What Apple needs for its next phone to succeed


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Every year at this time, there are an ever-increasing number of rumors about the next iPhone and 2021 is no exception. The iPhone 12 family is five months old and yet there are already a plethora of leaks and speculation about the next iPhone, which may be known as the iPhone 13. I gathered the newest and most persistent rumors, and figured out what the iPhone 13 needs in order to be a success.

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Oh and iPhone 13? I have no idea what the next iPhone will be called. It could be the iPhone 12S or just the “iPhone” like the fourth-gen iPad. Maybe it will be the iPhone 21 because it’s 2021? For the sake of simplicity, I’m going to call it the iPhone 13 because that comes after 12. 

iPhone 13 rumors and what the next Apple phone needs



And just to be clear, these are rumors and leaks. Nothing is for certain until Apple formally announces it. Some of these rumors are from the past week others are months or even years old and keep rising back to relevance.

graphical user interface, application: The next iPhone could have a bigger battery and maybe a longer battery life. Patrick Holland/CNET

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The next iPhone could have a bigger battery and maybe a longer battery life. Patrick Holland/CNET

iPhone 13 might get a bigger battery

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The first rumor is that the iPhone 13 will get a bigger battery. iPhone 12’s battery life is good. In use, both the iPhone 12 and 12 Pro lasted a day no problem. In our battery test with looped video playing in airplane mode the 12 Pro lasted 15 hours, 56 minutes and the iPhone 12 lasted 17 hours, 14 minutes.


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But it’s far from the best battery life we’ve seen. The Samsung Galaxy S21, with its 4,500-mAh battery, lasted 18 hours and 3 minutes in the same test. The Galaxy S21 Ultra and its 5,000-mAh battery lasted 22 hours and 57 minutes. And both of those phones have a high refresh rate display which can tax the battery even more.

While Apple never reveals the capacity of the batteries inside the iPhone, sites like iFixIt, which sells kits to replace batteries, show that an iPhone 12 and 12 Pro use a 2,815-mAh battery. What’s brilliant is Apple…