iPhone 13’s most fun rumors thus far: Launch date, colours, worth


A render of the iPhone 13.


The iPhone 13 (or no matter it is referred to as) did not make an look at WWDC 2021, however we have now seen a preview of the iOS 15 developer beta, which provides us some key details about the iPhone 13’s new options. (You’ll be able to obtain iOS 15 proper now for those who’re curious, however we do not advocate it.) Past software program, we have additionally been listening to lots recently in regards to the iPhone 13’s shade choices. First it was the pink iPhone leak heard around the world. And now it is a glossy, matte black shade possibility, as reported by EverythingApplePro on YouTube, courtesy of leaker Max Weinbach.

We have collected these rumors and the whole lot else we have heard under, together with hypothesis in regards to the iPhone 13’s launch date (rumors say September, as standard), how the iPhone 13 may evaluate to the iPhone 12, and the whole lot we all know in regards to the iPhone 13’s worth, cameras and different specs. (And do not miss our iPhone 13 want listing.)  

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In accordance with analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, we should always anticipate to see 4 fashions once more this 12 months: the iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Mini, iPhone 13 Professional and iPhone 13 Professional Max — similar to the iPhone 12 lineup. Now we have a number of extra months of hypothesis earlier than Apple unveils its subsequent flagship, so buckle up and skim on. We’ll replace this story as new data turns into obtainable.

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Battery: Bigger capability does not imply iPhone 13 can have an extended battery life

A rumor from Chinese language social media platform Weibo in early June advised that the iPhone 13 lineup will function bigger batteries than the iPhone 12 lineup. The specs, shared on Twitter by leaker @L0vetodream, declare a 2,406mAh battery for the iPhone 13 Mini, going as much as 3,095mAh for the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Professional, and 4,325mAh for the iPhone 13 Professional Max. 

These battery sizes are all upgrades over the iPhone 12’s respective capacities (although Apple would not disclose official battery specs). Nevertheless, battery life will not be the identical as battery capability, so it is doable that the rise in iPhone 13’s battery dimension is not going to translate into an extended battery life. That every one depends upon the telephone’s different upgrades and the way nicely its software program optimizes for battery life. However in contrast with different manufacturers’ premium telephones, Apple’s batteries fall brief. The batteries in Samsung’s Galaxy S21 lineup, for instance, vary from 4,000 to five,000 mAh. 

Learn extra: iOS 15: Launch date, new options and each rumor, detailed

Launch date: iPhone 13 needs to be right here by mid-September

To this point, there isn’t any official or unofficial phrase on after we can anticipate to see Apple’s subsequent iPhone. An April report advised the manufacturing of the iPhones’ new chips had been operating forward of schedule, placing the iPhone 13 launch date again on Apple’s pre-pandemic timeline. Often, we are able to predict with a point of accuracy when Apple’s iPhone occasions will happen and extrapolate a launch date based mostly on that. 

However 2020 was a special story — it was the primary September Apple occasion in eight years with out an iPhone — because of delays in manufacturing because of the coronavirus pandemic. This 12 months, nonetheless, Kuo can be forecasting enterprise as standard for Apple’s provide chain. If that is the case, we are able to anticipate to see the iPhone 13 unveiled at an occasion someday in September.

Let’s synthesize the information we have now: 

  • Apple likes to carry its occasions on Tuesdays or Wednesdays.
  • iPhone launch dates are usually per week and a half after Apple’s bulletins.
  • Typically, new iPhones are launched on a Friday, across the third week of September.

A number of years in the past, CNET took a deep dive into the Apple occasion timeline and emerged with a compelling Labor Day speculation, which you’ll be able to examine right here. Primarily based on the 2021 calendar, the Labor Day rule would put the September Apple occasion (and unveiling of the iPhone 13) on Sept. 8, with a Sept. 17 launch date. 

Learn extra: iPhone 13 want listing: What Apple wants for its subsequent telephone to succeed

Title: Apple’s subsequent flagship won’t be referred to as iPhone 13


iPhone 13 render


We’re going with the identify “iPhone 13” for now, however the moniker will not be a positive factor. Contemplating high-rise buildings are inclined to omit the thirteenth ground from their elevator buttons for superstitious causes, Apple might succumb to its personal triskaidekaphobia and skip the quantity 13. 

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iPhone 12S is a worthy guess for the identify of Apple’s subsequent technology of iPhones. Simply as 2014’s iPhone 6 gave method to 2015’s iPhone 6S and 2017’s iPhone X preceded 2018’s iPhone XS, and not using a main redesign within the works (extra on that under), the 2021 iPhone is simply as more likely to be positioned as an enchancment on the iPhone 12.

Or perhaps Apple will take a web page out of Samsung’s ebook and identify its subsequent telephone after the 12 months of its conception: iPhone 2021 has a pleasant ring to it. Or what in regards to the iPhone XXI? Or, dare to dream, Apple might go in a totally totally different course and identify it one thing enjoyable, just like the Motorola Citrus or LG Chocolate of yore.

Worth: iPhone 13 might value the identical as iPhone 12… or much less

Apple’s iPhone 12 lineup included 4 telephones at 4 costs, with much more variation amongst carriers and storage configurations. At launch, the baseline iPhone 12 service mannequin value $799, a rise of $100 from 2019’s iPhone 11, largely because of the addition of 5G assist. As a result of the iPhone 13 will not be anticipated to have such a serious technical improve, analysts are predicting the same worth construction for 2021

GIF by Caitlin Petrakovitz/CNET

Here is the iPhone 12’s US pricing, for reference:

iPhone 12 pricing: All 4 fashions

iPhone 12 mannequin 64GB 128GB 256GB 512GB
iPhone 12 Mini (service mannequin) $699 $749 $849 N/A
iPhone 12 Mini (SIM-free from Apple) $729 $779 $879 N/A
iPhone 12 (service mannequin) $799 $849 $949 N/A
iPhone 12 (SIM-free from Apple) $829 $879 $979 N/A
iPhone 12 Professional N/A $999 $1,099 $1,299
iPhone 12 Professional Max N/A $1,099 $1,199 $1,399

There may be some hypothesis that Apple may take into account reducing the worth of its subsequent telephone lineup. A number of rivals rose to the event of the financial downturn by releasing extra reasonably priced fashions in 2020, reminiscent of Samsung’s Galaxy S20 FE and Google’s Pixel 5: Each are the identical worth because the iPhone 12 Mini, however about $100 lower than the iPhone 12. The newly launched Samsung Galaxy S21 additionally boasted a lower cost tag, beginning at $200 decrease than its predecessor. 

Gross sales of the iPhone 12 might point out the course Apple may soak up pricing the iPhone 13. The predicted 2020 “supercycle” appears to have occurred as Apple anticipated: In October, the iPhone 12 and 12 Professional turned the primary and second best-selling 5G telephone fashions worldwide. And Apple just lately introduced that the iPhone 12 led to the biggest income and revenue within the firm’s historical past.

Design: iPhone 13 will most likely look acquainted

There have already been quite a few renders floating across the Twittersphere exhibiting rumored iPhone 13 designs. The newest, from MacRumors, illustrates the resized digicam bump and elevated thickness of the iPhone 13 and 13 Professional in comparison with its predecessors. In accordance with MacRumors, the iPhone 13’s digicam bump is getting barely thicker, maybe to accommodate forthcoming digicam upgrades like lidar.


iPhone 13 vs. iPhone 12 digicam bumps.



iPhone 13 and iPhone 12 rumored thickness in contrast.


The Twittersphere was abuzz in early Might when an account referred to as Peng Telephones launched a supposedly leaked picture of a bubblegum pink iPhone 13, although the picture ended up being wishful pondering from an artist on Instagram who makes a speciality of 3D modeling. Then in June, YouTube account EverythingApplePro previewed a matte black iPhone 13 render, mentioned to be a alternative for the present graphite or area grey shade choices on the iPhone 12 Professional and iPhone 11 Professional fashions, respectively.


The rumored matte black shade possibility for the iPhone 13.


Earlier, we noticed a 3D-printed mockup from Japanese weblog Macotakara and a few idea renderings from EverythingApplePro. However we do not anticipate any huge adjustments to the iPhone’s design in 2021, contemplating 2020 noticed a fairly important “slabular” redesign already with the return of the iPhone 5’s flat sides. Apple can be not anticipated to make any adjustments to the telephone’s sizing from the earlier technology. 


The purported pink iPhone 13.


iPhone 13’s rumored sizes:

  • iPhone 13 Mini: 5.4-inch
  • iPhone 13: 6.1-inch
  • iPhone 13 Professional: 6.1-inch
  • iPhone 13 Professional Max: 6.7-inch

Two potential design components that are getting some first rate buzz already: a shallower notch, which can be evident within the leaked mockup (or perhaps a utterly notchless display screen) and the loss of life of the Lightning port, each of which have been speculated about, hoped for or dreaded advert nauseam for generations of iPhones. 


iPhone 13 rendering


iPhone 13 could nix the chunky notch — or simply slim it down

Apple launched the world to the notched show in 2017 with the discharge of the iPhone X, and as rivals solved the selfie conundrum with hole-punch and under-display cameras, Apple nonetheless hasn’t, er, taken it down a notch. Those that crossed their fingers for a notchless or at the least smaller-notched iPhone 12 are reassigning their hopes to the iPhone 13 now that their 2020 all-screen desires have failed to return to fruition.

Rumors of a smaller notch resurfaced in early March in an buyers be aware from analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. In its leaked dummy mockup, Macotakara estimated that the iPhone 13’s notch might shrink to 26.8mm huge (in comparison with 34.83mm on the iPhone 12), whereas changing into ever-so barely taller, at 5.35mm, in comparison with the iPhone 12’s 5.3mm notch peak.


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


Will Apple kill the Lightning port, too?

When Apple ousted the headphone jack, the doomsday clock began ticking for the iPhone’s charging port as nicely, in line with business analysts. Although plenty of us are nonetheless holding out hope for a USB-C port, the introduction of MagSafe equipment in 2020 all however sealed the deal on a portless future for the iPhone. Frequent leaker Jon Prosser shares this prediction, asserting on his YouTube channel, “The top purpose may be very clearly portless.”

However do not get too excited (nervous?): Kuo predicts that just one 2021 iPhone will likely be utterly portless, probably the iPhone 13 Professional Max.

iPhone 12 Professional’s Magsafe charger.


Cameras: New photograph methods and tech coming to the iPhone 13

The iPhone received some fairly well-received digicam upgrades in 2020, particularly within the Professional Max mannequin, which launched the iOS crowd to lidar (additionally discovered on the Professional) and ProRaw. The iPhone 12 even wrested CNET photograph fanatic Stephen Shankland’s loyalty away from Google Pixel, the erstwhile computational images king. 

Learn extra: iPhone 13 digicam rumors: The specs and upgrades we’ll probably see


iPhone 13 rendering


Higher zoom capabilities for the iPhone 13

One weak spot within the 2020 lineup’s digicam choices, nonetheless, was zoom know-how. The iPhone 12 Professional Max solely featured a 2.5x optical zoom — for comparability, Samsung’s Galaxy S20 Extremely and now the S21 Extremely each supply a 100x zoom (although it’s a mixture of optical and digital).

In accordance with ETNews (as reported by TechRadar), the iPhone 13 might doubtlessly embrace a periscope digicam, a know-how that will permit for a bigger zoom vary with out requiring a good bigger digicam bump. Kuo made comparable predictions for a future periscope lens, although his report hinted that we could have to attend till 2022. It is also doable that the two.5x zoom discovered on the iPhone 12 Professional Max might trickle all the way down to the subsequent iPhone’s Professional mannequin.

Improved night time mode images

Rumors in early February hinted at welcome enhancements for low-light images. Analysts are predicting an ultrawide-angle lens with a bigger aperture — f1.8, as an alternative of f2.4. A bigger aperture means extra gentle can hit the sensor, which makes for higher images at nighttime or in low-light conditions.

You get lidar, you get lidar, everybody will get lidar!

All 4 fashions of the iPhone 13 lineup might embrace lidar know-how, in line with a DigiTimes report. Lidar was launched to the iPhone in 2020 however solely on the Professional and Professional Max fashions, so this is able to solely be a real improve for the essential mannequin and the Mini. Nonetheless, lidar for everybody could be fairly nifty — the digicam function, which stands for “gentle detection and ranging,” is a depth sensor that makes use of lasers to measure distance. The digicam trick can take your iPhone images to the subsequent stage, and it additionally has some fairly cool AR purposes


The iPhone 12 Professional’s lidar sensor — the black circle on the backside proper of the digicam unit — opens up AR prospects and rather more.

Patrick Holland/CNET

Options: All the opposite iPhone 13 rumors we have heard

There’s lots we are able to confidently predict for the 2021 iPhone lineup based mostly on final 12 months’s options and Apple’s standard observe report. As an example, 5G is all however a foregone conclusion. There most likely will not be a charger or headphones within the field, nor a headphone jack, nor a USB-C port. And until 2021 throws us for a good larger loop than 2020, we anticipate Apple to ship the iPhone 13 with the brand new iOS 15 put in. (By the best way, iOS 14.6 is right here and iOS 14.7 is on the best way.)

120Hz refresh price for the iPhone 13 Professional and Professional Max

We thought we would get a refreshed refresh price within the iPhone 12, however the 120Hz rumors did not pan out — probably due to the already elevated calls for on battery from the telephone’s 5G connectivity. As a substitute, Apple’s lineup final 12 months featured the identical 60Hz show because the earlier 12 months’s iPhone 11.

However 2021 may very well be the 12 months of the 120Hz show, which might lead to a smoother, sooner scrolling expertise because of the next display screen refresh price. Many higher-end opponents already function a 120Hz show (e.g., the OnePlus 8T and Galaxy S21), so the chances are good Apple heads on this course for its subsequent Professional line.

Proof for doubling the refresh price in 2021 comes from Korean information web site The Elec, which experiences that two of the iPhone 13 fashions will use LTPO know-how of their screens. This display screen tech would make the telephone extra power-efficient on the whole, that means smaller batteries and/or longer battery life are additionally possible (to not point out whispers about an always-on show). Study extra 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 once more in an April DigiTimes report.

An always-on show

Just like the Apple Watch (and Android telephones), the iPhone 13 could have its personal model of the always-on show, what Weinbach referred to as a “toned-down lock display screen.” If rumors are true, your subsequent iPhone would all the time show the time and battery cost, in addition to incoming notifications, with out you having to unlock or wake the entire display screen.

Return of the Contact ID button

Bloomberg reported in 2019 that the beloved Contact ID button may return as an under-display sensor within the following 12 months’s flagship, which might have been the iPhone 12. That did not occur, however the Bloomberg report left room for error, saying the know-how might “slip to the 2021 iPhone refresh.” 

Twitter leaker @L0vetodream additionally teased an under-display Contact ID final fall, which was subsequently corroborated (and translated) by Prosser.

Apple’s 2020 iPad Air, introduced final September throughout what usually would have been an iPhone unveiling occasion, built-in a Contact ID button onto the aspect of the machine. The brand new iMac, unveiled in April, is additionally getting a Contact ID button on its redesigned Magic Keyboard. This addition is thrilling as a result of it solves the “Face ID would not work whereas sporting a masks” downside with out ceding display screen actual property. An under-display button would resolve the issue, too, although it stays to be seen whether or not the tech will likely be prepared in time for the iPhone 13. (In the meantime, those that personal an Apple Watch have already got but an alternative choice for masked iPhone-unlocking as of iOS 14.5.)

As we close to the purported September iPhone announcement, we’ll maintain this publish up to date with all of the iPhone 13 leaks, rumors and different hypothesis because it comes up, so test again.

And within the meantime, here is what it is best to know in regards to the iPhone 12:

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