Apple plans iPhone features 3 years ahead

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Apple plans iPhone features 3 years ahead
Apple spends years planning iPhone designs. Which is why iPhone 14 rumors are already circulating.
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When supposed features of the iPhone 14 leaked out in early September, some complained that the iPhone 13 wasn’t even out at the time. But an Apple VP revealed that the company starts deciding on new iPhone features a full three years before launch.

Which means Apple is probably already at work on iPhone 18. And most features of the 2022 model are almost certainly fixed.

Apple intensifies its war on leakers

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When will the Apple leaks stop?
Tim Cook says Apple is “doing everything in our power” to find iPhone leakers.
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Apple CEO Tim Cook is fed up with employees who leak details of upcoming devices to the press. He sent out a company-wide memo that said, “people who leak confidential information do not belong here.”

The memo was quickly leaked to the press.

Evidence grows for ‘hole punch’ camera in iPhone 14

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Replacing iPhone notch with holepunch camera makes no damn sense
Two generally reliable sources now say the iPhone 14 will have a hole punch camera.
Artists concept: Cult of Mac

A trusted analyst has backed up a recent leak that the iPhone 14 will replace the screen notch with a hole punch camera. And there are other significant changes reportedly coming in the 2022 model.

But TF International Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo pushed back his prediction for when some much-anticipated features will reach the iPhone.

Here are all the changes expected in the iPhone 13

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This concept image shows how the iPhone 13 notch might shrink.
A smaller notch is just one of many changes that leaked out about the iPhone 13 ahead of the impending launch.
Artists concept: Cult of Mac

Apple will almost certainly unveil the iPhone 13 at its “California Streaming” event on Tuesday. But why wait? Virtually all the details already leaked out. Here’s everything we’re expecting for Apple’s 2021 handset.

This won’t be a simple “speed bump” upgrade. Quite a bit is changing.

Apple’s ‘California streaming’ invite hints at iPhone 13 features

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Apple’s 'California streaming' event invite hints at iPhone 13 features
Does this image suggest new camera features for the iPhone 13?
Photo: Apple

Some people love to carefully examine Apple event invites as though each one serves as a crystal ball that can show the future. The one that went out Tuesday might have been crafted to suggest that the iPhone 13 will be better at taking pictures of stars. Or maybe it hints that Apple’s virtual-reality headset will be unveiled.

On the other hand, it could be nothing more than a pretty picture.

Rumored iPhone satellite communications could be for serious emergencies only

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Rumored iPhone satellite communications could be for serious emergencies only
Stuck in the middle of nowhere? Someday your iPhone might be able to summon help even if you can’t get a cell signal.
Photo: Cult of Mac/Max Pixel

A second trusted source for insider Apple information says future iPhones will be able to communicate with satellites, exchanging texts and possibly phone calls. But new leaked details indicate this feature will be more limited than some might hope.

It would still be a significant advancement by Apple. The company reportedly is even considering launching its own satellites.

iPhone 13 might offer service from anywhere via satellite calls and texts

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iPhone 13 might offer service from anywhere via satellite calls and texts
iPhone 13 will reportedly be able to use satellites to exchange calls and texts.
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The iPhone 13 will offer two-way communication with low Earth orbit satellites, according to a report from a reliable Apple analyst. If the prediction proves correct, making phone calls and exchanging texts via satellite connection will be possible with Apple’s next handset.

Early iPhone 13 case shows design changes to cameras, notch and buttons

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Early iPhone 13 case shows design changes to cameras, notch and buttons
One iPhone 13 feature is supposedly getting bigger. Another is getting smaller. A third is just moving.
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The iPhone 13 will have a much larger camera hump, according to what’s supposedly a case for the handset that leaked out early.

The case also shows that the next iOS device wil be slightly thicker, with a smaller notch and relocated buttons.

Steve Jobs planned low-cost iPhone nano back in 2010

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Apple hoped to make an iPhone nano based on the iPod touch.
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Rumors circulating way back in 2011 said Apple was planning an iPhone nano, its first budget iOS device. The handset didn’t come out for years and it used a different name, but new evidence proves the early leaks were 100% accurate.

‘Double agent’ sells iPhone secrets and then names names to Apple

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‘Double agent’ trades iPhone secrets and then names names to Apple
A mole inside the market for iPhone secrets revealed to Apple the names of others also sharing insider info.
Graphic: Ed Hardy/Cult of Mac

Andrey Shumeyko was part of the market for iPhone prototypes and insider secrets. He was also giving Apple the names of other people who shared this type of information.

His hope was the company would pay him for the info. He was very disappointed.