iPhone 13: Release date, features, specs, and rumors

What will the iPhone 13 feature for specs?

  • Rumors are still all over the place
  • No ports and the return of Touch ID, maybe?
  • 120Hz Always-on display? It’s possible

Features and specifications will be something we can start to nail down closer to the announcement, but right now, reports are all over the place and likely include stuff Apple is working on, has worked on, or considered working on.

For example, last year, rumors indicated we’d see an iPhone with a display refresh rate of 120Hz. That didn’t happen, and it’s unclear if it ever will, although there’s some speculation the faster display tech will make its iPhone debut this year. It’s possible Apple is still working on a faster display and it was always meant for the iPhone 13 (or 14). If I had to guess, we will see 120Hz displays in the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max this year, but not the base iPhone 13 (and iPhone 13 mini, if there is one).

There’s also some speculation that Apple will get rid of the Lightning port on the bottom of the iPhone. Instead, Apple will use its new MagSafe technology to charge the phone and sync data. Another possibility is Apple removes the Lightning port and replaces it with a USB-C port, as it has on the MacBook, iPad Air, and iPad Pro lines. Personally, I don’t see Apple doing this quite yet. I’d love for Apple to switch to USB-C across all of its products, but it’s been a slow process in changing out the Lightning connector on iPad models.

Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman reported in his weekly newsletter Power On that Apple is readying an iPhone with a new A15 processor, smaller notch, and possibly an always-on display like the Apple Watch currently uses. Oh, and Gurman also states that a 120Hz is possible as well.

Another rumored feature that could be a product of wishful thinking is that we’ll see the return of Touch ID, Apple’s fingerprint sensor tech, in the iPhone 13. Only instead of being embedded in the home button, it’s either going to be moved to the side button, like the fourth-generation iPad Air, or embedded under the display, as we’ve seen on several Android phones and tablets over the last few years.

Either option would be welcome, especially with facial coverings rendering Face ID almost useless. Although Apple added a tool to make it easier to use in iOS 14.5 if you own an Apple Watch, it’s still not ideal.

Either of those rumors can be founded in fact or wishful thinking, it’s hard to say right now. We can expect Apple to put a faster processor, a better GPU, improve or keep battery life the same, along with upgrades to the camera. All those are staple upgrades in every new iPhone.

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