There are good reasons to skip the iPhone 12 and upgrade to the iPhone 13 right away. Because that should bring many new features that Android phones have had for a long time.
The iPhone 12 lacks functions that will only come with the iPhone 13.
Apple only presented its new generation of smartphones a few months ago with the iPhone 12 (12 Mini / 12 Pro and Pro Max), which is now working for the first time with a processor called A14 manufactured using the 5 nanometer process and is equipped with 5G . However, the iPhone 12 models are still missing some features that Android devices have offered for a long time and that will only come with the iPhone 13 (all current information and rumors).
iPhone 13 Pro (Max) mit 120-Hertz-Displays
After Apple waived a higher refresh rate in its iPhone 12 series, the iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max should actually offer 120 Hertz displays. The iPhone 12 models can only run at a maximum of 60 Hertz. For a few months there has been talk of the upcoming iPhone generation with a Pro-Motion display that supports a variable refresh rate of up to 120 Hertz. This would allow smoother animations and faster response times – and an always-on function should finally come.
iPhone 13: features, design, price – that’s coming in 2021
So-called LTPO OLED displays are used for this, which among other things support the adaptive image frequency without additional hardware. The panels will come exclusively from Samsung and have already been used in the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra (hands-on). LG was also under discussion as a supplier, but according to The Elec, LG will not be able to deliver LTPO OLED screens in large quantities until 2022. Therefore, it is currently assumed that only the two Pro models of the upcoming iPhone 13 will be equipped with such an LTPO display that supports 120 Hertz. The cheaper iPhone 13 models will probably work with a conventional OLED screen and continue to work with 60 hearts.
As soon as LG comes into play as an additional supplier of LTPO displays, the standard iPhones with adaptive refresh rates of up to 120 Hertz will also come. And that would be the case with the iPhone 14 in 2022.
By the way: Apple is already using a Pro-Motion display in the iPad Pro (in the price comparison), which increases the refresh rate to 120 Hertz. According to Apple, this function is particularly interesting if you work with the Apple Pencil (in the price comparison).
Always-on function only in the iPhone 13
Unfortunately, what has long been standard on many Android smartphones is not found in the iPhone 12 – an always-on function. Apple users are already familiar with this feature if they have been using a smartwatch like the Apple Watch since Series 5. Even when the display is off, it shows important information like the time, battery level and notifications. This is very practical because you don’t always have to unlock or tap your phone to get this information.
This would definitely have been possible with the OLED screen that Apple installs in all iPhone 12 models. But Apple seems to be canceling all major updates for the iPhone 13 (Pro), which is supposed to come with an always-on function.
Touch ID under the display glass
Since the iPhone X, every new iPhone has only supported face recognition (Face ID) as biometric authentication – with the exception of the iPhone SE 2020 (tested). Touch ID, i.e. unlocking by fingerprint, no longer exists. One of the reasons for this is that Apple uses almost borderless displays, which means that there is no space for the physical home button in which the fingerprint sensor was integrated. Of course, other smartphone manufacturers also had this problem. The solution: in many cell phones, the scanner is now located directly in the display or under the glass.
Even if face recognition is secure and fast, unlocking it with your finger remains practical. IPhone users have to type in the PIN code more frequently again, especially in the current era with mouth and nose covering. Touch ID would have been very practical in the iPhone 12 here. In fact, current rumors are that the iPhone 13 will come with a fingerprint scanner again – under the display glass.
No USB-C, but completely without connections
There was great hope that the iPhone 12 would come with USB-C instead of Lightning – or at least the iPhone 13. However, the well-known leaker Jon Prosser is certain: No iPhone will ever support USB-C. However, he has also published another exciting piece of information in his YouTube video: A 2021 iPhone should completely dispense with connections and only rely on wireless charging. According to current rumors, four models will come onto the market – iPhone 13, Mini, iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max. If a model really comes without connections, it will probably be the Pro Max. Simply because it will be the best and most expensive device in the range.
iPhone 13 with a smaller notch
Yes, the notch should remain in the upcoming iPhone, albeit smaller. The
gives hope: The width of the notch in the iPhone 13 should be identical, but the height should be reduced. The notch in the display is much less disturbing.
iPhone 13 with 5G mmWave in more models
Only the iPhone 12 models produced for the American market support the fastest cellular standard 5G mmWave to date. Because there is already a corresponding network there. In this country, 5G mmWave does not yet play a role – the expansion will also take years, as a lot of antennas are required for this. Even so, buying a less future-proof iPhone for the same price is annoying. According to a report from Patently Apple, that’s exactly what will change with the iPhone 13. With the 2021 iPhone generation, more models with 5G mmWave should come. And hopefully that also speaks in favor of these networks being available in more regions.