As soon as the iPhone 12 was launched in November last year, there is already much speculation about the next generation of Apple smartphones. Rumors say that the new features of the iPhone 13 (if that’s even its name) include the end of the notch and the Lightning connector, the return of the Touch ID, always-on screen and camera updates, among others.
If it follows the tradition, the launch event should take place in mid-September – but we don’t know if production of the device will be delayed due to the covid-19 pandemic, as it happened in 2020. Some analysts estimate September 17 as the possible reveal date of the new iPhones.
Again, there must be four models in the family: iPhone 13, iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max. But their name has not even been confirmed by Apple – the number 13 is, by superstition, skipped.
Some rumors suggest that the launch will actually be an iPhone 12S – just as it did in 2015, with the 6S following the iPhone 6, and in 2018, with the XS following the iPhone X -, without major changes in relation to the models of 2020.
Thus, analysts believe that prices are similar, or even lower, than those of line 12, following the market trend – the Samsung Galaxy S21, for example, arrived a little cheaper than its predecessor abroad. In Brazil, however, prices were adjusted upwards.
The graphic designer Technizo Concept created a series of images and a video, materializing what the iPhone 13 Pro will be like, based on what is known (or imagined) so far about the device. Look:
Get to know the main and possible new features of the iPhone 13:
There is still no leakage of prototypes, but the design of the devices will probably be familiar, with the same sizes and style of the 12 line. The housing should follow the change that happened in 2020, with the return to the straight sides, rescued from the iPhone 5.
But the controversial notch (that cutout at the top of the screen that houses the Face ID camera, speaker and sensors), introduced in 2017 with the iPhone X, may finally disappear – or at least be reduced. Some competitors are already testing even cameras that see through the screen.
Without Lightning port
The Lightning port is also at risk of disappearing in the next generations of the iPhone. It remains to be seen whether it will be replaced by the USB-C standard (just as it did on the iPad Pro), or simply removed, to allow only wireless charging – for example, with a MagSafe charger, promoted along with the iPhone 12. No ports, the device may come “shielded” against water, dust and debris.
But, according to rumors circulating in the specialized international media, this should only happen in the top 13 Pro and Pro Max line.
Retorno do Touch ID
The dear Touch ID, which allowed fingerprint unlocking up to the iPhone 8, can return. This time, it shouldn’t be a button, but a sensor under the screen. The latest iPad Air has already used the technology again, but on a side button. The return of the feature would solve the hassle of using facial unlocking in a world where we are almost always wearing a mask.
Screen always on
As with the Apple Watch and several Android phones, the new iPhone may come with the screen always on (always-on). According to rumors, the screen would always show the battery percentage and time, as well as selected notifications, without having to unlock it or “wake up” the phone. Several competitors have used the feature for years, taking advantage of the fact that Oled screens do not spend as much energy to show only these two elements.
120Hz or 240Hz refresh rate
A screen with a high refresh rate is an old dream of the owners of iPhones, which may finally come true this year. The new displays may support 120 Hz, perhaps even 240 Hz, according to rumors. With these higher rates, the screen can display smoother and more fluid images, as some competitors already do. Apple would be looking for a way to implement the novelty without spending a lot of battery.
One of the solutions that promises just that is the low-power LTPO display technology, which may be included in the 2021 launches. It is speculated that the Chinese BOE will be the main supplier of sophisticated Oled panels for line 13 – in place of Samsung , which has been manufacturing the screens of iPhones for years.
Upgrade on cameras
One of the weaknesses in the family 12 cameras is the zoom capability (up to 2.5x optical). The new iPhones may have periscopic lenses and even a mode for astrophotography, to obtain images with details of the Moon, for example.
Night mode, for low light situations, should also be improved, with a larger aperture lens. The portrait mode, which blurs the background, can be expanded to videos.
LiDAR for everyone
LiDAR technology, which uses a 3D depth sensor to measure distances and blur scenes (this is the black ball along with the iPhone 12 Pro cameras), can be expanded to all four models in the 13 line. It allows photos that appear to have made by professional cameras, and also interesting uses of augmented reality.