This story is part of WWDC 2021. All the latest coverage from Apple’s annual developers conference. The biggest feature and biggest rumors revolve around the cameras on the iPhone. And there is a bunch of rumors pointing to new lenses, new camera sensors and a wider adoption of sensor-based stabilization across the iPhone line up. What features will the next iPhone include?
Every year at this time, an ever-increasing number of rumors about the next iPhone seem to come out weekly. The iPhone 12 family is eight months old and there have already been a huge amount of leaks and speculation about the next iPhone, which may be called the iPhone 13. It could also be named the iPhone 12S or just the “iPhone” like the fourth-gen iPad. Maybe it will be the iPhone 21 because it’s 2021?
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The iPhone 13 could get a bigger battery
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There are new rumors that the “Pro” models will get LTPO displays. LTPO stands for low-temperature Polycrystalline oxide. Essentially, an LTPO display can change between refresh rates on the fly without the need of extra display hardware. The Galaxy S21 Ultra released in February uses an LTPO display, which Samsung claimed allowed it to be brighter without using more power.
Maybe there will be “Smart MagSafe” charging on the next iPhone? Even if this rumor is true, removing the last iPhone port isn’t something Apple needs to do right now.
The first rumor is that the iPhone 13 will get a bigger battery. iPhone 12’s battery life is good. In use, both the iPhone 12 and 12 Pro lasted a day without problem. In our battery test with looped video playing in airplane mode, the 12 Pro lasted 15 hours and 56 minutes; the iPhone 12 lasted 17 hours and 14 minutes.
The iPhone 13 might have a high refresh rate display
Since 2017, the iPad Pro has had a 120Hz refresh rate. Now that panel is an LCD, but rumors point to the iPhone 13 getting a high refresh rate OLED. For years, many of us longed to see this feature on an iPhone. There are numerous phones at different price points that have a high refresh rate screen like the 0 OnePlus Nord N10 5G, which has a 90Hz display. The new 0 Galaxy S21 and ,200 S21 Ultra each have a 120Hz display. Last week, Asus launched the ROG Phone 5, which has a 144Hz screen. And last month, the RedMagic 6 phone was announced with a 165Hz screen. For comparison, the iPhone 12 has a 60Hz screen. The Pixel 4 was the first phone with a hidden astrophotography feature in its Night Sight mode. It uses computational photography and long capture times to capture shots like this of the Milky Way.