We’re still at least a month away from when Apple is expected to show off the iPhone 13. But that doesn’t mean that iPhone owners aren’t already thinking about their next upgrade. According to a survey from SellCell, a whopping 43.7% of iPhone owners are planning to upgrade to the iPhone 13.
This is a pretty incredible number after seeing the success of the iPhone 12 family, outside of the iPhone 12 Mini. SellCell surveyed more than 3,000 iPhone users based in the US, and revealed a few interesting reasons as to why those users will be upgrading. The survey revealed that 22% of iPhone owners want to upgrade to the iPhone 13 simply because of the rumored 120hz refresh rate.
Surprisingly, just 10.9% of the surveyed iPhone owners stated a smaller notch as one of determining factors. Meanwhile, rumors swirling about an in-display Touch ID sensor has led to 18.2% of iPhone owners wanting an upgrade this Fall. As for some of the features survey takers didn’t care about, these included a portless design (0.8%) and reverse wireless charging (1.5%).
Considering the reports we’ve seen about the potential demise of the iPhone 12 Mini, a good question for potential upgrades comes down to what size iPhone 13 to get. 38.2% of the survey takers stated that the “normal” iPhone 13 with its 6.1-inch display is the way to go. That slightly edges out the iPhone 13 Pro Max with its 6.7-inch display. But it simply dwarfs a potential iPhone 13 Mini with its 5.4-inch screen.
Rounding out this survey, SellCell revealed some information about potential interest in the Apple Watch Series 7 and AirPods 3. According to the results, 27% of iPhone owners plan to pick up Apple’s next smartwatch, while just 13% of owners are interested in the rumored AirPods 3.
iPhone 13 Expectations
So what are we expecting from Apple’s next iPhone? Well, the phone is likely to retain the design of the iPhone 12 series with its flat edges. However, Apple could make some changes to the camera configuration, as the iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max will introduce larger camera sensors.
Despite underwhelming sales, the “Mini” version of the iPhone 13 will make its return, along with the two 6.1-inch models (standard and Pro), along with the the 6.7-inch Pro Max. It wouldn’t come as a surprise if Apple was expecting the 12 Mini to sell well, leading the company to begin development of the iPhone 13 version.
In addition to supposed upgrade to the Apple A15 chipset, the iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max are expected to be the first iPhone’s with a 120Hz refresh rate. It will likely be branded as a ProMotion display, keeping in line with the iPad Pro’s display. But the iPhone 13 Mini and iPhone 13 will miss out this year.
Finally one of the biggest potential features is the return of TouchID. Apple could go the Android route with an under-display scanner. But we also would enjoy seeing it embedded into the Side Button, just like the 2020 iPad Air.
The iPhone 13 is rumored to be announced in mid-September, so there’s not too much longer to wait. Let us know whether you’ll be upgrading to the iPhone 13, and what model you’re going to be looking at.
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.