Four Things You Should Know About Apple iPhone 13

iPhone 13

We have heard quite a few things about Samsung’s next iPhone model. Although reports about the iPhone 13 are not always credible, here are a few interesting things you should know:

Similar designs

It appears that the Apple iPhone 13 still has the same design. Apple may reuse the current design on all four variants iPhone 13. Reports also pointed that the average thickness will increase by 0.26mm on all variants. If this is true, the iPhone 13 mini will have 5.4-inch display, the iPhone and iPhone 13 Pro with 6.1-inch display and iPhone 13 Pro Max with 6.7-inch display. The extra thickness may allow for larger batteries and the camera module on the back could be the same with the iPad Pro (2020). With such minimal changes in design, there’s a possibility that these new iPhones will be called iPhone 12S instead. There was no iPhone 7S, because the iPhone 8 signified a transition from aluminium-based design to a glass one.   

Camera upgrades

The iPhone 13 may offer camera upgrades and improved Face ID. Sources in supply chain don’t provide real details, but we could expect certain changes. As an example, the ultra-wide sensor may include the sensor-shift stabilization feature. It is possible that the iPhone 13 will still have the same 2.5x telephoto zoom of the iPhone 12 Pro Max. There could also be a narrower TrueDepth camera, which may mean that the iPhone 13 will have a smaller notch. LiDAR sensor could be included on all iPhone 13 models.

120Hz LTPO OLED display

LTPO OLED will be sourced from Samsung and iPhone 13 will finally have 120Hz refresh rate. LTPO panels should be more efficient, compared to LTPS ones. These panels don’t require additional hardware to use adaptive refresh rate. The two cheaper iPhone 13, could still use 60Hz LTPS panels, while the iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max will use the new 120Hz LTPO displays. However, LTPO panels are more complicated and longer to produce because the addition of the oxide layer. It means, the display is more expensive than LTPS panels. LTPO panels should be 5 to 15 percent more efficient, although it’s not yet confirmed. This would mean that 120Hz LTPO panels will offer similar power consumption compared to 60Hz LTPS. LTPO panels could also reduce the refresh rate to 1Hz when showing static display to save battery life.

Release date and price

The traditional release slot of new iPhone is in September each year, although Apple unveiled the iPhone 12 in October. It remains to be seen whether Apple will stick to the recent October release date or revert to the original September timeframe. The iPhone 13 could be priced similarly like the iPhone 12. It means that iPhone 13 will be priced at around $699 and the iPhone 13 Pro Max at around $1,099. This means, the iPhone 13 will still suit the same range of budget. It’s a good thing to get excited about the iPhone 13, but the iPhone 12 is still a great smartphone model to buy.