In anticipation of the Apple iPhone 13 series’s speculative September 2021 release date, we may have some insight into new colors available for some of the models.
Apple blogs are abuzz with rumors that the iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max might be made available in four colors: black, silver, sunset gold and rose gold. This information comes from leaker Lanzuk who posted the colors on South Korean social media site Naver. If this rumor turns out to be true, silver would be the only returning color for the new series, with the other three shades never seen before for an iPhone.
Rumors about new colors have been aplenty, with leaked information from Majin Bu on Twitter also speculating the 13 Pro will be the first Pro product to come in a rose gold shade. The accuracy of this information is still up for debate, but it definitely adds fuel to the flame regarding upgraded colors for the iPhone 13 models.
The name of the 13 series has caused some heated debate, with a 3000-person survey conducted by SellCell finding 74% of users disliked the name “iPhone 13.” Some cited superstition as the reason for their distaste, while others preferred the name “iPhone (2021)” or wanted to bring back the “S” suffix to make the new model the “iPhone 12S.”
While there’s a lot of information swirling around about the new iPhone, at this point it is all 100% speculation. Still, claims based on leaked production info have proven to be pretty accurate in the past, so we’re expecting Apple’s eventual announcement to be fairly close to the following info:
Expected Release Timeline
In a research note, Wedbush analyst Dan Ives claimed that the iPhone 13’s announcement date will likely be in the third week of September. Prior to 2020, Apple was known to release its new iPhones in September, so returning to this timeline would make sense for the upcoming iPhone 13.
Apple also tends to announce new iPhones on Tuesdays, so if this trend continues then Ives speculates the iPhone 13 will be unveiled around September 14th with pre-orders opening on the upcoming Friday the 17th and releases scheduled for the following Friday the 24th.
How Much Will it Cost?
A report from market research company TrendForce indicates the iPhone 13 is expected to run for a similar price range as last year’s iPhone 12. For reference, the base iPhone 12 sold for $799, the Pro started at $999, the mini at $699 and the Pro Max at $1,099.
If you’re looking to upgrade to either the iPhone 12 or 13, you may want to wait for Apple to release the official prices to see if you can get more bang for your buck with a newer model at a similar cost.
Features to Look Out For
Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, who generally leaks reliable information about upcoming products, thinks the iPhone 13 series will have an in-screen fingerprint scanner with faster chips and higher-quality cameras, though the general appearance is expected to be comparable to past models.
According to MacOtakara, the iPhone 13 likely has a smaller notch display at the top of the front screen and a smaller Face ID sensor to make for a smaller cut-out. Multiple other reliable sources including Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo have hinted at a possible shrinkage of the phone’s notch, so this information has solid potential for being accurate.
Leaker Jon Prosser also weighed in, claiming that he saw CAD files which indicate the new series will be slightly thicker than its predecessors. This rumor seems to work hand in hand with Kuo’s claim in a research note earlier this year that the 13 will have a larger battery than the 12. Popular leaker Digital Chat Station shared similar sentiments about changes to battery capacity, with the iPhone Pro Max rumored to have the most significant increase in capacity from its predecessor.
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