The new 2021 iPhone 13 models are about to launch in September, so we checked all rumors about what to expect from the new devices.
The new 2021 iPhone lineup will look similar to the former iPhone lineup, with four devices in sizes: 5.4-inches, 6.1-inches, and 6.7-inches, and two higher-end “Pro” models and two positioned as lower-cost, for those seeking an affordable device.
Real or big design changes are not expected, and 2021 iPhones will have the same feature set as the 2020 iPhones. However we expect camera improvements, a faster A-series processor, a new 5G chip from Qualcomm, and important for users an increased battery life, and a smaller size of the ugly notch.
- Camera, faster chips, a smaller notch, and perhaps under display Touch ID.
- Four sizes
- Similar to iPhone 12 lineup
- Smaller notch
- 120Hz ProMotion display
- Camera improvements
- New A15 Chip
- Fall 2021 launch
|iPhone 13 mini||iPhone 13||iPhone 13 Pro||iPhone 13 Pro Max|
|Resolution||2340 x 1080||2532 x 1170||2532 x 1170||2778 x 1284|
|Camera||12MP + 12MP||12MP + 12MP||12MP + 12MP + 12MP||12MP + 12MP + 12MP|
|Storage||Up to 1TB||Up to 1TB||Up to 1TB||Up to 1TB|
There were some early rumors that one iPhone in 2021 would feature a portless design entirely relying on wireless charging, but this rumor has not been confirmed anymore.
Apple iPhones will continue to rely on Lightning connections with no transition to USB-C.
A smaller notch is definitely expected, and some found mockups suggest it could be less pronounced. The new iPhone 13 is also expected to feature 120Hz display refresh rates for the more expensive Pro models.
If there’s onething I would like to see happening, is the return of the fingerprint sensor which in addition to Face ID could provide as a second authentication method, but apparantly according to rumors this will not happen until 2022.
Camera’s are a major feature of any mobile and every year we see a kind of contest which mobile has the best camera technology on board. Samsung, Google and iPhones are in a steap competition which in the end favors us buyers getting a more sophisticated camera time after time. Rumors suggest we may find a larger sensor in the iPhone 13 Pro Max, along with an updated Sensor-Shift Stabilization feature for better auto-focus and stabilization. The new iPhone 13 Pro, is getting a much larger camera array. (iPhone 12 and 12 mini face diagonal camera setup).
Rumors claim improvements to the Ultra Wide lenses on the “Pro” iPhone 13 models for better performance in low-light conditions and improved autofocus.
Batterylife of iPhones or mobiles in general is a major technical issue as we can barely use our mobiles for 15 hours a day when we get the all familiar blinking of a drained accu. Apple’s new iPhone 13 models are to have a larger battery capacity than earlier models, but taking the above ‘table’ in considiration I guess we still face the same problems even though the new A15 chip is somewhat less power hungry.
SOME DESIGN CHANGES
The new iPhones 13 face no changes to the sizes, so we can expect a 5.4-inch iPhone mini, a 6.1-inch low-cost iPhone, a 6.1-inch Pro model, and a 6.7-inch Pro Max model.
The 2021 iPhone models have beside the less pronounced ‘notch’ no real design changes, however thickness is expected to increase by approximately 0.26mm. The iPhone 13 models are also expected to be slightly heavier due to larger batteries.
The standard iPhone 13 model with dual-lens camera setup could see the lenses arranged diagonally rather than a vertical design. What makes Apple choose for the new lens-layout is unknown to me.
As mentioned the iPhone 13 is expected to feature a smaller notch, which may result in an iPhone looking like this composed image just to show the difference in dimensions.
The TrueDepth camera will be shallower because the receiver at the top of the display is being relocated to the edge of the case. This information originally suggested the notch would be shallower rather than smaller, but later mockups have indicated it will be shrinking in width rather than height.
The iPhone 13’s Face ID transmitter is said to be made from a plastic material instead of glass, made possible thanks to improved coating technologies.
The smaller notch can be seen in leaked display panels said to be for the upcoming iPhone 13 models. In these images, the panels have smaller notches because the earpiece speaker has been moved into the top bezel.
IPHONE 13 AND PORTLESS DESIGN
Apple’s ultimate goal is to build an iPhone with no external ports or buttons for a clean, resulting in a streamlined device, but Apple will not introduce a portless iPhone in 2021 with no Lightning port. Apple also has no plans to transition the iPhone lineup from Lightning to USB-C.
Now, will the new iPhone 13 feature an in-screen fingerprint (Touch ID) reader yes or no ?
The rumor is that Apple is working on an in-display fingerprint sensor that might use optical technology, but this is not confirmed. Ultrasonic technology, which uses sound waves to map the fingerprint, is more secure than optical technology and it works in more conditions, but Apple could use a more robust optical/capacitive hybrid instead.
If Apple does implement in-display Touch ID, The fingerprint sensor would be made available in addition to Face ID, and would be convenient for iPhone users who cannot unlock their iPhones with facial recognition when using masks.
There were multiple rumors ahead of the launch of the iPhone 12 lineup that suggested the high-end iPhone 12 models could feature 120Hz ProMotion displays, but later in the rumor cycle, it became clear that this feature was delayed until 2021 due to battery life concerns.
To implement a 120Hz refresh rate on the iPhone, Apple needs to adopt LTPO display technology, which is rumored to be happening in 2021. At least two 2021 iPhone models will use OLED displays with low-power LTPO backplane technology, which will pave the way for 120Hz refresh rates. LTPO offers a more power efficient backplane, which turns the individual pixels on and off on the display, and allows for better battery life. The two models with LTPO are expected to be the Pro models, which are the ones that are rumored to adopt ProMotion technology.
Samsung will supply the LTPO OLED displays that will allow Apple to implement the 120Hz refresh rate in the 2021 iPhone models, and BOE and LG Display may also provide Apple with some displays set to be used in the new iPhones. Samsung began producing LTPO OLED displays for Apple in May 2021.
Apple will use Y-OCTA display technology, which allows touchscreen circuitry to be patterned on the OLED panel without the need for a separate layer. This results in a thinner display that’s also more affordable.
Apple suppliers Samsung and LG Display are believed to be in the process of converting parts of their production capacity to produce low-power LTPO OLED panels for the iPhone 13. The complete conversion of production from LTPS displays to LTPO will likely be completed in the first half of 2021.
FEATURE AN ALWAYS ON DISPLAY
The iPhone 13 could feature an always-on display similar to the Apple Watch, according to Bloomberg‘s Mark Gurman. This would presumably allow some data like the time to be shown on the iPhone’s Lock Screen even when it’s off.
Apple will use a 5nm+ A15 chip for the 2021 iPhones, with the chip set to be manufactured by TSMC. No specific details about the A15 chip are known at this point, but new chip (designs) always bring improvements in speed and efficiency.
5G AND WIFI 6
Qualcomm debuted a new Snapdragon X60 third-generation 5G modem, which will be used in the 2021 iPhones. Future iPhones will also use the X65 and X70 Qualcomm modem chips.
Qualcomm’s Snapdragon X60 is built on a 5-nanometer process, offering higher power efficiency in a smaller footprint than the X55 chip used in iPhone 12 models. It also allows for the aggregation of 5G data from mmWave and sub-6GHz bands simultaneously for improved speeds and coverage.
LARGER BATTERIES WANTED
The iPhone 13 models will get larger batteries implemented, which could result in longer battery life. Apple is using new space saving designs like integrating the SIM slot with the mainboard and reducing the front optical module thickness to provide more space for the battery.
As far as we know now, only the more expensive version may feature a truly larger battery.
The iPhone 13 Pro Max is said to have a 4352mAh battery, up from 3687mAh in the iPhone 12 Pro Max, while the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro will feature a 3095mAh battery, up from 2815mAh in the iPhone 12. The iPhone 13 mini is expected to include a 2406mAh battery, up from the 2227mAh battery in the iPhone 12 mini.
The A15 chip will introduce further efficiency improvements. The iPhone 13 Pro models will feature 15-20 percent lower power consumption to offset the battery life impact of high-refresh rate displays.
25W POWER ADAPTERS
The iPhone 13 models may support even faster charging speeds with support for 25W power adapters. The iPhone 12 models offer fast charging but 20W provides the maximum charging power.
Camera improvements for iPhone 2021 are multiple. If these updates truly offer better picture quality seems to only answered in practice when comparision can be made between the iPhone 12 and version 13. Sensor-shift stabilization will be set for the entire iPhone lineup, introducing improvements in low light performance and stabilization by reducing camera shake, for both the Wide lens and the Ultra Wide lens of the Pro models.
High-end iPhone models will be equipped with an upgraded Ultra Wide camera with a six-element lens and an improved f/1.8 aperture that will let in more light than the current f/2.4 aperture lens, allowing for better performance in low-light conditions. The iPhone 13 and 13 Pro Max will also include an upgraded Ultra Wide camera with autofocus, an upgrade over the fixed focal length Ultra Wide camera in the iPhone 12 models. The autofocus feature will allow for sharper images regardless of the distance that a subject is from the lens. The new camera design will increase in size by 0.9mm on all iPhone 13 models.