The profile of the iPhone 13 is starting to rise. Like every year, the future series reveals its secrets, several months before its launch. iPhone 13, 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max: new features, technical sheet, release date and price, this is what the next iPhones will look like.
This year, Apple is expected to launch 4 new iPhones again: two entry-level and two Pro models with the best features. A compact iPhone 13 will be there, despite the iPhone 12 Mini’s failure. The entire range will evolve with a performance boost and technical innovations. The photo part will also improve across the range with the integration of a LiDar scanner on non-Pro versions.
We are also talking about the return of the Touch ID fingerprint sensor, this time under the screen. The iPhone 13 could be the first smartphone to integrate WiFi 6E with the arrival of the 6 GHz frequency band. Below we peel all the major changes expected.
iPhone 13 : quel design ?
Let’s start with their template. Nothing should move on that side. Like last year, we will have an iPhone 13 mini as standard entry, un iPhone 13 standard then the iPhone 13 Pro et 13 Pro Max. With respective sizes of 5.4 inches for the mini model, 6.1 inches for the iPhone 13 and 13 Pro and 6.7 inches for the Pro Max version.
As reported by MacRumors, Apple’s next iPhone 13 will be slightly thicker than the current iPhone 12. In addition, the size of the photo module on the back of the phone will be larger than previous models. The difference will not be very striking, however, since it will be a few millimeters more.
Finally a reduced size notch
Some analysts are also counting on a reduced size notch on the iPhone 13. This miniaturization could only concern the height of the notch. The width could remain the same if we are to believe the Ice Univerce leaker that we no longer present. One of the sensors of the TrueDepth camera would thus be moved to the side. This would leave the field to a thinner design of the notch, if not less wide.
Conversely, the Mac Otakara site unveiled an iPhone 13 mockup with a narrower notch, the speaker and microphone being located on the edge of the phone. Regardless, the notch should indeed be more discreet, which will be a major change since the launch of the iPhone X.
iPhone 13: what fate for the Lightning port?
Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo announced in 2019 that the 2021 iPhones would offer a “completely wireless experience” with the removal of the Lightning port. Old rumors were already betting on the end of the Lightning port with the iPhone 12, which would be the last to be equipped with it. But this time around, it’s not a replacement of the Lightning with USB-C, but the outright disappearance of the port.
According to Bloomberg, Apple is considering this option on some 2021 models, in favor of wireless charging. This possibility, as unlikely as it may seem, would be supported by Apple’s desire to offer only Qi wireless charging. The technology has come of age and offers charging powers that now rival wired charging.
Apple could just as well bet on the Smart Connector of iPads for recharging iPhone 13. This connector offers possibilities for recharging and data transfer. This solution is undoubtedly being considered, but in our understanding, it is too early to see it happen this year. What seems much more likely, however, is that Apple no longer ships the USB-C Lightning cable in the box. after removing the charger last year.
iPhone 13 mini, 13 and 13 Pro: technical sheet
The first certain novelty is the integration of a new even more efficient chip. Apple will use an A15 SoC engraved in 5nm + by TSMC. The 5nm + process (referred to as N5P) is an “improved version” of 5nm. It offers better energy efficiency and performance improvements.
The 2021 iPhones should thus gain in power while further limiting the demand on the battery. There is also talk of a 1 TB storage option for the iPhone 13. That is twice the maximum storage capacity of the iPhone 12 Pro which is 512 GB.
New 5G chip and 6E WiFi
Qualcomm will supply the 5G modem for future iPhones again. After the Snapdragon X55 of the iPhone 12, place au Snapdragon X60 whose production started last year. It is the first 5G modem to use 5nm engraving. It offers an aggregation of mmWave frequencies (millimeter bands) and those below 6 GHz, which in theory makes it possible to achieve a record speed of 7.5 Gb / s. Upward speed is up to 3 Gb / s.
This is 3 times better than the x55 modem which has a theoretical maximum download speed of 2.5 Gb / s. According to some indiscretions, some iPhone 13 models might support a single 5G band, running either in mmWave or sub-6 GHz, but not both. This will allow Apple to lower production costs for certain markets where millimeter frequencies are not yet exploited.
This choice would not be surprising considering that the 5G mmWave of the iPhone 12 series is only available in the United States. The good news is that it would arrive on more markets in 2021. Europe and by extension France could thus be entitled to it.
Finally, we are also talking about the integration of a WiFi 6E chip in the iPhone 13. The new standard is compatible with 6 GHz frequencies. This is an evolution of WiFi 6 and not a new generation strictly speaking. The previous standard was compatible with 2.4 and 5 Ghz frequencies. A new spectrum is therefore added to the list with the promise of better bandwidth and lower latencies.
iPhone 13: camera improvements
Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claims that the iPhone 13’s ultra-wide-angle module would be a 6P (six-element) lens compared to the 5P in current versions. The Pro models would also incorporate a larger CMOS sensor (main lens), with improvements in resolution and light sensitivity.
However, the entire range will be entitled to changes. The non-Pro iPhone 13s would thus be brought up to the same level as the current iPhone 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max. They would thus be compatible with Sensor Shift stabilization which improves the quality of images in the event of movement. The entire 2021 range could also carry a LiDar scanner.
A 120 Hz and LTPO ProMotion display
Technically, the iPhone 12 Pro Max was compatible with a 120 Hz screen. We learned at the last moment that Apple was sacrificing this frequency on the altar of autonomy. To offer such a refresh rate, the Cupertino company prefers to adopt LTPO display technology. According to the latest news, the screens of the iPhone 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max should exploit this standard.
This considerably reduces the energy consumption of the screen. Enough to leave the way free for technology ProMotion and its frequency up to 120 Hz. This will allow for better screen fluidity in the conditions that require it, especially during 3D video game sessions.
We can also expect a software part that automatically adapts the frequency of the screen as needed for further optimize autonomy. Finally, the LTPO screen would also be Always-on, a first for an iPhone. In other words, the slab will be able to display battery level, time, date and notifications continuouslyeven in standby.
iPhone 13: release date and price
The iPhone 13 mini, 13 and 13 Pro should not experience the same delays as the iPhone 12 series. Last year, the traditional Apple Keynote dedicated to the new iPhone was postponed to October. The consequences of the current health crisis will not be the same this year.
We can therefore expect a return of the keynote in September 2021 for the iPhone 13. With a release later this month. As for prices, nothing has filtered yet.