iPhone 13 models are expected to have a minor notch, and we can share a first look at the potential design.
Greek repair provider iRepair has given MacRumors an alleged image of front panels for iPhone 13 models, with the same three 5.4-inch, 6.1-inch and 6.7-inch screen sizes as the iPhone 12 series. The notch on each iPhone is visibly smaller as a result of the earphone’s speaker being moved up to the top frame, a design choice that was first rumored for iPhone 12 models last year, but which failed to materialize.
Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo and a few other sources previously claimed that a few Face ID components will be consolidated in iPhone 13 models, resulting in a minor notch, but they did not mention that the earpiece was relocated.
The design of the notch has remained unchanged since it debuted on the iPhone X in 2017. After shrinking the notch this year, Kuo said that Apple plans to switch to a hole screen design for at least some 2022 iPhone models, similar to Samsung’s Galaxy S21 and others newer smartphones, followed by an iPhone with real screen design without notches or holes and a fingerprint scanner under the screen already in 2023.
Beyond the notch, iPhone 13 models are expected to have an almost identical design to the iPhone 12 models, with key new features rumored to include a 120Hz screen on Pro models, larger batteries, a faster A15 chip and camera enhancements. Apple is expected to unveil the iPhone 13 series in September, marking a return to the regular launch period.