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Apple iPhone 13 Rumours and What to Expect

Mobile news | by Nathan Lockwood | Feb 18, 2022

Apple iPhone 13 Rumours and What to Expect

Apple iPhone 13 Rumours and What to Expect


We are drawing ever closer to the next Apple’s iPhone release, and though no exact date is confirmed, our boffins can’t help but ruminate over what’s to come. 

The ‘iPhone 13’ rumour mill started in early 2020, and ever since, we’ve been on tenterhooks. So, if you’re just as excited as the team at Envirofone, join us while we weigh up what could be in store for all you Apple fans this September.

More than one iPhone 13 handset?

It’s reasonable to assume that the next iPhone will have the ‘13” appendage to its name. After all, it’s how Apple has always issued their smartphones. However, a few rumours suggest that Apple’s next mobile entry could be the ‘iPhone 12S’ due to limited changes. But it’s fair to say this could just be no more than speculation, so the ‘iPhone 13’ denomination seems more likely.

If it follows the iPhone 12, we could get four different models, comprising a standard iPhone 13, a Mini version, a Pro model, and a Pro Max edition.

Rumours have even suggested that sizes will be very similar to the 12 series. For instance, Japanese site Mac Otakara claims Apple has built the iPhone 13 Mini to 5.4 inches, with the regular iPhone 13 and Pro version set at 6.1 inches. We expect the Pro Max edition to be a whopping 6.7 inches.

Other murmurs in the IOS community have claimed that while sizes are similar, the body could be 0.26mm thicker, providing extra room for larger parts, such as the battery.  

What camera will the iPhone 13 have?

As with other iPhone releases, the cameras get better every year. And with a whole bunch of leaks and rumours suggesting we are going to get some excellent additions, it sounds like there’s going to be a few upgrades once again.

One constant, however, is sure to be the large camera sensor and sensor-shift stabilisation from the iPhone 12 Pro Max. Apple will undoubtedly use this technology again across the 13 models for cleaner photo experiences.

Exact specifications are yet to be confirmed, but it is widely acknowledged that ultra-wide lenses are more or less a given. Autofocus and low-light conditions will be a target for improvement, and high-end iPhone 13 models could feature a six elements lens with an f/1.8 aperture.


iPhone 13 camera dimensions

Thanks to a video from EverythingApplePro, we have a good idea of what to expect from the iPhone 13’s rear cameras, which could be a bit bigger than last time around.

Apparently, the iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max will both feature a triple-lens. However, a slight change is rumoured for the regular iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Mini —they will instead form a diagonal design.

Rumoured dimensions are as follows:

  • The iPhone 13 Pro Max’s rear camera will be 0.87mm bigger than the 12 Pro Max. As such, the thickness is estimated to be around 0.25mm greater.
  • The iPhone 13 Mini is set to be around 0.26mm thicker than its predecessor, with a camera protruding around 0.99mm further. It’s rumoured to be approximately 3.06mm longer in terms of width and 0.14mm in height.
  • The iPhone 13 Pro will purportedly have a much larger camera than the 12 Pro, resulting in 3.41mm more height. You can also expect 4.81mm more width and a 3.65mm protrusion (around 0.86mm more), rumoured to result from the larger LiDAR sensor.

Will the iPhone 13 have 5G?

This is a bit of an obvious one, but I’d be surprised if 5G doesn’t make its way onto the next iPhone. Almost all of the new devices from the last year feature this faster connectivity, so Apple will be keen to join the pack.

Multiple rumours suggest that 5G will work in tandem with a Snapdragon X60 5G modem chip. In addition, the X65 and X70 varieties are to be used in iPhones further down the line. Not only will this chipset help grant 5G, but it will allow for Wi-Fi 6E support.

Likewise, Apple enthusiasts can probably expect a new, faster processor, with the 5NM+ A15 top of the rumour list. Unfortunately, though we can be confident it will be super-fast, there’s not much information to confirm these claims.

What will battery life be like on the iPhone 13?

A fair amount of new features will be added to the iPhone 13, so you can probably expect to see a much richer battery life. According to Weibo, here’s what you can expect across the different models:

  • The iPhone 13 Pro Max = 4352mAh battery (the iPhone 12 Pro Max has 3687mAh).
  • iPhone 13 and 13 Pro =  3095mAh battery (the 12/12 Pro has a 2815mAh).
  • iPhone 13 Mini = 2406mAh battery (the iPhone 12 Mini has 2227mAh).

In addition, it’s rumoured the A15 chip could reduce power consumption by up to 20 percent.


What do we know about the iPhone 13’s display?

Displays have long been a critical selling point for Apple. So, when we look to the next generation model due this September, we can expect a display never seen before by IOS fanatics.

Numerous sources, including Apple Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, have hypothesised that the iPhone 13’s notch will be much smaller (around 5.35mm in height and 26.80mm in width). This, he argues, is because the earpiece is moving to the top of the iPhone display. For comparison, the iPhone 12 Pro Max’s notch is 5.30mm high and 34.83mm wide.

To accompany this change, the front-facing camera will move to the left-hand side of the notch, according to leaked photos. In previous models, the front camera is on the right-hand side.

A true-depth camera array could also be narrower and shallower as the receiver at the top of the screen moves to the edge of the display.

In addition, Apple’s Face ID system is said to have a makeover, allowing for the smaller notch at the top of the screen. And thanks to advances in improved coating technology, the Face ID transmitter will likely be made from plastic rather than glass.

LTPO technology on the iPhone 13

Some critics say it will be easier to switch between entertainment and functions like ‘messages’. Therefore, a 120Hz refresh rate, apparently on the list of features and specifications, will be one to keep an eye out for in the release. And this comes with the help of the iPad Pro’s ProMotion technology.

To make this work, Apple will need to use LTPO technology for the display. And the Pro and Pro Max models will likely use this in tandem with OLED displays to allow for a super smooth refresh rate.

Bloomberg and Joanna Stern from the Wall Street Journal claim Apple has been testing in-screen Touch-ID fingerprint scanners. This would be made possible through the use of ultrasonic technology that detects fingerprints using sound waves. While it’s hard to say whether this is confirmed, it could prove to be a more secure answer to the current optical technology Apple employs.

What else do we know about the iPhone 13?

According to Apple Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the iPhone 13 will continue to use wired charging, arguing that there will is no change to USB-C expected. In addition, there seem to be no changes to volume, power, or mute button locations expected either. So, we can expect a similar layout to last year’s iPhone 12.

In terms of storage, it is yet to be seen if there will be models that feature over 512GB, so don’t hold your breath for the first 1TB iPhone.


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