Apple’s new iPhone launch event is just a few hours away – when we can expect the US technology giant to reveal its latest smartphone innovations and upgrades.
Last year was a big release for Apple. Not only did it have to contend with getting its iPhone launch away in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, it also unveiled four new phones: the iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, iPhone 12 Pro Max and iPhone 12 mini.
All these models came with 5G connectivity for the first time. This allows users to download and stream videos and games multiple times faster than was previously possible on 4G.
This year, Apple is expected to release what has been tentatively dubbed the iPhone 13. It could be more of an iterative update. What we do know of the new models is that they are likely to include improved camera technology, new photo editing software, and a more advanced screen.
Here is everything we have learned so far about the iPhone 13, and when you will get to see it.
Last year's iPhone came with 5G for the first time
What will the new iPhone be called?
Before we get to what we might see on the new iPhone, what will it actually be named? The phones are widely being referred to as the iPhone 13, but it is possible Apple could break with its numerical naming tradition – although it did previously have a version of its iOS software called iOS 13.
Apple has in the past used an "s" addition to its phone nomenclature, such as the iPhone Xs. Internally, the upcoming phones are said to be codenamed D16, D17, D63 and D64, Bloomberg reports.
How many new iPhones will be released?
This year, we are expecting four new iPhones, which will be successors to Apple’s previous line up. The models we are expecting to see will two "regular" iPhones with a 5.4-inch screen and a 6.1-inch screen, and a "Pro" version, with a 6.1-inch screen or a 6.7-inch screen.
Apple will include a "mini" in its line-up once again
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When will the new iPhones be revealed?
Apple is set to hold its launch event on September 14 at 6pm UK time. The phones will then be available for pre-order from Friday September 17, and are expected to hit the shelves around a week later, on Friday September 24.
What new features will we see on the iPhone 13?
This year’s iPhones are expected to be quite iterative on previous devices. Last year, Apple gave consumers a big internal update, with 5G wireless modems allowing all the phones to connect to the fastest data speeds.
This year, we are expecting a more advanced version of the Portrait mode for the phone’s camera. This will allow users to create films will a blurring effect in the background of the video, Bloomberg reports.
The new handsets will also come with a feature called ProRes, a higher filming quality that will improve the look and colour of videos.
Inside, it will have an A15 chip, and design-wise the phones will feature a smaller "notch", the cut-out at the top of the screen that holds the phone’s selfie camera.
Some hoped-for features, such as a return of Touch ID with an under screen sensor, are not expected on this year’s device.
The new phone will, however, come with a screen featuring a faster refresh rate. This should make for smoother scrolling and crisper video games. The iPhone refresh rate will increase from 60Hz to 120Hz.
According to a report from analysts at Wedbush, citing supply chain experts, Apple’s new phones will include the option to boost their internal storage to 1TB of data, the most ever on an iPhone.
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How much will the new iPhone cost?
The perennial iPhone question is just how much will the new piece of kit set you back. We won’t know for sure until later this month, but according to analysts Trendforce: "Retail prices are expected to remain on par with last year’s release of iPhone 12 models."
That means we could see prices ranging from £699 for the "mini" version and £1,099 for the Pro Max version.