Apple’s iPhone 12 sales are running red hot, but are upgraders making a mistake? Surprising new iPhone 13 information is already building a case for buyer’s remorse.
Following multiple leaks detailing significant improvements Apple is packing into the iPhone 13 range, respected Japanese site Macotakara has confirmed three further design upgrades via its supply chain sources.
The first is perhaps the most welcome. Building on earlier leaks, Macotakara states that Apple will shrink the size of the notch across the iPhone 13 range. It explains that this is because Apple has been able to move the receiver from the top of the display to the top edge of the chassis. This won’t eliminate the notch altogether, but this will make it thinner.
The second is unexpected. Macotakara claims that Apple will introduce a flush rear camera design on all iPhone 13 models. Interestingly, the site says the cameras themselves will actually get 0.9mm thicker but Apple will cover “the entire camera unit with sapphire glass”. This will create a flush finish to the camera bump itself, which should look a lot better.
The third is an optical upgrade for the iPhone 13 Pro. Macotakara understands that the smaller Pro model will get the same sensor-shift optical image stabilization which is currently exclusive to the iPhone 12 Pro Max. And given Apple’s new strategy of making the Max stand out from the rest of the range, this suggests the iPhone 13 Pro Max will now have further upgrades coming as well.
Moreover, these upgrades already feel like the icing on the cake for the iPhone 13 series, given what we already know. This includes next-gen 5G modems (read: better global coverage, reduced battery drain) and WiFi 6E, doubled storage, LiDAR coming to all models, the triumphant return of Touch ID and ProMotion Displays (with one catch).
And yet, for my money, Apple has an even more exciting iPhone in development which is coming a lot sooner.