Photos shared by Japanese site Mac Otakara claims to show a 3D-printed mockup of the upcoming 6.1-inch iPhone 13 Pro with a minor notch and the earpiece and front camera again, but with minimal changes otherwise.
According to the photos, Apple plans to move the earphone to the top of the notch within the display frame, and line up with a previous photo that was shared by MacRumors showing the same design change.
The alleged iPhone 13 Pro mockup, which is presumably based on leaked design drawings that often circulate among case manufacturers and others well before Apple’s official unveiling, also shows the forward-facing camera moved to the left side of the notch, a change compared to its current location to right of the notch. Pictures of the alleged front glass panel of the iPhone 13 series shared with MacRumors also shows a clip on the left side of the camera.
Mac Otakara has also shared specific dimensions of the notch for the upcoming iPhone 13 Pro, and demonstrates how much the notch is expected to shrink. Compared to the iPhone 12 Pro, the mockup suggests that the 2021 Pro iPhone will have a notch that is 5.35 mm in height against 5.30 mm for the iPhone 12 Pro, and 26.80 mm in width, down from 34.83 mm. Visually, the notch will be smaller in width, but will be slightly higher.
Rumors of a minor notch have been present since the launch of iPhone X, which first introduced the TrueDepth system and the notch. Apple may be able to reduce the notch’s footprint thanks to the movement of the earpiece and the repositioning of the front camera. Other than reduced notch, the pictures are divided Macotakara reveals no changes to the rear camera or other aspects of the iPhone’s design.
While there are no design changes, it is rumored that the iPhone 13 will come with some important new features. There are rumors that the advanced iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max come with a ProMotion 120Hz screen, and the entire lineup is expected to have a faster A15 chip, improved cameras and new colors, including matte black.