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iPhone 13 release date, specs and rumors

iPhone 13

We are still expecting the release of the new iPhone models from Apple anytime soon, They will likely be called iPhone 12, 12 Plus, 12 Pro. While we await the new iPhone models’ release, we have gathered some interesting information for our readers by looking at the latest news and rumors on the 2021 iPhone 13. Leaks and rumors indicate that the next year’s iPhone 13 is going to be an exciting upgrade.

iPhone 13 release date and price

There’s no official word on the release date of Apple’s iPhone 13, we can still make a guess. If the device follows the same pattern as the previous releases, we might be seeing it on the last Friday of September 2021. However, there’s a possibility that coronavirus might affect the release date. In that case, we might have to wait till the end of Q4 2021 to see it roll out.

As regarding the price of the iPhone 13, there’s no official word as to what it’ll be. However, judging from Apple’s previous releases, we should be able to make a pretty close guess. According to leaks, the upcoming iPhone 12 series is set to launch in a few months, with a starting price of $699 for the iPhone 12. The iPhone 12 Pro Max, which is the most expensive of the series, is predicted to go for a starting price of $1,099. By looking at the old iPhone cost, we should expect the iPhone 13 price to also be within the range of $699 and $1,099.

iPhone 13 Specs and features

Here are a few of the futuristic features that we expect Apple to release with 2021’s iPhone.

  • All-glass Body Display Design
  • No Lightning Charging Cable And No Holes
  • No Sim Card Tray
  • Hologram Technology
  • Notch and TrueDepth camera
  • Touch ID And Face ID
  • Apple-designed 5G modem
  • Ability to power the MacBook

All-Glass Body Display Design

One of the futuristic features of the 2021 iPhone 13 is that it’ll come with an all-glass body and display design. A recently uploaded YouTube video shows a beautiful concept made on the 2021 iPhone 13 device.

According to the video concept, the sides of the device will have absolutely no physical buttons, the sides will only feature touch buttons embedded inside the screen. Also, the sides of the device will display battery life and notification.

TF International Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has told investors that the 120Hz refresh rate will arrive with the iPhone 13 next year. The iPhone 12 will continue to sport the same old 60Hz displays. There are issues with battery life when using the 120Hz display, which Apple hasn’t yet resolved. Most Android vendors including Samsung and OnePlus have already been offering 120Hz refresh rate on their flagship phones.

No Lightning Charging Cable And Holes

As revealed on the video concept, the 2021 iPhone 13 will also likely come with no charging cord and holes. According to Ming-Chi Kuo, a TF International Securities Analyst, Apple is planning to launch its first iPhone in 2021 without charging ports.

With that, it means the iPhone will not have to charge cables and will have no holes for wired earpieces. Everything you do will entirely be a wireless experience, including charging your phone and streaming music. Kuo further added that the new development is one of Apple’s efforts to distinguish it’s most expensive devices from other iPhones.

Also, Jon Prosser has confirmed in a reply to 9TechEleven’s post. Here’s what the post looks like below:

No Lightning Charging Cable And Holes For iPhone 13
Image: Twitter Screenshot

No SIM Card Tray

According to the video concept, it’s likely that the 2021 iPhone 13 will not come with a SIM card tray. This new development which could be introduced by Apple, suggests that the new device will utilize the eSIM functionality.

With a few smartphone manufacturers, including Samsung and iPhone already having their iOS supporting the eSIM functionality, it’s most likely that the iPhone 13 will come with no SIM card tray.

Hologram Technology

Another feature of the 2021 iPhone 13 would be a built-in 3D hologram technology. That’ll help to provide fully-featured holograms over the device’s screen. According to rumors, Apple is developing an ultra-thin LED display screen, called Micro LED. This feature can help to make the screen thinner and brighter, resulting in an improved resolution. Furthermore, with the help of better software and hardware, the micro-LED display technology can enable users to view holograms. That’ll be without having to use any protective glasses.

A Notch-less Design and USB-C Port

According to speculations, Apple has purportedly experimented on removing the notch from its upcoming phones, starting from its 2021 flagship devices. This new development has also been suggested for future models.

Twitter tipster Ice Universe has revealed that Apple is working hard to overcome the challenges of the under-display camera technology and the foldable screen technology. If Apple succeeds in developing the technology, it could ditch the notch and place the camera and other Face ID sensors under the display. It will be challenging for the tech giant to place all the components under the screen without affecting the speed or accuracy of Face ID.

Apple-focused Japanese blog MacOtakara has obtained a leaked prototype of the 5.5-inch iPhone 13. MacOtakara got the prototype from a source at Alibaba. The device no notch. Its screen is only slightly larger than the 5.4-inch of the upcoming iPhone 12.

The mockup has also ditched the Lightning port in favor of a USB-C port. The camera setup on the back shows as many as five holes. It doesn’t mean the iPhone 13 base model would get five cameras. MacOtakara clarified that Apple could be using a modular system to let its designers test multiple cameras.

Rumor has it that the base model of Apple’s iPhone 13 would sport three or four cameras. The current iPhone 11 has only two rear cameras while the Pro models get three lenses. Apple has been working to make the iPhone a “single slab of glass” for years. If it manages to achieve the feat with iPhone 13, the selfie camera and Face ID sensors could be integrated under the display, eliminating the notch.

However, a noted tipster has refuted MacOtakara’s claims. Responding to a tweet about the leaked prototype, tipster Jon Prosser said, “lol no.” His tweet suggests that such a design is unlikely. But the phone is still over a year away, so nobody can be sure of that.

Camera

Twitter tipster Fudge has revealed that the iPhone 13 could sport a four-camera setup on the back. Fudge is the same Apple leaker who recently spilled the beans on iPhone 12 schematics and Apple’s wireless charging plans hidden in the iOS 14 beta code.

iPhone 13 camera leak
Courtesy: Fudge / Twitter

It will also likely get a LiDAR scanner similar to the 2020 iPad Pro, which will significantly enhance its augmented reality capabilities. It’s extremely early to start talking about the iPhone 13 camera. So, this report should be taken with a pinch of salt.

According to Fudge, the iPhone 13 would sport a 64MP wide-angle camera with up to 6x digital zoom. There will also be a 40MP telephoto lens with 3x to 5x optical zoom and 15-20x digital zoom. Another 40-megapixel 0.25x ultra-wide zoom lens will be capable of shooting twice as wide as the iPhone 11. One of the most notable changes will be the 64MP anamorphic lens.

The anamorphic lens could add a widescreen cinematic feel to videos. However, one of Apple’s patent applications indicates that an anamorphic lens could be part of the LiDAR sensor for depth-sensing. Only time will tell whether it will make it to the iPhone 13.

New report on camera

A new report from DigiTimes suggests that the iPhone 13 cameras could use the liquid crystal polymer (LCP) circuit boards. It would allow high-resolution images to be transmitted at higher speeds than ever before. It will prove particularly useful in live streaming video over 5G or in augmented reality applications.

Apple fans will be eager to know if the iPhone 13 camera will be as good as DSLR. The tech giant is rapidly closing the gap between smartphones and DSLRs. There are also tons of photo editing apps that have made the iPhone a popular device even among professional photographers.

Apple-designed 5G modem

There’s a slim chance that iPhone 13 will be coming with an Apple-designed 5G modem. Recall that there has been a patent dispute between Apple and Qualcomm in the past. Because of that, the company had to go ahead and purchased Intel’s modem business for $1 billion, earlier this year. In April, both companies have dropped the legal squabbling and are already working together. Meaning that Apple has started getting its iPhone modems from Qualcomm.

However, considering their past disputes, Apple is more excited and comfortable when it’s designing its own chips, instead of working with Qualcomm. That may have contributed to why the Cupertino company has decided to take the business seriously by leaning on its modem group in San Diego.

Of course, it won’t be easy for Apple to bring a new modem to the finish line before it releases the iPhone 13. But there’s still a possibility that the company might consider it for the Q4 2021 devices. That certainly depends on how fast the modem group are able to finish up with the project.

Ability to power the MacBook – Patent

Apple has been laying the groundwork to make the 2021 iPhone 13 capable of powering the MacBook. The idea seems outrageous. But folks at Patently Apple recently spotted an Apple patent that describes a hybrid design. According to the patent, the iPhone would sit where the trackpad is on the MacBook. The smartphone can also be used as the trackpad.

iPhone 13 macbook
Source: Patently Apple

If Apple implements this patent into its upcoming product, it would transform the way we use the iPhone and MacBook. The iPhone 13’s hardware and software could be fully capable of running a MacBook-like shell. Apple originally filed the patent in September 2018 and has recently updated it. It signals that the company is seriously exploring the idea.

The technology is similar to Razer’s Project Linda concept, which was showcased at the CES 2018. The Cupertino company has already announced that the future MacBooks will run its own ARM-based custom chips, ditching the Intel processor. The in-house chip will allow Apple to tightly integrate MacBooks with the iPhones, iPads, and Apple Watch devices.

Using its own chips, Apple could integrate the iOS and macOS at the chip level. The iPhone 13 is still more than a year away, giving developers plenty of time to build apps that work seamlessly across iOS and macOS. If it happens, the iPhone would run iOS when used as a smartphone. But once you plug into a MacBook-like shell, it would run macOS and also work as a trackpad.

Such an innovative technology is unlikely to debut with the iPhone 12, which is only a couple of months away. It seems more likely with the iPhone 13. Of course, it could hurt the iPad Pro sales. Apple has been pitching the iPad Pros as the perfect laptop replacement. But then Apple has the habit of killing its darlings by introducing something even more amazing.

A unified ecosystem of products and services

Apple has launched a bunch of services in the last few years including Apple Arcade, Apple Music+, Apple TV+, Apple News, and others. The company has beautifully integrated its products and services to keep users tied to its ecosystem. Currently, Apple charges a separate fee for each of its services. Bloomberg has learned from its sources that the tech giant is preparing to bundle all of its different services into a single ‘Apple One’ subscription service. The bundle will reportedly be cheaper than paying for all the services separately. It will help Apple compete better with Amazon Prime. It will allow the iPhone 13 owners to pay a single fee to access all of Apple’s services.

This article has been updated with the latest details on September 18, 2020.

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