What would the iPhone 13 look like and when would it be released?

Posted by Lian Nguyen

This week we will be looking into the release of the iPhone 13 with possible leaks with dates, appearance and cost. Since the first release of the first iPhone in 2007, Apple has released new models each year with enhanced features and upgraded camera quality. With the iPhone 12 being the latest release in October, the next question on everyone's mind is: when will the iPhone 13 be available, and what can we expect to see?

Rumoured Features:

  • 120Hz ProMotion display
  • 5G
  • A15 Chip
  • Camera improvements
  • Fall 2021 launch
  • Four sizes available
  • Similar to the iPhone 12 line-up
  • Slimmer notch

When will it be released?

The iPhone 13 is expected to be released in mid-September this year. After the iPhone 4, Apple had been quite consistent with the release dates of its iPhones, releasing their products during fall time. With the exception of the SE series.


 Evolution of all the iPhone releases


iPhone 12: October 2020

iPhone SE (2020): April 2020

iPhone 11: September 2019

iPhone XR: October 2018

iPhone XS: September 2018

iPhone X: November 2017

iPhone 8: September 2017

iPhone 7: September 2016

iPhone SE: March 2016

iPhone 6s: September 2015

iPhone 6: September 2014

iPhone 5s: September 2013

iPhone 5: September 2012

iPhone 4s: October 2011

iPhone 4: June 2010

iPhone 3GS: June 2009

iPhone 3G: July 2008

iPhone: June 2007


How much would the iPhone 13 cost?

The iPhone 13 is most likely to start at a price of around £799/$799. The recent releases have a pattern which I think Apple may be settling on:

iPhone SE - £399/$399

iPhone XR - £499/$499

iPhone 11 - £599/$599

iPhone 12 mini - £699/$699

iPhone 12 - £799/$799

iPhone 12 Pro - £999/$999

iPhone 12 Pro Max - £1,099/$1,099

This gives potential buyers many choices with the pricing scale, with a clear separation between the available devices, different features, size changes and tech specs, with this in mind, we expect Apple to stick with this structure.


What will it look like?

We don't expect the iPhone 13 to be a huge difference. Like the jump from the iPhone X to iPhone 11. However, there will be subtle aesthetic enhancements. These include a slightly bigger, thicker camera bump, potentially to accommodate LiDAR sensors; a slimmer selfie-cam notch and the potential introduction new colour palette.

Bigger camera bump:

Apple plans to offer camera improvements for the new iPhones and we can get an idea of how these improvements will change the physical design, one of which is that the camera will be thicker with a bigger camera bump. For many people, this would be a big disadvantage, although many people can hide the bump with the use of a phone case.

iPhone 13 Camera Bump

MacRumors had obtained some schematics that are based on rumours about Apple’s plans for the iPhone 13. Schematics are used by phone case manufacturers to get a head start on their designs for their new products.

According schematics, the iPhone 13 will have a 2.51mm camera bump. This will stick out further than the iPhone 12 and 12 Pro feature which were from 1.5mm to 1.7mm thick.

This will mean that iPhone cases are made to fit the new protruding camera bump possibly being slightly raised around the camera to protect the lens to help protect the glass if it dropped on a flat surface. Phones cameras like all cameras are made of lenses, glass you may have a protective case on, though there are chances the raised camera console will encounter shock upon dropping use lightweight and thin cases that have a raised notch near the opening for the camera lens.


Comparison between the iPhone 12 and 13


Can I use the same phone case for different iPhone models?

The dimensions for some iPhones only differ by 0.1-0.2 mm which allows the same case to fit multiple iPhones. Being able to reuse your old Phone case on a newer model depends on a few factors for instance, not only does your new device need to be the same size as your older model, but the cut-outs need to match the camera, buttons, and ports. E.g., a case for the iPhone 6s will fit iPhone case 8 but an iPhone 5s would not fit an iPhone 6s.

These are some cases are compatible with each other:

6, 6S, 7, 8 and SE (2020)

6 Plus, 6S Plus, 7 Plus and 8 Plus

X and the XS


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Products for iPhone 11 fit on iPhone XR

Products for iPhone 11 Pro fit on iPhone XS /X

Products for iPhone 11 Pro Max fit on iPhone XS Max

Products for iPhone 12 fits on iPhone 12 Pro


 Will the iPhone 13 be compatible with the iPhone 12


This doesn’t necessarily mean that the cut outs are perfect, as the iPhone 11 Pro max has three camera’s whist the iPhone XS Max has two. So, an 11 Pro Max will fit on a XS Max whilst the XS Max case would not fit on an iPhone 11 Pro Max.


So, will the iPhone 13 be compatible with the iPhone 12?

There have also been rumours that Apple may go with a thinner notch at the top and a slight increase in thickness. If true, all these slight design changes mean you'll may be in the market for a new phone case if you plan to upgrade from the iPhone 12.

Colour options:

One other thing that may change on the visual appearance is the release of some new colour finishes. These are the colours currently available:

iPhone 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max: Silver, gold, blue and graphite

iPhone 12 and 12 mini: White, black, blue, green and red

We’re expecting a similar set of shade ranges as you get on the iPhone 12. That means you're likely to see more colour options with some brighter shades on the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini, while the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max are more likely to have fewer choices with more sedate colours like silver, graphite and gold.

The 13 Pro is sure to come in silver, gold and some variant of grey/black, while the 13 will be available in white, black and red. But Apple will look at sales of the blue and green options and may replace them.