The iPhone 13 should arrive within a few weeks, during the month of September, if the Californian firm finds a classic schedule similar to what it had accustomed us to before the coronavirus pandemic. This is also what rumours say on this subject: the iPhone version 2021 should arrive before the fall and with the number 13 probably despite the superstitions.
Probably no 12s, therefore, and suddenly, we can expect quite significant changes in terms of characteristics compared to the 2020 generation. Even if the iPhone and smartphones, in general, do not evolve drastically from generation to generation from now on.
Let us try in any case to see, on the basis of rumours and reports of analysts about it, what will have the iPhone 13 in the belly, in how many models will it be declined, and especially, at what price.
iPhone 13: 4 models
The 2021 lineup is expected to be similar to last year, with 4 iPhone 13 models. Apple would not abandon the mini format (yet) . Here is a rundown of the iPhone lineup for this year:
- iPhone 13 mini: 5.4 inches screen diagonal & iPhone 13: 6.1 inch &
- iPhone 13 Pro: 6.1 inches & iPhone 13 Max: 6.7 inches
On the design side, the changes would not be numerous, but all in all remarkable.
The most important of these concerns the Face ID notch. This should be slightly smaller on the iPhone 2021 compared to the iPhone 12. Its thinning would be underpinned by the now possible fusion of Face ID sensors in a single module.
Another interesting change would be found on the back of the case. The camera module would be larger on the next iPhones compared to the iPhone 12. This size change would be minimal on the iPhone 13 and 13 mini, but more noticeable on the iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max.
In addition, if the iPhone 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max had the same 3 big lens configuration as the 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max, the iPhone 13 and 13 mini would benefit from a configuration of two lenses placed diagonally, and not the same. ‘one under the other as on the generation before.
Otherwise, according to past rumours, the cases of the iPhone 13 should not move too much, apart from gaining a little thickness compared to those of the iPhone 12.
For the screen, we would still be entitled to OLED technology on the 4 iPhone 13 models, but with expected improvements. On the one hand, the 120 Hz ProMotion display seen in particular on the iPad Pro would indeed be there, perhaps only for Pro and Pro Max. On the other hand, the OLED panel of the iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max would be based on LTPO technology, which would allow energy savings underpinned by lower consumption of the component … For better autonomy? Not so sure, because Apple is planning to add a permanent display to its iPhone 13, like what we have on the Apple Watch, but also a number of competing smartphones.
Components and connectors
The iPhones carry a new version of the processor chip with each new generation. Logically, the iPhone 13 would come equipped with a new A15 Bionic chip.
This should be engraved in 5 nm, just like the previous A14 Bionic chip on the iPhone 12. On the program, more power and less energy consumption, probably.
Inside the iPhone version 2021, we would also find a new X60 modem engraved in 5 nm. The latter would underpin better 5G performance, expanded millimetre-wave support, and better power management.
Wi-Fi would not be left out, with the gain incompatibility with the Wi-Fi 6E standard. . This is a slight evolution of Wi-Fi 6 with an underlying improvement in charging speed and latency times.
Finally, on the connectivity side, the MagSafe and the Lightning plug should always be present, with all the same particularity for the magnetic wireless connection. It could support, on iPhone 13, reverse charging.
Photographic and video
In taking pictures, there too, no major novelties to expect, but slight and nonetheless appreciable improvements.
When it comes to photography, first of all, the new iPhone 13 and 13 mini should be able to make better prints thanks to a wider aperture for the ultra-wide-angle sensor (f / 1.8, against f / 2.4 on iPhone 12). Ditto on the Pro models with a new photo module in 6 elements, against 5 for the iPhone 12, and an improved aperture for the ultra-wide-angle sensor (ƒ / 1.8, against ƒ / 2.4 on iPhone 12 Pro). The Pro Max model would go even further with an improved aperture for the wide-angle sensor.
The iPhone 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max would also be entitled to autofocus for the wide-angle camera, which would be a first on the iPhone.
Less specifically, the new iPhones would benefit from larger lenses, which would allow them to take better light. And all models in the new range would benefit from a new optical image stabilization with sensor displacement, a feature hitherto reserved for the iPhone 12 Pro Max. Finally, the LiDar scanner would be there but possibly reserved for Pro models.
For video, the most notable novelty, relayed by The Verge, would be the appearance of Portrait mode for videos. Portrait mode, we remind you, automatically blurs the background of the image in order to focus it on the face (s) in the foreground.
Autonomy and battery
Autonomy should be improved on iPhone 13 thanks to several changes. On the one hand, A15 Bionic chips and a new modem should consume less energy. In addition, recent rumours point to larger batteries in the new cases, with a notable gain for the 13 Pro Max which would even exceed 4300mAh, or 18% more mAh than the 12 Pro Max. Otherwise, the model 13 and 13 mini would use a new flexible battery technology called Soft Board, again allowing more mAh per cm² to be loaded.
And then the iPhone 13 should be able to recharge faster than the previous generation, thanks to the support for recharging 25 Watts (20 Watts for the iPhone 12).
As for storage capacities, it is rather vague. We can expect the proposals to be the same as for the iPhone 12: 64-128-256 GB for the iPhone 13 and 13 mini, 128-256-512 for the iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max.
While this is in line with some announcements from sources close to suppliers, recent rumours have raised the possibility that the Pro models go up to 1TB. In an age of Lossless lossless music, increasingly heavy videos and photographs, having 1TB of storage on iPhone would not be illogical. On the other hand, Apple may have more profits to make by pushing its users towards its iCloud subscriptions …
We are therefore divided between similar storage capacities for the iPhone 13 and 13 Pro as for the iPhone 12 and 12 Pro. At best, Apple increases the capacity to boot at 128GB on iPhone 12/12 mini and hit 1TB on iPhone 13 Pro / Pro Max, at worst nothing changes.