The CEO of the Cupertino company announced a global update of the iPhone. Since 2017, there have not been many innovations. It seems that in 2021, users will have to get used to the new features and interface elements.
What’s going on?
Apple wrapped up its annual shareholder meeting, during which CEO Tim Cook announced that he was ready to release a completely new iPhone. Exactly how the company will change the smartphones, the top executive did not say.
Supposedly, Apple will release four models again: the iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max. Let’s break down what changes might happen to them.
120 Hz screen
The likelihood of an appearance is 80%.
According to Korean publication The Elec, the iPhone 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max will get 120Hz displays. This is another Android smartphone trend that Apple will follow, and the most logical development option for its displays.
In 2020, the company abandoned IPS matrixes, moving completely to OLED. iPhone XR and 11 offered an IPS matrix with low resolution and pixel density. It was a compromise that users made in order to get an iOS smartphone with a modern design and technology like Face ID.
The screens of the iPhone 12 and 12 mini no longer pinched the user in terms of specs, either. There was an OLED matrix with a pixel density of 460 ppi.
Relative to the Android world, the iPhone OLED screens are among the best on the market. One of their advantages is the True Tone technology, which adjusts color rendering depending on how you use the device. The refresh rate is the only thing in which they are inferior to competitors. In addition, this parameter is able to surprise – with an increased refresh rate the picture seems smoother.
Improvement of the ultra-wide-angle camera module
Probability of appearance – 80%.
According to the authoritative analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, in the iPhone 13 the aperture of the ultra-wide-angle module may be increased from f/2.4 to f/1.8. The change makes sense. Since its introduction in 2019, the module has gained popularity. It is especially often used by Instagram users – it is the most convenient solution to shoot rumtours and vlogs.
The problem with the ultra-wide-angle module is that with it, the quality of the picture decreases relative to the main one. In particular, it lets in less light. The new aperture value will fix that. In addition, in 2020 it has also been improved – on iPhone 12 models it can shoot in night mode, while in the iPhone 11 such a feature was available only to the main module.
Fingerprint scanner embedded under the screen
The probability of appearance – 50%.
Also, according to the Korean publication The Elec, two models of the iPhone 13 series, presumably the iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max, will get the Always On feature and a fingerprint scanner built into the screen, which confirms an even earlier leak.
In 2017, the iPhone X came out with Face ID facial scanner. In it, the company abandoned the external Touch ID fingerprint scanner, motivated by the desire to increase the usable space on the front panel. The last devices with it were the 2017 iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, as well as the iPhone SE (2020). Already in 2018, Android smartphones with a sub-screen fingerprint scanner began to come out, Apple ignored the technology.
The decision to finally apply it is logical amid the pandemic. Masked mode rendered Face ID useless. The scanner does not detect the user’s face from the eyes, it needs the location of the nose and mouth to read it. In this scenario, the iPhone lost out to Android – it offers no alternative way to unlock by biometrics, while competitors allow it by fingerprint.
There is no better time to release the first smartphone with an in-screen scanner. Until 2020, Apple prided itself on the perfection of Face ID – no competitor offered a more accurate and reliable facial scanner. It’s time to make the iPhone convenient and versatile, giving you the ability to decide which way to unlock it.
Against the rumor is the quality of Face ID. The scanner makes the iPhone stand out among all smartphones, and Apple is proud of it. That’s a reason not to offer it as an alternative.
Reducing “bangs” or abandoning them
The likelihood of it appearing is 20 percent.
According to My Drivers, Tim Cook was referring to doing away with “bangs.” As of 2017, it’s a hallmark of the iPhone. Apple is testing a prototype iPhone 13 without this design element. If the company is satisfied with the test results, the iPhone 13 and all future models will lose the notch.
However, it is even more likely that the “bangs” will not be touched. Apple’s credo: Any design element is first of all functional, and then serves as a decorative element. Unless the company plans to make changes to Face ID, external changes will be unlikely.
Refusal of Lightning
The probability is 0%.
Charging parameters and data transfer rates determine not only the type of connector, but also its standard. There are two players on the smartphone market – Lightning from Apple and USB-C, which is used by all Android models.
Over the past few years, the parameters of the second one have been increased several times. USB 2.0, USB 3.0, USB 3.1. The higher the standard, the faster the data transfer rate. Most Lightning cables transfer data at USB 2.0. There are higher speed models, but they are very rare.
In parallel, Apple computers and laptops use the Thunderbolt 3 port with a USB Type-C connector with data transfer speeds of 40 Gbps, which is much faster than Lightning. Thunderbolt also supports the connection of external storage devices and monitors.
The advent of USB-C would have made life easier for iPhone users, if only because in that case you could charge your iPhone and MacBook with a single cable. Nevertheless, Apple treacherously puts Lightning in all mobile devices.
The point of such a decision is money. This allows to be a monopolist in the market of accessories – the user will buy either a branded cable, or from the brand that pays Apple a commission for using the connector.
Most likely, the company will not give up the connector, but will “milk” customers to the last, and then switch to wireless charging. And this direction is improving. In 2020, the company introduced the MagSafe magnetic accessory. This is a pancake attached to the body of the iPhone on a magnet.
This technology allows you to precisely place the device on the coil, to apply the accessory in a bag or with an external battery. The company also released cases and MagSafe powerbank. Accordingly, it will develop in this direction, and the wire charger is reaching the end of its life.