Firstly Rumors suggest Apple will unveil four iPhones in 2021 with camera improvements, faster chips, a smaller notch, and perhaps under display Touch ID.
- Four sizes
- Similar to iPhone 12 lineup
- Smaller notch
- 120Hz ProMotion display
- Camera improvements
- A15 Chip
- Fall 2021 launch
Rumored 2021 iPhone
The 2021 iPhone 13 models are a couple of months away from launching and are expected in September, but we’ve been hearing rumors about what to expect from the new devices since before the 2020 iPhone 12 models even debuted.
The 2021 iPhone lineup will look similar to the 2020 iPhone lineup, with four devices in sizes that include 5.4-inches, 6.1-inches, and 6.7-inches, with two of the iPhones being higher-end “Pro” models and two positioned as lower-cost, more affordable devices.
Major design changes are not expected, and 2021 iPhones will have the same feature set as the 2020 iPhones, but we can count on camera improvements, a faster A-series processor, a new 5G chip from Qualcomm, increased battery life, and some tweaks to the notch.
There were rumors that at least one iPhone in 2021 would feature a portless design that relies entirely on wireless charging, but reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says that’s not going to happen. Apple is going to continue to rely on Lightning for the foreseeable future with no transition to USB-C and no portless design until MagSafe accessories are more common. The issues are wireless charging is slower than direct cable is faster and more economical
The design of the iPhone 13 expecting a smaller notch, and while some rumors suggested it could be shallower, device mockups based on information sourced from the Chinese supply chain indicate it will be smaller in size, taking up less space than the existing notch. Apple is also expected to introduce 120Hz refresh rates for Pro iPhone models, bringing the iPad Pro’s ProMotion technology to the iPhone.
Apple concerning the security features is said to be considering adding an in-display fingerprint sensor to the iPhone 13 models, which would be used in addition to Face ID as an alternate biometric authentication method, but it’s not yet clear if this will happen.
Apple is to improve camera technology, rumors suggest we could see the larger sensor in the iPhone 12 Pro Max extend to other models, along with the Sensor-Shift Stabilization feature for better auto-focus and stabilization across the lineup.
There are rumored to be improvements to the Ultra Wide lenses on the “Pro” iPhone 13 models with lower apertures for better performance in low-light conditions and improved autofocus, but few changes are expected for the Wide lens in the devices.
Apple has decided to continue the 2020 design, Apple will still be offering four iPhones in 2021, with no changes to the sizes, so we can expect a 5.4-inch iPhone mini, a 6.1-inch low-cost iPhone, a 6.1-inch Pro model, and a 6.7-inch Pro Max model. Rumors have suggested the iPhone 12 mini has seen lackluster sales, but Apple is still planning for an iPhone 13 mini at this time
The 2021 iPhone models are not expected to feature major design changes because the 2020 iPhone models marked a significant technology and design overhaul. According to Bloomberg, Apple engineers to consider the 2021 iphonesbe an “S” version of the 2020 models. Apple has in the past used the “S” nomenclature in years where iPhone models featured more minor updates.
According to Japanese site Mac Otakara, the new iPhones will be the same size as the iPhone 12 models, but thickness could increase by approximately 0.26mm. The iPhone 13 models are also expected to be slightly heavier due to larger batteries.
The standard iPhone 13 model with a dual-lens camera setup could see the lenses arranged diagonally rather than a vertical design. It’s not quite clear what the benefit would be, as the device will continue to offer the same Wide and Ultra-Wide lenses, but there are some changes in store like sensor-shift optical image stabilization for the Wide lens that could necessitate the change.