The 2021 iPhone, whether it is the iPhone 12s or the iPhone 13, is queuing up to be a small upgrade over the iPhone 12. Although we are still months away from the introduction, rumors of what to expect from the iPhone 2021 upgrade are starting to take hold.
Read on for our complete overview of everything we know so far about iPhone 12s or iPhone 13.
Right outside the bat, it is unclear whether this year’s iPhone will be called the iPhone 12s or iPhone 13. A report has said that Apple internally refers to this year as an “S” year-old upgrade, which means minor changes compared to the existing iPhone 1
However, this does not mean that Apple will use “iPhone 12s” as the marketing name for the iPhone 2121 series. It is possible that this year’s devices will be referred to as iPhone 12s or iPhone 13, or that Apple will decide that 2021 is the year that goes completely away from the numbers. This will follow in the footsteps of what Apple has done with the iPad series over the years.
iPhone 12s / iPhone 13 screen, design and size
In terms of design, the iPhone 2021 series is expected to look almost identical to the existing iPhone 12. A report has suggested that the iPhone 13 will be slightly thicker than the iPhone 12. The height and width of the devices will reportedly be unchanged, but the thickness will increase by 0.26 mm.
While the iPhone 12 mini has reportedly experienced weaker-than-expected demand than Apple had expected, there are currently no indications that Apple plans to leave the form factor this year. ONE Macotakara The supply report said that all four iPhone 13 models will have the same general form factors as their iPhone 12 predecessors.
This means we can expect four different devices in three different screen sizes:
- A 2021 iPhone model with a 5.4-inch OLED screen
- Two 2021 iPhone models with 6.1-inch OLED screens
- A 2021 iPhone model with a 6.7-inch OLED screen
But while the screen sizes are likely to be the same, Apple is reportedly planning to upgrade the iPhone 13 with 120Hz ProMotion screen technology.
Reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has reported that the iPhone 13 is likely to use LTPO technology to lower the screen’s power consumption. In turn, this will give Apple battery life to enable 120Hz functionality next year. Apple first introduced LTPO – or polysilicon and low-temperature oxide displays – in the Apple Watch Series 4, so it makes sense to expand the power-saving feature to the iPhone series next year.
Finally, what about the notch? Every year there is an expectation that the notch and the Face ID carving will be smaller, but so far there has been no major change in the design.
Macotakara has reported that this may change in 2021, with the iPhone 13 having a notch smaller compared to the iPhone 12. Apple has reportedly changed the position of the top receiver to reduce the size of the TrueDepth camera, which will allow the notch to shrink in size.
First, for the rear cameras, we can see some interesting changes when it comes to design with the iPhone 13. The camera bump will remain, but Apple can add a sapphire crystal that will cover all three lenses to make them look like a single camera instead of having three separate lenses.
The iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max offered remarkable improvements over their predecessors in terms of camera technology. In 2021, Apple is expected to expand some of the new camera enhancements to the rest of the iPhone 13 series.
ONE Macotakara the report has noted that the camera module for iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max will be the same size, suggesting that the smaller Pro model will have the same camera lenses as 13 Pro Max – which includes the ultra-wide lens with sensor-shift stabilization . Last year, Apple included better stabilization and 2.5x optical zoom only on the iPhone 12 Pro Max.
With the release of the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max, Apple added a new LiDAR scanner in the rear camera setup for depth-sensitive features, which is also seen on the iPad Pro. A supply chain report says that Apple will expand the LiDAR sensor beyond the ‘Pro’ models with this year’s iPhone 13.
It’s highly likely that Apple has other camera enhancements waiting for the iPhone 12s series, whether it’s improvements in computational photography, new hardware features or something completely different. We will update this post as we learn more.
The iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro are powered by Apple’s A14 Bionic processor. As Apple continues to improve its own silicon work, we expect the iPhone 12s / iPhone 13 to be powered by Apple’s latest processor, probably referred to as the A15 Bionic processor.
It is not yet clear what awaits the A15 Bionic processor, but a report from TrendForce has said that the chip will be built on a 5nm process similar to the A14 Bionic processor. The change will be that Apple uses a new 5nm + technology to improve performance.
As we explained in November:
The TSMC refers to 5nm + as the N5P, and describes it as a performance-enhanced version that will combine greater power with improved efficiency to improve battery life (or, as it may be more likely with Apple, allow batteries with less capacity).
What this equates to in terms of quantifiable performance and efficiency remains to be seen, but we expect to learn more soon.
5G connectivity was one of the main features of the iPhone 12 last year, but only US iPhone 12 Pro models support mmWave 5G, probably due to the extra cost for Apple.
This year, a report has already indicated that Apple has added an additional supplier of mmWave 5G antennas and places “a large order” on these in anticipation of the iPhone 13. This means that Apple may plan to expand mmWave 5G beyond the United States. versions of the iPhone 12 to the rest of the world.
Reports have also suggested that 2021 may be the year Apple introduces an iPhone without a lightning port. This would be the very first portable iPhone, and last Bloomberg reported it as something that was tested internally at Apple.
It is unclear if there is anything Apple will launch this year, but Ming-Chi Kuo also predicted in 2019 that Apple would launch an iPhone without a lightning port in 2021.
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Could 2021 be the year Touch ID returns to the iPhone and co-exists with Face ID? There are several signs that point to “yes.”
Reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo reported in August 2019 that it will release an iPhone with both Face ID and Touch ID under the screen in 2021. In addition, the reliable leak L0vetodream has also reported that Touch ID on the screen will soon do its thing way to iPhone.
Recently, Bloomberg reported that Apple is testing support for a fingerprint reader on the screen of this year’s iPhone. It is ultimately unclear whether this feature will make the cut for the iPhone 12S, but there is something to be tested.
Offering both Touch ID and Face ID will increase the overall convenience and speed of unlocking the iPhone. A user registers fingerprints and face signatures, and the phone can be unlocked as soon as the detection is successful. It is also the common problem that Face ID does not work with face masks, which can be solved by Touch ID also being available as an alternative.
Finally, if users wanted their iPhones to be as secure as possible, they could theoretically activate both Touch ID and Face ID, and the iPhone would only unlock after both forms of biometric authentication were recognized.
Release date and prices for iPhone 12s / iPhone 13
The iPhone 12 was launched later than usual, probably due to delays caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The iPhone 12 launch was also postponed, with Apple first launching the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro, followed by the iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 12 Pro max a month later.
This year, Kuo has reported that the mass production plan for the iPhone 13 will be the same as for previous iPhone models before the 12 series. This means that we can expect all iPhone 13 models to be available by September 2021, without preventing delays.
There is no word on whether Apple has price changes in store for the iPhone 12s series this year. Like marketing names, iPhone pricing information rarely leaks before announcement.
As you can see, the iPhone 13 / iPhone 12s will not be a radical upgrade compared to the iPhone 12. The design will remain largely the same, we still expect four different models, and important features such as 5G and camera upgrades will still be a big reason for users of iPhone 11 and older to upgrade.
That said, the rumor mill certainly indicates that there are a number of potential changes in the store to entice iPhone 12 users to upgrade. This includes things like Touch ID, a minor notch and continued performance improvements.
What do you think about the rumors we’ve seen so far about this year’s iPhone series? What do you think we can expect in terms of names and prices? Let us know in the comments!
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