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iPhone 13: Sept. 14 occasion, launch date, options, specs, and extra


A have a look at all the iPhone 12 lineup from greatest to smallest. 

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September is right here, and proper on time, Apple despatched out invitations for the iPhone 13 occasion dubbed “California Streaming.” Along with saying the iPhone 13, we count on Apple will announce new iPads, AirPods and a brand new Apple Watch. What an thrilling (and busy) month we’ve forward of us. Oh, and we must always be taught extra about Apple’s plans for releasing iOS 15, iPadOS 15, WatchOS 8, MacOS Monterey and TVOS 15. 

Practically a yr after the iPhone 12 lineup was launched, right here we’re, preparing for the iPhone 13. After all, Apple hasn’t formally introduced something and even admitted there’s an iPhone 13 (or possibly it’s going to be known as iPhone 12S?) coming. So, as a substitute, we’ve to depend on rumors to provide us a peek behind the iPhone’s curtain. 

Present rumors paint an honest image of what we must always count on, and on prime of that, we are able to make some educated guesses to get a greater image of what the iPhone 13 will do and seem like. That mentioned, we do not know the whole lot, and till Apple CEO Tim Cook dinner walks out on stage and thanks all of us for becoming a member of the occasion earlier than detailing new {hardware}, all of the rumors under must be handled as that — rumors. 

What’s going to the subsequent iPhone be known as?

  • Could possibly be the iPhone 12S or iPhone 13
  • Mark Gurman thinks iPhone 13 is the title
  • For sake of differentiating fashions, we’ll go along with iPhone 13… for now.

Apple has historically used a tick-tock strategy to updating iPhone design, {hardware}, and names. For instance, the iPhone 6 was adopted by the iPhone 6S. Nevertheless, lately, we have seen the corporate ditch the S-series in favor of accelerating the title by one prefer it did with the discharge of the iPhone 12 solely a yr after the iPhone 11. 

In Mark Gurman’s Aug. 15 version of his Energy On publication, he states that he expects Apple to make use of the iPhone 13 title — or ditch numbers altogether, identical to Apple did with the iPad line just a few years in the past. 

Both title might be in our future, however for ease of figuring out a brand new iPhone, we will go along with iPhone 13 till Apple CEO Tim Cook dinner says in any other case. 

When will the iPhone 13 be obtainable?

  • Seemingly within the third quarter
  • 2020 pushed the iPhone launch again just a few weeks
  • September 14 occasion, Sept. 24 launch

Usually, Apple pronounces new iPhone fashions in September after which releases them just a few weeks later. That timing was pushed again a bit in 2020 because of the pandemic, with the iPhone 12 lineup launch cut up between Oct. 23 and Nov. 13. 

This week, rumors began circulating that Apple would maintain this yr’s iPhone occasion on Tuesday, Sept. 14. Preorders for the iPhone 13 would begin on Sept. 17, and orders would begin to arrive on Sept. 24. 

Beforehand, in a word to traders that was seen and reported on by MacRumors, Wedbush analyst Daniel Ives claimed the iPhone 13 line will launch within the third week of September, which matches Apple’s earlier launch dates (so actually, it is a secure guess to make). 

How a lot will the iPhone 13 value?

  • It is too early to know
  • However we do not count on an enormous worth enhance or lower

Pricing appears to at all times be the toughest piece of knowledge to nail down earlier than Apple pronounces it. With the announcement nonetheless a month or so away, we’ve not seen any indication of what to anticipate by way of worth in terms of the subsequent crop of iPhones.

We do not count on Apple to boost costs, at the very least not on the bottom storage fashions, however stranger issues have occurred.

What’s going to the iPhone 13 seem like?

  • Apple simply modified the design, do not count on it two years in a row
  • There’s hypothesis of a smaller Face ID notch

Apple utterly revamped the general look of the iPhone line, with the launch of the iPhone 12 and its flat-edge design. Due to that, we do not count on Apple to drastically change the design of the iPhone 13, if in any respect. 

There are some studies that the Face ID notch that is been on the prime of the iPhone’s show for the reason that iPhone X is getting smaller, so that could be one slight design change. This rumor was lately backed up in the identical Aug. 15 version of Energy On by Gurman, including extra credibility. In any other case, outdoors of latest colours, and possibly a bigger digital camera array on the again of the cellphone, do not get your hopes up for a brand new design. 

What’s going to the iPhone 13 characteristic for specs?

  • No ports and the return of Contact ID, possibly?
  • 120Hz At all times-on show? It is doable
  • A greater digital camera system is at all times a secure guess
  • Satellite tv for pc communication tech?

Options and specs can be one thing we are able to begin to nail down nearer to the announcement, however proper now, studies are in all places and sure embrace stuff Apple is engaged on, has labored on, or thought-about engaged on. 

For instance, final yr, rumors indicated we would see an iPhone with a show refresh fee of 120Hz. That did not occur, and it is unclear if it ever will, though there’s some hypothesis the quicker show tech will make its iPhone debut this yr. It is doable Apple remains to be engaged on a quicker show and it was at all times meant for the iPhone 13 (or 14). If I needed to guess, we are going to see 120Hz shows within the iPhone 13 Professional and iPhone 13 Professional Max this yr, however not the bottom iPhone 13 (and iPhone 13 mini, if there’s one). 

There’s additionally some hypothesis that Apple will eliminate the Lightning port on the underside of the iPhone. As an alternative, Apple will use its new MagSafe expertise to cost the cellphone and sync information. One other chance is Apple removes the Lightning port and replaces it with a USB-C port, because it has on the MacBook, iPad Air, and iPad Professional traces. Personally, I do not see Apple doing this fairly but. I would love for Apple to change to USB-C throughout all of its merchandise, but it surely’s been a gradual course of in altering out the Lightning connector on iPad fashions. 

Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman reported in his weekly publication Energy On that Apple is readying an iPhone with a brand new A15 processor, smaller notch, and probably an always-on show just like the Apple Watch presently makes use of. Oh, and Gurman additionally states {that a} 120Hz is feasible as properly. He reiterated these expectations as soon as once more in his Aug. 15 publication. 

There’s additionally speak of a brand new Portrait Mode digital camera characteristic, however as a substitute of blurring the background of a photograph, the impact could be utilized to video. Gurman studies the characteristic can be restricted to the Professional fashions and can be known as Cinematic Video. 

One other rumored characteristic that might be a product of wishful considering is that we’ll see the return of Contact ID, Apple’s fingerprint sensor tech, within the iPhone 13. Solely as a substitute of being embedded within the house button, it is both going to be moved to the facet button, just like the fourth-generation iPad Air, or embedded beneath the show, as we have seen on a number of Android telephones and tablets over the previous couple of years. 

Both possibility could be welcome, particularly with facial coverings rendering Face ID virtually ineffective. Though Apple added a instrument to make it simpler to make use of in iOS 14.5 in the event you personal an Apple Watch, it is nonetheless not ideally suited. 

The final week of August was a busy one for rumors and hypothesis concerning the iPhone 13 and a brand new characteristic that’s mentioned to allow calls and textual content messages by way of a satellite tv for pc connection when an iPhone proprietor is not lined by a wi-fi community. Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo reported that the iPhone 13 would characteristic the right {hardware} to make it doable, as reported by MacRumors (amongst numerous different retailers with entry to Kuo’s investor word). Inside just a few hours, the rumor seemed to be debunked by PCMag’s Sasha Segan, who acknowledged he believed the brand new expertise could be used for extra LTE bands, and never satellite tv for pc communication. It was a straightforward mixup, and after a wild 24 hours, the rumor appears to be nothing greater than a misunderstanding. 

Nevertheless, Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman is now reporting that the expertise is certainly being examined by Apple, and has been for the previous couple of years. Nevertheless, Gurman states that he would not count on the emergency satellite tv for pc communication expertise to be rolled out for the iPhone this yr. Based on Gurman, Apple’s plan for the tech is to permit iPhone customers in emergency conditions reminiscent of pure disasters or when misplaced within the wilderness when mobile networks aren’t obtainable or dependable to ship shortened textual content messages to request assist. 

These rumors could be based in truth or wishful considering, it is arduous to say proper now. We will count on Apple to place a quicker processor, a greater GPU, enhance or maintain battery life the identical, together with upgrades to the digital camera. All of these are staple upgrades in each new iPhone. 

What do you wish to see within the iPhone 13? Remark and tell us under. 


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