The iPhone 13 Doesn’t Need an M1, It Needs These 7 Things


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Apple’s M1 chip recently made its way into the iPad Pro, giving it a serious performance boost. Some rumors indicate that Apple may take things a step further with the M1, bringing it to other devices, like the iPhone 13.

Now, it’s probably unlikely that Apple will bring the actual M1 to the iPhone, as the A-series chips already have a lot in common with the M1 anyway. But I don’t really care whether or not the iPhone 13 has an M1 chip. Why? Because there are plenty of things — seven, to be exact — the iPhone 13 needs more.

Smaller notch

Didn’t expect us to talk about the iPhone 13 without raising the possibility of a smaller notch, did you? The notch has more or less remained the same since the launch of the iPhone X in 2017, and it’s time for an update. While the notch interrupts the display, the result of having it is Face ID — which works great. Because of that, we don’t expect Apple to eliminate the notch altogether — at least not yet.

There have been plenty of rumors about Apple minimizing the size of the notch, but we’ll have to wait and see just how much it’s able to shrink the cutout.

A fingerprint sensor

Until 2020, I probably wouldn’t have cared about the return of Touch ID. But then the pandemic hit, and while the new Unlock with Apple Watch feature works great, not everyone has or wants an Apple Watch, and sometimes it’s just easier to use a fingerprint sensor anyway.

Now, to be clear, I don’t want Touch ID to replace Face ID, and I don’t think it would anyway. Rather, I want it to serve as another option for those who can’t access Face ID. It would come in handy for situations where Face ID can’t see a face.

Data over MagSafe

iPhone 12 MagSafe
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MagSafe is a pretty great way to make wireless charging more convenient, as it ensures that your wireless charger properly snaps into place, magnetically. But the next step is allowing for data transfer over MagSafe.

This could be especially useful if Apple does eventually remove the Lightning port from the iPhone altogether, as there will still be niche scenarios where someone might want to transfer data over a wire. For example, my car offers CarPlay — but it doesn’t have…