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These are the 4 things I want from iPhone 13

Story by Brett Molina

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Published on September 14, 2021 9:59 AM
Have I mentioned September is awesome? We're getting closer to fall, which means NFL football is back. Pumpkin spice has arrived. And the tech industry is booming.

If you love video games, this month marks the beginning of the holiday season, where fans will see all the big titles landing on PlayStation, Xbox, Nintendo Switch and PC.

Of course, it's not September without a new iPhone. In an annual tradition, Apple announced a broadcast event Sept. 14 where the company will likely reveal the next iPhone.

It's also a big deal if you already own an iPhone, because you essentially get a brand new device thanks to the next big update in iOS 15.

Since Tuesday is going to focus on hardware, it's time to share the features I really want from the iPhone 13 (or whatever it's eventually called):

1. A better battery This one is kind of obvious, because who doesn't want major improvements to battery life? But with every new iPhone comes a better processing chip, which means apps can draw some more processing capabilities from your smartphone as well as more juice from your battery. So, yeah, a better battery would be great.

2. Drop the notch It's nice Samsung's latest smartphones having folding screens, but what also caught my eye were front-facing cameras placed under the display. I love the idea of a clean iPhone screen without that unsightly notch. (Related note: How many Android phone owners will be taking notes on which features the iPhone adds that Android has had for a while?)

3. Bring back the charging adapter No, I am not calling for that tiny plug from earlier iPhone releases to attach your charging cable and power up your iPhone...

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CUPERTINO, California - The iPhone 13 is almost here, as the next Apple event is confirmed for 10am PDT / 1pm EDT / 6pm BST on September 14 (that's 1am ACT September 15 in Australia), so it's just a matter of hours away. We fully expect to see the iPhone 13 range there, and you can read about it first with our Apple event live blog.

You don't need to wait until then to learn about the iPhone 13 range though, as we've been hard at work rounding up and cutting through the key new iPhone leaks.

New iPhone rumors have been springing up from a variety of sources for the majority of 2021, and we've now got a clear picture of many of the likely specs of the iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Pro, iPhone 13 Pro Max and iPhone 13 mini.

We also have a good idea of the likely design of these phones, and have seen numerous leaked images that you'll find below. For those of you who are light on time we've cut down the rumors into a handy, bite-sized portion below, while further down you'll find tons more depth where we explain everything you have to know about the upcoming iPhone 13 range.

Latest iPhone 13 news (updated September 14) IT'S JUST MOMENTS AWAY, AND LEAKS KEEP COMING The iPhone 13 will debut later today at the Apple event for 2021. You can follow our Apple event live blog, but in the meantime you'll find everything we know about the new handsets below. The latest leak is from a case manufacturer, and it seems to confirm the design we've already seen leak many times before.

iPhone 13 release date: September 14 (that's today) is likely when we'll hear about the iPhone 13. Apple is hosting an event where we expect to see the Apple Watch 7, AirPods 3 and maybe a new iPad.

iPhone 13 price: Expect a similar price to the iPhone 12 range, with one leak suggesting it'll be exactly the same. The iPhone 12 mini - the cheapest of 2020's iPhones - started at $699 / £699 / AU$1,199 while the iPhone 12 Pro Max cost $1,099 / £1,099 / AU$1,849. That said, there is some evidence the price could increase a bit.

Design: Little is expected to change from the iPhone 12, but it seems the company will be changing the design of the rear camera. It'll seemingly have a diagonal lens arrangement on the two cheaper phones, but the design seems otherwise largely set to be similar to last year's handsets, albeit with a slightly smaller notch.

Colors: Apple may debut some new shades with the iPhone 13 series, and two rumored versions are pink and orange. Alongside those, we expect to see similar shades to last-gen, such as purple, black and white.

Display: Screen sizes and resolutions are expected to stay the same across the range of iPhone 13 products, but both the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max are heavily rumored to debut 120Hz refresh rates. That means the image on these screens will be smoother than previous iPhones. Plus we're expecting an always-on display on each handset, too.

Camera: Apple is expected to be tweaking the camera on the iPhone 13 series, and the two Pro handsets may get an upgraded ultra-wide shooter. The iPhone 13 Pro may also get an upgraded telephoto camera, plus some leaks suggest LiDAR could be present on all four models so you'll have improved depth perception, though more recent leaks don't mention this, so don't count on it. Video recording software improvements are also expected, including a new Portrait mode.

Specs: The A15 chipset will likely power each of these handsets, though current reports suggest this won't bring a huge power boost. It's also heavily rumored that Apple may bring out a 1TB iPhone for the first time in 2021, so that'll allow for the largest iPhone sizes ever.

Battery: If the biggest iPhone 13 battery leak is correct, you can expect a larger battery inside 2021's phones. These are expected to be notably larger, with the iPhone 13 expected to offer a 3,095mAh cell compared to the iPhone 12's 2,805mAh. What will that mean? Expect a longer lasting iPhone 13 than your previous iPhones.