When will Iphone 13 be released?
The iPhone 13 release date is likely to be in September 2021, and we expect it to hit stores on either the third or fourth Friday of the month (which makes it September 17 or 24). Before 2020, Apple has often announced its new iPhones on either the first or second Tuesday of September. TechRadariPhone 13 release date, price, specs and every new iPhone leak
The latest ripple of iPhone 13 news came in the form of a set of dummies tweeted out by leaker Sonny Dickson. The photo purports to show a lineup of 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 from last year. But that's not all that's staying the same: Other than a slightly larger iPhone 13 Pro Max, the only major visible difference in the dummies is a small change in the design of the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Mini's camera modules. We have more info on the below.
We've collected these rumors and everything else we've heard below, including speculation about the(rumors say September, as usual), how the , and everything we know about the , and other specs. (And don't miss our .) 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 allrespective 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 , for example, range from 4,000 to 5,000 mAh.
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 and extrapolate a release date based on that.
But 2020 was a different story -- it was the first-- thanks to . This year, however, Kuo is also forecasting business as usual for Apple's supply chain. If that's the case, .
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. 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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We're going with the name "iPhone 13" for now, but the moniker is not a sure thing. Considering high-rise buildings tend to omit the 13th floor from their elevator buttons for superstitious reasons, Apple could succumb to its own triskaidekaphobia and skip the number 13.
iPhone 12S is a worthy guess for the name of Apple's next generation of iPhones. Just as 2014'sgave way to 2015's and 2017's preceded 2018's , without a major redesign in the works (more on that below), the 2021 iPhone is just as likely to be positioned as an improvement on the iPhone 12.
Or maybe Apple willand name 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 go in a completely different direction and of yore.
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. .
Here's the, 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 iPhone 12 Mini, but about $100 less than the iPhone 12. The newly released also boasted a lower price tag, than its predecessor.and : Both are the same price as the
Sales of the iPhone 12 could indicatethe iPhone 13. The seems to have happened as Apple expected: In October, the worldwide. And Apple recently announced that .
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 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., though the image ended up being wishful thinking from
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 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 , 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 leastare reassigning their hopes to the iPhone 13 now that their 2020 all-screen dreams have failed to come to fruition.
. 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, Jon Prosser shares this prediction, asserting on his YouTube channel, "The end goal is very obviously portless.". Though a lot of us are , the introduction of in 2020 all but sealed the deal on a . Frequent leaker
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,, which introduced the iOS crowd to (also found on the Pro) and . The , the erstwhile computational photography king.
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,and now the both offer a (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. , and it also has some .
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 newinstalled. (By the way, and .)
We thought we'd get a refreshed refresh rate in the-- 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., theand ), 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 in mid-February on YouTube and again in an April DigiTimes report.
Like the Apple Watch (and Android phones),, 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, announced last September during what normally would have been an iPhone unveiling event, . The new iMac, unveiled in April, is on its redesigned . This addition is exciting because it solves the 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 .)
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:
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Leaker Sonny Dickson has shown iPhone 13 dummies of all four models, alongside case renders and video of a case (below).
Both dummy models and case renders show the same small changes over the iPhone 12 …
We can see a smaller notch in the case renders, and both renders and dummies show a somewhat different camera module placement on the standard model.
Additionally, Dickson suggests that the iPhone 13 Pro Max dummy is slightly larger than the iPhone 12 Pro Max.
It’s not surprising that both dummy models and cases/case renders are consistent: Both are usually based on the same leaked CAD drawings. These drawings can, of course, be genuine or faked, so while they can provide an early look at what to expect, they are far from reliable.
Here’s a look at the case renders:
iPhone 13 and 13 Pro phone cases renders. Note the notch and camera placement. Available at end of month! pic.twitter.com/lYRaVDixLc
— Sonny Dickson (@SonnyDickson) June 12, 2021
We’re expecting this year’s iPhone lineup to be very similar to the iPhone 12:
Rumored improvements include a 120Hz ProMotion display technology, which could also provide always-on capabilities. The notch is said to be a little smaller as Apple has managed to shrink part of the TrueDepth system used for Face ID. We may see sapphire glass covering the lenses, giving them a more unified look, alongside camera upgrades.
The iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max will feature an upgraded ultra-wide camera, going from 5P (f/2.4) and fixed focus (FF) to 6P (f/1.8) and autofocus (AF).
Another camera improvement with the iPhone 13 will reportedly be support for Portrait Mode video. This will allow you to record a portrait video and change the depth of field in post-production. It will be similar to the current implementation of Portrait Mode still photography. Apple is also said to be developing a new version of Portrait Mode that takes into account the LiDAR Scanner for improved accuracy.
You can read more about what to expect in our iPhone 13 guide.
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