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.
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 announcement are 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 on September 7, 2021.
iPhone 13 Pro Max and Mini Release Date
As with past generations, the base iPhone 13 is expected to launch alongside various other models.
With both the iPhone 12 and iPhone 11, Apple has released Pro and Pro Max iPhones alongside the base models. Apple also released the iPhone 12 Mini in 2020.
The iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max are both expected to launch alongside the base iPhone 13 in September 2021.
Following the iPhone 12 Mini's poor sales figures, the iPhone 13 Mini's existence is less certain. However, the most recent report via DigiTimes does suggest a mini variant with a 5.4" screen is coming. If this is the case, the Mini will likely also release in September 2021.
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.
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. The most 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.
Finally, Wedbush gave further details (via 9to5mac) surrounding the iPhone 13, doubling down on previous claims that the iPhone 13 will feature a 1TB storage option, and LiDAR support across the whole iPhone 13 range, not just the Pro variants.
Of course, like all rumours and rumblings, we'll have to wait for details from Apple to confirm this.
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