Apple’s 2021 iPhone models are not expected to launch until September, but thanks to rumors, CAD drawings and renderings, we already know what to expect. Dummy models are now circulating, and we have got a set to give MacRumors readers an overview of the leaks we have seen for several months now.
We have dummy models of iPhone 13, iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max, and mockups like these are often made for case manufacturers. It’s a lot of money to be the first to release a case for a new device, with dummy models created based on specifications and details leaking from Apple̵
Our experience is that dummy models are often accurate and are generally reliable representations of new devices that Apple plans to release. In particular, these dummy models seem to be in line with many of the rumors that we have heard about the new iPhones. That said, there is always a possibility that some of these design tweaks and changes may be off.
We do not expect any major design changes this year, and the dummy models are similar to the iPhone 12, 12 mini, 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max, in the same sizes. We can see some very small differences in thickness in some of the models, but for the most part, the iPhone 13 series will look a lot like the iPhone 12 lineup.
It is rumored that Apple is cutting back on the size of the notch in the iPhone 13 series, and there are changes that are noticeable on the dummy model. The microphone has been moved to the upper frame of the device, which may be the design change that will allow a slim downward-facing camera module. The dummy models are designed for caseworkers and do not have an accurate screen layout that shows notch size, so we have to rely on rumors for that.
The overall body design may be the same, but there is notable changes in some of the camera designs. Apple is introducing some new camera features, such as Sensor-Shift Stabilization over the iPhone 13 series, as well as improvements to the iPhone 13 Pro, so the rear camera layouts of these dummy models are not identical to the iPhone 12 series.
IPhone 13 dummy and iPhone 13 Pro dummy
Apple brings the iPhone 13 Pro in line with the iPhone 13 Pro Max, so the camera bump is much larger than the iPhone 12 Pro camera bump. It is on par with the camera’s shock on the iPhone 13 Pro Max, so the iPhone 12 Pro cases do not fit the iPhone 13 Pro.
This is very clear when you put a iPhone 13 Pro cover on a iPhone 12 Pro. We have iPhone 13 cases from Armadillotek that are designed with some of the same specifications that probably went into the dummy models, and the camera cutout is much larger.
IPhone 13 Pro cover on iPhone 12
IPhone 13 Pro Max looks almost identical to the iPhone 12 Pro Max, although the camera bump is slightly larger. The dummy model has different lens sizes with slightly larger lenses, but other than that there are no changes. Case manufacturers do not necessarily need spot-on lens size accuracy to develop a case, but there may be some changes in the lenses as some camera upgrades are expected.
For the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini, Apple reorganizes the camera lenses into a diagonal setup that has a flash at the top right of the camera module and a microphone at the bottom left, with Wide and Ultra Wide lenses placed diagonally to each other. This may be a change that was introduced to support the notorious Sensor-Shift Stabilization feature, which is currently limited to the Pro models.
IPhone 12 vs. IPhone 13
The dummy models suggest that the iPhone 13 will have a relocated SIM tray and small changes in the position of the volume buttons, while the SIM tray may be slightly offset on other models.
We may not get major design changes this year, but it is rumored that Apple is adding improved 5G, a faster A15 chip and a 120Hz ProMotion screen for Pro models, so there is still a lot to look forward to in the iniPhone 13 series.