You may only just be wrapping your head around the iPhone 12 family, but it’s almost a certainty that the iPhone 13 is coming in 2021 and we’ve already seen a variety of leaks and rumors land.
Apple’s 2021 handsets are likely to launch toward the end of next year, but we’re hearing news from a variety of sources about what to expect on the next-gen iPhone from Apple.
What’s the overall word right now? We’ve heard from all different types of sources not to expect any humongous upgrades, as rumors point to the company focusing on refining the design, improving the internals and, perhaps even bringing in far more powerful cameras.
All of this is speculation at the moment, and may be subject to change when Apple is ready to release its next handset.
Below you’ll find everything we know so far about the next iPhone, including our best guess at an iPhone 13 release date, and a selection of things we want to see Apple introduce in its 2021 handset.
Cut to the chase
What is it? The next iPhone
When is it out? Probably September 2021
What will it cost? Expect $699 / £699 / AU$1,199 and up
iPhone 13 release date and price
When can you expect to be able to buy a next-gen iPhone? We expect the iPhone 13 release date to be set for September 2021, but that may be subject to change given the Covid-19 pandemic.
For the last 10 years, Apple has consistently introduced its flagship phones at an event near the start of September and released the phones 10 days later. All that changed in 2020, due to the pandemic, and the phones were delayed beyond their usual window.
The iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro were pushed back to October, and the other two devices – the iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 12 Pro Max – were released in November, reportedly due to a lack of parts for the manufacturing process.
If we were betting on a date, we’d expect Apple to move its iPhone 13 release date back to September 2021, but that may change. It’s very unlikely that we’ll be hearing anything about the new phones before then.
Little is known about the price of the iPhone 13, but we’d expect it to be a similar level to the iPhone 12 family. Those handsets cost more than the 2019 phones – the iPhone 11 series – but that’s because of the addition of 5G and a few other technical elements.
We’ll be sure to include more 2021 iPhone price leaks and rumors as we hear them, but below you can see the prices for the iPhone 12 series that we’re relatively confident will be similar next year.
iPhone 13 name: could it be the iPhone 12s?
There’s every chance the next iPhone won’t be called the iPhone 13. That’s especially true as the number 13 is seen as an unlucky number in parts of the world, including the US, so it may be Apple wants to skip this numeral when it comes time for a new iPhone.
With rumors suggesting we’ll see a relatively similar design to the iPhone 12, it may be that the company is reading an iPhone 12s family for 2021. This is common practice for Apple where it introduces an ‘S’ series the year after a big upgrade, and it may be we see that next year.
iPhone 13 leaks and rumors
You may think with the iPhone 13 release date so far in the distance that we wouldn’t know much about the next-gen phone, but a variety of sources have shown us some things to expect on the next iPhone.
First off, we’re expecting four members of the iPhone 13 family. Those are likely to be – but this isn’t guaranteed – the iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max.
The company focused on three models until 2020, when it introduced the mini model as the fourth handset in the iPhone 12 family. Most rumors suggest that’ll continue in 2021, and that’s even more likely to happen if the iPhone 12 mini sells well.
We’re expecting similar designs to the iPhone 12 family, and the screen technology is likely to be similar as well because the company made big upgrades to that element of the iPhone 12.
One thing rumored for the iPhone 12 that didn’t come to fruition was the addition of a high refresh rate display. Rumors suggest that may be introduced on the iPhone 13, and that’ll make the display look smoother when playing games or scrolling through your social media feed.
Most important development on the iPhone 13 models from my perspective will be ProMotion with variable refresh rates through LTPO adoption on the Pro models.October 2, 2020
That technology may also work in a similar way to what we’ve seen on the company’s iPad Pro lineup where it is able to vary the refresh rate depending on what activity you’re doing on your phone.
The topic of the notch has been under scrutiny as well with some sources claiming that it’ll remain the same size as the iPhone 12 and others believing it’ll be set to shrink in 2021. What will happen here is particularly unclear right now.
Another leak has also suggested the company may finally be ready to introduce an under-display fingerprint scanner. A lot of Android manufacturers include this technology on flagship phones, and this leak suggests Apple is ready to follow suit.
One source has also suggested that 2021 may be when we see the introduction of 1TB iPhones. That’s a storage size the company hasn’t experimented with yet, and we’d expect it to be an option on the phone’s most expensive handsets.
If Prosser’s information is correct, that may well make for the most expensive iPhone ever as that’s a lot of storage on one handset.
As for the camera, industry analyst Ming-Chi Kuo – who is often right about Apple information – has suggested the iPhone 13 camera may be bumped to a f/1.8, six-element lens from the current f/2.4, five-element lens on the Pro.
Little else has been rumored specifically around the camera, but we’d expect Apple to focus on this as a key area to differentiate the handsets from the iPhone 12 family.
This may not actually happen, but there have also been rumors of a portless iPhone debuting in 2021. It may be the company only has one handset that does this, but it would mean it’ll only use wireless charging.
Expect 5G support to continue in 2021 iPhones as well, but it’s expected the company will be switching to either mmWave or sub-6 devices allowing it to save money.
That essentially means that if mmWave technology isn’t available in your country, you’ll only be able to buy the sub-6 version. Apple included both versions of the 5G technology on the iPhone 12, and that saw the price of the handset rise significantly in the US in particular.
iPhone 13: what we want to see
With little known for certain about the iPhone 13, we’ve put together a list of things we’d love to see the company introduce for its next-gen device. Some of these will match with what you’ve read about above, and others are just things we want to see Apple do.
1. A big camera upgrade
The iPhone 12 series brought some slight camera tweaks to the family of handsets, but it wasn’t a significant overhaul that many were hoping for.
Expect to see an improved camera in 2021, and we’re hoping for a big one that can mean the company can hold onto its footing in making some of the very best shooters on the market.
2. Improved battery life
The iPhone 12 didn’t improve the battery life on handsets that much over the iPhone 11 series, so we’d like to see Apple put more of a focus on battery life in the future.
Nowhere is this more true than on the iPhone 12 mini, which has the worst battery life of the entire family. It’s okay enough to cope with on a day to day basis, but we’d like to see Apple commit to improving battery life further.
3. An iPhone 13 mini
This may seem like an obvious one, but we really like the iPhone 12 mini and we’d like to see it become a mainstay of the iPhone family.
Smaller handsets that are as capable as the flagship alternative are few and far between in 2020, so we’d like to see the company commit to this new size of handset again for the iPhone 13.
4. A price drop
This is unlikely to be possible for the iPhone 13, but with the price of the iPhone 12 series increasing over the iPhone 11 we’d like to see the company drop its prices again in 2021.
With a rumor suggesting the company will only be using 5G technology relevant to whatever market you live in, that may allow Apple to drop the price lower than it had done before.
5. The death of 64GB iPhones
The iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 12 are both available with 64GB of storage, and we believe that isn’t enough room on a smartphone in 2020. Some will be able to handle that, but if you want to make the most of your device you’ll likely find it will clog up after a few years of usage.
We’d like to see Apple introduce 128GB as the minimum device size in 2021, and hopefully bring the price of the larger storage variants down to a more affordable level.
6. A high refresh rate display
Rumored for the iPhone 12, a high refresh rate display will be another solid screen upgrade that we’d love to see included on the iPhone to keep it competitive with other smartphones on the market.
It’s the sort of upgrade you don’t know you want until you’ve used a phone with the technology included, but it’s something that would make a noticeable difference to the iPhone experience.
7. A better option for chargers
The iPhone 12 was the moment Apple decided to drop chargers in the box. According to Apple, that’s an initiative it believes will save on ewaste and while that may be true it isn’t the most user friendly way of doing so.
We’d like to see the company come up with an alternative way to offer chargers to those who want them, while also not including them in the box by default.
Perhaps, each iPhone could come with a charger coupon that you can cash in if you’re in need of a charger but it strongly discourages you from doing so if you already have a way to charge your phone?
Apple CEO Tim Cook delivers the keynote address at Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, California, onJune 13, 2016.
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Apple said on Monday that companies that offer digital classes or virtual events through iPhone apps won’t have to use Apple’s App Store in-app purchases through June 2021, enabling them to charge their customers directly without Apple’s 30% commission fee.
The extension will help businesses by giving them more time to hold paid digital events rather than in-person events during the Covid-19 pandemic, without the additional fee.
“Although apps are required to offer any paid online group event experiences (one-to-few and one-to-many realtime experiences) through in-app purchase in accordance with App Store Review guideline 3.1.1, we temporarily deferred this requirement with an original deadline of December 2020,” Apple wrote on its developer blog. “To allow additional time for developing in-app purchase solutions, this deadline has been extended to June 30, 2021.”
An Apple spokesperson did not have a comment beyond Monday’s announcement.
The move is the latest olive branch from Apple to critics of the App Store, which say the iPhone giant’s control over the platform and fees are anticompetitive. Apple also announced earlier this month that it planned to reduce its commission to 15% for app developers making under $1 million on Apple’s platforms in 2021.
Apple originally waived the in-app purchase requirement for group classes and events in September, after Facebook introduced a paid events feature and tried to include copy inside its apps warning that a cut of transactions for paid events would go to Apple. But at the time, Apple only suspended its fees through December. Monday’s announcement extended it for six more months.
Apple requires iPhone apps to use Apple’s App Store payment processing, which takes 30% of total payments and has been an antitrust focus of policymakers around the world. However, in-person goods, such as ordering a ride through Uber or buying something from an online retailer, are not required to use App Store payments.
In September, Apple clarified that one-to-one person classes through an iPhone app could be billed directly, but any virtual classes where an instructor or group works with multiple people were required to use App Store payments.
The New York Times reported in July that some app makers, such as Airbnb and ClassPass, were switching business models to include more digital classes as in-person experiences were negatively affected by the pandemic, and Apple had asked them to use in-app purchases which entitled them to 30% of the sale.
Apple CEO Tim Cook was asked about the company’s policies around virtual classes and events at a congressional hearing in July by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Jerry Nadler.
“The pandemic is a tragedy, and it’s hurting Americans and many people from all around the world, and we would never take advantage of that,” Cook said. “I believe the cases that you’re talking about are cases where something has moved to a digital service, which technically does need to go through our commission model.”
Another 15 cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in Huron and Perth Counties over the weekend. There are two new cases in Howick Township, six in North Perth, three in Stratford and four in Perth East. When it comes to the 40 active cases, one is in Howick, eight in North Perth, 14 in Perth East, and 17 in Stratford.
Huron Perth Public health reported Cedarcroft Place Retirement Residence continues to be in outbreak, and two more residents who had tested positive for COVID-19 passed away since Friday. Eleven residents who had the virus have died. There are thirteen active cases among residents, and 19 residents have recovered. All 19 staff members who had COVID-19 have recovered.
There are no active long-term care home outbreaks and no active school outbreaks
Huron Peth Public health is clarifying why the region is now at the Orange-Restrict level of public health measures. Some of the factors include rates of cases and hospital capacity locally and in neighbouring regions.
It also looks at the rates of cases without a known chain of transmission, which suggests community transmission. And the ability to keep up with contact and case management.
Apple’s iPhone 12 has outrun Samsung’s Galaxy Note 20 Ultra by a clear margin in a realistic speed test.
It was consistently faster in CPU and GPU tests.
You can chalk up a lot of it to Apple’s 5nm A14 Bionic chip.
Samsung’s Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is a beast of a phone in most respects between its huge screen, capable cameras and gobs of memory, but how fast is it compared to Apple’s latest mainstream phone? Not very, it seems. Gary Sims has pitted the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra against the regular iPhone 12 in his realistic Speed Test G benchmark, and the results are… not pretty.
Simply put, the iPhone 12 obliterated the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra across the board. Apple’s device claimed the largest advantage in the CPU-oriented test, where it finished in 32.5 seconds versus Samsung’s 38, but it also won by clear margins in GPU and mixed-use tests despite running visuals at higher resolutions (the Note was dialed down to 1080p). The iPhone 12 finished the whole speed test in 1 minute and 3 seconds where the Note 20 took nearly 14 seconds longer.
Unlike some phone benchmarks you see online, Speed Test G focuses primarily on a phone’s ability to run apps rather than loading them. It’s a true test of processing power rather than memory and storage speeds. In this case, you’re seeing how well the A14 Bionic chip and iOS stack up against a Snapdragon 865 Plus running Android.
Sims didn’t outline just why the iPhone 12 took a commanding lead over the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, but the story is likely a repeat of what you’ve seen with other speed tests. The A14 Bionic is the first production 5nm chip where the Snapdragon 865 Plus has to “settle” for a less efficient 7nm design. While CPU architecture and the operating system may play roles, there’s little doubt that Apple has an advantage in newer technology.
This also underscores an issue with price-to-performance ratios in Android phones. The Note 20 Ultra normally costs $1,300, and it’s still a premium phone at $1,100 after Black Friday discounts. The iPhone 12, meanwhile, is priced at $799. You’re clearly paying for more than just a fast chip with Samsung’s handset, but this test suggests Apple once again has the better proposition if you’re focused on speed and unwilling to make the feature sacrifices that come with the OnePlus 8T.
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