Apple iPhone 13 – what we know so far

The next generation of Apple iPhone is due to be announced in the autumn of 2021. Here’s the lowdown on the cutting-edge tech and features Apple's new iPhone 13 might include. 

The next generation of Apple iPhone is due to be announced in the autumn of 2021. Here’s the lowdown on the cutting-edge tech and features Apple's new iPhone 13 might include. 

Martyn Landi
PA Media technology correspondent
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Posted 12 AUGUST 2021

Martyn Landi, PA Media’s technology correspondent reports on the latest iPhone 13 leaks and rumours.

iPhone 13 specs and features

Much like the iPhone 12 released last year, four versions of the iPhone 13 are currently expected to be unveiled by Apple in the autumn.  
 
Those models are likely to be the iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max. Recent reports suggest they could be similar in size and shape to the design first seen on the iPhone 12. 
 
So, that could mean a 5.4-inch display on the iPhone 13 mini, 6.1-inch displays on the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro, and a 6.7-inch screen on the 13 Pro Max. 

One noticeable change to the design could be a smaller notch at the top of the screen, where the front-facing camera and telephone speaker are currently found. According to a recent report, Apple is working on reducing the size of the notch as part of the planned upgrades for this year's phones. 
 
There is also the suggestion that at least one of the new iPhone 13 handsets could include what's known as an LTPO (low temperature polycrystalline oxide) display. This is a screen technology used to dynamically adjust screen refresh rates in order to conserve battery life. (The refresh rate is the term used to describe how quickly your phone’s display updates the content on the screen.) 
 
The idea is that the screen would refresh more often when playing a video game for example, but automatically slow that rate if you're reading a document. 
 
This matches up with other rumours which have suggested the LTPO screen tech could be in place on the two iPhone 13 Pro models alongside 120 Hertz (Hz) refresh rates, for smoother scrolling and gaming. 
 
Given that Apple undertook a major overhaul of the iPhone last year, only modest updates are expected to the devices in other areas, for example to processors and cameras. 
 
Previous rumours of a ‘portless’ iPhone 13, which would rely on Apple's MagSafe wireless charging hardware, look unlikely to become a reality this year. A Touch ID fingerprint scanner being embedded under the phone's screen or within the power button, is also unlikely this year. 

How good is the camera for iPhone 13?

As for potential updates to the iPhone 13's camera, rumours so far suggest that the ultra-wide cameras on the iPhone 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max could be given an upgrade. 
 
Also, the optical zoom when video recording is reportedly set to be improved across the upcoming iPhone 13 phone range. 
 
And there have been suggestions that the iPhone 13 models could have astrophotography capabilities. This means users might be able to take images of, for example, a starry night’s sky for the first time. A portrait mode for videos is also rumoured. 

What’s the battery life for iPhone 13?

There have been rumours that the iPhone 13's battery life could be getting a boost over the iPhone 12. 
 
According to reports, larger batteries are said to be inside all four new iPhone handsets. Combined with power efficiency improvements likely to come with Apple's next iPhone processor, they could noticeably boost battery life.    

What will iPhone 13 cost?

There are few indications of a major price shift for the iPhone 13 range compared to last year's iPhone 12. Given the small updates expected, it’s likely that pricing could be similar. 
 
As a reminder, at launch, iPhone 12 prices started at £699 for the iPhone 12 mini, £799 for the iPhone 12, £999 for the Pro and £1,099 for the Pro Max. 

When is the release date for iPhone 13?

The launch of the iPhone was delayed last year because of the pandemic, but many experts expect Apple to return to its more traditional September launch. 

If Apple does return to its traditional launch cycle, we should expect a live event to officially unveil the devices in mid-September, with the handsets going on sale by the end of that month.

What accessories will come with iPhone 13?

We should expect plenty of new cases and other attachments to form part of the iPhone 13 launch this year. 

What colour options will be available for iPhone 13?

Each new iPhone generation tends to introduce a range of new colour options, and the iPhone 13 range is unlikely to be any different. One rumour is that at least two new colour options – pearl and sunset gold – could be introduced for the first time.

Finding great deals for iPhone 13

The iPhone 13 is expected to launch in September 2021. Once it’s been released, you can shop around to find the right deal for you. Whether you’re looking for contract or SIM-only, you can compare iPhone deals through Compare the Market.

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