The notch, which houses Apple’s smart Face ID scanning technology, has remained a staple of iPhone design since the iPhone X in 2017. But it looks like the rumors were correct, and the notch will be slimmed down when the iPhone 13 arrives in September.
Mac Otakara has obtained what it believes is a 3D-printed mockup of the iPhone 13 Pro. As you can see in the photos and video below, while the overall phone size is equal, the notch is significantly reduced when held together with the iPhone 12 Pro.
If you struggle to judge how much smaller the iPhone 13 pro notch is, the photographer took a ruler for both handsets. It’s actually a bit higher at 5.35 mm to the old notch’s 5.30 mm, but it’s markedly thinner, with the new notch clocked at 26.80 mm, down from 34.83 mm on the iPhone 12 Pro.
The raw mockup also reveals how Apple has made the change without affecting the functionality: it seems that the earplug has been pushed up into the frame of the iPhone 13 Pro. The forward-facing camera also appears to have been moved from the right side of the notch to the left side.
Pictures on the back of the phone show no changes at all, with the same triangular triple camera array placed in a small, square shock at the top left.
Although the Mac Otakara does not share the full dimensions of the model, the iPhone 13 Pro mockup does not look so different from its predecessor, suggesting an iterative update in terms of design.
But appearance can be misleading. Not only do we expect the usual performance and efficiency improvements that come from a new Apple A chip (5nm A15 is supposed to be in production), but Apple apparently has plans for its battery technology that may debut in the iPhone 13 family.
According to reports last year, Apple will introduce softboard batteries with fewer layers, leading to increased capacity with a smaller physical footprint. That means the iPhone 13 Pro can improve on the disappointing endurance of its predecessor without needing a thicker body to compensate, and that’s apparently Apple’s plan. This will be useful, as Apple is also expected to introduce 120Hz panels to the iPhone 13 Pro models.
The iPhone 13 is also expected to provide better camera performance, thanks to extended sensor-shift stabilization throughout the series, a wider aperture for the ultra-wide lens and perhaps astrophotographic features to capture the night sky.
This iPhone 13 dummy device is definitely not proof that the new iPhones get a minor notch, but the evidence is increasing that Apple is going in this direction.