New information about the iPhone 13 suggests that those who skipped the iPhone 12 generation could receive significantly more capable smartphones, equipped with many newer technologies and a few extra features. In fact, this is what happens with every new generation of iPhone, those who adopt a new design early being disadvantaged later. Some of the most desired capabilities, such as fast screens or improved cameras, could be present on the new Apple smartphones this fall, according to new rumors.
iPhone 13 will use an LTPO screen with variable refresh rate
Several reliable sources for leaks related to Apple products, such as AppleInsider, Max Weinbach and Everything Apple Pro, say that Apple plans not only 120 Hz screens equipped with LTPO panels from Samsung, similar to those on the Galaxy Note20 Ultra and Galaxy S21. However, these screens could provide the ability to turn on the Always-On Display for the first time. This way, iPhone 13 users will no longer have to turn on the screen to see quick information such as date, time, or various quick information, such as certain notifications.
This will be possible in a similar way to the Apple Watch. The last two generations of the smartwatch also use an LTPO screen, which allows 1 Hz display to permanently display the exact time and a simpler version of the interface.
Other news would be new cameras for all models. First, the iPhone 13 would “upgrade” the ultra-wide camera that did not change last year when switching from iPhone 11 to 12. Then, the main camera will receive an upgrade, probably Apple adopting sensor technology stabilized throughout the range. Previously, only the iPhone 12 Pro Max benefited from this feature. On the software side, Apple could implement the portrait function on video, to cut the subject in real time and blur the background.
The magnets could also be stronger for MagSafe accessories, as the first generation proved to be insufficiently “magnetic” to hold the fixed accessories in use, especially in the case of a wallet that can come off when you take your phone out of your pocket.
The design may not be very different
At the design level, not many changes are expected. Apple could launch a new color for the case, a more adherent matte black, while the Lightning port will remain present for at least another generation. Past rumors suggested that the notch could be reduced in size, while a fingerprint sensor could be integrated into the display in response to the pandemic, which could be extended next year, at least.
Of course, these are just rumors, and Apple usually has at least two or three prototypes of iPhone models in the test before choosing one for launch. These changes may or may not reach the final version chosen for the final production.
Robert J. Smith is still early into his career as tech reporter but has already had his work published in many major publications including JoyStiq and Android Authority. In regards to academics, Robert earned a degree in business from Fordham University. Robert has passion for emerging technology and covers upcoming products and breakthroughs in science and tech.