Apple’s iPhone series looks set to take a really radical design turn in the future, but right now new leaks have revealed that the company also has some fantastic design decisions planned for this year’s iPhone 13 series.
In a new video, the popular YouTuber Filip Koroy (aka EverythingApple Pro) has once again teamed up with the prolific leak Max Weinbach to reveal “many exclusives” about the iPhone 13 series, including serious sound, design and camera upgrades. Koroy notes that several of these have been “confirmed”.
iPhone 13 Pro Design
First Koroy reveals that after several interrupted attempts, Apple will finally release a “matte black” version of both iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max. The finish is understood to be similar to the Galaxy S21 Ultra’s ‘phantom black’ (which was a big hit at release), and Koroy rated the new option as “very likely to happen.” On the back, Weinbach says that an orange surface Apple tested for the series will not do so (the concept is reproduced above).
Apple is also making a practical upgrade to the iPhone 13 Pro series with Koroy, which reports that the coating on the phone’s stainless steel frames will be improved to make them more smudged and fingerprinted.
Separately, Weinbach supports recent leaks that Apple wants to reduce the size of notches over the iPhone 13 series. He says that the design change will see Apple improve the microphone at the same time, and create clearer sound with the help of beamforming.
iPhone 13 Pro Cameras
“Here’s a very juicy one,” says Koroy. “Max Weinbach’s source confirms that the camera gets a new look on the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max, and he has many details.”
Koroy reports that Apple is “really trying” to reduce both the protrusion of the individual lenses on both models, as well as the mass of the glass housing around them. This year, Apple will also adjust the thickness of both camera devices. At the moment, the iPhone 12 Pro Max is thicker as it uses upgraded sensors, so this may signal a move back to feature parity.
Koroy then reveals that Apple is building superior software-based optical stabilization for both models. “Essentially, when you’re focused on a goal, that goal will stay in the frame no matter what you rock. The operating system will automatically cut and crop and keep focus on that image. “If correct, this is a potentially game-changing improvement.
That’s not all. Weinbach explains that Apple is making radical changes in portrait mode on both iPhone 13 Pro models:
“Portrait mode on the new iPhones will be heavily revised,” he claims. “It will now rely heavily on a new process that combines both data from the lenses and LiDAR. LiDAR will specifically be used for much better edge detection. Things like smaller holes in street signs will now be discovered by the new process. this goes with portrait video as a portrait video mode overhaul that Apple is working on for their 2021 iPhones. Max Weinbach.
Koroy comments that the pairing of optical stabilization and portrait mode upgrades “is going to be a killer combination” and – if they are right about that, as well as three more camera upgrades they leaked earlier this month – I totally agree.
iPhone 13 Mini
Finally, Koroy says that poor sales of the iPhone 12 Mini will not lead to a premature end for the model. “Max confirms that the iPhone 13 Mini will continue”, he explains, revealing that there will be battery improvements (the main weakness of its predecessor) via a “new and more efficient A-series SoC” instead of a much larger battery.
All that suggests the iPhone 13 series, especially the Pro models, will not be the iterative upgrades many expect with basic design, photography, software and battery life. Combine this with leaks that Apple will also use next-generation 5G modems with global coverage and improved power efficiency, incorporate a ‘disruptive’ new WiFi standard, dual storage and introduce on-screen touch IDs along with Face ID for more mask-friendly security and you would be right in being excited.
And this is before we get to iPhones that fold.
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