This year’s iPhone 13 series will feature an always on screen with a refresh rate of 120 Hz, enhanced camera features for astrophotography, stronger MagSafe magnets and a finer matte finish on the back, according to leak Max Weinbach (via the YouTube channel EverythingApplePro).
Weinbach is a known leak and has shared information via the YouTube channel earlier regarding the iPhone 12 series 2020, some of which came true. Either way, take the following with a grain of salt. According to their sources, Apple plans to include an always on screen in the iPhone 13 series, with the technology as the one that is always on in the Apple Watch Series 5 and newer.
Always on screens are typical of most flagship Android smartphones, and it allows users to view information on the screen at any time, without having to turn on or unlock the device. Ever since the iPhone X, which was the first iPhone to have an OLED screen, many have speculated that Apple will bring this feature to iPhone users.
OLED screens use less power than LCD screens, since each pixel is controlled individually, unlike LCD panels that use backlighting and illuminate all pixels, even if only a small piece of information is displayed on the screen. With OLED screens, Apple is able to illuminate only the pixels needed to show users the time, battery, or some form of app alert indicator, without using a significant amount of battery power.
Weinbach claims that the always-on screen will look like a “dimmed lock screen”, where the clock and battery charge are always visible, and previous alerts are displayed through “a bar and icons.” When users receive an alert, the message “will appear normally except that the screen will not light up completely.” Instead, “it will show up exactly as you are used to right now, except toned down and only temporarily,” according to the leak.
The leak also “confirms” that a 120Hz ProMotion refresh rate occurs on the 2021 Pro iPhone models, a feature that was widely rumored to appear on the iPhone 12. An always on and ProMotion screen will not require a change in physical design, and it gives after Weinbach reports that there will be no change in the actual chassis of the iPhone 13 compared to the iPhone 12 series. The only possible hardware change will be a matte back with a “grippier, more comfortable” feel, similar to the finish on the back of the Google Pixel series.
Internally, agMagSafe will be “significantly” stronger, according to the leak. IPhone 12 has MagSafe on the back that allows users to magnetically attach various accessories and offers an alternative way to charge the device, but magnets have been criticized by some for being weak. Apple wants to alleviate these concerns by adding stronger magnets, although the addition is not expected to be the only reason for a rumored increase in unit thickness. As for the cameras, Weinbach reports that Apple is increasing its efforts in astrophotography.
Astrophotography, photography of astronomy, usually requires complicated camera layouts to capture skilled dark skies. The integration of the ability in the abilityiPhone is expected to be seamless, with the leak claiming iPhone will automatically switch to mode when it detects a user pointing to the sky. The mode allows the phone to detect various objects such as the moon and stars, and adjusts settings such as exposure accordingly. Confirming Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says the leak says the ultra-wide camera across the series will have an improved sensor and lens.
The latest information from the leaks points to the possibility of taking portrait videos on this year’s iPhone ‘. Users have been able to take portrait photos since the launch of the iPhone 7 Plus launch, but it still has to be completely limited to photos. Portrait mode gives a sense of depth to your photos, blurs the background and keeps the middle subject fully in focus. With videos, the task becomes much more difficult since the subject is actively moving, which makes it more difficult to add a depth effect in real time.
The new information joins an already long list of features we expect for the 2021 iPhone. ONE Bloomberg the report suggests that the biggest headline feature in the lineup will be the reintroduction of Touch ID on the iPhone. According to that report, Apple is trying to bury the Touch ID sensor under the screen so that users can unlock the device if Face ID is considered useless, for example when using a mask. Unlike the iPhone 12 which saw delays due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the iPhone 13 is expected to launch in time for September.