The iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max are excellent devices, the new iPhone SE 2 has a lot of appeal, and the rumored iPhone 12 series certainly looks interesting, but some of you might want to wait for the 2021 iPhone, presumably called iPhone 13.
As we push deeper into 2020 we’ve seen Apple and retailers offer a bunch of great deals on the iPhone 11 series. The iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max are still expensive, but price drops and trade-ins can save you a lot of cash on the company’s flagships.
If you’re in the hunt for a new iPhone in 2020, the iPhone 11 series should be at, or near, the top of your shopping list alongside alternatives like the iPhone SE 2, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR, iPhone X and, perhaps the iPhone 8 and iPhone 7.
While many of you are going to be perfectly fine upgrading to one of these iPhone models in 2020, others might want to hang around for the 2020 models.
2020 iPhone rumors have picked up recently and it looks like Apple is planning some big changes to its popular smartphone. The devices are rumored to have a new camera system with 3D capabilities, 5G support, improved displays, a new color, and a whole lot more.
iPhone 13 Rumors
While rumors have mostly focused on the iPhones coming in 2020, we’ve also seen some iPhone 13 rumors emerge and it looks like we could see some major changes on board those devices as well.
The company’s 2021 models will reportedly have a refreshed Face ID system. There’s also a chance the iPhone drops the Lightning dock and goes completely wireless.
We’re more than a year away from the 2021 iPhone announcements which means the phones are still in development which means Apple’s plans can, and probably will, change. That said, there are already some great reasons to think about waiting for the iPhone 13 series.
- Fully unlocked and compatible with any carrier of choice (e.g. AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, Verizon, US-Cellular, Cricket, Metro, etc.).
- The device does not come with headphones or a SIM card. It does include a charger and charging cable that may be generic, in which case it will be UL or Mfi (Made for iPhone) Certified.
- Inspected and guaranteed to have minimal cosmetic damage, which is not noticeable when the device is held at arms length.
- Successfully passed a full diagnostic test which ensures like-new functionality and removal of any prior-user personal information.
- Tested for battery health and guaranteed to have a minimum battery capacity of 80%.
In this guide we’ll take you through the best reasons to wait and the best reasons to go with another device long before the 2021 models arrive.
We’ll also continue to update this as we learn more about Apple’s plans for 2020 and 2021.
Wait for Even Better Cameras
Apple is reportedly making some big changes to the iPhone's camera in 2020, but it looks like at least one feature will be reserved for the most expensive model.
According to Bloomberg, Apple is planning to put laser-powered time-of-flight 3D cameras on the iPhone. This should lead to big improvements to Augmented Reality (AR).
There's also chatter about Night Mode support for the wide-angle, telephoto lens, and the front-facing camera as well as optical image stabilization in all three rear camera sensors.
In a recent note, respected analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says the 6.7-inch 2020 iPhone (the iPhone 11 Pro Max's replacement) will also feature sensor-shift image stabilization.
In the same note, Kuo states that this technology will expand to two to three new iPhone models in 2021.
On top of that, Kuo believes at least one upcoming iPhone model will come with a periscope lens. If true, we could see 5x or 10x optical zoom come to the iPhone. iPhones currently go up to 2x optical zoom and 10x digital zoom.
Twitter user Fudge, who sometimes shares information about upcoming Apple products, also makes some claims about the iPhone 13's camera.
Fudge says the iPhone 13 will come with a four sensor setup that might look like this:
The leaker says this information should be taken with a grain of salt, probably because Apple's plans can change during development. So while the company might be aiming for this, there's no guarantee it pans out next year.
Keep an eye out for additional rumors as we push move through the year.
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