(Pocket-lint) – The annual refresh of the iPhone is without doubt one of the largest occasions in tech: it is the cellphone that many aspire to personal, one which units tendencies and the cellphone that each one others need to higher.

Whereas leaks and rumours are nothing new to the world of tech, getting details about unannounced Apple units is pretty uncommon. They do not are likely to leak as comprehensively as a Samsung or Google cellphone – however we’re gathering up all the things we hear in regards to the 2021 iPhone fashions proper right here.

Apple iPhone 13 launch date and worth

Usually Apple holds its iPhone occasion within the second week of September and usually on a Tuesday. If 2020 had been a regular yr, the iPhone 12 would possible have been unveiled on Eight September 2020.

In fact, 2020 has not been a standard yr because of the worldwide state of affairs. As a substitute, Apple revealed the iPhone 12 collection on 13 October, breaking the sample and making it more durable to find out when the iPhone 13 occasion would possibly happen. 

If the sample returns to regular for 2021, the iPhone 13 occasion may happen on 7 September. In fact nothing is confirmed as but, nor will it’s till at the least finish of August 2021. 

By way of worth, we might anticipate the iPhone 13 collection to begin across the similar because the iPhone 12 vary.

What is going to the iPhone 2021 be referred to as?

  • iPhone 13 mini
  • iPhone 13
  • iPhone 13 Professional 
  • iPhone 13 Professional Max

Pre-2017, it was fairly simple to foretell what the subsequent iPhone can be referred to as. Following the iPhone 3G as much as the iPhone 8, Apple used sequential numbers and that was that.

With the iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Professional and iPhone 12 Professional Max having launched in 2020, it is fairly possible the 2021 iPhones shall be referred to as the iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Professional and iPhone 13 Professional Max, if there are 4 iPhones once more.


  • Comparable design
  • Squarer edges

The Apple iPhone 12 fashions got here with a refreshed design, providing squarer edges extra just like the iPhone Four or 5. It is subsequently possible that the iPhone 13 fashions will persist with this design as a design refresh two years operating can be uncommon.

We’re hoping to see a lowered notch on the prime of the display screen of the 2021 fashions although, or higher nonetheless, no notch in any respect. A patent has beforehand been filed for a notch-less cellphone, however how Face ID can be accommodated stays a puzzle. 


  • All OLED
  • 120Hz refresh fee

With the iPhone 12 fashions all providing OLED shows, it’s possible the iPhone 13 fashions may even all have OLED screens.

There have been reviews of a variable refresh fee for the iPhone 12 fashions with a 120Hz refresh fee that would drop all the way down to 60Hz when obligatory, although this by no means occurred, so maybe it is going to be one thing we’ll see on the 2021 fashions.

The iPhone 12 collection is available in a 5.4-inch mannequin, two 6.1-inch fashions and a 6.7-inch mannequin. With the show sizes altering for 2020, we might predict they’ll keep the identical for 2021, although you by no means know.

Some hypothesis additionally advised in-display fingerprint sensors for the iPhone 12 fashions. As this by no means appeared, maybe that is one thing the iPhone 13 fashions will look to introduce alongside Face ID.


  • Professional fashions prone to be higher
  • Enhancements possible

At present there are not any rumours surrounding the cameras iPhone 13 fashions, however we suspect Apple will persist with providing a greater digital camera setup on the iPhone 13 Professional fashions. We’re hoping to see the usual iPhone 13 Professional and iPhone 13 Professional Max providing the identical once more although.

We might additionally anticipate enhancements throughout the board, however in the intervening time, it isn’t clear what these could possibly be. 

{Hardware} and software program

With the iPhone 12 collection providing 5G, the iPhone 13 fashions will little question do the identical. They may even all possible run on the A15 chip and iOS 15 software program, the latter of which we’ll most definitely hear extra about in June 2021.

Different {hardware} and software program options have but to be detailed in rumours, however we anticipate to listen to extra over the approaching months.

Apple iPhone 13 rumours: What’s occurred thus far?

This is all the things we have heard in regards to the iPhone 13 fashions thus far.

18 October 2020: iPhone 13 may have in-display fingerprint sensor and Face ID

A report revealed by BGR suggests a leaker has stated the iPhone 13 may characteristic Contact ID beneath the show, alongside Face ID. 

26 August 2020: Video leaks, seems to indicate excessive refresh fee settings

A video purporting to indicate the iPhone 12 Max show leaked. The video seems to substantiate high-refresh fee settings for the Professional and Professional Max. With the iPhone 12 Professional Max not providing this, perhaps it is a characteristic we’ll see on the iPhone 13 Professional fashions.

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three July 2020: Increased 120Hz refresh fee shows presumably coming to 2021 iPhones

Analyst Ross Younger stated his contacts assume 120Hz expertise may come to the 2021 iPhone collection. 

20 April 2020: Smaller notch incoming

A number of reviews advised the iPhone 12 would have a smaller notch, but all of the Face ID sensors shall be current. This could primarily solely imply that the speaker is moved upwards into the bezel of the cellphone, because it has been on many Android units.  

Because the iPhone 12 fashions did not provide this, all eyes are actually on the iPhone 13 fashions.

31 December 2019: Notch-free cellphone patent filed by Apple

Patents filed by Apple have appeared for a notch-free cellphone, however it does elevate the query of how Apple will provide Face ID if there is not any area for the wanted {hardware}.

30 September 2019: Apple iPhone renders present no notch

Ben Geskin produced some renders exhibiting what the iPhone 12 Professional and 12 Professional Max may have seemed like if the notch disappeared. We have left them right here in case Apple makes this transfer for the iPhone 13 fashions.

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5 September 2019: Apple growing in-screen sensor

In line with Bloomberg, Apple is growing an in-display fingerprint authentication expertise that works very like the options we have seen applied by Samsung, OnePlus, Huawei, and others.

Presumably, it could be a Contact ID-branded characteristic that might work alongside Face ID, permitting customers to extra effectively bypass their system’s lock display screen and course of funds.

5 August 2019: Lengthy stay Contact ID! Apple’s 2021 iPhone would possibly use in-display fingerprint tech

Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has claimed Apple will possible provide an Ultrasonic under-display fingerprint sensor within the iPhone 2021. Kuo stated the system will work alongside Apple’s Face ID. 

He additionally stated that the notch would get smaller for the 2020 iPhone – which it did not – earlier than being ditched utterly for the 2021 iPhone.

11 July 2019: The iPhone may have its front-cameras beneath the show by 2021

Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claims the iPhone’s massive notch will utterly disappear by 2021.

Kuo would not elaborate on how Apple would possibly succeed on this, however a method can be to maneuver the True Depth digital camera system – which is used for Face ID – to behind the show. There are huge challenges with this expertise in the intervening time although so maybe there may be one other resolution?

Writing by Britta O’Boyle.


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