We know: The iPhone 12 is barely out, it feels way too early for iPhone 13 rumors, and yet here they are.
But the latest crop of iPhone 13 and iPhone 14 (not a typo) rumors come from Ming-Chi Kuo, who is among the most accurate leakers of all things Apple — and they actually sound plausible.
According to Kuo’s latest report (via MacRumors), the iPhone 13 will come in the same four sizes as the iPhone 12 models. That also (probably) means no big design changes, given Apple typically keeps the same design for at least two years.
Cameras on the new phones will be upgraded, though. Specifically, the ultra-wide cameras on the iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max will get a f/1.8, six-element lens, and autofocus — a big upgrade from the iPhone 12 models, whose ultra-wide camera has an aperture of f/2.4, a five-element lens, and fixed focus. It’s unclear what will happen to the ultra-wide cameras on the non-Pro models.
Finally, Kuo believes that the iPhone 13 will be launched in September, which is what Apple normally does. (This year was an anomaly. The iPhone 12 was launched in October, with two models coming in November.)
This, along with more robust 5G infrastructure and the improved camera, should mean strong sales for the iPhone 13 series, compared to the iPhone 12. The report doesn’t mention it, but the COVID-19 pandemic will surely play a big role in both production and sales of upcoming iPhone models.
An earlier report by analyst Ross Young (also via MacRumors) also forecasted that the iPhone 13 will come in same sizes as its predecessor, but it also predicted the new devices will have a 120Hz display (up from the iPhone 12’s 60Hz display). This, also, is a logical step for Apple, given that its competitors, including Samsung and Google, have already started using displays with refresh rates higher than 60Hz.
Kuo also shared a few details about the iPhone 14, which should arrive in 2022. He says these phones will have the same ultra-wide camera as the iPhone 13 models. Frankly, it’s probably too early to say; even if Kuo’s sources are accurate now, Apple’s plans might change in two years.