iPhone 13 leaks are officially out now. The sales of the iPhone 12 Pro during the first quarter of 2021 broke all its previous records and also beating Wall Street expectations. Apple reported $65.6 billion in iPhone revenue, surpassing analyst estimates of $60.33 billion.
So how Apple can launch a better iPhone in 2021? What features can we expect from the upcoming iPhone 13 or iPhone 12S?
Apple iPhone 13 leaks
Apple’s new iPhones for 2021 are likely to launch toward the end of the year, but we’re already hearing some credible juicy rumors from a variety of sources about what to expect on the next-gen iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Pro, and iPhone 13 Pro Max lineup.
Many sources have revealed that there will not any major physical design changes, as this is the S year. However, rumors point to the company focusing on refining the design, improving the internals, and perhaps even bringing in far more powerful cameras.
Design and Display
We are hearing as part of the iPhone 13 leaks that the design will be very similar to the existing iPhone 12 lineup. However, many credible sources such as “Ming-Chi” have revealed that the notch will be shrinking and two Pro models will be equipped with low-power LTPO display technology for a 120Hz refresh rate. As many iPhone enthusiasts were anticipating for the ProMotion display feature in iPhone 12 last year but that didn’t happen so this year it is confirmed that iPhone 13 will have ProMotion display.
The ProMotion technology works in a similar way to what we have seen on the company’s iPad Pro lineup where it can vary the refresh rate depending on what activity you are doing on your phone. So the content which doesn’t require a 120 Hz rate can be scaled down to a 60 Hz rate to consume less battery. However, this ProMotion feature would be exclusive only to the Pro line up which means that we won’t see this on regular iPhone 13 or iPhone 13 Mini.
Another of the iPhone 13 leaks talked about feature is “Always on Display”. Many insiders have confirmed this feature to be in work. Many flagship Android phones have had this feature for many years, recently we witnessed this on the iWatch Series, so it is very likely to see this coming to the iPhone 13.
This is the year where Apple might be returning to the Touch ID. Many sources have claimed that iPhone 13 would have an in-screen fingerprint reader as a Touch ID. Although it could be an ultrasonic fingerprint reader which will be offered on all four models. This means that we can now have the best of both worlds, Face ID and Touch ID, way to go Apple!
One of the most credible industry analysts Ming-Chi Kuo – who is often right about Apple information – has hinted the iPhone 13’s ultra-wide camera may be bumped to a f/1.8, six-element lens from the current f/2.4, five-element lens on the Pro and Pro Max.
Some analysts have also mentioned that the iPhone 13 Pro could get the same telephoto snapper as the iPhone 12 Pro Max, allowing for 2.5x optical zoom, up from 2x on its predecessor into the regular Pro model.
Furthermore, Apple is looking into adding a periscope camera to a future iPhone lineup. This would allow for a greater zoom range than current models, maybe up to 11x optical zoom, potentially without making the camera components any thicker. However, this may feature may not be available in iPhone 13 but could be available on iPhone 14.
The insiders are also reporting that all four iPhone 13 models will get sensor-shift OIS (optical image stabilization), which would be an upgrade for all but the Pro Max, which already has that, and that the two Pro models will get a larger main lens.
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Ming-Chi Kuo has previously predicted that at least one high-end iPhone model would feature a portless design in 2021, but his latest findings state that there will be “no portless design” this year (2021) after all, with the Lightning connector sticking around for the foreseeable future.
iPhone 13/12S Storage, battery and other leaks
One source has also revealed to us that the top-of-the-line iPhone 13 will have up to 1 TeraByte (TB) of storage, which is an upgrade from the 512 GB currently iPhone 12 Pro offers. This is great news for people who are doing lots of 4K videos and other media-related activities.
There is some good news on the battery front, famous analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said that the iPhone 13 might switch to soft board technology, which could allow for physically smaller batteries without reducing the capacity. Kuo has since said that the iPhone 13 might have a higher capacity battery than the iPhone 12. As many customers weren’t really happy with iPhone 12 Pro’s battery timing. Many people reported it was underperforming compared to the iPhone 11 Pro which was one-year older model but still had better battery timing than iPhone 12 Pro.
We have also heard talk that Advanced Vapor Chamber cooling is going to be deployed in the iPhone 13 – though if it’s not ready this year and we might have to wait until the iPhone 14.
The iPhone 13/12S could also get a big boost in terms of wireless connectivity. Documentation of Apple’s settlement with Qualcomm revealed that Apple has plans to use Qualcomm’s X60 5G modem in upcoming iPhones, which will likely include the iPhone 13.
This is important because the 5nm X60 modem can integrate directly into a phone’s chipset, meaning a smaller footprint and lower battery drain. Plus, the 5G performance should be better, as the modem can combine mmWave and sub-6GHz 5G networks simultaneously. A separate report from an analyst confirms that the iPhone 13 will get the new Qualcomm X60 modem.