn more about LTPO, or low-temperature polycrystalline oxide, OLED screens. This rumor was repeated by well-known leaker Max Weinbach in mid-February on YouTube and again in an April DigiTimes report.

Like the Apple Watch (and Android phones), the iPhone 13 may have its own version of the always-on display, what Weinbach called a "toned-down lock screen." If rumors are true, your next iPhone would always display the time and battery charge, as well as incoming notifications, without you having to unlock or wake the whole screen.

Bloomberg reported in 2019 that the beloved Touch ID button might return as an under-display sensor in the following year's flagship, which would have been the iPhone 12. That didn't happen, but the Bloomberg report left room for error, saying the technology could "slip to the 2021 iPhone refresh." 

Twitter leaker @L0vetodream also teased an under-display Touch ID last fall, which was subsequently corroborated (and translated) by Prosser.

Apple's 2020 iPad Air, announced last September during what normally would have been an iPhone unveiling event, integrated a Touch ID button onto the side of the device. The new iMac, unveiled in April, is also getting a Touch ID button on its redesigned Magic Keyboard. This addition is exciting because it solves the "Face ID doesn't work while wearing a mask" problem without ceding screen real estate. An under-display button would solve the problem, too, though it remains to be seen whether the tech will be ready in time for the iPhone 13. (Meanwhile, those who own an Apple Watch already have yet another option for masked iPhone-unlocking as of iOS 14.5.)

As we near the purported September iPhone announcement, we'll keep this post updated with all the iPhone 13 leaks, rumors and other speculation as it comes up, so check back.

And in the meantime, here's what you should know about the iPhone 12:

iPhone 13 Pro looks to have a much bigger camera than the iPhone 12 Pro

TechRadar 07 July, 2021 - 07:13pm

We’ve reached that conclusion because a user of Weibo (a Chinese social network) posted photos of an iPhone 12 Pro in a case supposedly designed for the iPhone 13 Pro, and the camera cut-out in the case is far too large for the current phone.

Numerous changes have been rumored for the iPhone 13 Pro’s cameras, including improved telephoto range, more lens elements, changes in aperture, and the addition of sensor-shift OIS (optical image stabilization). So it’s not surprising that the camera block could grow, but we’re surprised to see it growing as much as these images suggest.

Of course, the case design could be wrong, as it’s possibly based on leaks, rumors and guesswork rather than any official information, so we’d take this with a pinch of salt.

This isn’t terribly surprising, since Foxconn and Pegatron were Apple’s biggest and second biggest iPhone 12 manufacturers respectively, but notably Apple suspended its partnership with Pegatron in late 2020, after discovering that it was responsible for labor violations. So presumably the companies are back to business as usual.

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Foxconn and Pegatron Secures Spot to Assemble iPhone 13 mini

Wccftech 07 July, 2021 - 07:13pm

The iPhone 13 lineup is expected to launch later this year in September. Moreover, Foxconn and Pegatron, both have secured their spot to assemble the small iPhone 13 mini. While the iPhone 12 mini is great and compact, it seems the device was not such a big hit. The iPhone 12 mini had to be cut down due to lower demand. This gives us a fair perspective on how well would the iPhone 13 mini perform.

This year, Apple is expected to keep the iPhone 13 mini at 5.4-inch. While Apple does plan to launch a mini variant of the iPhone 13 series, a reliable source coins that the company will forego its plans in 2022. What this means is that the iPhone 13 mini could potentially be the last iPhone to feature the mini' moniker. As of now, the iPhone 13 mini is stated to be assembled by Foxconn and Pegatron, according to a new report from DigiTimes.

Pegatron has obtained orders for the upcoming 5.4-inch iPhone model, as well as a portion of orders for another upcoming ‌iPhone‌ model that will feature a 6.1-inch display, according to market sources.

According to the prominent analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple will announce 6.1-inch iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro along with a 6.7-inch iPhone 14 Pro Max. The full report suggests that Foxconn and Pegatron will assemble the iPhone 13 mini. However, Pegatron has seen a fall in orders of the iPhone 12 mini due to its lower-than-expected demand.

Other than this, Pegatron will also assemble a small number of the 6.1-inch iPhone 13 model while Foxconn will remain the main assembler of all iPhone 13 models. The iPhone 13 series is expected to feature the same design. However, the notch on all models is getting smaller with a 120Hz LTPO display on the iPhone 13 Pro models. Also, check out how big the camera module will be on the iPhone 13 Pro Max compared to iPhone 12 Pro Max.

We will share more details on the iPhone 13 series as soon as we have further information. Share your views in the comments.

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