The next iteration of the iPhone isn’t expected for at least another month, but insiders are already saying it’ll come with a much longer battery life.
The iPhone 13 will be a ‘little thicker’ than the current iPhone 12, ZDNet reports, and rumors are that’s because ‘Apple plans to bump the battery capacity of the new lineup and bump it up quite significantly’
Tech columnist Adrian Kingsley-Hughes says he’s heard the Pro Max battery capacity will go up from 3687mAh to 4352mAh, and the Pro and regular models going from 2815mAh to 3095mAh.
Even the iPhone 13 Mini will get a bump, from 2227mAh to 2406mAh.
Adding in talk that the phone’s A15 processor will lower energy consumption by 15 to 20 percent, Kingsley-Hughes predicts the new iPhone could have the best battery life from the company to date.
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‘And given that everything else about the iPhone 12 — from the camera to the screen to the performance — is so good that improvements just won’t be noticeable, better battery life would be a strong selling point indeed, appealing both to upgraders and those switching to iPhone from Android.’
There had been talk the bulkier model was because Apple was going to add reverse charging capabilities, allowing owners to use their phone to power small devices like AirPods or an Air Tag.
Kingsley-Hughes calls that a ‘dumb idea,’ given how poor battery life is already a huge complaint among iPhone users.
‘Now that Apple has readily adopted wireless charging, there are many options for topping up your phone, headsets, and watches without plugging a cable into the mobile gear.’
Even if the next iPhone isn’t thicker, according to DigiTimes, the phone could make use of ‘slimmer’ integrated passive device (IPD) chips, rather than the expected A15 chipset, leaving more room for larger batteries.
Rumors about the next iPhone have been circulating almost since the 12 dropped in October 2020: In July 2021, leaked images of a device purported to be the iPhone 13 suggested it will have a larger camera bump with lenses laid out diagonally, allowing users to take better wide-angle and zoomed-in photos.
Snapshots of dummy units of the phones were posted on Chinese social media site Weibo.
Other claims about the upcoming release, expected in September 2021, include a slightly larger camera ‘bump,’ a 2.5x telephoto zoom, and an upgrade to the super wide-angle lens.
MacRumors reported the iPhone 13’s camera will have a f1.8 aperture, lower than the f2.4 on the iPhone 12.
A lower aperture means more light enters, which creates dynamic photos and a nice depth of field. It’s also useful for shooting under lower light, like at night.
The improvement could come to all four rumored models, the site said, the iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Mini, iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max.
According to Tom’s Guide, the lenses will also include automatic focus and sensor-shift optical image stabilization (OIS), which help counter shakiness.
Tom’s Guide also referenced a portrait mode for video and an astrophotography mode for shooting the night sky.
Its also been suggested the company will bring back Touch ID, as face masks have interfered with some users’ ability to use Face ID.
Of course, since Apple hasn’t officially shared any specs, everything about the iPhone 13 is speculation—even its name: a survey conducted by the used-phone site SellCell found that almost 75 percent of respondents thought Apple would avoid labeling its next-gen smartphone with the number ’13,’ considered unlucky in some cultures.
Nearly one in five (18.3 percent) said they’d refuse to buy anything called the ‘iPhone 13’ because of the superstition.
Of course, Apple did launch iOS 13 in 2019—and the number 13 is only bad luck in the West.
in China, it means ‘assured growth’ or ‘definitely vibrant,’ and denotes good fortune.