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Apple iPhone 13 Preview: Release Date, Rumours, Specs and Price

By Mwangi Alex

Bloomberg reports that Apple is testing an in-display fingerprint sensor for the iPhone 13, but it will be an additional option: Face ID will remain, as the 3D sensor is useful for Animoji and augmented reality too, not just security.

In-display sensors have been hit-or-miss in Android phones. Given that Apple has a long history of waiting to implement technologies until the rough edges have been worn smooth, their presence in the iPhone 13 will probably depend on whether Apple thinks that’s happened. A Barclays analyst has since echoed the report about an in-display sensor, so the rumor is gaining steam.

Apple could also reportedly remove the charging port, suggests Bloomberg, given wider acceptance of wireless charging, as well as the iPhone 12’s addition of the magnetic MagSafe charger. Speaking of MagSafe: Weinbach suggests stronger magnets will be used for the iPhone 13, perhaps addressing the complaints of snap-on attachments coming free.

Wedbush analysts (via 9to5Mac) also believe that a 1TB storage option will be available for the iPhone 13 line, although it’s not clear whether it’s expected only for the Pro models or all of them. Currently, the Pro models max out at 512GB while the iPhone 12 and Mini top out at 256GB. On the other hand, TrendForce reported in June that a 1TB option is unlikely, so it may still be up in the air.

For something completely different, seasoned analyst Ming-Chi Kuo (via MacRumours) circulated a note to investors which explored the possibility of satellite communications hardware arriving on the iPhone 13. This would reportedly allow the iPhone 13 to send and receive signals via low-Earth orbit satellites, meaning users could make calls and dispatch SMS messages even in areas without coverage from traditional signal towers. According to the rumour, this would be achieved by installing a custom version of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon X60 chip – already the most flexible 5G modem on the market. Reports indicate that several rivals are waiting until next year to implement the technology, allowing Apple to potentially get the jump.

Believe it or not, there are already rumours about 2022’s iPhones, too. TF International Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo first suggests that there will be a new 5G-capable iPhone SE in early 2022, one that keeps the current iPhone 8-based design with a faster processor and 5G support. Furthermore, Kuo believes that the iPhone 14 will switch to a punch-hole display like many top Android phones, at least with the Pro models if not all of them. The phones are expected to boast improved front-facing cameras along with the redesign, including better autofocus capabilities. Nikkei Asia says to expect a faster chip built with a 4-nanometer process for the iPhone 14.

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