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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 largest 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 asserting 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 study extra about Apple’s plans for releasing iOS 15, iPadOS 15, WatchOS 8, MacOS Monterey and TVOS 15. 

Almost a yr after the iPhone 12 lineup was launched, right here we’re, preparing for the iPhone 13. In fact, Apple hasn’t formally introduced something and even admitted there’s an iPhone 13 (or perhaps it will be known as iPhone 12S?) coming. So, as an alternative, 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 will make some educated guesses to get a greater image of what the iPhone 13 will do and appear like. That stated, we do not know every little thing, 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 beneath needs to be handled as that — rumors. 

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

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

Apple has historically used a tick-tock method 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 identify 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 identify — or ditch numbers altogether, similar to Apple did with the iPad line a number of years in the past. 

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

When will the iPhone 13 be obtainable?

  • Doubtless within the third quarter
  • 2020 pushed the iPhone launch again a number of weeks
  • September 14 occasion, Sept. 24 launch

Sometimes, Apple publicizes new iPhone fashions in September after which releases them a number of weeks later. That timing was pushed again a bit in 2020 as a result of pandemic, with the iPhone 12 lineup launch break 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 observe 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 protected 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 value improve or lower

Pricing appears to all the time be the toughest piece of knowledge to nail down earlier than Apple publicizes it. With the announcement nonetheless a month or so away, we have not seen any indication of what to anticipate by way of value with regards to the following crop of iPhones.

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

What’s going to the iPhone 13 appear 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 experiences 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, exterior of recent colours, and perhaps 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 function for specs?

  • No ports and the return of Contact ID, perhaps?
  • 120Hz At all times-on show? It is attainable
  • A greater digital camera system is all the time a protected wager
  • Satellite tv for pc communication tech?

Options and specs might be one thing we will begin to nail down nearer to the announcement, however proper now, experiences are everywhere and certain embody stuff Apple is engaged on, has labored on, or thought of engaged on. 

For instance, final yr, rumors indicated we would see an iPhone with a show refresh charge of 120Hz. That did not occur, and it is unclear if it ever will, though there’s some hypothesis the sooner show tech will make its iPhone debut this yr. It is attainable Apple continues to be engaged on a sooner show and it was all the time meant for the iPhone 13 (or 14). If I needed to guess, we’ll 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 may be one). 

There’s additionally some hypothesis that Apple will do away with 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 knowledge. 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 might love for Apple to modify to USB-C throughout all of its merchandise, however it’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 at present makes use of. Oh, and Gurman additionally states {that a} 120Hz is feasible as nicely. He reiterated these expectations as soon as once more in his Aug. 15 publication. 

There’s additionally discuss of a brand new Portrait Mode digital camera function, however as an alternative of blurring the background of a photograph, the impact could be utilized to video. Gurman experiences the function might be restricted to the Professional fashions and might be known as Cinematic Video. 

One other rumored function that may very well be a product of wishful pondering is that we’ll see the return of Contact ID, Apple’s fingerprint sensor tech, within the iPhone 13. Solely as an alternative of being embedded within the dwelling button, it is both going to be moved to the facet button, just like the fourth-generation iPad Air, or embedded underneath the show, as we have seen on a number of Android telephones and tablets over the previous few years. 

Both choice could be welcome, particularly with facial coverings rendering Face ID nearly ineffective. Though Apple added a software to make it simpler to make use of in iOS 14.5 should you personal an Apple Watch, it is nonetheless not splendid. 

The final week of August was a busy one for rumors and hypothesis in regards to the iPhone 13 and a brand new function that’s stated to allow calls and textual content messages by way of a satellite tv for pc connection when an iPhone proprietor is not coated by a wi-fi community. Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo reported that the iPhone 13 would function the right {hardware} to make it attainable, as reported by MacRumors (amongst varied different retailers with entry to Kuo’s investor observe). Inside a number of 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 simple 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 few years. Nevertheless, Gurman states that he does not count on the emergency satellite tv for pc communication expertise to be rolled out for the iPhone this yr. In line with Gurman, Apple’s plan for the tech is to permit iPhone customers in emergency conditions corresponding to 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 might be based in truth or wishful pondering, it is arduous to say proper now. We are able to count on Apple to place a sooner 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 beneath. 


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