The iPhone 12, launched in the last quarter of 2020, and its variants continue to be a hit. At the moment, however, there are already many rumors circulating about the next smartphones from Apple.
A priori, the iPhone 13 should be an improved version of the iPhone 12. According to unofficial sources, the design is said to be almost identical, but with different dimensions, including the camera module and the notch on the facade.
When it comes to the camera, the four models that Apple will be offering this year should all benefit from something new that is currently only available on the iPhone 12 Pro Max: a stabilization technology called Sensor Shift. Instead of moving the entire camera to stabilize images, this technology stabilizes the sensor. And this enables a significant improvement in image quality.
On the 2020 iPhones, this technology is only available on the iPhone 12 Pro Max. However, according to multiple sources, Sensor Shift should be available on the iPhone 13, iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 13 Pro, and iPhone 13 Pro Max. In other words, you shouldn’t buy the more expensive model for better photo quality.
And this week those rumors are confirmed by a new release from 9to5Mac relaying the Digitimes sources. This new information is based on supply chain data for a component called VCM, which is required to deploy sensor shift technology.
“VCM manufacturers mainly ship shipments for Android phones in the first half of the year, but those shipments are expected to be overtaken by iPhone shipments in the second half of the year as all new iPhones will be equipped with the OIS (Optical Stabilization) sensor. The sources said, adding that manufacturers have been asked to increase capacity by 30 to 40% to meet the strong demand for iPhones, “reads Digitimes.
Demand for this component could triple or quadruple once all iPhones adopt sensor-shift technology.
A15 Bionic, 1 TB option and 120 Hz display?
Of course, further improvements are to be planned by Apple. First of all, the iPhone 13 should enjoy a significant performance boost compared to its predecessor thanks to the new A15 chip. In addition, the Cupertino-based company could also equip its next models with 120 HZ screens. As a reminder: the higher the refresh rate, the smoother the animations.
In terms of connectivity, the next iPhones could support 5G mmWave in more countries. As a reminder, this is the fastest version of 5G. And for the iPhone 12, only models sold in the United States support it.
Finally, according to some sources, Apple could offer models with 1TB of storage this year. However, since all of this information is not official, caution should be exercised at the moment.
What is certain is that Apple will try to offer as many improvements as possible so that the iPhone 13 sells just as well as its predecessor. After an excellent final quarter of 2020, Apple continued to perform well in the first quarter of 2021.
According to data recently released by Counterpoint Research, the top three best-selling models in the world in the first quarter were the iPhone 12 with a share of 5%, the iPhone 12 Pro Max with a share of 4%, and the iPhone 12 Pro, with a share of 3% . The iPhone 11 continues to enjoy great popularity as it was in fourth place with a share of 2%.