iPhone 13: Rumors, Price, Release Date, Specs, and News

There's another new iPhone on the horizon. Here's what we know

Apple iPhone patent showing lack of buttons or ports

Apple/US Gov. Patent Office 

Just because Apple recently announced the iPhone 12 doesn't mean there aren't more phones brewing for the smartphone giant. Here's what we already know (or suspect) about the iPhone 13.

When Will the iPhone 13 Be Announced?

Apple traditionally announces new iPhone models in the fall, so expect the official notice to be given in October of 2021. There is some speculation that Apple will be moving to a biannual release process in 2021, however. That's somewhat supported by Apple's unusual move to hold a second Fall event in November 2020. If that's the case, the announcement could be made as early as March 2021.

When Can I Pre-Order the Next iPhone?

Pre-order information is typically announced when the phones are, so we'll know these details when the official announcement is made. If you want one, be ready to pounce: After the announcement of the iPhone12, 2 million of them were pre-ordered in the first 24 hours of availability.

When Will the iPhone 13 Be Released?

Apple has a tradition of releasing the newest iPhone within a short time following the official announcement. Your best bet for learning this information is to pay close attention to the official announcement, where release details will be shared.

Lifewire's Release Date Estimate

Our bet is on release of the iPhone 13 in Fall 2021, specifically September or early October. Based on previous iPhone release dates from Apple, we're really not going out on a limb here. For all its innovations, Apple is somewhat a creature of habit plus a pre-holiday release tends to do well for the bottom line.

How Much Will the New iPhone Cost?

Pricing is, of course, completely unknown at this point. However, if the rumors about a five-device lineup turn out to be true, it could be that pricing will range from around $350 to $1,100.

That's an awfully wide price spread but perhaps Apple is finally understanding that high prices don't always mean highest market share. If Apple's pursuing anything, it's market domination. Without a very low-priced phone, it will never achieve it (despite the devotion of Apple aficionados.)

Smartphone marketshare chart 2018Q2 to 2020Q2

The Latest News About the Next iPhone Coming in 2021

You can get more smartphone news from Lifewire on all kinds of topics; here are more stories (and some of those rumors) about the iPhone 13 and iPhone SE 2.

How Many New iPhone Models Will Apple Release? What Are the Colors?

Rumors are already swirling that the 2021 iPhone lineup will be very similar to the 2020 lineup, which included four devices. If true, that means there will likely be two less powerful devices (5.4 inches and 6.1 inches) with two devices in the 'pro' range for 2021.

One persistent but unsubstantiated rumor is that a fifth model will be included called the iPhone SE 2 or iPhone SE Plus. Surrounding rumors about this 2021 addition to the lineup continue to speculate that it will be similar to the iPhone 8 but with a new design and biometric sensor.

The iPhone 12 Mini is getting rave reviews so if consumers flock to it, it's also likely that the tiniest iPhone will be on board in 2021 alongside larger versions.

As for colors, it's a good bet that Apple won't stray far from it's own tree and will retain the current lineup of colors: black, white, Product Red, green, and blue. Finishes will probably stay the same, too: silver, graphite, gold, and Pacific Blue.

What's Known About Key Features and Design for the iPhone 13

Respected Apple analyst (and prolific leaker) Ming-Chi Kuo with TF International Securities is predicting a completely wireless experience for the 2021 iPhone lineup. He's been saying this for awhile now, actually, and his various reports indicate Apple will cancel the Lightning port.

In addition, Apple Insider discovered a patent Apple filed in 2019. Patent drawings clearly indicate the lack of a Lightning Port and, actually, buttons of any kind. It also shows glass encasing all six sides of the phone in a kind of waterfall display as shown here.

Apple iPhone patent showing lack of buttons or ports
Apple/US Gov. Patent Office 

Other rumors and supposed leaks are claiming that Touch ID will be back as an in-display feature or that the iPhone 13 will be the first to feature both Face ID and Touch ID. This rumor could be very true; the newest iPad Air includes Touch ID on the power button so it's clear that Apple is still playing with new concepts surrounding it.

Our bet is that Apple is indeed going to release an in-display Touch ID option. Plus, we're leaning into the idea that Apple will go completely wireless in 2021, given the never-ending rumors surrounding the removal of ports and improvements in battery and charging tech.

iPhone 13 Specs and Hardware

Watch for specs to improve between the 12 and 13 versions. Overall, the current rumors are that the iPhone 13 will include a 120Hz ProMotion Display, no ports, a new battery structure, more capacity, and 4 cameras. Because we all need four cameras on our phones.

Prolific Apple leaker Jon Prosser is tossing out some tidbits regarding the extra storage potential of the iPhone 13. If you've just gotta have more, it might be coming in the from of 1TB with the next iPhone. You'll pay a pretty penny for it, no doubt, so it might only be available in the higher-end of the product line.

Another rumor pretty decently confirmed by several sources is that Apple will use Qualcomm's X60 5G modem in 2021. That's a substantial upgrade from iPhone 12, which uses the X55 and sucks power endlessly.

What Version of iOS Will be on This New Phone?

Since Apple religiously releases a new iOS version each spring, expect iOS 15 to drop in early 2021 and, of course, any new iPhone to include it. Check out every version of iOS ever released.