What Ming-Chi Kuo says about Apple’s 2021 iPhones

From MacRumors’ “Kuo: iPhone 13 Lineup to Feature Smaller Notch and Larger Batteries, 120Hz Display for Pro Models, and More” posted Monday:

Kuo said the iPhone 13 lineup will consist of the same four models as the iPhone 12 lineup, all with a Lightning connector and Qualcomm’s Snapdragon X60 modem, which offers several 5G networking improvements.

As previously rumored, Kuo said the iPhone 12 Pro Max’s sensor-shift image stabilization will expand to the entire iPhone 13 lineup. He also expects iPhone 13 Pro models to feature an upgraded Ultra Wide camera lens with a wider ƒ/1.8 aperture and autofocus, compared to ƒ/2.4 on iPhone 12 models, as Barclays analysts said last month…

All four iPhone 13 models will feature larger battery capacities compared to iPhone 12 models, according to Kuo, thanks to space-saving design choices such as integrating the SIM card slot with the logic board and reducing the thickness of some Face ID components. The larger batteries will make all iPhone 13 models slightly heavier, Kuo said.

Kuo said the rear LiDAR Scanner will remain limited to iPhone 13 Pro models, dismissing a rumor that it would be expanded to more models.

Kuo added that Apple does not plan to release a new iPhone SE until the first half of 2022. He said the new model will have a similar design as the existing 4.7-inch iPhone SE, with key new features including a faster chip and 5G support.

My take: Bigger batteries in Apple devices usually means more features, same battery life.

See also: How reliable is Ming-Chi Kuo? 


  1. Romeo A Esparrago Jr said:
    Maybe one of those new features is to recharge an AppleCar rumor LOL.

    March 2, 2021
  2. Bart Yee said:
    If Apple can materially increase battery life with larger batteries, continued improvement in power management, A15 improvements in energy efficiency, etc. and get a 10-15% improvement in battery life (say retake the same battery life as the acclaimed iPhone 11’s), then the iPhone 13 mini becomes more viable, and the rest get another performance improvement that can spur upgrade sales.

    March 2, 2021
  3. Jerry Doyle said:
    While I am disappointed the phone will be thicker and heavier, at least that is expected to translate into additional battery life. I do, though, miss Jony Ive & Steve Jobs as I always believe “thin is in.” Make it thin & lighter.

    We all are making reference to the forthcoming iPhone 13, but Mark Gurman says the phone will be named the iPhone 12S model.

    Great news! The media is reporting that we will be back on track for the traditional September launch date. Remember last year the phone was moved to a later October release date due to COVID-19. So, all phones come at one time, no staggered release date. 🙂 Gee, that is right around the corner!

    The LTPO screen refresh rate is reduced to minimum levels, thus an “Always-On Display,” the same technology we see for the Always-On Display for the Watch Series 5 & 6.

    In-Display Touch ID seems certain predicts Mark Gurman, and it compliments Face ID.

    Another report says Apple is improving Wi-Fi performance for all models by adding support for the latest 6GHz Wi-Fi 6E technology.

    March 2, 2021

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