Apple is expected to continue offering four iPhone options in 2021, with the iPhone 13 to be identical to the iPhone 12 with few changes, according to a new report today from Japanese website Mac Otakara citing sources in the Chinese supply chain.
The height and width of the four iPhone models are expected to be the same, but the thickness can increase by approx. 0.26 mm.
The rear camera unit is expected to increase in size by 0.9 mm on all iPhone 13 models, and Apple will switch to a design that “covers the entire camera unit with sapphire crystal.” The lenses are expected to protrude less in a design more similar to the iPad Pro 2020, which has a thick camera bump, but less protrusion when it comes to lens design.
Mac Otakara believes that the iPhone 13 Pro may include sensor-shift optical image stabilization, a feature that Apple included in the iPhone 12 Pro Max.
As for the front of the iPhone 13, the website suggests that the TrueDepth camera “gets narrower” because the receiver at the top of the screen moves to the edge of the case. This suggests that the notch on the next generation iPhone may be a little thinner.
This is the second time we hear rumors of a thinner or shallower notch, so it is possible that the 2021 iPhone models will have a notch that is the same length, but not as high.
Other rumors about the iPhone 13 have suggested that we may see some models get LTPO OLED displays with support for 120Hz update dates, and it will of course be a faster A15 chip. We have more about what we can expect from iPhone 13 in our dedicated overview.