Will the iPhone 13 be well worth the wait? 7 rumors about Apple’s new iPhone we hope come true – CNET

What options will the subsequent iPhone embrace?

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Apple’s new iPhone could possibly be coming quickly, and as we strategy its potential launch date, we’re firmly within the “don’t purchase an iPhone except you actually need to” a part of Apple’s annual cellphone refresh cycle. An ever-increasing variety of rumors in regards to the subsequent iPhone appear to come back out weekly. With solely a few month to go earlier than Apple usually broadcasts the subsequent iPhone, I put out a couple of requests to the universe, based mostly on rumors and leaks, for the options and upgrades I need to see within the iPhone 13. I additionally consider what the iPhone 13 wants so as to be successful. Think about this my iPhone 13 want record.

And simply to be clear, these are rumors and leaks. Nothing is for sure till Apple formally broadcasts it. A few of these rumors are from the previous few months. Others are a number of months and even years outdated and hold rising again to relevance. CNET has lots extra intel on the iPhone 13’s rumored price, design, cameras, a possible launch date and the way the iPhone 13 may examine to the iPhone 12.

The iPhone 13 may get a much bigger battery

The primary rumor is that the iPhone 13 will get a much bigger battery. iPhone 12’s battery life is sweet. In use, each the iPhone 12 and 12 Professional lasted a day with out drawback. In our battery check with looped video taking part in in airplane mode, the 12 Professional lasted 15 hours, 56 minutes; the iPhone 12 lasted 17 hours, 14 minutes.

But it surely’s removed from the most effective battery life we’ve seen. The Samsung Galaxy S21, with its 4,500-mAh battery, lasted 18 hours, 3 minutes in the identical check. The Galaxy S21 Extremely and its 5,000-mAh battery lasted 22 hours, 57 minutes. And each of these telephones have a excessive refresh-rate show, which may tax the battery extra.

Whereas Apple by no means reveals the capability of the batteries contained in the iPhone, websites like iFixIt, which sells kits to interchange batteries, present that each the iPhone 12 and 12 Professional use a 2,815-mAh battery. What’s spectacular is that Apple will get a lot life from that small battery purely by way of the effectivity of its A-series processors and iOS software program.

Now think about making use of these efficiencies to a bigger bodily battery. It is a rumor that I hope is true and suppose the subsequent iPhone wants. I imply, who doesn’t need higher battery life?


The following iPhone is rumored to have a excessive refresh charge display which may bode effectively for making these Apple Arcade video games look even higher.

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The iPhone 13 might need a excessive refresh-rate show

Since 2017, the iPad Professional has had a 120Hz refresh charge. Now that panel is an LCD, however rumors level to the iPhone 13 getting a excessive refresh-rate OLED. For years, many people longed to see this function on an iPhone. There are quite a few telephones at totally different worth factors which have a excessive refresh-rate display just like the $300 OnePlus Nord N10 5G, which has a 90Hz show. The $500 Galaxy A52 5G, the $800 Galaxy S21 and the $1,200 S21 Extremely every have a 120Hz show. In April, Asus launched the ROG Telephone 5, which has a 144Hz display. And in March, the RedMagic 6 cellphone was introduced with a 165Hz display. For comparability, the iPhone 12 has a 60Hz display.

Why do you want a excessive refresh charge? Merely, it makes the whole lot look higher. That sweeping generalization apart, animations and graphics look sharper, movement blur is lowered, video games (particularly these designed for top refresh charge screens) appear extra immersive and vivid. Take into consideration how nice 120Hz Apple Arcade video games may look.

iPad Pro Smart Connector

If there was an iPhone with out a port, may one thing just like the sensible connector contacts from the iPad Professional be the way in which to cost it?

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The following iPhone wants a 120Hz display, at the least the “Professional” fashions do. It will be one other “Professional” function that helps distinguish the upper finish iPhone Professional fashions for the common and mini model.

There are new rumors that the “Professional” fashions will get LTPO shows. LTPO stands for low-temperature polycrystalline oxide. Primarily, an LTPO show can change between refresh charges on the fly with out the necessity for further show {hardware}. The Galaxy S21 Extremely launched in February makes use of an LTPO show, which Samsung claimed allowed it to be brighter with out utilizing extra energy.

There may not be any ports on the subsequent iPhone

There’s a persistent rumor that the iPhone 13 gained’t have a Lightning port. Ever since Apple removed the headphone jack again in 2016 with the iPhone 7, individuals speculated that Apple would in the future make a very portless cellphone. In December, dependable rumor-spreader Ming-Chi Kuo asserted that Apple would launch an iPhone in 2021 with out a port.

Apple’s launch of MagSafe charging on the iPhone 12 makes it simpler to think about such a port-free future. Nevertheless, in its present type, MagSafe charging tops out at 15 watts. Examine that with the 20-watt charging you get with a Lightning-to-USB-C cable and wall charger. OnePlus has a wi-fi charger known as the Warp Cost 30 that may cost at 30 watts.

Not solely would the subsequent model of MagSafe must be extra highly effective to be an affordable substitute to a bodily charging cable, however Apple would additionally want to resolve for a number of the information sharing that the Lightning port presently affords. Maybe Apple is hoping 5G, Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.0 and its U1 ultrawideband chip are these data-sharing replacements? Or perhaps there can be a model of MagSafe with a Lightning port dongle? Who is aware of?

Apple may construct into the subsequent iPhone one thing just like the sensible connector discovered on the present iPad Professional. Whereas the USB-C port on the iPad Professional will get all the eye, on the again of the iPad are three flat steel contacts. Once you use the Magic Keyboard accent with the iPad Professional, it connects to the iPad through the sensible connector and magnets. You may plug a USB-C cable into the facet of the Magic Keyboard to cost the iPad Professional. Most days through the pandemic, I used the Magic Keyboard to cost my iPad through sensible connector.

Possibly there will likely be “Good MagSafe” charging on the subsequent iPhone? Even when this rumor is true, eradicating the final iPhone port isn’t one thing Apple must do proper now.


Rumors level to new digicam {hardware} throughout all 4 iPhone 13 fashions and the common Professional mannequin getting cameras on par with the Professional Max model.

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The iPhone 13 may get all new cameras

The largest function and largest rumors revolve across the cameras on the iPhone. And there are a bunch of rumors pointing to new lenses, new digicam sensors and a wider adoption of sensor-based stabilization throughout the iPhone line up.

Presently, the iPhone 12 Professional has the identical selfie, extensive and ultrawide cameras because the iPhone 12 and 12 Mini. The Professional does have a 2x telephoto digicam, but it surely’s not the identical as the two.5x one on the iPhone 12 Professional Max. The iPhone 13 Professional may get a bigger sensor for its extensive digicam. This rumor doesn’t point out whether or not it is going to be precisely the identical because the one on the iPhone 13 Professional Max or not. However the bigger sensor may incorporate sensor-based stabilization, which is presently solely on the iPhone 12 Professional Max mannequin.

The iPhone 13 Professional can also be rumored to get the identical or related telephoto digicam because the 13 Professional Max. All which means is that the subsequent common “Professional” mannequin will likely be nearer to the Professional Max mannequin. Whereas this 12 months, the 12 and 12 Professional are exceedingly related.

There are a couple of rumors a few new ultrawide digicam both on the iPhone 13, or iPhone 14. (Sure, there are already rumors in regards to the subsequent subsequent iPhone!) The ultrawide digicam on the 13 may get higher low-light efficiency and a sooner aperture lens. Presently, the lens on the ultrawide is f2.4, however the brand new lens could possibly be f1.8, which actually would assist towards enhancing low-light efficiency.

When it comes to digicam {hardware}, the iPhone 13, particularly the common Professional mannequin, may use these rumored upgrades. 


An in-screen fingerprint scanner may clear up our iPhone Face ID woes.

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Contact ID may return on the subsequent iPhone

The iPhone 13 may get an under-the-display fingerprint reader. Because the first Android cellphone got here out with an in-screen fingerprint reader, individuals speculated that an under-the-display Contact ID sensor can be a solution to alleviate the frustration some get utilizing Face ID (and this was earlier than the pandemic made face masks an on a regular basis factor).

Presently, Android telephones have two sorts of in-screen fingerprint sensors. There are optical in-screen sensors discovered on telephones just like the OnePlus 8T and Motorola Edge Plus. Then there are ultrasonic fingerprint readers by Qualcomm on telephones just like the Galaxy S21 sequence.

If the iPhone 13 will get an in-screen fingerprint reader, it’s not clear whether or not this is able to exchange Face ID or be along with it. The rumor additionally suggests together with a 2019 patent illustration Apple filed that the iPhone could possibly be unlocked with a fingerprint contact anyplace on the display as a substitute of the only sensor location discovered presently on Android telephones.

If Apple may get ultrasonic sensors to a degree of reliability, ease of use and dependability like the old-school Contact ID sensor discovered on the iPhone SE, it’s not onerous to think about them on an iPhone. And if Contact ID is paired with Face ID, you possibly can have much more methods to safe and entry your cellphone. Having an alternate biometric safety measure is one thing the iPhone wants.


There could possibly be a video model of portrait mode on the iPhone 13.

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The iPhone 13 might need portrait mode video

The following iPhone may file portrait mode video. You is perhaps aware of portrait mode, which helps you to take a photograph and provides the image a creative, blurry background. The thought is it replicates what a big sensor mirrorless or DSLR digicam can do with a quick aperture lens. On the iPhone, portrait mode is proscribed to photographs, however there are a number of Android telephones — just like the Samsung Galaxy line, which may file portrait mode video (or reside focus video) — that may blur out the background whereas leaving your topic in focus. In my expertise, the outcomes are hit and miss.

It’s thrilling to suppose what Apple may do with portrait mode video and the way it handles all of the processing wanted to separate the foreground and blur the background. The rumor additionally factors to the flexibility to vary the depth of area (the quantity of background that’s blurred) after a video is already shot. It will be particularly cool if it additionally included Apple’s portrait lighting appears to be like and the flexibility to edit these after the very fact. Although as enjoyable as portrait mode video can be, it’s not one thing the iPhone wants.

The discharge of iOS 15 beta consists of new FaceTime video name options together with a portrait mode. I really feel like that’s mainly a affirmation that Portrait Mode video is completely potential and I’m hopeful it is going to be out there on the subsequent iPhone.

The Pixel 4's Night Sight mode can photograph the Milky Way and individual stars -- if the sky is clear enough.

The Pixel 4 was the primary cellphone with a hidden astrophotography function in its Evening Sight mode. It makes use of computational pictures and lengthy seize occasions to seize pictures like this of the Milky Means.


Astrophotography will get higher on the iPhone 13

The final rumor I need to spotlight is one other digicam function. The iPhone 13 may get a greater astrophotography mode. Presently, you’ll be able to mount the iPhone on a tripod and, within the darkest circumstances, lengthen the night time mode seize to as much as 30 seconds. Underneath the proper sky and climate, you’ll be able to seize an honest photograph of a starry sky. However while you see what the Google Pixel can do when it comes to astrophotography, it leaves loads to be desired on the iPhone.

If this rumor is true, perhaps astrophotography nonetheless will get activated in night time mode, however you’ll be able to lengthen time greater than 30 seconds or use computational pictures to seize a greater night time sky or moon? This could possibly be one other function that lives solely on “Professional” fashions the way in which Apple ProRaw presently does. This isn’t a wanted function, however it might be a pleasant one to have.

For extra on the subsequent iPhone, learn our iPhone 13 rumor roundup.

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