Renowned Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo includes another piece of advice regarding Apple’s iPhone lineup moving forward. Starting off with the iPhone 13 series that will premiere this fall – there’ll be four models with the same-sized screens as the present lineup, all will get a smaller notch and a Lightning interface.
Kuo notes that Apple wants to move to a portless iPhone with a MagSafe connector, but that technology is not mature enough yet. We could see the first portless iPhone at 2022 or in 2023 at the latest.
All iPhone 13 versions will have a new ultrawide camera – 6p f/1.8 lens and autofocus (currently it’s a 5p f/2.4 fixed-focus). The iPhone 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max will have LiDAR scanners and 120Hz-capable LTPO displays. Qualcomm’s 5nm X60M 5G modem will be inserted into the 13 series.
Apple increases the battery capacities on all iPhone 13 versions, thanks to a space-saving invention like embedding the SIM slot into the mainboard. All iPhone 13 versions will become somewhat heavier due to the battery capacity increase.
Onto future strategies. Apple’s initial foldable iPhone will have a display between 7.5-inch and 8-inch and will arrive in 2023. Apple will allegedly refuse the Face ID top-notch to get a punch-hole selfie camera in 2022.
An iPhone with an under-display Touch ID plus a periscope zoom camera can arrive in 2022 but is likelier to emerge in 2023. Finally, Kuo mentions that Apple could replace the iPhone 11 using a sub-$600 iPhone in the first half of 2023. It’ll bring Face ID, 5G and a similarly-sized 6-inch screen.