iPhone 13: Release date and feature rumours

by Rob Duke | Jan 29, 2021
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While the iPhone 12 only came out recently, we’re already hearing whispers about Apple’s next flagship handsets. Here’s our full rundown of all the juiciest tidbits. 

When will the iPhone 13 be released?

Last year’s launch was (predictably) delayed by the global pandemic, with the release date bumped from September to October.

In 2021, Apple is ahead of the game and apparently aiming for a regular mid-September launch. Looking at recent years, if they do stick to the schedule, the handsets will most likely be available from Friday 17th September.

How many versions of the iPhone 13 will there be?

We expect to see three versions of the iPhone 13 (which might surprise a few people because there were four versions of the iPhone 12).

This year, we believe that instead of releasing a mini and a standard version separately, Apple will go for a single entry-level iPhone 13, and then, as per usual, there’ll be enhanced Pro and Pro Max versions available (with display sizes ranging from 5.9 to 6.9 inches). 

How much will the iPhone 13 cost?

There could be a slight increase in price (up to £749) for the standard iPhone 13 (mainly down to the screen being larger than the one on the 12 mini). The Pro and the Pro Max will likely have similar price tags to previous iterations at £999 and £1,099 respectively.

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What will the iPhone 13 look like?

The front of the iPhone 13 could look quite different from the iPhone 12. Apparently, the geniuses (fnar) at Apple have figured out how to efficiently reduce the size of the front-facing earpiece, which means they can use a smaller notch. 

The camera-arrays will still be housed in a large raised area on the back but could be presented slightly differently to make it a little less prominent. Good news for people who weren’t big fans of the squared-off look. 

Word has it that we’ll also see a more daring range of colours this year. Again, good news because there wasn’t much variety with the premium versions of the 11 and 12. 

What features will the iPhone 13 have?

If there’s one thing you can bank on, it’s Apple improving the raw performance of their handsets each year. With the impending arrival of the new benchmark-bothering A14 chipset, the competition will be quaking in their boots.   

As well as having extra power under the hood, the new handsets should be more efficient too, and while early design leaks suggest that the battery could be smaller, it’ll almost certainly be optimised to provide a longer charge. 

Also, there are whispers of this being the first iPhone to have wireless-only charging with no port, but realistically we reckon this feature won’t appear in Apple handsets until 2022 at the earliest. 

As usual, the displays will be souped-up. OLED will be the standard across all devices (as it was with the iPhone 12), but the Pro and Pro Max could introduce new LTPO technology which would help them run extremely smoothly even in ultra-high-resolution at 120hz. In other words, you’ll never notice any ghosting while scrolling and browsing, and videos will look incredibly clean and crisp. 

The handsets will likely be reinforced with extremely robust Sapphire Glass, and it could even be the first time we see an Apple device completely encased in it. Whether this will affect how robust they are is up for debate. 

Will it be worth an upgrade?

For people who like to stay at the forefront of technology, new iPhones will always deliver cutting-edge experiences, and it does sound like there will be some exciting innovations that could make it worthwhile, even if you’ve purchased something as recent as an iPhone 11 or 12. 

We’ll be keeping an eye on the latest rumours over the coming months, so make sure you bookmark us and check back regularly for the latest updates.

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