Apple iPhone 13 rumors are heating up and if you’re thinking about buying Apple’s 2021 iPhone, there are some things you’ll want to do before the iPhone 13 release date arrives.
We’re still weeks away from the official announcement, but some of you might want to hang around and wait for the iPhone 13, iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 13 Pro, and iPhone 13 Pro Max. Yes, Apple is expected to keep the same four iPhone models around in 2021 though it looks like that will change next year.
The iPhone 13 series will reportedly have a variety of changes on board including upgraded screens, better performance, improved cameras, better 5G, and a whole lot more.
We don’t have an official iPhone 13 release date yet, that announcement won’t come for awhile, but we’ve heard the release could take place in September instead of October.
While it might seem like it’s early to start preparing for the iPhone 13 release date, taking some steps ahead of time will ensure that you’re fully prepared to buy one when the time comes. Your research might even propel you toward another iPhone model or a smartphone outside of Apple’s ecosystem.
In this guide we’ll take prospective iPhone 13 buyers through some steps to take in summer and early fall ahead of Apple’s iPhone 13 launch date.
- Track iPhone 13 Rumors
- Keep an Eye on Your Upgrade Eligibility
- Get Familiar with iOS 14 & iOS 15
- Research iPhone Accessories
- Figure Out How Much Storage You Need
- Look Into Other iPhones
- Look Into iPhone 13 Alternatives
- Make a Plan for Your Current Phone
- Research AppleCare
- Research Carriers
Track iPhone 13 Rumors
If you’re interested in buying Apple’s iPhone 13 in the fall, you’ll want to track the latest rumors as we push toward their release date.
Apple will do its best to keep iPhone 13 details under wraps, but leaks are inevitable. We’ve already seen rumors outline potential iPhone 13 features and we’ll see plenty more as the year goes on.
These rumors will fill in many of the blanks ahead of the iPhone 13 release date and they’ll help you set proper expectations as we get closer to Apple’s announcements.
In addition to keeping an eye out for hardware and software rumors, you’ll also want to keep your eyes peeled for supply chain rumors.
Last year there was a ton of back and forth about the iPhone 12 release date and Apple eventually pushed its announcements into October due to the strain caused by the coronavirus.
As of right now, the iPhone 13 release date looks like it’s on track for September rather than October, but that could certainly change down the road.
Bloomberg’s Debby Wu and Mark Gurman, reliable sources, claim all of Apple’s iPhone 13 models are “expected to be announced in September, earlier than last year’s October introduction partly thanks to the supply chain recovering.”
Respected analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claims that Apple will return to its traditional September timeframe for the iPhone 13’s release.
Wedbush analyst Dan Ives agrees and says the “iPhone 13 launch is slated for the third week in September as of now but could push out into early October based on continued product model tweaks.” Trendforce also believes the 2021 iPhones will arrive in September.
In an updated note, Ives says he still thinks Apple will unveil the iPhone 13 series during the third week of September. This means we might see Apple’s event take place on September 14th since the company usually hosts its events on Tuesday.
In an even newer note, Wedbush analysts reiterate their claim that the iPhone 13 launch will take place in the third week of September.
According to multiple reports, manufacturers have already started producing key iPhone 13 components in an effort to get the devices out in a timely manner. And Digitimes says “Apple has started pulling in shipments of passive components needed for the production of” its next iPhone.
That said, during an earnings call, Apple CFO Luca Maesteri said the company is expecting supply constraints to impact the iPhone and iPad. It’s unclear how this might impact the iPhone 13 launch.
The iPhone 13 series still looks like it will launch in September, but there’s a chance stock’s limited at launch. If rumors start pointing to potential shortages, you might want to think about putting in a pre-order.
Keep an Eye on Your Upgrade Eligibility
If you’re planning to buy an iPhone 13 fall, or even if you’re just thinking about it, you’ll want to keep an eye on your upgrade status as we push closer to the release date.
If you aren’t eligible for an upgrade until September or later, you might not be able to buy the iPhone 13, iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 13 Pro, or iPhone 13 Pro Max right away.
Carriers will sometimes move up your upgrade status so you’ll want to check in on it to see if anything changes in the buildup to the iPhone 13 release date.
Get Familiar with iOS 14 & iOS 15
If you’re currently using an iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 5s, an older iPhone, or an Android phone, and you plan on upgrading to an iPhone 13 later this year, you’ll want to get familiar with iOS.
Right now, the current version of iOS is iOS 14. If you own a newer iPhone model, you’ve probably already upgraded to the software and you can skip this step.
If you’re still using an older version of iOS or you’ll be moving from Android, use this time to get comfortable with iOS 14. You can start with our guide to the software.
Apple’s also confirmed iOS 15 which will be the software that powers the iPhone 13 series. It’s important to get familiar with that version of iOS as well. Fortunately, you can do that right now.
The company’s pushed iOS 15 into beta testing and if you own an eligible device, you can download a pre-release version on your current iPhone, if you have one.
If you prefer to keep your devices on stable software, you can follow iOS 15 from a safe distance. Either way, you’ll want to dig into the changes on board.
For more on iOS 15, check out our guide.
Research iPhone Accessories
As we push toward the iPhone 13 release date, you should spend some time getting familiar with the best iPhone accessories. This way you’ll know exactly what to buy and how much to spend if you decide you want to pair your new phone with some extras.
We recommend reading reviews and digging into the best iPhone accessories before Apple makes its announcements. Some accessories could drastically alter how you use your phone.
Make sure you get a feel for potential costs, dig into the pros and cons of each manufacturer, and find styles that appeal to you. That way you’ll be ready to go in the fall.
Figure Out How Much Storage You Need
Start thinking about how much storage you’ll need on your iPhone 13.
Picking the right amount of iPhone storage will help you save money and avoid headaches down the road. While some of you will be perfectly fine with the least amount of storage, others will want the peace of mind that comes with having lots of internal space available.
If you’re unsure about what you might need, take a look at our iPhone 12 storage guide.
Look Into Other iPhones
Before you make a decision to wait for the iPhone 13 release date, you’ll want to get acquainted with current iPhone models. You might find an iPhone you really like, at a price you love, long before the iPhone 13 series arrives.
First, we recommend taking a look at Apple’s current flagships. Apple’s iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, and iPhone 12 Pro Max are all outstanding options and you should be able to score a deal well ahead of the iPhone 13’s arrival.
Waiting for the iPhone 13 might be tempting, but a lot of you might be better off buying another iPhone right now. If you do, you’ll be able to upgrade to an iPhone 13 next year.
Look Into iPhone Alternatives
You should also be sure to check out the best iPhone 13 alternatives in the buildup to the release. You might find something you really like outside of Apple’s ecosystem.
Here are a few we recommend taking a look at:
- Google Pixel 5
- Google Pixel 4a
- Samsung Galaxy S21 Series
- Samsung Galaxy S20 Series
- Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Series
- OnePlus 8 Pro
- LG V60
Dig into these, and others if you need to, before you make a decision to wait for the iPhone 13 release.
Make a Plan for Your Current Phone
If you plan to upgrade this year, make sure you have a plan for your current phone.
Some of you might know of a friend or relative who could benefit from your current device. Ask around and see if anyone might need a hand-me-down later this year. You might also look into donating your phone to charity.
If you plan on selling your current device to help offset the cost of your iPhone 13, you’ll want to dig into prices at popular resellers.
You’ll also want to keep your current phone in pristine condition because that’s how you’ll get the most money back from those resellers, your carrier, or Apple when iPhone 13 trade-in offers go live.
If you’re planning to buy the iPhone 13, iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 13 Pro, or iPhone 13 Pro Max, you’ll want to protect your investment.
New iPhones come with a standard warranty, but AppleCare is an extended warranty service that delivers better support.
If you aren’t familiar with AppleCare’s service and its benefits, you should research them in the weeks ahead. You should also look into AppleCare alternatives.
You’ll be able to add AppleCare to your bag during the checkout process when you purchase your new device. You can also buy it later if you decide to wait.
If you’re unhappy with your current provider’s coverage or plan, use this time to dig into competitors and see if you can find a better fit.
Wait for Better Displays
While it initially looked like the iPhone 12 series would come with Apple's ProMotion display technology, that isn't the case.
The faster 120Hz refresh rate would lead to a smoother experience (more fluid scrolling, better responsiveness, faster motion) on the display.
Unfortunately the company left the feature off the iPhone 12 series due to concerns about the battery. Hope isn't lost though.
It looks like ProMotion is simply delayed and there's a very good chance Apple brings the feature to the iPhone 13 series.
According to Ross Young, the founder and CEO of Display Supply Chain Consultants, the iPhone 13 will likely utilize low-temperature polycrystalline oxide backplanes, also known as LTPO.
According to Young, Apple will ship iPhones with LTPO-equipped displays in 2021. Another report, from hit-or-miss Digitimes, backs this up.
The publication states that Apple's partners in the supply chain are in the process of developing OLED displays with LTPO backplane technology for the 2021 iPhones.
Young also says both iPhone 13 Pro models will utilize this technology. This comes after rumors suggested only one iPhone 13 would feature an LTPO display.
Korean outlet The Elec believes at least two iPhone 13 models will utilize OLED displays with low-power LTPO backplane technology. Those models would likely be the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max.
A separate report from the same source states that Samsung will be exclusive supplier of LTPO OLED displays for the "Pro" versions of the iPhone 13.
According to Korean site The Elec, Samsung has started producing the LTPO displays for the iPhone 13 Pro while LG has started making LTPS displays for the lower-end models.
LeaksApplePro, who also has a mixed track record, says the iPhone 13 will indeed have a 120Hz refresh rate. So does leaker Jon Prosser. So does Digitimes. And so does Max Weinbach via YouTube channel EverythingApplePro. Weinbach believes the series will have an Always-On display with a 120Hz refresh rate.
Bloomberg's Mark Gurman also believes the iPhone 13 might come with an Always-On display mode.
As for the power consumption issues, Digitimes reports that the iPhone 13 Pro models power consumption will be around 15% lower than the iPhone 12.
If a 120Hz display is something you're interested in, you'll want to wait for the iPhone 13 Pro series.
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