The iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max are excellent devices, the new iPhone SE 2 has a lot of appeal, and this year’s iPhone 12 series certainly looks interesting, but some of you might want to wait for the 2021 iPhone, presumably called iPhone 13.
As we push deeper into 2020 we’ve seen Apple and retailers offer a bunch of great deals on the iPhone 11 series. The iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max are still pretty expensive, but price drops and trade-ins can save you a lot of cash on the company’s former flagships.
If you’re in the hunt for a new iPhone in 2020, the iPhone 11 series should be at, or near, the top of your shopping list alongside alternatives like the iPhone SE 2, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR, iPhone X and, perhaps the iPhone 8 and iPhone 7.
You’ll also want to take a long look at Apple’s new iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, and iPhone 12 Pro Max. The iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro are on sale right now while the iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 12 Pro Max go on sale in November.
iPhone 13 Rumors
While rumors have mostly been focused on the iPhone 12, we’ve also seen some iPhone 13 rumors emerge and it looks like we could see some major changes on board those devices as well.
The company’s 2021 models will reportedly have a refreshed Face ID system. There’s also a chance the iPhone drops the Lightning dock and goes completely wireless.
Another rumor, from hit-or-miss publication Digitimes, suggests Apple’s 2021 iPhone models could feature larger batteries thanks to the technology found in the company’s AirPods Pro headphones.
Display analyst Ross Young has also shared information about the iPhone 13 series. He believes Apple will release four models that look similar to the iPhone 12 series.
He expects the company to launch a 6.7-inch iPhone 13 Pro Max, a 6.1-inch iPhone 13 Pro, a 6.1-inch iPhone 13, and a 5.4-inch iPhone 13 mini next year.
We’re probably a year away from the 2021 iPhone announcements which means the phones are still in development which means Apple’s plans can, and probably will, change. That said, there are already some great reasons to think about waiting for the iPhone 13 series.
- Fully unlocked and compatible with any carrier of choice (e.g. AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, Verizon, US-Cellular, Cricket, Metro, etc.).
- The device does not come with headphones or a SIM card. It does include a charger and charging cable that may be generic, in which case it will be UL or Mfi (Made for iPhone) Certified.
- Inspected and guaranteed to have minimal cosmetic damage, which is not noticeable when the device is held at arm’s length.
- Successfully passed a full diagnostic test which ensures like-new functionality and removal of any prior-user personal information.
- Tested for battery health and guaranteed to have a minimum battery capacity of 80%.
In this guide, we’ll take you through the best reasons to wait and the best reasons to go with another device long before the 2021 models arrive.
We’ll also continue to update this as we learn more about Apple’s plans for 2021.
Wait for Even Better Displays
|While it initially looked like the iPhone 12 series would come with Apple’s ProMotion display technology, that isn’t the case.
The faster 120Hz refresh rate would lead to a smoother experience (more fluid scrolling, better responsiveness, faster motion) on the display.
Unfortunately, the company’s left the feature off the iPhone 12 series due to concerns about the battery. Hope isn’t lost though.
It looks like ProMotion is simply delayed and there’s a very good chance Apple brings the feature to the iPhone 13 series next year.
According to Ross Young, the founder and CEO of Display Supply Chain Consultants, the iPhone 13 could have low-temperature polycrystalline oxide backplanes, also known as LTPO.
Apple currently uses LPTO, which helps with battery life, on the Apple Watch 5. This is also why the device can take advantage of Apple’s nifty Always On feature.
According to Ross, Apple will ship iPhones with LTPO-equipped displays in 2021. Another report, from hit-or-miss Digitimes, backs this up.
The publication states that Apple’s partners in the supply chain are in the process of developing OLED displays with LTPO backplane technology for the 2021 iPhones.
LeaksApplePro, who also has a mixed track record, says the iPhone 13 will indeed have a 120Hz refresh rate.
If a 120Hz display is something you’re interested in, you’ll have to wait until next year.