Will there be an iPhone 13? Apple’s new iPhone could be clouded with bad luck


Will the next iPhone actually be called the iPhone 13, or will Apple go with something a little less superstitious, like the iPhone 12S? Although we won’t have any official details until Apple’s rumored September event, the latest buzz says the tech giant may not heed superstition and could name its new smartphone after the traditionally unlucky number. 



a close up of a computer: Rumors suggest Apple's new iPhone will be dubbed the iPhone 13, although there was earlier speculation it could called the iPhone 12S. Andrew Hoyle/CNET


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Rumors suggest Apple’s new iPhone will be dubbed the iPhone 13, although there was earlier speculation it could called the iPhone 12S. Andrew Hoyle/CNET



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An August report from 9to5Mac, citing Duan Rui on Twitter, seems to support the notion that Apple will proceed with a sequential naming convention. Rui tweeted an image, previously shared on Chinese social media site Weibo, showing possible Apple packaging with the name “iPhone 13” on it. In full, the packaging read, “iPhone 13. Designed by Apple in California. Assembled in China.”

This mirrors a July report from Taiwanese publication Economic Daily News that says the tech giant will stick to tradition and use iPhone 13 as the moniker for its 2021 lineup. Apple will reportedly offer Mini, Pro and Pro Max versions of the iPhone 13, similar to its iPhone 12 lineup. (Here’s how the rumored iPhone 13 specs compare to the iPhone 12.)



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Previous rumors had suggested that iPhone 13 may not be Apple’s moniker of choice with iPhone 12S expected to be the front-runner for this year’s series. A January Bloomberg article citing Apple engineers says only minor upgrades are planned for the upcoming lineup, which will likely be an “S” version of the iPhone 12. Frequent leaker Jon Prosser pointed toward an iPhone 12S, too. We’ve seen Apple use this naming scheme in the past with 2015’s iPhone 6S , which superseded 2014’s iPhone 6 , and again with 2018’s iPhone XS , a follow-up to 2017’s iPhone X. Still, another report points to Apple leapfrogging to an iPhone 14 in 2022, excluding “iPhone 13” from its nomenclature altogether.

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Until Apple’s marquee event in the fall, however, there’s no telling for sure what name it’ll wind up using and the latest rumors don’t…

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