That one thing is prone to be a brand new handset, which may be launched alongside a brand new Apple Watch, new AirPods and extra.
We are going to lastly discover out the precise reply to what it’s on 14 September, when Apple will maintain a digital occasion to disclose the brand new telephone. Whereas it has not mentioned particularly that the occasion is for the iPhone – and the discharge was delayed into October, final 12 months – it virtually actually would be the launch of the brand new handset.
All the things else is a bit more unclear. However loads of rumours have helped to present a sign of what may be coming on the occasion.
The primary query is what precisely it will likely be known as. Whereas we’ve been referring to it because the iPhone 13 – and can proceed to take action – there’s no assure that’s what it will likely be known as.
One drawback is that the quantity 13 is unfortunate for a lot of, although it’s after all fortunate for some others. That might lead Apple to keep away from it, if solely to maintain superstitious individuals as prospects.
It is usually a big quantity, and for probably the most half, Apple has tended to drop the numbers as soon as its merchandise get to a excessive sufficient quantity, and easily check with merchandise by their 12 months or one other title. That has led some to counsel that it may merely drop the numbering system totally this 12 months, and check with it merely because the “new iPhone” – however that has been recommended for each different iPhone lately, too.
The design modifications might also be minimal, and Apple may simply name the telephone the iPhone 12S, because it has previously.
There’ll in all probability be 4 variations of the telephone, within the three completely different sizes which are accessible for the iPhone 12: a small Mini, a medium-sized regular iPhone and Professional one, and a Professional Max. These names appear to have labored for the present line-up and there’s no motive to suppose they’ll go this time round.
However there is no such thing as a option to know for positive. As with all advertising selections – which additionally embody the worth, as an illustration – they are often modified comparatively late on, and are much less prone to leak outdoors of Apple.
The design is prone to keep a lot the identical as the present iPhone 13. Its flat sides, metallic design and rounded digicam bump will not be prone to change a lot, if in any respect.
Some rumours do counsel that the telephone may get just a little greater, or heavier. Apple hasn’t shied away from doing that lately – it was as soon as seemingly on a quest for thinness over all the things – so it will not be vastly shocking if it has sacrificed some bulk for an improved battery, as an illustration.
However the greatest design change would be the shrinking of the notch, in accordance with numerous rumours. It can nonetheless be there – it’s wanted to cover the digicam and Face ID sensors – however Apple is reported to have foudn a option to have it take up much less house because it protrudes into the show.
And that show is ready to get enhancements, too. Apple may lastly deliver the quick refresh know-how that has been seen in its iPads – which permits scrolling and different behaviour to seem
Earlier rumours recommended that it has been engaged on such know-how for earlier iPhones, however had been hampered by its price to battery life. These might lastly have been overcome.
Varied rumours have recommended that maybe the most important space of focus would be the cameras. That might be in keeping with earlier years, which have radically improved the images the iPhone can take, and which Apple has typically made a lot of in its introduction and promoting.
Stories counsel that might embody a deal with video, particularly that for execs. It may additionally deliver with it higher efficiency at night time and in low-light – one thing that may have been referenced within the occasion invitation.
As with yearly, the processor is prone to get sooner and extra environment friendly. Apple brings a brand new chip to every iPhone, and can in all probability do the identical this 12 months, including an additional quantity to the chip title – the iPhone 12 is powered by the A14 Bionic, which also helped inspire the new M1 chip for its computers and now iPads – and a few higher efficiency.
Yet one more factor?
Apple is legendary for its surprises, and it does appear to have plugged up lots of the leaks that after revealed its merchandise upfront. So there may nonetheless be some shock ready to occur – perhaps something related to virtual reality?