If you thought that the iPhone 12 introduced the biggest changes to the platform, the iPhone 13 may put it over the top. Rumors and reports have claimed that Apple is finally bringing some of the most-requested features to its next iPhone. And the latest report comes from Mark Gurman with Bloomberg.
Gurman claims that in addition to a faster 120Hz ProMotion display, Apple has big plans for the iPhone 13:
Expect a faster A15 chip, smaller notch, a new display for better battery life and the potential of an Apple Watch-like always on mode and a 120Hz refresh rate and upgrades to video recording.
As someone firmly planted in both the iOS and Android world, these rumors couldn’t make me anymore happy. Rumors stated that the iPhone 12 Pro series was going to see the introduction of the 120Hz ProMotion display. But those were supposedly squashed at the last minute, as Apple couldn’t get the battery life where it wanted. Some have speculated this is why the battery life of the iPhone 12 Pro Max is so great.
Always-on Display with iPhone 13
As for the Always-on Display, this is something that’s really long overdue. It’s already a feature available with the Apple Watch, along with practically every Android phone out there today. Being able to just glance down at your phone’s screen to see what notifications arrived is just so convenient. And not everyone has an iPhone but doesn’t want to have to tap the display every time just to see the time or see what notifications are pending.
Matt Birchler of A Better Computer (and BirchTree) posted a video mockup of what an Always-on Display could look like. It’s unlikely that Apple will follow this same design path, but at least you’ll get an idea of how useful it can be.
Always-On Display will have minimal customizability. Current design basically looks like a toned down locks creen. Clock and battery charge is always visible. Notifications seem to be displayed using a bar and icons. Upon receiving, the notification will pop up normally except that the screen will not entirely light up. Instead, it will display just like you’re used to right now, except dimmed down and only temporally.
Of course, it’s not a foregone conclusion, as Apple can change its mind and course at any time.
Gurman went on to state that the iPhone 13 will be powered by the A15 processor, along with sporting a smaller notch. The A15 comes as no surprise, but the smaller notch is something else that has been rumored for awhile. Maybe, just maybe, Apple will finally deliver and give us the iPhone display we’ve been asking for.
Andrew is a freelance writer based on the East Coast of the US.
He has written for a variety of sites over the years, including iMore, Android Central, Phandroid, and a few others. Now, he spends his days working for an HVAC company, while moonlighting as a freelance writer at night.