Let’s get the good news out there first: Apple is expected to launch a brand new iPhone range in September! The less-good news is that they’re being typically secretive about what those iPhones will look like, what features they’ll include and even when they’ll come out. Fortunately, the ever-reliable Apple rumor mill has been churning at full speed to provide us with at least some clues to the release date, features and, of course, that all important price-tag!
No-one knows for sure but we can make a pretty educated guess based on Apple’s previous release schedule, which is remarkably consistent (apart from 2020 and its exceptional circumstances).
We’ve provided a deep-dive into Apple’s previous release dates below but our best guess for this year’s iPhone release date is 24th September 2021, with a launch event taking place on the 14th September 2021.
Here are the launch dates of previous iPhones in release order:
As you’ll notice, since 2012 Apple has consistently announced the new iPhone in the second week of September and released it in the third and fourth. The launch event generally falls on a Tuesday, although they have gone for a Wednesday launch on a couple of occasions too.
Therefore, we predict the iPhone 13 will be announced on the 14th September 2021 (or potentially the 15th!) and hit shelves a week or so later on the 24th September 2021.
Almost all sources point towards the name iPhone 13, despite 2021 technically being an ‘s’ year. From that, we can deduce that a) Apple is probably done with the ‘s’ naming convention and b) we’re getting numbered updates from here on out.
The 4 phones in the range are likely to follow last year’s naming conventions, which means we’ll get the standard iPhone 13, the iPhone 13 Mini, the iPhone 13 Pro and the iPhone 13 Pro Max.
Apple could of course throw a curveball but it’d be a surprise if they did!
Reports suggest we’ll get 4 new iPhones in the same variety as last year’s 12 range: the iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Mini, iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max.
It’s likely that all will be evolutions of the 12 range rather than a total overhaul, so it’s unlikely that the iPhone 13 Pro release date or iPhone 13 Pro Max release date will differ from the rest of the range.
We don’t have a definite answer but rumors suggest it’ll be the same as the iPhone 12 range’s launch price.
Rumors suggest this year’s iPhone range won’t fall into a ‘supercycle’, so don’t expect any major changes from last year’s range. There will be a couple of exciting smaller changes though!
The dual-lens cameras on the standard model may be arranged diagonally instead of vertically.
The Pro models will have a larger rear camera unit to account for sensor-shift stabilisation, but the configuration will be the same.
A matte black colour option may replace space gray, and all models may have a stainless steel coating to reduce smudges and fingerprints.
The camera notch will shrink horizontally by about 8mm.
A brand new A15 chip for improved speed and efficiency.
New 5G modem for better power efficiency, speed and coverage.
Larger battery capacity across all models.
Potentially a 1TB storage option, although the accuracy of this rumour is disputed.
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