iPhone 13 is on the way, but superstition could cloud Apple's new flagship

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CNET 02 September, 2021 - 05:30pm 8 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

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iPhone 13 deals: how much is Apple's latest device likely to cost?

TechRadar 04 September, 2021 - 01:40pm

Launching later this month, we take a look into Apple's pricing

Apple has perfected its ability to keep its smartphones under wraps until its big reveal, unlike some other brands (we're looking at you Google). Because of this, we're very much working on speculation, previous launches, and expert opinion to determine what we're likely to see.

The general agreement is that the iPhone 13 will look, feel and act very similar to its predecessor - the iPhone 12. With a similar style, design, colour set, and camera system, Apple is likely to be working on an incremental update here.

Equally, the pricing of the iPhone 13 is still very much under wraps. But like the specs and features, all leaks and expectations point to something similar to what we saw with the iPhone 12.

Luckily, we've seen a good number of iPhone launches go down in the past and can roughly determine what you will be likely to pay. Below we've broken down expected iPhone 13 deals and how much the handsets will cost you.

While no official date has been announced yet, Apple is expected to reveal the iPhone 13 in early September. In previous years, Apple has then given a few days in-between reveal and pre-orders, giving you some time to review the products.

We will be keeping track of any updates from Apple so check back here to see an exact date as we approach the day.

Unlike other phone brands like Google, Samsung and OnePlus, Apple tends to shy away from offering any free gifts with its pre-orders. In past years, we've seen Apple include a year of Apple TV with new devices but it is highly unlikely we will see anything besides this.

Apple has also reduced the items that come with its handsets. They didn't include headphones or a charging plug with the iPhone 12 and the same is likely to also happen with the iPhone 13.

Apple has managed to keep all information around its pricing this year very secret. However, we are able to make a pretty accurate assumption based on the pricing of previous device's and by examining where the market is going.

When the iPhone 11 first launched, it came with a price tag of $699. The iPhone 12 then followed the next year at $799. While this would suggest a price tag of $899 for the iPhone 13, we think it is far more likely that Apple will mimic the pricing of the iPhone 12.

That would put the price tag at roughly $799 for the iPhone 13. Any higher than this and Apple risks losing a competitive edge as it would jump above Samsung, Google and OnePlus' equivalent handsets.

We would expect a similar situation with the other devices in Apple's line-up. If a mini, Pro and Pro Max all launch, we would expect them to match up to the pricing of the 12 series.

If you would rather not get your phone unlocked and will look to get a full plan, you're in luck! Considering Apple's popularity with new launches, a huge variety of carriers are likely to be getting involved, offering their best pricing.

While we would expect to see offers from the likes of AT&T and T-Mobile as well as other big brands, it's Verizon that is likely to have the best offer when Apple goes live with the iPhone 13.

When Apple releases a new handset, we often see the older generation come down in price. In this instance, that would mean a price drop on the older iPhone 12. 

Apple's iPhone XR and 11 saw considerable cuts to their price tags when the iPhone 12 came out so we would expect the same to happen this year. This could make the iPhone 12 a much more affordable option, especially for those not worried about having the latest device.

However, while this has become common practice from Apple and other similar brands, it isn't a guarantee and we could equally see all of Apple's older devices hold their same value.

When the iPhone 13 launches, it is likely to fall straight into a pre-order stage. If you buy during this stage, you'll get delivery on the day the phone becomes available to buy.

Unlike some other phone brands like Samsung or Google, Apple doesn't offer many incentives for pre-ordering. Because of this, the decision should be entirely based around if you want early access.

If you want to get the phone straight away, pre-ordering will be a great choice. On top of that, to compete with the onslaught of deals, many retailers will offer their own gifts and incentives for pre-ordering.

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iPhone 13 could be button-free. Here's what Apple might add instead of the on/off button

CNET 04 September, 2021 - 01:40pm

Say goodbye to the buttons on your iPhone 12. It may be the last iPhone to feature the on/off button. The iPhone 13 is on it's way, and it could go buttonless. But, without the little bars on the side, how will you control your iPhone? Here's what rumors suggest Apple may do instead. 

A US patent application spotted by Apple Insider suggests the company is investigating "capacitive sensing input devices." Apparently these input devices, aka buttons, will be "invisible backlit holes" that appear when touched and disappear when not in use. 

This approach sounds pretty slick and will no doubt add a bit of elegance if applied to any device. The big question is whether a feature like this will find its way into the next iteration of the iPhone, or if we have to wait until 2022 or beyond in order to see Apple integrate it. It's not an entirely wild concept and fits with other possible changes Apple may make to future iPhones.

Read more: iPhone 13 release date rumors and why it might actually be called the iPhone 12S

For example, there's been talk of the iPhone 13 regaining a fingerprint scanner. Instead of a physical reader, though, the new scanner would live under the surface of the phone's screen. It's a tactic that certainly matches a buttonless, minimalist design aesthetic should Apple choose to go this route.

Bloomberg's Mark Gurman commented on the rumors about the fingerprint scanner, called Touch ID, in an August Power On Newsletter. Gurman speculates that the under-screen Touch ID sensor "won't make the cut" for the iPhone 13. He says that Apple will embed Face ID under the display instead of Touch ID. 

Apple already killed the headphone jack in the iPhone 7 back in 2016, and rumors suggest the Lightning port might be getting the ax as well. If the iPhone 13 nixes its Lightning port and goes all-in on wireless charging, it would become Apple's first completely portless phone. Why not add buttonless to the mix?

Of course this patent application could be associated with an entirely different product than the iPhone. After all, much of what we think we know about Apple's anticipated handset is conjecture. Even its product name is uncertain. However, one thing is clear: All these mysteries will be dispelled at Apple's next iPhone launch event, likely to be held in September. 

iPhone 13 deals: here's what you should expect to pay on launch

TechRadar 04 September, 2021 - 01:40pm

Apple's latest handset will be here soon - but what will it cost?

Apple has perfected its ability to keep its smartphones under wraps until its big reveal, unlike some other brands (we're looking at you Google). Because of this, we're very much working on speculation, previous launches, and expert opinion to determine what we're likely to see.

The general agreement is that the iPhone 13 will look, feel and act very similar to its predecessor - the iPhone 12. With a similar style, design, colour set, and camera system, Apple is likely to be working on an incremental update here.

Equally, the pricing of the iPhone 13 is still very much under wraps. But like the specs and features, all leaks and expectations point to something similar to what we saw with the iPhone 12.

Luckily, we've seen a good number of iPhone launches go down in the past and can roughly determine what you will be likely to pay. Below we've broken down expected iPhone 13 deals and how much the handsets will cost you.

While no official date has been announced yet, Apple is expected to reveal the iPhone 13 in early September. In previous years, Apple has then given a few days in-between reveal and pre-orders, giving you some time to review the products.

We will be keeping track of any updates from Apple so check back here to see an exact date as we approach the day.

Unlike other phone brands like Google, Samsung and OnePlus, Apple tends to shy away from offering any free gifts with its pre-orders. In past years, we've seen Apple include a year of Apple TV with new devices but it is highly unlikely we will see anything besides this.

Apple has also reduced the items that come with its handsets. They didn't include headphones or a charging plug with the iPhone 12 and the same is likely to also happen with the iPhone 13.

Apple tends to keep very hush hush on its phone launches, revealing key information only on the day. With that in mind, we can't be as accurate as normal with our estimations.

Luckily, Apple has been pretty consistent with its pricing recently. The iPhone 11 cost £729, the iPhone 12 came in at £799 and we would expect Apple to keep in this range, likely costing the same £799

It would be more likely that we would see the price increase instead of decrease compared to the iPhone 12, especially as Apple looks to bolster its 5G technology within its devices.

While we don't know exactly what other devices Apple will launch this year, we would expect some variation of the Pro and Pro Max models and possibly, another mini model.

The Pro and Pro Max models would also likely be in a similar price region to their predecessors, in theory putting the iPhone 13 Pro at £999 and the Pro Max at £1099. As we mentioned above, these prices could end up being slightly higher due to technological advancement.

If you know that you would much rather spread your costs, then SIM-free won't be right for you; instead a contract will be the better way to go with your new smartphone.

Luckily, Apple tends to pull in just about every single retailer and network under the sun, giving you an expensive amount of choice if you would like to get an iPhone 13 contract.

We would expect to see the best pricing on this latest launch on one of the four main networks, most likely from Three or Vodafone. As a likely expensive handset, you will be paying a lot each month (unless you pour a lot into the upfront cost).

However, what we do tend to see on pricey contracts is a big data plan. Expect to receive at least 50GB on most iPhone 13 deals on contract.

When Apple releases a new handset, we often see the older generation come down in price. In this instance, that would mean a price drop on the older iPhone 12. 

Apple's iPhone XR and 11 saw considerable cuts to their price tags when the iPhone 12 came out so we would expect the same to happen this year. This could make the iPhone 12 a much more affordable option, especially for those not worried about having the latest device.

However, while this has become common practice from Apple and other similar brands, it isn't a guarantee and we could equally see all of Apple's older devices hold their same value.

When the iPhone 13 launches, it is likely to fall straight into a pre-order stage. If you buy during this stage, you'll get delivery on the day the phone becomes available to buy.

Unlike some other phone brands like Samsung or Google, Apple doesn't offer many incentives for pre-ordering. Because of this, the decision should be entirely based around if you want early access.

If you want to get the phone straight away, pre-ordering will be a great choice. On top of that, to compete with the onslaught of deals, many retailers will offer their own gifts and incentives for pre-ordering.

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