Following the launch of the iPhone 12 last year, many expect the iPhone 13 to release in 2021, but on what date?
Since the iPhone's inception, Apple has released a brand-new model every year, without fail. 2021 is likely no different, and the new iPhone will likely make our list of the best phones when it does release.
Of course, Apple may skip the number 13 due to its unlucky connotations, but current reports suggest this isn't the case.
Here's all you need to know about the iPhone 13's expected release date.
iPhone 13 Release Date
Apple has yet to confirm or announce the release date of its next iPhone - tentatively called the iPhone 13. However, using past releases, we can get a pretty solid idea of when the iPhone 13 could release.
In 2019, Apple released the iPhone 11 on September 20, following a similar trajectory to the past two models - the iPhone X and iPhone 8. Apple released these devices on September 21, 2018, and September 20, 2017. These dates are usually the third Friday in September.
Looking at the 2021 calendar, this means we could expect Apple to release the iPhone 13 on September 17, 2021 - a date that is fast approaching
This has since been corroborated by analysts Wedbush Securities (via 9to5mac), who state the iPhone 13's launch timing will be "normal", and in "the third week in September".
However, this is not confirmed, especially given the situation in 2020. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the iPhone 12 was delayed until October. Whether Apple opts to stick with this schedule or revert back to its previous timeline is not yet known.
iPhone 13 Announcement Date
Apple's iPhone 13 announcement is similarly as predictable as the release date. The pattern for its events and announcements see the iPhone announced around the second Tuesday in September, approximately 10 days before the new iPhone's release.
As for the specific times, it will likely take place at 6 PM BST/1 PM ET/10 AM PT.
The iPhone 11, for example, was announced on September 10, 2019, ahead of the September 20 release date.
If we predict the iPhone 13 to launch on September 17, this means Apple may announce the iPhone 13 anytime after September 7 - although as we fast approach this date, Apple remains silent.
However, for those Apple fans hoping for a physical event to mark the release, you may be disappointed. According to Bloomberg's Mark Gurman, the upcoming iPhone 13 reveal will be a virtual event, mirroring the iPhone 12 announcement.
"If all Apple employees were back in the office as originally planned, and if cases of infections were low, it’d be plausible to think Apple would be gearing up for its first in-person product event since 2019," Gurman said, following the announcement that the Apple offices would not open until October at the very earliest. "Instead, expect another promotional video on Apple’s website and YouTube, plus a focus on online sales."
iPhone 13 Delay?
A delay could be even more imminent now, as Nikkei Asia reported that the Fab-18 TSMC facility that develops Apple chips has discovered that some of the gas it uses was contaminated. While this was quickly resolved with gas from another supplier, it could put a strain on the current iPhone 13 roadmap.
In fact, even if the iPhone 13 does release in September, Apple warned that it may suffer from large supply shortages during Q4, which could lead to avid Apple fans missing out on the next phone.
"We expect supply constraints during the September quarter to be greater than what we experienced during the June quarter. The constraints will primarily impact iPhone and iPad," Luca Maestri, Apple's CFO, said during a Q3 earnings call.
However, Apple appears to be fighting back against a prospective delay. Nikkei Asia recently stated that Apple has partnered with Luxshare Precision Industry in China to produce the iPhone 13 Pro as it seeks to mitigate any supply constraints or production delays.
iPhone 13 Price
At launch, the base iPhone 12 cost £799/$799 - a slight price bump on the iPhone 11.
It appears this price is only set to increase. Digitimes reported that Apple's chip manufacturer TSMC has told the company that it is set to increase its production costs. In turn, this may force Apple to slightly raise its upcoming iPhone 13 prices to offset this additional cost.
However, given we are so close to the iPhone 13's release, it may be too late for Apple to make any drastic price changes for its new product, too. We'll need to wait for the announcement to find of officially.
iPhone 12S vs iPhone 13 Release
We may be confident Apple will release a new iPhone in September, but will it be called the iPhone 13?
While there may be unlucky connotations surrounding the number 13, information from leaker Jon Prosser have suggested the 2021 model won't skip to 14, but may actually be the iPhone 12S.
The 'S' naming system was last used for the iPhone X and Xs, with Apple opting not to release an iPhone 11S before the iPhone 12.
However, new information both from DigiTimes and UDN regarding the next model's supply chain suggests that Apple will release the iPhone 13 this year.
In a survey of 3000 iPhone users by SellCell, a whopping 74% of those polled said they would prefer a different name than the iPhone 13. 18.3% said they are triskaidekaphobic, meaning they have a fear of the number 13.
However, it doesn't seem this translated into sales too much. 43.7% said they were interested in buying the iPhone 13, which SellCell said is 2.7% more than those polled about the iPhone 12 last year.
This debate over the naming will likely continue until Apple steps in and announces the new iPhone, so you'll just have to wait until then.
iPhone 13 Leaks and Rumours
There have been a plethora of rumours circling about the iPhone 13 in 2021. One of the more recent of these concerns an alleged 'Always-On' 120Hz display for Apple's new device (via Bloomberg).
According to this rumour, the iPhone 13 will receive a low-temperature polycrystalline oxide (or LTPO) display that will remain always on in some form - most likely for notifications and the time. While this feature may stoke fears of lower battery life, it should not use too much charge when paired with the OLED display.
Aside from this, Bloomberg's Mark Gurman has revealed the iPhone 13 will include a new recording mode known as 'Cinematic Video' - which seems to apply the Portrait Mode effect to videos, but also offering further customisations on top.
For those of you who like Touch ID, Gurman also claimed that the iPhone 13 will not include this method of authentication. Instead, the new iPhone will only feature Face ID biometrics, which Apple plans to eventually move under the display.
The new iPhone will also include an improved battery, according to ZDNet. The upgrades will see the base iPhone and iPhone Pro feature a 3095mAh, compared to its predecessors 2815mAh. The A15 processor may also be between 15-20% more efficient.
Wedbush gave further details (via 9to5mac) surrounding the iPhone 13, doubling down on previous claims that the iPhone 13 will feature a whopping 1TB storage option, and LiDAR support across the whole iPhone 13 range, not just the Pro variants.
Finally, it seems the iPhone 13 will still feature Apple's lightning port, but this could change for iPhone models beyond the 13. As TechRadar reports, if the European Commission approves legislation for a universal charging standard, Apple could be forced to switch to USB-C.
Of course, like all rumours and rumblings, we'll have to wait for details from Apple to confirm this.
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