Every year, Apple launches a new flagship iPhone, and this year is probably going to be no different in that regard. As per the company’s track record, we’re just a few months away from seeing the next line-up of iPhones, and there are so many reasons to be excited.
From the return of Touch ID to a 120Hz display, fans are anticipating some major upgrades this year. Well, we have certain expectations too. Here are the top seven features that we’d like to see in the iPhone 13.
This one comes as no surprise, doesn’t it? We’re in 2021 now, and it’s about time Apple jumps on the high refresh rate bandwagon. Flagship Android devices have had such displays for the last couple of years. The feature is now more of a necessity than a luxury if Apple intends to keep up with the competition.
Some of you may be aware of how Apple reportedly had plans to bring 120Hz displays to the iPhone 12 Pro models last year and then canceled them at the last minute, according to users on Twitter. Therefore, it’s perfectly reasonable to expect this feature to arrive this year.
Many industry speculators are almost certain that the LTPO display panels that Apple plans to use will allow the iPhone 13 to vary its refresh rate from 1Hz to 120Hz. This should technically alleviate battery drain while offering high refresh rates.
Having said all that, we’re realistic with our expectations. So we won’t be surprised if Apple doesn’t bring high refresh displays to the non-Pro models this year.
2. A Bigger Battery in the iPhone 13
Higher refresh rates tend to drain the battery faster. Unfortunately, this is the price you have to pay for a smoother visual experience. Hence, we want Apple to increase the battery capacity across all the iPhone 13 models.
Last year, Apple reduced the battery size for the entire iPhone 12 lineup for some reason. For the most part, the battery life stayed the same due to the improved efficiency of the A14 chip. This wouldn’t work for a display with up to twice the refresh rate.
We really don’t mind a thicker iPhone, Apple. All we want is a bigger battery that can provide a similar battery life to last year, despite the bump in refresh rate.
3. A Smaller Notch
The dreaded notch that Apple proudly showed off back in 2017 has remained unchanged after four years. The Android competition copied it and later moved on to the hole-punch design, with some companies even removing it using a pop-up camera.
We all would certainly love a notch-less iPhone 13, but that doesn’t look likely for the foreseeable future. But, a smaller notch is far more reasonable and realistic to expect.
According to MacRumors, Apple plans to move the iPhone’s earpiece to the top bezel, which will help in cramming the TrueDepth camera system into a smaller notch. Let’s hope this is true because we’re all fed up with the huge notch.
4. Sensor-Shift Image Stabilization Across All iPhone 13 Models
Last year, the top-of-the-line iPhone 12 Pro Max featured an exclusive technology called sensor-shift image stabilization, which is typically found in DSLR and mirrorless cameras. For those who don’t know, it’s a piece of camera tech that allows the image sensor itself to float around and stabilize the image or video.
This is superior to the Optical Image Stabilization featured on flagship smartphones, where the lens moves around for the same effect.
For some reason, even the iPhone 12 Pro didn’t get this technology, but we assume this is due to its size. However, this year, we’d like Apple to bring the sensor-shift technology to all models. Yes, even the standard iPhone 13, but that does seem unlikely.
5. A Return to Touch ID
Unlocking Face ID iPhones hasn’t been easy in the last year or two, thanks to COVID. You can’t use Face ID to unlock your iPhone when wearing a face mask, unless you have an Apple Watch on your wrist.
So this is the perfect opportunity for Apple to reintroduce Touch ID.
Last year, Apple integrated Touch ID into the power button of the iPad Air. We assume this can be easily achieved on the iPhone, too. Of course, we’d love Apple to introduce an under-display Touch ID scanner.
In the end, it doesn’t really matter how Apple implements it in the iPhone 13. We just want Touch ID to make its return as an alternate way to unlock our iPhones.
6. USB-C Ports Across All iPhone 13 Models
Apple’s Lightning connector is almost a decade old. Yes, the port has aged like fine wine, but it’s time to move on, especially when we’re in the age of USB-C devices. Come on, Apple! Let us just have one universal port for everything.
Considering Apple already replaced the Lightning connectors with USB-C on its newer iPads, it only makes sense to follow suit with the iPhones, right?
While we appreciate the USB-C support on the iPad, we really don’t want to carry around a separate cable to charge our iPhones. This is why the Lightning port must be killed off, starting with the iPhone 13.
7. Faster MagSafe Charging With the iPhone 13
MagSafe is a great way to wirelessly charge your iPhone. Your iPhone 12 charges twice as fast with MagSafe as it does with a traditional Qi charger, which charges at 7.5W. However, these speeds are still not comparable to regular fast charging using a cable.
Presently, 15W is the cap for MagSafe, but we want Apple to bump this number to 20W with the iPhone 13 and make charging more efficient so that it’s at least comparable to regular wired charging.
Wireless charging technology needs to move forward, and unless the speeds are up there in the wired territory, MagSafe will remain a tough sell.
Apple Has to Keep Up With the Competition
Apple likes to take its sweet time to bring major features to the iPhone. However, the tech world advances at such a rapid pace that it’s important to keep up before it’s too late.
Features like high refresh rate screens, in-display fingerprint scanners, USB-C, and massive batteries have become an integral part of flagship Android devices in the past couple of years.
If Apple gives us what we want them to, this can potentially be the year the iPhone gives high-end Android smartphones a serious run for their money.
Already bored of the iPhone 12? Here’s what we think you can expect from the iPhone 13 in September 2021.
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