We still have a few months before Apple unveils the iPhone 12, but rumors about the iPhone 13, coming in the fall of 2021, are already circulating.
Japanese site Mac Otakara today shared a 3D printed model of a 5.5-inch “iPhone” expected to arrive in 2021 from “Alibaba sources.” The model can be built on leaked specs and rumors, but the source of the information is unclear.
It succeeds the smallest 5.4-inch 5.4iPhone expected in 2020, so probably one of the low-end devices in the 2021 range, if it is precise. It is the same size as the 5.4-inch iPhone, but the design changes provide more display space available.
The iPhone has no notch for the TrueDepth camera, and the FaceTime camera is located in the front center. Mac Otakara suggests that the iPhone could use Samsung’s panel sensor technology, which would allow cameras to be positioned under a screen. The site is also speculating on a possible camera at the bottom of the screen, a rumor that we have never heard before and which seems unlikely.
In addition to a notch, the mockup includes ultra-thin glasses, and while the camera module is not full, there are points that suggest open space for testing different camera modules. At the end of last month, Feaker Fudge (@choco_bit) said that high-end iPhone models coming in 2021 will have four camera configurations with LiDAR technology, but it is not clear whether this information is correct. .
Another major design change seems to be a USB-C port instead of a Lightning port. There have been rumors of Apple’s switch to USB-C for years. Another Fudge leak late last month suggested that the Apple iPhone 13 line will be portless, combining wireless charging with a Smart Connector system for data transfer.
Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo also said that the “high-end” 2021 “iPhone” will have a “fully wireless experience”.
Whether we end up with a portless design, USB-C, or another year with Lightning remains to be seen, but past rumors have said that in the long run, Apple wants a iPhone without ports and external buttons.
Mac Otakara says the mockup is just one prototype in development, so Apple’s plans may eventually change and that mockup probably won’t represent the final version of the “iPhone” we’ll see in 2021.