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Apple iPhone 13 to retain design, but be thicker and with smaller notch; Cameras & display

iPhone 13 camera leak

We are just a week into 2021 and there’s a tonne of leaks and rumors around the next generation of iPhones – the iPhone 13 series. We recently heard that two of the iPhone 13 models will pack in 120Hz OLED panels manufactured by Samsung. There’s some major news around the iPhone 13 design as well as the camera setup. Here’s a roundup of all the things that recently floated on the internet with many coming from reliable sources.

iPhone 13 Design

One of the reputed blogs MacOtakara from Japan posted some intriguing news about the iPhone 13s designs. The Cupertino-based giant won’t make any major cosmetic changes to the upcoming iPhone 13 series. It will have the same flat edges and a rounded perimeter as iPhone 12. The only major difference is that the phone will be 0.2mm thicker and will have a narrower notch as Apple will be changing the position of the top receiver.

Unlike iPhone 12 series having a dual and triple camera setup with three sapphire-protected lenses on-top, iPhone 13 will have a single massive sapphire glass mounted on all the sensors that will make up the rear camera unit. It will protrude a bit from the back panel and that’s pretty much the cosmetic change that we will see with the iPhone 13 series.

Apple iPhone 13 to retain design, but be thicker and with smaller notch; Cameras & display

iPhone 13 Display

According to the latest report by The Elec, as usual, Samsung Display will be the exclusive supplier for LTPO OLED panels for iPhone 13 series. Apple will integrate the power-efficient LTPO displays on two Pro models capable of mounting up to 120Hz of refresh rate. LTPS OLED displays, on the other hand, can operate in 60Hz of refresh rate. Apparently, the non-Pro variants will get the LTPS display on-board.

Next year in 2022, things are expected to change as Apple will roll out iPhone 14 models with all LTPO OLED panels thereby churning out an adaptive refresh rate up to 120Hz. Here, LG Display will be the second source after Samsung Display as the company is looking for ways to cut down its reliability on Samsung’s Display unit.

Perhaps Samsung Display still has enough caliber to provide all the displays needed as the company is planning to produce a whopping 60,000 sheets per month at its A3 line. In comparison, the E6 line in Paju at LG Display can produce a mere 5,000 sheets a month although the company has plans to raise it to 25,000 by the end of 2021.

With that being said, LTPO OLED panels are difficult to produce and are expensive and that’s something that will be reflected in the price tag on iPhone 13/14 models.

iPhone 13 Cameras

Talking about the iPhone 13 cameras, according to Ming-Chi Kuo who is a reputed Apple analyst, there are three lens suppliers at Apple taking orders for the upcoming 2021 iPhones. Sunny Optical, Genius Electronic Optical (GSEO), and Largan will be tasked with the components for the camera. There won’t be any hardware upgrade in iPhone 13 cameras although there’s room for software upgrades.

Apple is eyeing forward to improve the iPhone’s overall performance by pushing out upgrades to post-processing and computational photography as there’s still a lot of room for improvements. This refutes the claim made by Jon Prosser and Choco_bit with their improved iPhone 13 camera setup leak earlier last year.

That’s the roundup of major iPhone 13 leaks that we came across in a matter of a few days. Stick to TechTantrum and stay updated with iPhone 13 release date and more information that will be followed.

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