We expect Apple to bring a number of updates to the iPhone 13. And a new leak has given us a better idea of what’s to come.
Based on information from “industry sources, DigiTimes claims that Apple’s next iPhone will not only take the best photo features of the iPhone 12 Pro Max and make them available across the entire range of next-generation iPhones, but will also reduce the display notch.
Since we can’t verify these sources and Apple is notoriously in awe with its iPhone plans, you should take this leak with a pinch of salt. But here are the updates just announced for the iPhone 13.
Smaller notch for iPhone 13
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Arguably the biggest claimed change to the iPhone 13 – and one that many Apple fans have been waiting for – is a smaller display notch.
From the iPhone X to the recent iPhone 12 Pro, Apple has kept the same size notch despite other phone makers adopting smaller notches or perforated selfie cameras. Apple needs the additional space for the notch to hold all the sensor technology required for Face ID, which is more secure than the face scan biometrics of Android phones.
By combining the currently separate infrared illuminator, sensor, and dot projector into a single module, Apple could reduce the iPhone 13’s notch. Two fewer sensors mean the next iPhone could have a much narrower notch; just don’t expect it to disappear again.
The selfie camera sensor will also be changed. It will reportedly get an upgrade from a 5-part lens to a 6-part lens, a change that will help reduce the small distortions in images caused by light passing through the camera lens.
All iPhone 13 models may have a LiDAR sensor
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Currently limited to iPhone 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max, the DigiTimes report says a LiDAR scanner could arrive on all iPhone 13 models.
Using lasers to help a camera system better understand distances and depths, a LiDAR scanner can lead to photos with a deeper sense of depth, especially in low-light conditions. For people who like to take portrait photos with artfully blurred backgrounds, LiDAR is a plus. We definitely found that the iPhone 12 Pro took some excellent portrait photos.
LiDAR can also help provide better augmented reality experiences, thanks to improved depth perception. This should allow you to place AR objects more realistically in a real environment. If the entire iPhone 13 lineup had a LiDAR scanner, then we could see developers motivated to produce more AR apps and Apple developing the augmented AR and LiDAR capabilities of its iPhones.
iPhone 13 could get major camera updates
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On the back of the phone, all iPhone 13 models will apparently use Apple’s sensor shift stabilization system. Only the iPhone 12 Pro Max currently uses this feature. As this phone tops our ranking of the best camera phones, it would be exciting to see one of its secret weapons make its way across all iPhone 13 models.
Image stabilization is a vital addition to phone cameras to avoid shaky-looking photographs that are naturally caused by the user’s slight hand movements. All modern phones typically use electronic image stabilization (EIS), but some also use optical image stabilization (OIS), which allows the camera lens to move freely and limit blur.
Sensor shift stabilization works similar to OIS, but allows the sensor to move in place of the lens, as the name suggests. Apparently this results in more effective stabilization than the usual method.
Finally, the DigiTimes report also mentions the higher resolution sensors coming to iPhone 13 Pro models. Apple has kept the iPhone’s 12MP cameras small enough for some time without losing ground to the competition.
But with competing phones now regularly using 48MP, 64MP and even 108MP cameras (in the case of phones like the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra), it makes sense for Apple to upgrade now.
The base models of the iPhone 13 will not receive these new sensors. Instead, they will inherit those used by the iPhone 12 Pro, which while not new are still excellent cameras.
In addition to these camera updates, the other big change to look out for is the potential elimination of the Lightning port, as the iPhone 13 is rumored to be Apple’s first wireless-only phone. Expect more updates like a new A15 Bionic chipset, a 120Hz display, and possibly the return of Touch ID in the display.
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