The iPhone 13 may be a while away, but that hasn’t stopped the leaks from pouring in. Here’s everything we know so far:
iPhone 13 design
Update May 17:
According to According to YouTuber Filip Koroy/EverythingApplePro, the entire iPhone 13 series will see a 20 per cent reduction in the notch.
Koroy has said this is apparently due to a significant reduction in the sensor used for Face ID.
Rumours have suggested the iPhone 13 lineup will be similar to the 12 range, with four devices on offer at 5.4-inches, 6.1-inches, and 6.7-inches.
One of the recent rumours suggests the new iPhone will be seeing some design changes from its predecessor.
Japanese site Macotakara, via Forbes, has apparently confirmed the iPhone 13 will be getting three design upgrades, which it learned from its supply chain sources.
The design of the notch on the iPhone 13 will be getting slimmer according to the leak. There’s even some renders out already.
Macotakara explains the reasoning behind this is that Apple has managed to move the receiver to the edge of the iPhone’s chassis. Although this won’t remove the notch entirely, it will become thinner.
The design of the phone itself is said to be similar to the 12 range with flat edges. But it will have a slight thickness increase of 0.26mm.
As for the display, it was reported in December that the entire iPhone 13 range would be shipping with some form of OLED display.
Speaking of which, one of the major iPhone 12 rumours was a 120Hz refresh rate, which didn’t happen. So it’s been theorised that we’ll see this appear in the iPhone 13 Pro models. This would vastly improve the smoothness and quality when playing games or watching videos on the iPhone.
Apple leaker Max Weinbach has also revealed that the new iPhone will feature a new anti-smudge and anti-fingerprint coating to help reduce the number of fingerprints on the stainless steel frame. This coating is already used on the Gold iPhone 12 Pro but it looks like it might be extended to all models in future.
But perhaps the biggest design rumour is the alleged removal of the lightning port on at least one model. Instead, it will be replaced with wireless charging via MagSafe, which was introduced in the iPhone 12.
Huge if true.
Very little is known about the specs so far. What we can probably bank on is a brand new A15 Bionic chip, as well as the usual 128GB, 256GB and 512GB storage options across the series.
That being said, leaker Jon Prosser has theorised a whopping 1TB version for the Pro versions of the device.
It’s also likely that they will incorporate Qualcomm’s X60 5G modem, with documents revealing its plan to use them in upcoming devices. This is good news if true as the X60 integrates directly with a chipset which means less battery drain — something 5G phones suffer from at the present time.
On the 5G front, we’re hoping that the Australian versions of the iPhone 13 will have a more robust offering than the iPhone 12. As we discovered last year, only the U.S. variants of the iPhone 12 offered mmWave 5G connectivity.
This may not have seemed like a big deal considering that Australia doesn’t have mmWave yet – but that spectrum is going to be auctioned here this year so this excuse will quickly become irrelevant.
In terms of battery power, Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo reports that the new series of iPhones will have a larger battery that can fill more space due to other components being smaller. The new space-saving design allows for a larger battery but may also result in a slightly heavier phone.
iPhone 13 Camera
Update May 17:
According to YouTuber Filip Koroy/EverythingApplePro, apparently there will be a slight difference between the Pro and Pro Max versions of the iPhone again.
According to Koroy that iPhone 13 Pro Max will also have a slightly larger LiDAR sensor.
Both phones will apparently also get a 0.9mm bigger camera covered in sapphire glass.
Lastly, the rear mics on the iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max are said to be significantly larger. This backs up what leaker Max Weinbach has already said about these phones allegedly having beamforming tech for better audio as well as better image stablisation and portrait video mode.
According to Macotakara the smaller Pro model will be getting the ultra-wide lens and sensor-shift optical image stabilisation that is currently featured in the iPhone 12 Pro Max.
However, renowned Apple analyst, Ming-Chi Kuo, has said that there may be no big rear camera hardware upgrades for the iPhone 13.
A leak from EverythingApple also states that portrait mode video will be coming to the iPhone 13.
The same leaker also dropped a detail for space fans. Following in the footsteps of the Google Pixel 4 and 5, the iPhone 13 will apparently be getting an astrophotography mode. The device will apparently switch to this mode when pointed at the sky and it detects the moon or stars.
This will be partially possible to reported longer exposure times in the iPhone 13, as well as increased internal processing.
This isn’t the only change coming to the iPhone’s cameras with previous leaks suggesting the entire range will get LiDAR support. Currently, LiDAR only works on iPhone 12 Pro devices.
These two changes should be a nice improvement for the new iPhone 13 cameras, both in functionality and design.
iPhone 13 features
A few features have also been rumoured so far. These include even stronger magnets to herald the continued use of Apple’s new MagSafe wireless charging technology. This would certainly back up the portless iPhone 13 rumour.
Ming-Chi Kuo, has also reported that we may see an in-screen Touch ID sensor come to the iPhone 13. This would apparently accompany, rather than replace, Face ID.
This would make it the first iPhone to have both forms of biometrics.
Update July 5:
A rumour from Max Weinbach suggests the iPhone 13 will have a larger magnetic battery coil, which could make it capable of features like reverse wireless charging. This feature allows the iPhone to share its battery with another wireless charging device – like AirPods.
While many other smartphones have been capable of this for some time it would be a first for Apple.
What’s in a name?
There’s even speculation that the iPhone 13 might not actually be called the iPhone 13. This is for a few reasons.
Firstly, 13 can be considered to be an unlucky number. Personally I think it’s awesome and they should go for it.
More practically, however, is the history of Apple’s naming conventions.
In the past an iPhone ‘s’ year was a common occurrence. It basically indicated that the most recent device was more of an incremental upgrade. We haven’t seen one since the iPhone 6s but it could very well make a come back considering just how much of a leap the iPhone 12 was from previous years.
iPhone 13 Australian price
We don’t have word on pricing yet but we’re wondering if Apple will continue the trend of slightly discounting its tech, which it did across some iPads and the Apple Watch in 2020.
We’ll have to wait on more leaks, or the official release for this one.
But in the meantime, here’s a reminder of the iPhone 12 release prices.
- iPhone 12 Mini: starts at $1,199
- iPhone 12: starts at $1,349
- iPhone 12 Pro: starts at $1,699
- iPhone 12 Pro Max: starts at $1,849
We don’t know the exact release date yet, but our guess is that it will happen at the end of September.
September releases have been the norm for Apple for a long time. The exception was 2020 when COVID-19 related delays pushed the release of the iPhone 12 back. Not only that, the release was split in two, with the Mini and Pro Max devices being held until November.
We don’t think this is likely to happen again, but you never know!
While rumours may run rampant we likely won’t have any firm details about the iPhone 13 until Apple chooses to announce it. In the meantime, we’ll keep updating this article as more leaks and rumours come to light.
Disclosure: one of the authors owns shares in Apple.