Recently, as the press conference is approaching, Apple’s latest iPhone exposure information has intensified on the Internet. It is reported by popular iPhone case brand Velvet Caviar that Apple will continue using the number “13”. The upcoming iPhone will be named “iPhone 13”, and the naming scheme for the entire series is “iPhone 13”, “iPhone 13 mini”, “iPhone 13 Pro” and “iPhone 13 Pro” Max”.


According to the current rumors, the size is expected to be the following specifications:

iPhone 13 mini: 5.4 inches

iPhone 13: 6.1 inches

iPhone 13 Pro: 6.1 inches

iPhone 13 Pro Max: 6.7 inches

We can see that its size is actually different from the size of the iPhone 12. According to previous reports, the only obvious difference is that the thickness of the iPhone 13 will be relatively larger.

Many Chinese iPhone accessory manufacturers have already started to prepare their products related to the new iPhone, some images leaks such as iPhone 13 TPU phone case, tempered glass for iPhone 13:

Tempered glass for iPhone 13, image credit:

The return of Touch ID

Since iPhone 8, iPhone 13 may bring back Touch ID for the first time, but there is a big difference: it may be embedded under the screen, rather than as a separate button to occupy the phone screen. Someone also predicted that iPhone 12 will have this design before, but also said that it may be pushed to the next model. It is worth noting that Apple’s 2020 iPad Air integrates a Touch ID button on the side of the device. This may be to cater to the needs of the epidemic era, because the face ID does not work when wearing a mask.


The news broke that the iPhone 13 series will be equipped with a 5nm TSMC A15 bionic chip and may support the on-screen display (AOD) function inherited from Apple Watch. The AOD screen display function allows users to check the time, weather or notifications without lighting the screen, which will also enhance the daily use experience for some users. If this rumor is true, you will be able to get key information such as time, weather or app notifications without having to unlock or wake up the screen.

Faster 5G and WiFi 6E

Although Apple has implemented a 5G network on the iPhone 12, it is reported that Apple will use Qualcomm’s new modem to enhance the iPhone 13’s 5G competitiveness. The Snapdragon X60 modem for iPhone 13 can simultaneously aggregate 5G data from millimeter wave and sub-6GHz frequency bands. This should be the best combination to achieve high-speed and low-latency network coverage.

Smaller notch

Recently, related media have confirmed the most consistent rumors about the iPhone 13 in reports: its “bangs” will be smaller than the iPhone 12. It is reported that the upcoming iPhone 13 is expected to make room for major changes in face recognition, which should be one of the reasons for narrowing the bangs.

Lightning port

Obviously Apple’s headphone jack era has long passed, but some people have predicted that the rise of MagSafe accessories last year means that the next generation of iPhones may be portless. However, Guo Mingqi predicts that all iPhone 13 models will still include a Lightning port-except for the iPhone 13 Pro Max. Design changes that are completely portless are more likely to occur in new products released later.

120Hz high-brush display

In March of this year, Guo Mingqi also predicted that the displays of the two iPhone 13 Pros will use LTPO technology to achieve a refresh rate of 120Hz, which we have also heard in previous rumors. However, we learned from recent revelations that, considering the battery life, the 120Hz high refresh screen may not be standard for all systems, and may only be supported by the iPhone 13 Pro Max.

Larger battery capacity

Earlier, according to the details of the Weibo titled @数码闲聊站, we can see that the batteries of the iPhone 13 series may be 2406mAh, 3095mAh and 4352mAh. Compared with similar models, the 2406mAh is higher than the 2227mAh used by the iPhone 12 Mini. Around 10%.

If the news is true, the 4352mAh battery used this time is a huge leap in battery life compared to the 3687mAh battery used in the iPhone 12 Pro Max, and the 3095mAh battery this time is compared to the 2815mAh battery used in the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro It is also a very obvious improvement. Apple seems to be working hard to fill up its shortcomings in battery life. Regarding the increase in battery capacity this time, it may also be one of the important reasons why the body will become heavier.

Camera module

Phone case for new iPhone, image credit by

It can be seen from the iPhone 13 renderings previously released by MacRumors that Apple’s upcoming iPhone 13 model will be slightly thicker and heavier than the iPhone 12 model, and the raised part of the camera module will also be larger and thicker. The thickness of the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro models is expected to be 7.57 mm, while the thickness of the iPhone 12 is 7.4 mm, an increase of 0.17 mm, but this will not be too different for most people.

Image strength

It is reported that the biggest rumor in iPhone 13 imaging is the improvement of the ultra-wide-angle lens. The current ultra-wide-angle aperture on the iPhone 12 is f2.4, but a report by MacRumors indicates that the aperture of the next model will be f1.8. The smaller the aperture number, the more light the lens enters, resulting in better-looking images, especially in low light conditions at night. The report also indicates that this upgrade will apply to all iPhone 13 models, not just the Pro series.

In addition, according to DigiTimes, all four models of the iPhone 13 series may include lidar technology. Lidar was introduced to the iPhone in 2020, but only for Pro and Pro Max models, so this time is a real upgrade of the basic model and the Mini version.


The credibility of a rendering of a pink version of the iPhone 13 has been circulated on Twitter. In fact, it is more like a “wish list” for the new colors of netizens.

However, recently, a well-known informant @Apple_Tomorrow exposed a set of rendered images purported to be the iPhone 13 Pro Max on Twitter. In the images, we can clearly see the possible new color schemes and camera module changes in the series. It can be seen that the 3 color schemes in this set of renderings are different from the current iPhone 12 Pro series. Graphite black has a matte texture, and gold is also lighter. Some time ago, it was rumored that the exclusive color of the 13 Pro this year was brass. @Apple_Tomorrow also produced a rendering of this color, which is expected to be named “sunset gold.”


The price of iPhone 13 may be similar to that of iPhone 12, or even lower. Apple’s iPhone 12 series includes four phones at four prices, with even greater differences between operators and storage configurations. At the time of launch, the baseline iPhone 12 carrier model price was US$799, an increase of US$100 over the 2019 iPhone 11, mainly due to the addition of 5G support. Since the iPhone 13 is not expected to have such a major technological upgrade, analysts predict that the price structure in 2021 will be similar to that of the iPhone 12 series.

There is some speculation that Apple may consider lowering the price of its next mobile phone series. Several competitors have rushed to catch up in the economic downturn under the epidemic and released more affordable models in 2020, such as Samsung’s Galaxy S20 FE and Google Pixel 5: the prices of the two are the same as the iPhone 12 Mini, but compared to the iPhone 12 Mini. The iPhone 12 is about $100 cheaper. The newly released Samsung Galaxy S21 also has a lower price, starting at $200 lower than the previous generation.

Release date

So far, there is no official or unofficial news about when we will see the launch of Apple’s next-generation iPhone. A report in April showed that the production of the new iPhone chips was ahead of schedule, which made the release date of the iPhone 13 back to the normal timetable before the epidemic. Under normal circumstances, we can accurately predict the launch time of Apple’s new iPhone series to a certain extent, and infer the release date on this basis. Although the iPhone 12 was postponed due to the impact of the epidemic. But according to Guo Qiming’s prediction, Apple’s supply chain business will continue as usual this year. If this is the case, we can expect to see the iPhone 13 unveiled sometime in September.

Based on Apple’s press conference information, we can draw the following guesses:

Apple likes to hold events on Tuesday or Wednesday;

The iPhone’s release date is usually a week and a half after Apple’s official announcement;

Generally speaking, the new iPhone will be released on the third Friday of September.

Terry Ts

By Terry Ts

Focusing China's mobile phone and electric vehicle market, senior automotive media reporter.