We have nine months of rumors about the iPhone 13 before the expected launch of the phone in September 2021, and the latest unconfirmed whispers that reach us suggest that the phone will bring with it some subtle tweaks in design.
The famous and usually reliable Japanese store MacOtakara reports that the iPhone 13 will have a smaller slot at the top of the front display, with a more compact TrueDepth camera for Face ID, which allows Apple to make the cut less noticeable.
The phone is also set to become about 0.26 mm (0.01 inch) thicker, according to vendors talking about MacOtakara, but apparently the impact of the rear camera will remain, as the camera module is also getting bigger.
The entire device of the rear camera will be covered with sapphire crystal, claims MacOtakara, as the iPhone 1
The history of the iPhone 13 so far
Talks about a smaller share for the iPhone 13 have appeared before – as Apple improves on the miniaturization of components and their tight packaging, it makes sense for the components of the camera, forward-facing, to take up less space from year to year.
Most other manufacturers still stick to the design of the display punch to accommodate the front camera, but everyone – including Apple – is likely to try to remove the cutouts entirely with on-screen camera technology.
Even with such a distant launch date, we are starting to see rumors and leaks around the iPhone 13 that are starting to flow. Some of the features we thought might arrive on the iPhone 12 – like displays with a refresh rate of 120 Hz – are aimed instead at landing this year.
Camera upgrades are also expected: new iPhones always bring improved cameras, of course, and in 2021, LiDAR technology is expected to be extended to every phone in the iPhone range, instead of being exclusive to Pro models.