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MAJOR NEWS: Will we see an iPhone 13 mini?

We've tried to keep you in the loop with all things iPhone 13. And we did promise that if we heard anything else, you'd be the first to know.

So, here we are, updating this rumour-packed article with the latest whisper we've heard from the internet. This time, it's in the form of something rather mini...

The internet is now bursting with speculation surrounding the rumoured iPhone 13 mini and we're absolutely here for it.

Everyone was utterly blown away by the iPhone 12 mini and named it 'the return of the good small phone'.

Will the rumoured iPhone 13 mini live up to everything we love? Just how mini will it be?

We've searched the internet high and low to bring you all the rumours around the iPhone 13 mini.

Mini but mighty.

Somebody call the plumber because we’re seeing leaks everywhere! Cheesy dad joke we know but how could we resist?

Rumour has it, iPhone 13 mini will join three other models later this year. There have been a number of leaks that suggest iPhone 13 mini is well underway.

According to TechRadar, a post on a Chinese social media site Weibo appears to show an iPhone 13 mini prototype.

This post shows the back of the rumoured device and appears to be different to the iPhone 12 mini back.

Someone holding iPhone 12 mini.
iPhone 12 mini was a huge hit. 

The rear pair of cameras are rearranged to be diagonal rather than vertical. We’re not sure what the need could be for this, except of course a larger primary camera sensor that takes even more awesome photos than ever!

Okay, so that’s us getting ahead of ourselves. Nothing at all has been confirmed but sites like TechRadar seem to think this could be the reason.

Have you heard that old saying, ‘there’s no smoke without fire?’. Well, we think it applies here too.

The very fact that there are rumours surrounding an iPhone 13 mini suggests to us that we might just see one after all. The rumours can’t have come from nowhere after all.

Earlier in the year, people were hoping for a new iPhone SE, which of course is one of Apple’s smaller iPhones. There’s now talk that iPhone 13 could replace what could’ve been a new iPhone SE model – and we wouldn’t be complaining for one.

Like the other rumoured iPhone devices, it’s predicted that if Apple were working on a new iPhone 13 mini, we’d see them all released around September which would be a great way to kick off Autumn.

One for the pro's.

Design is where Apple really dazzles. We saw so much in the iPhone 12 models that our expectations are through the roof for whatever Apple deliver next.

We’ve already heard bits and bobs surrounding the alleged iPhone 13 design, but we’re here to talk about the pro models.

LeaksApplePro shared a few unofficial renders of the 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max designs, and we’re not at all saying take their word for it, but they’re pretty reputable in the world of leaks and secret revelations.

The renders show a smaller camera bump on iPhone 13 and 13 Pro Max, delivering a smoother and sleeker looking finish.

A close-up of the iPhone 12 Pro camera.
iPhone 12 Pro had a quality camera system.

Images shared by 91Mobiles support the smaller camera notch, so we’re all crossing our fingers and toes that there’s some truth to this. After all, we all love an immersive viewing experience.

According to LeaksApplePro, iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max will boast stainless steel frames that pick up less fingerprints than current iPhone 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max.

We know it’s not a competition, but it sure would be nice to see the back of those Wotsit shaped smears when your little ones get a hold of your iPhone.

There are some rumoured design elements still floating around that haven’t yet been seen on any “leaked” renders or images.

According to TechRadar, iPhone 13 Pro is expected to have an ultra-wide camera with an f/1.8 aperture, upgraded from the iPhone 12 Pro’s camera.

On the subject of camera design, both models are rumoured to feature a telephoto lens with 2.5x optical zoom – getting you closer than ever to your photo subjects.

One whacky suggestion that we’re simply not sure if we’re loving or hating is one said by Jon Prosser. The very same leaker who claims iPhone 13 will support faster 5G capabilities than iPhone 12.

This time round, Mr Prosser the reputable leaker has released info that suggest 2021 is the year that we see a portless iPhone.

If you were upset to see the 3.5mm headphone port disappear way back when, you better get the tissues.

This would mean the iPhone 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max would only be able to be charged wirelessly – which would be a pretty bold move.

Are we loving this or hating it? We’ll leave you to decide.

What’s the name again?

We’re quick to call the new iPhone “iPhone 13”, but in all honestly it could be called something entirely different.

If we look at patterns that Apple follow, it could be that after their huge iPhone 12 announcement, they’ll announce an iPhone 12s instead.

We’re not sure which one has a nicer ring to it, will unlucky for some be lucky for Apple? Or will it be the iPhone 12s after all?

Whichever it is, we’re hoping they treat us just as much as they did with iPhone 12 and give us more than one device – maybe iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Pro, and iPhone 13 Pro Max?

Design and display details.

When it comes to design and display, Apple always seem to raise the bar. One key element that stands out from the last event was the all new ceramic shield material that delivered a 4x better drop performance than iPhone 11.

So, it’s safe to say, we’ve got big expectations when it comes to iPhone 13. According to TechRadar, the new design is predicted to look similar to the iPhone 12 family.

A photo of iPhone 12 in all available colours.
Will you love iPhone 13 as much as iPhone 12?

One thing everyone expected with iPhone 12 was a high refresh rate, and sadly we didn’t see it.

This has got TechRadar believing that we might see the 120Hz refresh rate on the new iPhone 13. Combine this with a flawless chip and 5G compatibility and we think Apple will finally have created every gamer’s dream.

This theory is supported by The Elec, who claim that we may see a higher refresh rate on just two of the new devices, more than likely the Pro versions.

We’ve heard a rumour, though, folks, that stopped us in our tracks. And we’re pretty sure it’ll stop you too.

According to an Apple patent, a 240Hz refresh rate may be in the mix. That’s right… two hundred and forty.

Of course, patents don’t really confirm anything, but as they say, you’ve got to shoot for the stars!

No but seriously, a 240Hz refresh rate would be insane and we think it would pretty much change how we game forever.

When it comes to the new displays it seems Apple may be including a feature that Android have been shipping for a while. TechRadar have a reputable leaker who claims we may see the addition of an always-on-display.

A Samsung displaying the always on feature.
Could iPhone 13 see the always on display feature?

Always-on-displays can keep your screen on but in lower power mode, and will show information such as time, date, and remaining battery capacity.

TechRadar have discovered another rumour that might tickle your fancy. We might finally see an under-display fingerprint scanner.

It doesn’t mean that we’ll be waving goodbye to Face ID, it’s as well as Face ID – which we think would be super cool.

Performance pointers.

We’re back to our good old friend Jon Prosser who seems to think that 2021 is the year that we’ll see 1TB phones, a storage size that we’ve not yet seen – there will be room for everything.

We’re back onto patents now, people, and we just couldn’t wait to share this with you. According to TechRadar, we could be seeing ‘protective charging’ mode which would stop you from overcharging the phone even if you leave it plugged in overnight.

Captivating camera tricks.

Industry analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who seems to always be bang on the money, has suggested that iPhone 13 will have an ultra-wide camera that’s bumped from f/2.4 aperture to a f/1.8.

iPhone 12 camera.
Will we be seeing a camera upgrade?

For the non-photographers of the world, the lower f-number on your phone camera, the more exposure your photo gets.

The higher the f-number, the less exposure and more light. This upgrade will immediately allow for better low-light performance and change the way you take photos at night.

There’s also other rumours flying around about Apple adding a periscope camera to their iPhones that would provide insane zoom capabilities. If this is true, we’ll be able to get closer than ever to our photo subjects, without moving a muscle.

Prosser hasn’t only got performance in mind but is also speculating about the camera too. He’s thinking that all the new iPhone 13 models will have an LiDAR scanner, unlike the iPhone 12 series which only had the feature on the Pro models.

The fastest 5G yet?

According to TechRadar the next iPhone will feature faster 5G than its predecessor. This is obviously a wild rumour that we’re sure many of you are getting excited about.

We often talk about 5G as just one thing, but in reality not all 5G is the same. We won’t get into the super complicated techy bits but there are different 5G frequency bands.

iPhone 12 supports a lot of these 5G bands which is what gives it such broad 5G coverage with fast, reactive performance.

However, Ming-Chi Kuo, an analyst who has quite the rep for giving insider Apple info, claims that the iPhone 13 will support millimetre wave 5G.

MmWave5G is basically a higher frequency of radio bands and any data carried on these bands can travel a lot faster than lower frequency bands.

Fingers crossed folks! We love the iPhone 12 but who doesn’t love an upgrade like this one? Scream if you want to go faster!

Release date revelation.

The whole global pandemic has thrown a few spanners in the works and we can neither confirm nor deny whether this will directly impact you getting your hands on the new iPhone. According to TechRadar, we could see it as soon as September 2021.

If you plain and simply can’t wait that long, we promise you the iPhone 12 series is incredible. You can opt for an iPhone 12 deal today and get your hands on yours as soon as tomorrow.