Predictions for the eagerly-awaited Apple iPhone 13

Predictions for the eagerly-awaited Apple iPhone 13

While the fervour over successive generations of smartphones has eased off in the decade-plus since the early iPhones, people still want to see what is coming next. And Apple should unveil their next super-phone in the coming months with a raft of interesting features to keep buyers upgrading. 

Apple went back to the square-edged look with the iPhone 12 range pictured below. The latest models launched last October thanks to delays caused by COVID hitting the global supply chain. However, things should be back to normal with a September release for the next model. 

 The first question to ask is will Apple call it the iPhone 13? The number is considered unlucky over here, but in many countries, it has no significance. And in France, it is a lucky number, so it seems unlikely that Apple will break the sequence, other than sticking with the generic “iPhone” branding. 

What could make a comeback is the iPhone XR, which was a hugely popular model in 2018. The XR name could replace the iPhone 12 mini, which has sold rather poorly compared to the stellar sales of the regular model and Pro and Pro MAX editions.  

Inside the iPhone 13 case

Now that 5G is out of the bag in the current range of iPhones, that’s one less feature to get excited about. Even as much of the country still can’t get a decent 5G signal. However, there is still plenty Apple can offer to get people upgrading. 

Among the interesting suggestions are a faster display, perhaps running at ProMotion 120Hz refresh rates. That could improve the 6.1-inch and 6.7-inch Super Retina XDR displays on the current models with a smoother display, as this video demonstrates.

Naturally, Apple will be upgrading the processor, likely to the new A15 Bionic processor. This is reportedly going to use a refined version of the 5-nanometre chips found in the A14 Bionic, for more efficient performance and better battery life. 

The camera will be the star of the iPhone 13 show

But it is in the camera department where the biggest advances have come across all smartphones recently. The iPhone 13 (or at least the higher-end models) is likely to ship with a new quad camera-lens system that offers 10x zoom (doubling the 5X zoom of the current models. 

Add in further improvements in the iPhone’s night mode camera feature, Deep Fusion, Smart HDR 3, Apple ProRAW and 4K Dolby Vision HDR recording, and the photo and video experience will keep getting better. 

All of this will likely come at similar prices to the iPhone 12 range, but if the XR model does make a reappearance, that might offer a more affordable option for people who don’t need all the smart high-end features. 

If you think September is too far away, you can order the latest iPhone 12 models here, from £699 for the iPhone 12 mini to £1,099 for the iPhone 12 Pro Max

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