To quench your curiosity and highlight the significant differences that we are expecting, here’s a quick comparison between iPhone 13 vs. iPhone 12. Let’s get started!
- Expected models: Similar to iPhone 12 series
- Design: Minor revamp, smaller notch
- Display: LTPO technology, Touch ID
- Camera: Improved lenses, better photography
- Processor: Higher performance and efficiency
- Battery: Larger battery, faster charging
- New colors: Matte black, sunset gold
Expected models: Similar to iPhone 12 series
Rumors suggest that we won’t be seeing an iPhone 13 mini this year due to poor sales of the iPhone 12 mini. However, renowned Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo reported that Apple would continue with a similar lineup as last year. This means we can expect a:
- 5.4-inch iPhone 13 mini
- 6.1-inch standard iPhone 13
- 6.1-inch iPhone 13 Pro
- 6.7-inch iPhone 13 Pro Max
Yet, time will tell what’s the actual truth. So, until then, let’s take this news with a grain of salt.
Design: Minor revamp, smaller notch
We already saw a significant redesign with the iPhone 12 lineup. Hence, the chances are that iPhone 13 models may not feature any significant design revamp. However, the iPhone 13 Pro models may be 0.2mm thicker than their predecessors.
One noticeable design change is a slightly different camera design. The standard iPhone 13 and the iPhone 13 mini, both of which have a dual-lens camera module, may feature a diagonal lens layout against iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini’s camera design.
Leaked dummy models show the entire lineup of the iPhone 13.
Besides, the camera bump is also reported to be 2.51mm and 3.56mm thicker for the non-pro and Pro models, respectively. This change in thickness would prevent the lenses from protruding and also provide protection.
Moreover, the camera module may be significantly larger than that of the iPhone 12 lineup. The rumor comes after various render images of an iPhone 12 Pro inside an iPhone 13 Pro case made rounds on the internet. The case shown in the below image is based on several CAD images and leaked specifications of iPhone 13 models.
Various websites such as DigiTimes and Barclays have talked about a smaller notch on iPhone 13.
This shrink in the notch size is reportedly due to redesigned VCSEL chip. This might lead to a redesigned front camera module with integrated sensors. The smaller notch was observed in various online leaked display panels of the iPhone 13.
The image of a 3D printed mockup of the iPhone 13, obtained from the Japanese website Mac Otakara also revealed a smaller notch. With what appears to be a relocated earpiece and the front-facing camera in the images, it remains unclear whether the notch will be narrower or shallower.
Display: LTPO technology, Touch ID
120Hz vs. 60Hz refresh rate
A higher refresh rate is one of the most discussed and highly-requested features on the iPhone. It allows for smoother and faster animations.
Apple’s iPad Pro lineup already features a 120Hz refresh, but it’s unclear why it hasn’t made it to the iPhone lineup till now! The iPhone 12 lineup currently houses the standard 60Hz refresh rate, which is far lower than most Android devices in the market.
While there were multiple rumors for a 120Hz refresh rate coming to life with the iPhone 12 lineup, that didn’t happen. It was believed that Apple delayed the plans until 2021 due to battery life issues.
Allegedly, the upcoming iPhone 13 Pro models may feature a 120Hz refresh rate. To introduce the 120Hz refresh rate on the iPhones, Apple may adopt low-temperature polycrystalline oxide (LTPO) display technology in its OLED displays. Similar to what we can see today with the Apple Watch!
It’s important to note that these are all just rumors, and perhaps they could again end up as speculations for another year.
A new LTPO display technology could also mean an Always-on display for iPhone 13.
As reported by Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, the iPhone 13 series could possibly feature an always-on display, missing in iPhone 12. However, only the iPhone 13 Pro models will feature the always-on display.
In-display Touch ID
Back in 2019, Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said that Apple has been working on an iPhone with both Face ID and an in-display Touch ID to launch in 2021. With the commencement of 2021, various websites reported about Apple working on an in-display Touch ID.
Although some say the iPhone 13 would launch with the in-display Touch ID, others disagree with this fact. Well, it remains to see what Apple decides!
Camera: Improved lenses, better photography
Sensor shift stabilization
The iPhone 13 lineup is believed to feature some notable camera improvements compared to what we have with the current iPhone 12 lineup.
One of the most circulated rumors suggests that the entire iPhone 13 lineup will have the Sensor shift stabilization currently available only on the iPhone 12 Pro Max. Besides, the feature may also expand to both Wide and Ultra-Wide lenses of the Pro models.
Other rumors suggest an upgraded wide and ultra-wide lens, especially in iPhone 13 Pro models. This would offer better photography in low-light conditions.
The Pro models may also feature an improved f/1.8 aperture over the current f/2.4 aperture for Ultra-Wide lens, along with an upgrade from 5 element lens to 6 element lens.
Max Weinbach (on his YouTube channel EverythingApplePro EAP) said that the iPhone 13 models will shoot Portrait Mode videos with a new image stabilization correction. This would help keep the subject in focus throughout the video.
Ever since the introduction of LiDAR Scanner on iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max models, rumors of the LiDAR Scanner expanding to the entire iPhone 13 lineup started emerging.
However, Weinbach comments that the portrait mode will heavily rely on a new process that’ll combine data from lenses as well as LiDAR.
But Apple analysts Ming-Chi Kuo and Barclays claim that Apple will limit the LiDAR Scanner to the Pro models this year as well.
Processor: Higher performance and efficiency
A15 vs. A14 Bionic
With iPhone 12, last year, Apple introduced the A14 Bionic chip, the first 5nm processor ever. This year, the company plans to introduce A15 Bionic, with the chipset allegedly being a 5nm+ based processor. TSMC reportedly started manufacturing chipsets in late May.
Rumors also claim that this might be Apple’s last 5nm processor. The company may jump to a 3nm processor for the following year’s iPhone models.
As far as the performance and efficiency are concerned, there is no update. But, it wouldn’t be surprising if Tim Cook says that A15 is the best chip that any iPhone has ever seen in terms of efficiency and speed.
Upgraded 5G modem
Currently, iPhone 12 models use Qualcomm’s X55 modem, deprived of the 5nm processor node and carrier aggregation technology.
Reportedly, Apple will use Qualcomm’s Snapdragon X60 5G modem in their iPhone 13 lineup to make up for X55’s deficits and offer better overall performance. It will offer coverage for sub-6GHz and mmWave.
Rumors also suggest that Apple is working on an in-house Apple-designed custom 5G modem. However, this custom-designed modem may debut in 2023 or 2024 with the then-released iPhone lineup.
DigiTimes has suggested that the iPhone 13 lineup will support WiFi 6E. This will provide the features and capabilities of WiFi 6 with a 6GHz band. This means enhanced connectivity, lower latency, higher performance, and increased bandwidth over the currently available 2.4 and 5GHz WiFi bands.
Battery: Larger battery, faster charging
Increased battery capacity
The iPhone 13 lineup will reportedly house larger batteries, thereby resulting in better battery life. Moreover, Apple may implement new space-saving techniques such as integrating the SIM slot with the motherboard to create more space for a larger battery.
As confirmed by Chinese website Weibo, below is the battery capacity of each:
- iPhone 13 mini – 2406mAh
- iPhone 13 – 3095mAh
- iPhone 13 Pro – 3095mAh
- iPhone 13 Pro Max – 4352mAh
If we compare the above-known data with the iPhone 12 models: the iPhone 13 mini has an 8% increase in battery capacity, whereas the standard iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro have a 9.9% increase in battery capacities, and the iPhone 13 Pro Max has a notable of 18% increase in battery capacity.
Yet, this information is not 100% accurate, and we’ll have to wait till the official launch of the iPhone 13 lineup to know the exact values.
Moreover, DigiTimes reports that the iPhone 13 Pro models will include 15-20% lower power utilization to counterbalance the impact of a high refresh rate display on the battery.
Alongside the larger battery, the iPhone 13 might also support faster charging. There are also rumors of Apple introducing a 25W charger which the iPhone 13 models will support.
Reverse wireless charging
Long rumored to come out with iPhone 12, reverse wireless charging may finally debut with the iPhone 13 lineup.
Reports of the iPhone 13 featuring slightly bigger wireless charging coil and stronger magnets sparked this rumor. While it makes sense, higher wattage and better heat management can also be the reason for this slightly bigger wireless charging coil. So fingers crossed!
New colors: Matte black, sunset gold
Max Weinbach suggests that the iPhone 13 lineup will be available in two new color options.
The first one being highly discussed on the internet is a new matte black color. Even though the matte black color has been in discussion for a long time now, it will apparently be exclusive to the Pro models.
The second color, Sunset Gold, may be introduced with the iPhone 13 lineup. However, no such details regarding this color have been provided.
Besides the colors, Weinbach also says that the Pro models will also be upgraded with a new anti-smudge and fingerprint coating to repel fingerprints and smudges.
The prices of the iPhone 13 models are expected to be similar to the current iPhone 12 models, with little or no change.
Event keynote: Expected date
Last year, Apple’s iPhone 12 launch event was delayed by a month due to production delays caused by the pandemic. The keynote was held a month later in October rather than its usual timeline of September.
However, this year, things seem to be on track for Apple. Hence, we can expect a mid or late-September unveiling of the iPhone 13 lineup.
When it comes to the keynote format itself, it seems likely that we’ll be witnessing another all-online cinematic event from Apple. Back in late March, Apple announced its hybrid plan for employees to return to work from the office starting early September.
However, recent statements from the company’s CEO have pushed back the return date from September to at least October due to a rapid increase in COVID-19 cases caused by the Delta variant. With that in mind, it seems plausible that Apple will be holding another all-online before returning to an in-person event.
This is everything we know so far about iPhone 13 vs. iPhone 12. We will keep you updated with the latest via this article.
So, are you as excited as we are for the iPhone 13 release? And what are your thoughts on iPhone 13 against iPhone 12 lineup? Let me know in the comments below.
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