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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, price, specs, news and leaks

Each month, TIOBE releases an index detailing the top programming languages and these regular updates highlight granular shifts in this ever-evolving landscape. As TechRepublic previously reported, last month's index showcased "booming" AI and data mining programming languages and TIOBE's latest September roundup features a competitive logjam at the top, as a longtime challenger comes for the crown.

The tight three-language horserace between C, Python and Java remains close in TIOBE's September index. Overall, C tops the latest rankings with an 11.83% rating, representing a year-over-year decrease of 4.12%. Despite this marked decline, C was still able to edge out runner-up Python with the No. 2 touting an 11.67% and a year-over-year increase of 1.20%.

"Python has never been so close to the number 1 position of the TIOBE index. It only needs to bridge 0.16% to surpass C. This might happen any time now," said Paul Jansen, CEO TIOBE Software, in a blog post about the latest index. "If Python becomes number 1, a new milestone has been reached in the TIOBE index. Only 2 other languages have ever been leading the pack so far, i.e. C and Java. Let's see what happens next month."

Compared to September 2020, the fourth through seventh positions remain unchanged, featuring C++, C#, Visual Basic and JavaScript, in order. Since last September, No. 8 Assembly Language has surged six spots (1.12%), now boasting a 2.42% rating and No.9 PHP has dropped a spot during this time period with a 1.85% rating. Next, SQL rounds out the top 10 with a 1.80% rating, the same position the programming language held in TIOBE's September 2020 rankings.

Over the last year, Classic Visual Basic has surged 0.77% (11 spots) and now holds the No. 11 position with a 1.52% rating just ahead of No. 12 Groovy (1.46%). It's important to note that Groovy's rating has increased 0.48% over the last year; one of the largest year-over-year surges in the top 20 after Python, C#, Visual Basic, Classic Visual Basic and Fortran. (More on Fortran's ascent in a bit.)

In order, Ruby, Go and Swift hold positions 13 through 15, similar to the same positions these languages held in September 2020. In the latest index, No. 16 MATLAB carries a 1.02% rating, just enough to outlast surging Fortran in the 17th position; year-over-year Fortran has leap-frogged 20 spots with a 0.65% rating increase over this time period. No. 18 R and No. 19 Perl have both recorded marked year-over-year declines, dropping 9 and 6 positions, respectively. Delphi/Object Pascal rounds out the top 20 with a 0.77% rating, up 9 positions and 0.24% since last September.

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R. Dallon Adams is a journalist originally from Louisville, Kentucky. His previous work includes a wide spectrum of beats and formats ranging from tech-savvy urban planning initiatives to hands-on gadget reviews.

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iPhone 13 release date leaks online – and new Apple mobile is just WEEKS away...

The Sun 13 September, 2021 - 12:10pm

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The tech expert tweeted the claims about the iPhone 13 release date, which are supported by other rumours and leaks about a September launch event.

Prosser tweeted: "Yep! iPhone 13 Pre-Orders Starting September 17th, Launch on September 24th.

"For what it’s worth, we are corroborating these dates."

He added: "Yes, this would mean event on Tuesday, September 14th."

Prosser is the creator of the Front Page Tech website that also made these claims.

If true, fans only have just over two weeks to wait until they see the latest iPhone.

Experts also expect to see some new Apple AirPods at the rumoured September launch event.

Apple commonly has an iPhone launch event in September each year and usually reveals a selection of other gadgets at the same time.

The iPhone 13 isn't expected to be a huge upgrade on the iPhone 12 but Apple is always full of surprises.

As with all rumours, we'll have to wait for official word from Apple before we can 100% confirm a new iPhone and its launch date.

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Every iPhone 13 rumor we hope comes true at Apple's Sept. 14 event

CNET 13 September, 2021 - 09:08am

What features will the next iPhone include?

Apple's rumored new iPhone 13 will likely get its big reveal at Apple's next event on Tuesday, and as such it's a good time to postpone any phone-buying decisions until we find out what could be in the 2021 iPhone. An ever-increasing number of rumors about the next iPhone seem to come out daily. I put out a few requests to the universe, based on rumors and leaks, for the features and upgrades I want to see in the iPhone 13. I also factor in what the iPhone 13 needs in order to be a success. Consider this my iPhone 13 wish list.

And just to be clear, these are rumors and leaks. Nothing is for certain until Apple announces it. Some of these rumors are from the past few months. Others are several months or even years old and keep rising back to relevance. CNET has plenty more intel on the iPhone 13's rumored cost, design, camerasrelease date and how the iPhone 13 might compare to the iPhone 12.

Read more: Apple iPhone 13 to reportedly feature satellite connectivity

But it's far from the best battery life we've seen. The Samsung Galaxy S21, with its 4,500-mAh battery, lasted 18 hours, 3 minutes in the same test. The Galaxy S21 Ultra and its 5,000-mAh battery lasted 22 hours, 57 minutes. And both of those phones have a high refresh-rate display, which can tax the battery more.

While Apple never reveals the capacity of the batteries inside the iPhone, sites like iFixIt, which sells kits to replace batteries, show that both the iPhone 12 and 12 Pro use a 2,815-mAh battery. What's impressive is that Apple gets so much life from that small battery purely through the efficiency of its A-series processors and iOS software.

Now imagine applying those efficiencies to a larger physical battery. This is a rumor that I hope is true and I think the next iPhone needs. I mean, who doesn't want better battery life?

The next iPhone is rumored to have a high refresh rate screen which could bode well for making those Apple Arcade games look even better.

Since 2017, the iPad Pro has had a 120Hz refresh rate. Now that panel is an LCD, but rumors point to the iPhone 13 getting a high refresh-rate OLED. For years, many of us longed to see this feature on an iPhone. There are numerous phones at different price points that have a high refresh-rate screen like the $300 OnePlus Nord N10 5G, which has a 90Hz display. The $500 Galaxy A52 5G, the $800 Galaxy S21 and the $1,200 S21 Ultra each have a 120Hz display. In April, Asus launched the ROG Phone 5, which has a 144Hz screen. And in March, the RedMagic 6 phone was announced with a 165Hz screen. For comparison, the iPhone 12 has a 60Hz screen.

Why do you need a high refresh rate? Simply, it makes everything look better. That sweeping generalization aside, animations and graphics look sharper, motion blur is reduced, games (especially those designed for high refresh rate screens) seem more immersive and vivid. Think about how great 120Hz Apple Arcade games could look.

If there was an iPhone without a port, could something like the smart connector contacts from the iPad Pro be the way to charge it?

The next iPhone needs a 120Hz screen, at least the "Pro" models do. It would be another "Pro" feature that helps distinguish the higher end iPhone Pro models for the regular and mini version.

There are new rumors that the "Pro" models will get LTPO displays. LTPO stands for low-temperature polycrystalline oxide. Essentially, an LTPO display can change between refresh rates on the fly without the need for extra display hardware. The Galaxy S21 Ultra released in February uses an LTPO display, which Samsung claimed allowed it to be brighter without using more power.

There is a persistent rumor that the iPhone 13 won't have a Lightning port. Ever since Apple got rid of the headphone jack back in 2016 with the iPhone 7, people speculated that Apple would one day make a completely portless phone. In December, reliable rumor-spreader Ming-Chi Kuo asserted that Apple would release an iPhone in 2021 without a port.

Apple's launch of MagSafe charging on the iPhone 12 makes it easier to imagine such a port-free future. However, in its current form, MagSafe charging tops out at 15 watts. Compare that with the 20-watt charging you get with a Lightning-to-USB-C cable and wall charger. OnePlus has a wireless charger called the Warp Charge 30 that can charge at 30 watts.

Not only would the next version of MagSafe need to be more powerful to be a reasonable replacement to a physical charging cable, but Apple would also need to solve for some of the data sharing that the Lightning port currently affords. Perhaps Apple is hoping 5G, Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.0 and its U1 ultrawideband chip are those data-sharing replacements? Or maybe there would be a version of MagSafe with a Lightning port dongle? Who knows?

Apple could build into the next iPhone something like the smart connector found on the current iPad Pro. While the USB-C port on the iPad Pro gets all the attention, on the back of the iPad are three flat metal contacts. When you use the Magic Keyboard accessory with the iPad Pro, it connects to the iPad via the smart connector and magnets. You can plug a USB-C cable into the side of the Magic Keyboard to charge the iPad Pro. Most days during the pandemic, I used the Magic Keyboard to charge my iPad via smart connector.

Maybe there will be "Smart MagSafe" charging on the next iPhone? Even if this rumor is true, removing the last iPhone port isn't something Apple needs to do right now.

Rumors point to new camera hardware across all four iPhone 13 models and the regular Pro model getting cameras on par with the Pro Max version.

The biggest feature and biggest rumors revolve around the cameras on the iPhone. And there are a bunch of rumors pointing to new lenses, new camera sensors and a wider adoption of sensor-based stabilization across the iPhone line up.

Currently, the iPhone 12 Pro has the same selfie, wide and ultrawide cameras as the iPhone 12 and 12 Mini. The Pro does have a 2x telephoto camera, but it's not the same as the 2.5x one on the iPhone 12 Pro Max. The iPhone 13 Pro could get a larger sensor for its wide camera. This rumor doesn't indicate whether it will be exactly the same as the one on the iPhone 13 Pro Max or not. But the larger sensor could incorporate sensor-based stabilization, which is currently only on the iPhone 12 Pro Max model.

The iPhone 13 Pro is also rumored to get the same or similar telephoto camera as the 13 Pro Max. All that means is that the next regular "Pro" model will be closer to the Pro Max model. Whereas this year, the 12 and 12 Pro are exceedingly similar.

There are a few rumors about a new ultrawide camera either on the iPhone 13, or iPhone 14. (Yes, there are already rumors about the next next iPhone!) The ultrawide camera on the 13 might get better low-light performance and a faster aperture lens. Currently, the lens on the ultrawide is f2.4, but the new lens could be f1.8, which certainly would help toward improving low-light performance.

In terms of camera hardware, the iPhone 13, especially the regular Pro model, could use these rumored upgrades. 

An in-screen fingerprint scanner could solve our iPhone Face ID woes.

The iPhone 13 could get an under-the-display fingerprint reader. Since the first Android phone came out with an in-screen fingerprint reader, people speculated that an under-the-display Touch ID sensor would be a way to alleviate the frustration some get using Face ID (and this was before the pandemic made face masks an everyday thing).

Currently, Android phones have two types of in-screen fingerprint sensors. There are optical in-screen sensors found on phones like the OnePlus 8T and Motorola Edge Plus. Then there are ultrasonic fingerprint readers by Qualcomm on phones like the Galaxy S21 series.

If the iPhone 13 gets an in-screen fingerprint reader, it's not clear whether this would replace Face ID or be in addition to it. The rumor also suggests along with a 2019 patent illustration Apple filed that the iPhone could be unlocked with a fingerprint touch anywhere on the screen instead of the single sensor location found currently on Android phones.

If Apple could get ultrasonic sensors to a point of reliability, ease of use and dependability like the old-school Touch ID sensor found on the iPhone SE, it's not hard to imagine them on an iPhone. And if Touch ID is paired with Face ID, you could have even more ways to secure and access your phone. Having an alternative biometric security measure is something the iPhone needs.

There could be a video version of portrait mode on the iPhone 13.

The next iPhone could record portrait mode video. You might be familiar with portrait mode, which lets you take a photo and give the picture an artistic, blurry background. The idea is it replicates what a large sensor mirrorless or DSLR camera can do with a fast aperture lens. On the iPhone, portrait mode is limited to photos, but there are several Android phones -- like the Samsung Galaxy line, which can record portrait mode video (or live focus video) -- that can blur out the background while leaving your subject in focus. In my experience, the results are hit or miss.

The Pixel 4 was the first phone with a hidden astrophotography feature in its Night Sight mode. It uses computational photography and long capture times to capture shots like this of the Milky Way.

The last rumor I want to highlight is another camera feature. The iPhone 13 might get a better astrophotography mode. Currently, you can mount the iPhone on a tripod and, in the darkest conditions, extend the night mode capture to up to 30 seconds. Under the right sky and weather, you can capture a decent photo of a starry sky. But when you see what the Google Pixel can do in terms of astrophotography, it leaves a lot to be desired on the iPhone.

If this rumor is true, maybe astrophotography still gets activated in night mode, but you can extend time more than 30 seconds or use computational photography to capture a better night sky or moon? This could be another feature that lives only on "Pro" models the way Apple ProRaw currently does. This is not a needed feature, but it would be a nice one to have.

For more on the next iPhone, read our iPhone 13 rumor roundup.

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Apple event: iPhone 13 and everything we expect on Sept. 14

CNET 13 September, 2021 - 04:00am

Apple will host its next 2021 event on Sept. 14. 

Get ready! The next Apple event is less than a week away. The tech giant's upcoming virtual event is scheduled for Sept. 14, at 10 a.m. PT. Although we won't know exactly what Apple was in store until Tuesday, we expect to see the iPhone 13Apple Watch 7 and maybe even the AirPods 3. We could also get a glimpse of the iPad Mini 6 and ninth-generation iPad later this year. 

Apple has had two events in 2021 so far. The first event was in April, where we saw new iPad upgrades, colorful iMacs, AirTags trackers, a purple iPhone 12 and more. (Here's everything Apple announced in the spring.) Then, two months later, it held the annualWWDC, developers event, where we saw a first look at iOS 15, MacOS Monterey, also known as MacOS 12, WatchOS 8 and iPadOS 15

If you're curious about more Apple-related dates, check out everything you need to know about the iPhone 13 release date. You can also take a look at our iPhone 13 wish list.

Apple typically hosts three to four events in a year with a spring event, a summer developer conference and one or two more events in the fall. The fall events are usually scheduled for September and October. The September event tends to feature new iPhones and Apple Watch upgrades, while the October event typically features new Macs and iPads. 

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

Although Apple has announced its latest iPhone during a September event every year since the iPhone 5 in 2012, Apple saw a change in that pattern in 2020 due to production delays during the pandemic. Last year's September Apple event unveiled the Apple Watch 6, Apple Watch SE and updated iPad models -- but no new iPhone. The company later revealed the iPhone 12 in October. Last year's fall Apple event was online-only due to the pandemic. A livestream was available as usual through the company's website. 

This year, Apple will return to its usual September schedule, but the event will be virtual again. We already suspected the tech giant's event would be online-only. This was previously rumored in a July Power On newsletter from Bloomberg's Mark Gurman. He said that the event will 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 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 stuck with the September time frame, an in-person iPhone 13 event would have been "plausible." 

Here's a render of the iPhone 13. We're also expecting the Apple Watch 7, AirPods 3 and new iPad Mini. 

Apple already unveiled a slew of hardware and software upgrades during its previous 2021 events, but there are still a few things we expect the tech giant to announce in the fall. This includes the iPhone 13, Apple Watch 7, AirPods 3, iPad Mini 6, a larger iMac powered by Apple's M1 chip, a more affordable Apple Display, a new MacBook Pro and Mac Pro with a rumored update to Apple's M1 chip. We're also on the lookout for an Apple competitor to Amazon Echo Show smart display, a soundbar with a built-in Apple TV and an Apple AR/VR headset

The iPhone 13 is rumored to feature four phones -- the iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Mini, iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Max -- according to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. We speculate Apple's new iPhone could be coming with a new design, upgraded cameras, battery and specs. 

Apple's next-generation wearable could include some new key features like a sleek, flat-edged redesign, improvements in battery life and a possible blood glucose monitoring sensor. The Apple Watch 7 will come with WatchOS 8, which was unveiled at WWDC. 

The new Apple Watch was previously reported to be delayed due to manufacturing difficulties, but Apple analyst Kuo said in a recent investor note that the issues have been resolved and the smartwatch will begin mass production in mid-September. 

Apple's new AirPods 3 could look similar to this concept design by Michael Rieplhuber. 

Apple's AirPods could be getting an update sometime this year, according to an earlier report from Bloomberg. Rumors suggest the AirPods 3 will have similar features to the AirPods Pro like spatial audio support, a shorter stem, interchangeable tips and a smaller charging case.

Other Apple tablets, including the iPad, iPad Air and iPad Pro have already seen updates this year, so that just leaves the iPad Mini. According to Gurman, a redesign for the iPad Mini "should be a go" for fall 2021. 

We could see an upgrade to Apple's iPad this fall with a new ninth-generation model. According to Gurman, the tech giant's next tablet could feature a slimmer design and an improved processor. 

Last year, Apple announced that it would be producing its own chip, known as the M1, to power its Mac. Since then, there has been speculation that Apple may soon announce a new version of its processor for the new MacBook Pro or Mac Pro.

Apple also previously announced a new iMac powered by the M1 processor, but it was only the smaller 24-inch model. Bloomberg has reported that Apple is working on processor updates for both the Mac Mini and 27-inch iMac. 

Apple may also be working on a more affordable version of its Pro Display XDR that was originally released in 2019. Bloomberg reported in January that Apple was in "early development" of a cheaper monitor. 

We could see some brand-new devices from Apple this year. This includes the possibility of an Apple competitor to the Amazon Echo Show that would fuse an entry-level iPad with a speaker, a soundbar equipped with built-in Apple TV similar to Roku's soundbar, and an Apple augmented- or virtual-reality headset

If you're looking for more about the latest from Apple, you can take a look at the iPhone 13's release date. You can also check out how the iPhone 13 could compare to the iPhone 12, whether it's still worth it to buy an iPhone 12 or iPhone 11, and everything coming in iOS 15. Plus, why isn't the iPhone SE 3 on this list?

Apple event: iPhone 13 and everything we expect on Sept. 14

CNET 13 September, 2021 - 04:00am

Apple will host its next 2021 event on Sept. 14. 

Get ready! The next Apple event is less than a week away. The tech giant's upcoming virtual event is scheduled for Sept. 14, at 10 a.m. PT. Although we won't know exactly what Apple was in store until Tuesday, we expect to see the iPhone 13Apple Watch 7 and maybe even the AirPods 3. We could also get a glimpse of the iPad Mini 6 and ninth-generation iPad later this year. 

Apple has had two events in 2021 so far. The first event was in April, where we saw new iPad upgrades, colorful iMacs, AirTags trackers, a purple iPhone 12 and more. (Here's everything Apple announced in the spring.) Then, two months later, it held the annualWWDC, developers event, where we saw a first look at iOS 15, MacOS Monterey, also known as MacOS 12, WatchOS 8 and iPadOS 15

If you're curious about more Apple-related dates, check out everything you need to know about the iPhone 13 release date. You can also take a look at our iPhone 13 wish list.

Apple typically hosts three to four events in a year with a spring event, a summer developer conference and one or two more events in the fall. The fall events are usually scheduled for September and October. The September event tends to feature new iPhones and Apple Watch upgrades, while the October event typically features new Macs and iPads. 

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

Although Apple has announced its latest iPhone during a September event every year since the iPhone 5 in 2012, Apple saw a change in that pattern in 2020 due to production delays during the pandemic. Last year's September Apple event unveiled the Apple Watch 6, Apple Watch SE and updated iPad models -- but no new iPhone. The company later revealed the iPhone 12 in October. Last year's fall Apple event was online-only due to the pandemic. A livestream was available as usual through the company's website. 

This year, Apple will return to its usual September schedule, but the event will be virtual again. We already suspected the tech giant's event would be online-only. This was previously rumored in a July Power On newsletter from Bloomberg's Mark Gurman. He said that the event will 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 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 stuck with the September time frame, an in-person iPhone 13 event would have been "plausible." 

Here's a render of the iPhone 13. We're also expecting the Apple Watch 7, AirPods 3 and new iPad Mini. 

Apple already unveiled a slew of hardware and software upgrades during its previous 2021 events, but there are still a few things we expect the tech giant to announce in the fall. This includes the iPhone 13, Apple Watch 7, AirPods 3, iPad Mini 6, a larger iMac powered by Apple's M1 chip, a more affordable Apple Display, a new MacBook Pro and Mac Pro with a rumored update to Apple's M1 chip. We're also on the lookout for an Apple competitor to Amazon Echo Show smart display, a soundbar with a built-in Apple TV and an Apple AR/VR headset

The iPhone 13 is rumored to feature four phones -- the iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Mini, iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Max -- according to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. We speculate Apple's new iPhone could be coming with a new design, upgraded cameras, battery and specs. 

Apple's next-generation wearable could include some new key features like a sleek, flat-edged redesign, improvements in battery life and a possible blood glucose monitoring sensor. The Apple Watch 7 will come with WatchOS 8, which was unveiled at WWDC. 

The new Apple Watch was previously reported to be delayed due to manufacturing difficulties, but Apple analyst Kuo said in a recent investor note that the issues have been resolved and the smartwatch will begin mass production in mid-September. 

Apple's new AirPods 3 could look similar to this concept design by Michael Rieplhuber. 

Apple's AirPods could be getting an update sometime this year, according to an earlier report from Bloomberg. Rumors suggest the AirPods 3 will have similar features to the AirPods Pro like spatial audio support, a shorter stem, interchangeable tips and a smaller charging case.

Other Apple tablets, including the iPad, iPad Air and iPad Pro have already seen updates this year, so that just leaves the iPad Mini. According to Gurman, a redesign for the iPad Mini "should be a go" for fall 2021. 

We could see an upgrade to Apple's iPad this fall with a new ninth-generation model. According to Gurman, the tech giant's next tablet could feature a slimmer design and an improved processor. 

Last year, Apple announced that it would be producing its own chip, known as the M1, to power its Mac. Since then, there has been speculation that Apple may soon announce a new version of its processor for the new MacBook Pro or Mac Pro.

Apple also previously announced a new iMac powered by the M1 processor, but it was only the smaller 24-inch model. Bloomberg has reported that Apple is working on processor updates for both the Mac Mini and 27-inch iMac. 

Apple may also be working on a more affordable version of its Pro Display XDR that was originally released in 2019. Bloomberg reported in January that Apple was in "early development" of a cheaper monitor. 

We could see some brand-new devices from Apple this year. This includes the possibility of an Apple competitor to the Amazon Echo Show that would fuse an entry-level iPad with a speaker, a soundbar equipped with built-in Apple TV similar to Roku's soundbar, and an Apple augmented- or virtual-reality headset

If you're looking for more about the latest from Apple, you can take a look at the iPhone 13's release date. You can also check out how the iPhone 13 could compare to the iPhone 12, whether it's still worth it to buy an iPhone 12 or iPhone 11, and everything coming in iOS 15. Plus, why isn't the iPhone SE 3 on this list?

Will Apple release an iPhone 13? We'll likely find out on Sept. 14

CNET 12 September, 2021 - 03:00pm

Rumors suggest Apple's new iPhone will be dubbed the iPhone 13, although there has been speculation it could be called the iPhone 12S.

Is Apple afraid of unlucky number 13? Despite superstition, Apple is expected to name its upcoming 2021 phone the iPhone 13. It has been the subject of speculation that the tech giant may avoid the bad luck traditionally associated with the number and use the name iPhone 12S for its 2021 phone line. We won't know for sure what the new smartphone is called until Apple's Sept. 14 event, which will likely be when the next iPhone and Apple Watch will be revealed.

An August report from 9to5Mac, citing Duan Rui on Twitter, seems to support the notion that Apple will proceed with a sequential naming convention. Rui tweeted an image, previously shared on Chinese social media site Weibo, showing possible Apple packaging with the name "iPhone 13" on it. In full, the packaging read, "iPhone 13. Designed by Apple in California. Assembled in China."

This mirrors a July report from Taiwanese publication Economic Daily News that says the tech giant will stick to tradition and use iPhone 13 as the moniker for its 2021 lineup. Apple will reportedly offer Mini, Pro and Pro Max versions of the iPhone 13, similar to its iPhone 12 lineup. (Here's how the rumored iPhone 13 specs compare to the iPhone 12.)

Previous rumors had suggested that iPhone 13 may not be Apple's moniker of choice with iPhone 12S expected to be the front-runner for this year's series. A January Bloomberg article citing Apple engineers says only minor upgrades are planned for the upcoming lineup, which will likely be an "S" version of the iPhone 12. Frequent leaker Jon Prosser pointed toward an iPhone 12S, too. We've seen Apple use this naming scheme in the past with 2015's iPhone 6S, which superseded 2014's iPhone 6, and again with 2018's iPhone XS, a follow-up to 2017's iPhone X. Still, another report points to Apple leapfrogging to an iPhone 14 in 2022, excluding "iPhone 13" from its nomenclature altogether.

Until Apple's marquee event, however, there's no telling for sure what name it'll wind up using and the latest rumors don't necessarily provide more clarity. Here are some of the reasons why it might not stick to traditional naming conventions.

Apple knows this less-than-favorable perception could scare customers away from buying an iPhone 13. An online survey of 3,000 Apple users conducted by trade-in site SellCell in June found that nearly three-fourths of respondents would prefer Apple name its next-gen iPhone anything but iPhone 13. iPhone 2021 was voted the most suitable name, garnering 38% of the vote.

In the past, Apple hasn't shied away from branding its products with the number 13, having released the A13 Bionic chipset and the iOS 13 software update, for instance. This is a higher-stakes branding exercise, however, as we're talking about the iPhone, one of the most popular consumer products ever. A product that generates nearly 50% of Apple's billions of dollars in revenue.

Read more: Apple's iPhone 12 led to largest revenue and profit in its company history

The iPhone X (center), launched in 2017 alongside the iPhone 8 (left) and iPhone 8 Plus (right).

By going with the name iPhone 12S and skipping iPhone 13, Apple could also be setting the stage for a sweeping design overhaul when the iPhone 14 or 15 comes around, just as it did with the iPhone X. You may remember Apple skipped the iPhone 9 name in 2017, instead following up 2016's iPhone 7 with the iPhone 8, 8 Plus and iPhone X. And don't forget that the iPhone X was the one that redefined design standards and paved the way for the modern-day iPhone.

By some accounts, the iPhone 14 or 15 (or whatever Apple decides to call it) could be the company's much-awaited entry into the world of foldable smartphones. To be clear, we can't say for certain whether a foldable iPhone will ever see the light of day, but we're holding out hope that it could happen as early as next year. A Bloomberg report, published in January, said Apple already has a working prototype of a foldable iPhone display, but didn't confirm a launch. Other outlets, like Taiwan's Economic Daily for instance, pinned down 2022 as the year the foldable iPhone will come to fruition. Noted Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo pointed to 2023.

Until Apple's fall event, there are no guarantees about what name will get slapped onto this year's iPhone. But if you're interested in learning more about what we're expecting from the Phone 13, or ahem, iPhone 12S family, read our roundup of some of the juiciest iPhone rumors.

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Will Apple release an iPhone 13? We'll likely find out on Sept. 14

The Sun 12 September, 2021 - 03:00pm

Rumors suggest Apple's new iPhone will be dubbed the iPhone 13, although there has been speculation it could be called the iPhone 12S.

Is Apple afraid of unlucky number 13? Despite superstition, Apple is expected to name its upcoming 2021 phone the iPhone 13. It has been the subject of speculation that the tech giant may avoid the bad luck traditionally associated with the number and use the name iPhone 12S for its 2021 phone line. We won't know for sure what the new smartphone is called until Apple's Sept. 14 event, which will likely be when the next iPhone and Apple Watch will be revealed.

An August report from 9to5Mac, citing Duan Rui on Twitter, seems to support the notion that Apple will proceed with a sequential naming convention. Rui tweeted an image, previously shared on Chinese social media site Weibo, showing possible Apple packaging with the name "iPhone 13" on it. In full, the packaging read, "iPhone 13. Designed by Apple in California. Assembled in China."

This mirrors a July report from Taiwanese publication Economic Daily News that says the tech giant will stick to tradition and use iPhone 13 as the moniker for its 2021 lineup. Apple will reportedly offer Mini, Pro and Pro Max versions of the iPhone 13, similar to its iPhone 12 lineup. (Here's how the rumored iPhone 13 specs compare to the iPhone 12.)

Previous rumors had suggested that iPhone 13 may not be Apple's moniker of choice with iPhone 12S expected to be the front-runner for this year's series. A January Bloomberg article citing Apple engineers says only minor upgrades are planned for the upcoming lineup, which will likely be an "S" version of the iPhone 12. Frequent leaker Jon Prosser pointed toward an iPhone 12S, too. We've seen Apple use this naming scheme in the past with 2015's iPhone 6S, which superseded 2014's iPhone 6, and again with 2018's iPhone XS, a follow-up to 2017's iPhone X. Still, another report points to Apple leapfrogging to an iPhone 14 in 2022, excluding "iPhone 13" from its nomenclature altogether.

Until Apple's marquee event, however, there's no telling for sure what name it'll wind up using and the latest rumors don't necessarily provide more clarity. Here are some of the reasons why it might not stick to traditional naming conventions.

Apple knows this less-than-favorable perception could scare customers away from buying an iPhone 13. An online survey of 3,000 Apple users conducted by trade-in site SellCell in June found that nearly three-fourths of respondents would prefer Apple name its next-gen iPhone anything but iPhone 13. iPhone 2021 was voted the most suitable name, garnering 38% of the vote.

In the past, Apple hasn't shied away from branding its products with the number 13, having released the A13 Bionic chipset and the iOS 13 software update, for instance. This is a higher-stakes branding exercise, however, as we're talking about the iPhone, one of the most popular consumer products ever. A product that generates nearly 50% of Apple's billions of dollars in revenue.

Read more: Apple's iPhone 12 led to largest revenue and profit in its company history

The iPhone X (center), launched in 2017 alongside the iPhone 8 (left) and iPhone 8 Plus (right).

By going with the name iPhone 12S and skipping iPhone 13, Apple could also be setting the stage for a sweeping design overhaul when the iPhone 14 or 15 comes around, just as it did with the iPhone X. You may remember Apple skipped the iPhone 9 name in 2017, instead following up 2016's iPhone 7 with the iPhone 8, 8 Plus and iPhone X. And don't forget that the iPhone X was the one that redefined design standards and paved the way for the modern-day iPhone.

By some accounts, the iPhone 14 or 15 (or whatever Apple decides to call it) could be the company's much-awaited entry into the world of foldable smartphones. To be clear, we can't say for certain whether a foldable iPhone will ever see the light of day, but we're holding out hope that it could happen as early as next year. A Bloomberg report, published in January, said Apple already has a working prototype of a foldable iPhone display, but didn't confirm a launch. Other outlets, like Taiwan's Economic Daily for instance, pinned down 2022 as the year the foldable iPhone will come to fruition. Noted Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo pointed to 2023.

Until Apple's fall event, there are no guarantees about what name will get slapped onto this year's iPhone. But if you're interested in learning more about what we're expecting from the Phone 13, or ahem, iPhone 12S family, read our roundup of some of the juiciest iPhone rumors.

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Will Apple release an iPhone 13? We'll likely find out on Sept. 14

The Sun 12 September, 2021 - 03:00pm

Rumors suggest Apple's new iPhone will be dubbed the iPhone 13, although there has been speculation it could be called the iPhone 12S.

Is Apple afraid of unlucky number 13? Despite superstition, Apple is expected to name its upcoming 2021 phone the iPhone 13. It has been the subject of speculation that the tech giant may avoid the bad luck traditionally associated with the number and use the name iPhone 12S for its 2021 phone line. We won't know for sure what the new smartphone is called until Apple's Sept. 14 event, which will likely be when the next iPhone and Apple Watch will be revealed.

An August report from 9to5Mac, citing Duan Rui on Twitter, seems to support the notion that Apple will proceed with a sequential naming convention. Rui tweeted an image, previously shared on Chinese social media site Weibo, showing possible Apple packaging with the name "iPhone 13" on it. In full, the packaging read, "iPhone 13. Designed by Apple in California. Assembled in China."

This mirrors a July report from Taiwanese publication Economic Daily News that says the tech giant will stick to tradition and use iPhone 13 as the moniker for its 2021 lineup. Apple will reportedly offer Mini, Pro and Pro Max versions of the iPhone 13, similar to its iPhone 12 lineup. (Here's how the rumored iPhone 13 specs compare to the iPhone 12.)

Previous rumors had suggested that iPhone 13 may not be Apple's moniker of choice with iPhone 12S expected to be the front-runner for this year's series. A January Bloomberg article citing Apple engineers says only minor upgrades are planned for the upcoming lineup, which will likely be an "S" version of the iPhone 12. Frequent leaker Jon Prosser pointed toward an iPhone 12S, too. We've seen Apple use this naming scheme in the past with 2015's iPhone 6S, which superseded 2014's iPhone 6, and again with 2018's iPhone XS, a follow-up to 2017's iPhone X. Still, another report points to Apple leapfrogging to an iPhone 14 in 2022, excluding "iPhone 13" from its nomenclature altogether.

Until Apple's marquee event, however, there's no telling for sure what name it'll wind up using and the latest rumors don't necessarily provide more clarity. Here are some of the reasons why it might not stick to traditional naming conventions.

Apple knows this less-than-favorable perception could scare customers away from buying an iPhone 13. An online survey of 3,000 Apple users conducted by trade-in site SellCell in June found that nearly three-fourths of respondents would prefer Apple name its next-gen iPhone anything but iPhone 13. iPhone 2021 was voted the most suitable name, garnering 38% of the vote.

In the past, Apple hasn't shied away from branding its products with the number 13, having released the A13 Bionic chipset and the iOS 13 software update, for instance. This is a higher-stakes branding exercise, however, as we're talking about the iPhone, one of the most popular consumer products ever. A product that generates nearly 50% of Apple's billions of dollars in revenue.

Read more: Apple's iPhone 12 led to largest revenue and profit in its company history

The iPhone X (center), launched in 2017 alongside the iPhone 8 (left) and iPhone 8 Plus (right).

By going with the name iPhone 12S and skipping iPhone 13, Apple could also be setting the stage for a sweeping design overhaul when the iPhone 14 or 15 comes around, just as it did with the iPhone X. You may remember Apple skipped the iPhone 9 name in 2017, instead following up 2016's iPhone 7 with the iPhone 8, 8 Plus and iPhone X. And don't forget that the iPhone X was the one that redefined design standards and paved the way for the modern-day iPhone.

By some accounts, the iPhone 14 or 15 (or whatever Apple decides to call it) could be the company's much-awaited entry into the world of foldable smartphones. To be clear, we can't say for certain whether a foldable iPhone will ever see the light of day, but we're holding out hope that it could happen as early as next year. A Bloomberg report, published in January, said Apple already has a working prototype of a foldable iPhone display, but didn't confirm a launch. Other outlets, like Taiwan's Economic Daily for instance, pinned down 2022 as the year the foldable iPhone will come to fruition. Noted Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo pointed to 2023.

Until Apple's fall event, there are no guarantees about what name will get slapped onto this year's iPhone. But if you're interested in learning more about what we're expecting from the Phone 13, or ahem, iPhone 12S family, read our roundup of some of the juiciest iPhone rumors.

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