That one thing is more likely to be a brand new handset, which is also launched alongside a brand new Apple Watch, new AirPods and extra.
We’ll 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 stated particularly that the occasion is for the iPhone – and the discharge was delayed into October, final 12 months – it nearly actually would be the launch of the brand new handset.
Every thing else is a bit more unclear. However loads of rumours have helped to provide a sign of what is likely to be coming on the occasion.
The primary query is what precisely it will likely be referred to 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 referred to as.
One drawback is that the quantity 13 is unfortunate for a lot of, although it’s in fact fortunate for some others. That would lead Apple to keep away from it, if solely to maintain superstitious folks as prospects.
It’s also a big quantity, and for essentially the most half, Apple has tended to drop the numbers as soon as its merchandise get to a excessive sufficient quantity, and easily seek advice from 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 seek advice from it merely because the “new iPhone” – however that has been urged for each different iPhone in recent times, too.
The design modifications may additionally be minimal, and Apple may simply name the telephone the iPhone 12S, because it has previously.
There’ll most likely be 4 variations of the telephone, within the three totally different sizes which are obtainable 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 prevailing line-up and there’s no purpose to assume they are going to go this time round.
However there isn’t any technique to know for certain. As with all advertising and marketing choices – which additionally embrace the worth, for example – they are often modified comparatively late on, and are much less more likely to leak outdoors of Apple.
The design is more likely to keep a lot the identical as the present iPhone 13. Its flat sides, steel design and rounded digital camera bump will not be more likely to change a lot, if in any respect.
Some rumours do counsel that the telephone may get a little bit larger, or heavier. Apple hasn’t shied away from doing that in recent times – it was as soon as seemingly on a quest for thinness over every part – so it could not be vastly shocking if it has sacrificed some bulk for an improved battery, for example.
However the greatest design change would be the shrinking of the notch, in keeping with numerous rumours. It should nonetheless be there – it’s wanted to cover the digital camera and Face ID sensors – however Apple is reported to have foudn a technique to have it take up much less area 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 look
Earlier rumours urged that it has been engaged on such know-how for earlier iPhones, however had been hampered by its value to battery life. These could lastly have been overcome.
Numerous rumours have urged that maybe the largest space of focus would be the cameras. That will be in step with earlier years, which have radically improved the images the iPhone can take, and which Apple has usually made a lot of in its introduction and promoting.
Stories counsel that might embrace a give attention to video, particularly that for execs. It may additionally deliver with it higher efficiency at night time and in low-light – one thing which may have been referenced within the occasion invitation.
As with yearly, the processor is more likely to get sooner and extra environment friendly. Apple brings a brand new chip to every iPhone, and can most likely 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 another factor?
Apple is legendary for its surprises, and it does appear to have plugged up most of the leaks that when revealed its merchandise prematurely. So there may nonetheless be some shock ready to occur – perhaps something related to virtual reality?