Hardware news iPhone 13: Price, release date, power, design … Everything you need to know about Apple’s next smartphone

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It’s been 14 years since the first iPhone came out and Apple renews its flagship product every year. Last October, the iPhone 12 was released, with a new design and a new ultra powerful chip. The next generation of iPhone should arrive in 5 to 6 months at the very least, but a lot of news and rumors are starting to circulate. Let’s take stock of what we already know.

Apple may well regularly give keynotes to present new MacBooks, new iPads or new headphones, it is indeed the annual presentation of the new iPhones that attracts the most attention. In 2020, the release of the latest generation of apple smartphones was slightly postponed due to the pandemic and we were able to discover them in October. The iPhone 12 was a big step for Apple, including a design change – the first real since the release of the iPhone X in 2017 – the arrival of the A14 Bionic chip and 5G. For all these reasons, the next iPhone (which we will call here by default “iPhone 13” but which could be called “iPhone 12S”) should be a smooth evolution of the iPhone 12, with what it takes to improve the quality of the user experience. Of course, Apple has yet to reveal anything about it, but, as usual, several rumors and other “leaks” have surfaced on the web in recent weeks.

How many models for the iPhone 13?

A “supposed” rendering of the iPhone 13 (source: Gizchina)

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It is now a tradition at Apple: the iPhone is released in several versions and formats. This year, it is difficult to see why the situation would be different, especially since each model seems to have some success. We can therefore expect an iPhone 13 mini for those who want a small screen, a “classic” iPhone 13 which will remain the reference model, an iPhone 13 Pro with a focus on photos and videos and finally an iPhone 13 Pro Max for lovers of large screens. It would be surprising if Apple released an additional model, except possibly an iPhone 13 Max, which would make it possible to enjoy a more comfortable display, without however paying the price of an iPhone 13 Pro Max.

What prices for the iPhone 13?

On the question of tariffs, things should change relatively little. Apple ultimately does not increase its prices very often (but stalls directly at a high price, some would say) and for example has not increased the prices of the new iPad Pro presented recently. The price of the different iPhone 13s should therefore be substantially identical to those of the iPhone 12s, namely:

  • iPhone 13 mini : around 800 €
  • iPhone 13 : around 900 €
  • iPhone 13 Pro : around 1160 €
  • iPhone 13 Pro Max : around 1260 €

A partly revised design, with the arrival of a fingerprint sensor?

We said it at the beginning of the article: the iPhone 13 should probably keep the design of the iPhone12, Apple used to keep the same “chassis” on several generations of iPhone. We will therefore find straight edges and rounded corners, with however some optimizations. The “DuanRi” Twitter account – used to leaks from Chinese factories – has indeed published what appears to be the screen front of the next iPhone. Notable difference with the iPhone 12: the notch dedicated to FaceID cameras finally seems a little smaller and loses somewhat in length. The format of this notch is a recurring defect pointed out by users since the iPhone X, but Apple has so far never managed to do without it, because it allows to integrate the TrueDepths sensors necessary for the operation of Face ID . For the iPhone 13, the manufacturer would have done a real work of optimization in order to reduce, at least in length, the size of the notch.

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The same DuanRi account also shared a side diagram of the iPhone 13 Pro Max accompanied by a comparison with the iPhone 12 Pro Max. There is a slightly larger photo block (logical given that the “Pro” versions of the iPhone rely a lot on this aspect) and a slightly greater thickness. compared to the iPhone 12. Concretely, this means that, if you go from the iPhone 12 Pro Max to the 13 Pro Max, you will probably have to change the protective case.

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Another interesting rumor is to be noted: the presence of a fingerprint sensor, in addition to Face ID, useful for unlocking the smartphone or paying with Apple Pay. The latter could be located under the screen, as is the case on many Android smartphones, or be integrated on the power button, as is the case on the latest iPad Air.

Finally 120 Hz for the screen of the iPhone 13?

The screen sizes of the different iPhone 13s shouldn’t change much compared to the iPhone 12s, as the “screen size to frame” ratio doesn’t change. We would thus have a diagonal of 5.4 inches for the iPhone 13 mini, 6.1 inches for the iPhone 13 and the iPhone 13 Pro and 6.7 inches for the iPhone 13 Pro Max. There remains the question of the type of panel and the refresh rate. As on the iPhone 12, the Oled is likely to be reserved for the 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max models, while the iPhone 13 would remain on the LCD. On the other hand, some models could finally switch to “ProMotion”, that is to say 120Hz. Apple is currently blocked at 60 Hz on these iPhones, while the iPad Pro have already increased their refresh rate. This year, the 120 Hz would however be reserved for the iPhone 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max. We know in particular that Samsung will supply Oled LTPO (Low Temperature Polycrystalline Oxide) panels to Apple. LTPO panels have the advantage of consuming less (drop of around 15 to 20%) and allowing a variable refresh rate. As on many Android smartphones, the screen of the iPhone 13 Pro would adapt its refresh rate according to use: it will be very low for a video or photos, for example, but will rise in games or in the iOS interface. Use of LTPO would also make it possible to take advantage of an “always on” function, which offers the screen the possibility of constantly showing certain information (the time, for example), even if the device is in standby.

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The benefits of 120Hz and more on smartphones are well established and provide an additional impression of fluidity. The arrival of “TrueMotion” on the iPhone is therefore excellent news in itself. It remains to be seen what will be its impact on the autonomy of the device.

Power and autonomy: always further, with a new A15 chip

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Last year, the iPhone 12s used an Apple-designed A14 Bionic chip. Logically, the iPhone 13 should welcome its successor, which should be called A5 or A15 Bionic. It would again be engraved in 5nm but with a more efficient engraving process (what is called 5nm +). The aim here is to improve performance, of course, but also to benefit from better energy efficiency and therefore increase autonomy. On the connectivity side, the iPhone 13 will of course be 5G compatible, with the presence of a Qualcomm X60 modem. The latter is more efficient in terms of energy management (5G consumes a lot) and is compatible with millimeter 5G and on the 6 GHz band, which in theory offers much higher speeds. Also note the arrival of WiFi 6E, compatible with a wider range of frequencies.

Here, for the moment what one can decently wait for the iPhone 13. The next smartphone from Apple should thus especially consolidate the very good bases of the iPhone 12, with a whole bunch of more or less important improvements , at all levels. The real big changes shouldn’t happen before 2022 anyway, and it is hoped that the shortage of components currently affecting the tech world will not have too much of an impact on the product’s release.

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