The iPhone 13 release date should be much closer to “normal” this year, and Apple appears to be very bullish on the prospects of this year’s lineup.
Apple is on track to launch the iPhone 13 in late September, according to Wedbush analysis Daniel Ives (via MacRumors), who reports that supply chain checks suggest that the next iPhone could launch during the third week of September.
Despite the claim, Ives said there is still a chance that the launch could be pushed back to early October:
We have gotten more detailed reads from our supply chain checks for iPhone 13 builds with this next iPhone launch coming out of Cupertino in the late September timeframe. From a timing perspective, we believe the current iPhone 13 launch is slated for the third week in September as of now but could push out into early October based on continued product model tweaks.
The analyst note said that Apple is gearing up to produce iPhone 13 units in the “100 million range,” which would be a 25 percent jump up from the iPhone 12. That’s not a huge surprise, given that the economy continues to recover and that consumer spending and confidence will likely be higher in the fall of this year.
Rumours and reports about the iPhone 13 line have been trickling out for months, and some of the latest suggest that the next phone made by Apple will bring back Touch ID with an under-display fingerprint sensor.
Analysts have predicted that Apple would move the sensor under the display this fall. They have also discussed a more tightly integrated version of the existing structured light system, which would result in a smaller notch.
Beyond the smaller notch and the return of Touch ID, some rumours claim iPhone 13 models will have a display with a 120Hz refresh rate, more powerful 5G modems, cameras upgrades, LiDAR scanners across the lineup, and larger batteries for improved battery life.
There are surely plenty of upgrades to look forward to in the iPhone 13 lineup, and it will be even more exciting for customers that they can get their hands on the newer devices earlier.