iPhone 13 ‘looks like it’s just a different pattern’, but there’s a reason to expect it

If you’re reading an iPhone article that hasn’t been released before the September 14th release in IT media, it’s safe to say you’re an avid iPhone fan. If not, you should at least keep an eye on the smartphone world and know the benchmark scores of the successor iPhones. Each iPhone has significant improvements and even significant changes. But is it really that great? Let’s take a look at the rumored iPhone 13’s most important upgrades: performance, cameras, promotions, and always-on-display, and consider whether it’s a change that’s really meaningful to even the average iPhone user.

Performance and A15 SoC

Earlier this year, I took a closer look at what to expect from the A15 processor. Since it is made on a 5-nm manufacturing process, it can be expected that most of the improvements in the A15 come from architectural changes and chip size. That means it’s slightly warmer and consumes more power (the battery capacity will likely increase to compensate for this).

Simply put, the A15 is probably about 10-15% faster than the A14 chip in the iPhone 12. When Apple ultimately introduces LPDDR5 memory, certain tasks that are congested due to memory bandwidth will be much faster. And it’s almost certain that image processing and artificial neural network performance will be great.

Faster is always better, and there’s no reason to believe the A15 isn’t the fastest smartphone processor ever. It just lacks anything that truly sets it apart from the A14 or A13. The average person won’t notice the difference between a two-year-old iPhone and this year’s iPhone for most tasks (e.g. social media, web browsing, email, messaging, etc.). Without a smaller SoC or dazzling new features in essential software, the A15 won’t really impress the average iPhone user. The average user will only notice a speed boost after three years when iOS 18 runs much smoother on the iPhone 13 than on the iPhone 12.

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Promotion 120Hz Display

The performance boost on the A15 probably won’t show up outside of the benchmark charts, but there will certainly be users who will notice the improved smoothness and responsiveness of the 120Hz promotional display. Even on the iPad Pro, scrolling through Twitter or Instagram posts makes a difference.

Unfortunately, this feature is rumored to be limited to the iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max. So the area where the performance improvement will shine is greatly reduced. The 120Hz display is definitely softer, but the iPhone’s touch responsiveness is already good, so it’s unlikely to be a huge change. It will also help improve the Apple Pencil’s latency on the iPad Pro, but that’s out of the question unless Apple announces Pencil support for the iPhone.

Therefore, when purchasing a Pro, there are only upgrades that the average person cannot experience. You’ve probably heard iPhone 12 Pro buyers say that the iPhone 12 Pro is a lot faster, etc., but in reality, unless you’re comparing the two side-by-side, that’s probably not a big deal.

Camera improvements

As with all iPhones, the iPhone 13 will have improved cameras. However, it is unclear what improvements will be made. According to some rumors, it’s not just limited to the Pro models, but the entire iPhone 13 series will be equipped with a LiDAR sensor. So while AR apps run more smoothly and support portraits in the dark, that’s not all that great. According to the leaked design, the camera area is larger and the lens is larger. It suggests a new lens arrangement and possibly a new larger sensor. There is also hope that autofocus will be added to the ultra-wide-angle camera, and that it will be able to shoot video in portrait mode.
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All are good improvements, but they’re hardly game-changers. If the average user quickly pulls out their iPhone and snaps an Instagram photo, the iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 won’t make a huge difference. A demanding expert who can see down to the pixel level will notice a significant improvement in performance when shooting in very harsh conditions, but day-to-day shooting is unlikely to be much different.

Perhaps the next big step in iPhone photography will be an ultra-high-resolution sensor (48 megapixels versus 12 megapixels) and a periscope lens that allows for extreme optical telephoto photography. These features are rumored to be scheduled for next year’s iPhone 14. It has nothing to do with the iPhone 13.

always on display

Rumor has it that the iPhone 13 will introduce an Always-On Display, somewhat similar to the Apple Watch. We don’t know exactly how it will work or what information will be displayed, but it’s a change with great potential. It’s a feature we’d like to see introduced on all iPhone 13 models, not just the Pro models. Because it can radically change the way you use your iPhone. It’s not difficult to pick up an iPhone on a desk or table to check the time or see if there’s an important reminder. But it would be better if the iPhone didn’t need to be lifted.

Android phones have had this feature for a long time, and there are many different ways to implement it. At its most basic, it’s always useful to be able to see the time without having to reach out and turn on your smartphone, especially in a dark room. But there are plenty of other ways you can change the way you use your iPhone. When Always On Display is introduced, there are many voices hoping that it will be introduced to all iPhones, not just the iPhone 13 Pro model, and that customization will be possible. If that’s the case, always-on-display could be the flagship feature of the iPhone 13.

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Except for the name, just the same product as the iPhone 12?

Soon after the iPhone 12 was released, rumors were circulating that the next model would be the iPhone 12s. It’s unlikely (the s name hasn’t been used since the iPhone XS), but the iPhone 13 seems to have undergone only the same upgrades as the S model iPhone. There’s a new processor and some new features, but the overall design hasn’t changed, everything else is the same except for a few improvements.

Of course, the smaller notch is good news. But it hasn’t completely disappeared. While the camera is said to be better, it’s not quite as groundbreaking as when Apple adds a second or third camera lens to the back of the iPhone. Face ID is still said to be the only biometric authentication available. There are old rumors that under-display fingerprint technology is being developed.

I like to think that a really important new feature that hasn’t been leaked by rumors will surprise a lot of people. It’s not impossible, but it won’t be easy now. Before the new iPhone is announced, users already know enough. The iPhone 13 is no different.

The fact that the iPhone 13 is basically the same as last year’s model, with only a few slight improvements, isn’t bad news. Most users don’t replace their smartphones every year anyway. So even if it’s a better product than the iPhone XS or XR, users will be satisfied. Moreover, Apple isn’t far behind its rivals, and there’s no reason to rush into making changes to keep up with the gap. Even Apple would not be able to develop a new method every year, users should not have such expectations, and it is not right to think that a new iPhone is superior only when a breakthrough change is made. [email protected]

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