120Hz always-on display, smaller notch, lidar and more

Apple’s iPhone 12 lineup has only been on virtual shelves for a few months, and already the mobile phone world has turned its attention to the iPhone 13 (or whatever Apple names its next flagship) and the three other variants expected to join the lineup: the iPhone 13 Mini, iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max, according to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. The latest rumors include a 120Hz always-on display à la the Apple Watch (and like many Android phones have had for years), a smaller notch, bigger battery, and even a potential foldable iPhone variant.

Apple's iPhone 11, 12 Pro Max and SE phones. Andrew Hoyle/CNET

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Apple’s iPhone 11, 12 Pro Max and SE phones. Andrew Hoyle/CNET

Apple's iPhone 11, 12 Pro Max and SE phones

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Apple’s iPhone 11, 12 Pro Max and SE phones

Rumors were circulating about Apple’s 2021 phone lineup even before the last Apple event, which unveiled the iPhone 12. And the leaks are only going to ramp up as we get closer to the next iPhone release date. Read on to find the latest rumors about the iPhone 13’s price, design, specs and more. We’ll update this story as new information becomes available.

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Release date: iPhone 13 should be here by mid-September

So far, there’s no official or unofficial word on when we can expect to see Apple’s next iPhone. Usually, we can predict with some degree of accuracy when Apple’s iPhone events will occur and extrapolate a release date based on that. 2020 was a different story — it was the first September Apple event in eight years without an iPhone — thanks to delays in production due to the coronavirus pandemic. This year, however, Kuo is forecasting business as usual for Apple’s supply chain. If that’s the case, we can expect to see the iPhone 13 unveiled at an event sometime in September.

Let’s synthesize the info we have: 

  • Apple likes to hold its events on Tuesdays or Wednesdays.
  • iPhone release dates are typically a week and a half after Apple’s announcements.
  • In general, new iPhones are released on a Friday, around the third week of September.

A few years ago, CNET took a deep dive into the Apple event timeline and emerged with a compelling Labor Day hypothesis, which you can read…