iPhone 13 won’t drain your wallet any more than its predecessor


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Don’t expect a price hike on the iPhone 13.
Photo: Geek Village Chief

The upcoming iPhone 13 series is expected to offer several improvements over the 2020 version but won’t come at a higher price, according to a market analysis firm.

Among those enhancements are a longer battery life and greater access to 5G.

But those are are refinements to the previous design, not dramatic changes. And that’s why an analyst at TrendForce doesn’t see a price hike coming. “As for retail prices, the iPhone 13 series is expected to remain similar to the iPhone 12 series,” said Esther Feng in a note released Thursday.

Possible iPhone 13 improvements

Another prediction from TrendForce likely to please potential buyers is that Apple’s 2021 handsets will have room for larger batteries. This comes thanks to a shrinking circuit board. “The space-saving feature of this new design will also likely result in increased battery capacity,” said Feng.

And 5G improvements are expected. Last year’s iPhone 12 series is the first with 5G, but support for high-speed mmWave is only available in the U.S. That’s going to change in the next iOS model, according to the analyst.

Both of these predictions have been made before by others.

Other enhancements

In her note, Feng mentions changes to the iPhone 13 processor, display and camera but doesn’t go into any detail. But the device is widely expected to be built around an Apple A15 processor that’ll offer greater performance with less battery drain. And previous leaks indicated that the 2021 model will sport a 120Hz screen and be able to record video in Portrait Mode, AKA Bokeh.

There might also be an always-on displayunder-screen Touch ID, a smaller screen notch, and more storage capacity.

Whatever the price, the TrendForce analyst believes the iPhone 13 will debut in September.


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