Report: no 1TB version of iPhone 13 Pro, no LiDAR for the non-Pro models
Market intelligence company TrendForce announced its prediction of Apple’s strategy with the upcoming iPhone 13 series. Or maybe it’s called the Apple 12s, and it might as well be that this generation will focus on improving the features that were introduced with the 12.
Component shortages have driven prices up, but according to analysts, Apple will maintain pricing for the current generation, starting at $ 700 for the mini (though the mini will not be in focus, more on that in a second).
Apple is also upgrading some components. First, the iPhone 13 Pro duo has AMOLED panels with 120Hz refresh rate (LTPO panels), and the notch becomes smaller thanks to the new, slim housing on the Face ID components.
All main cameras switch from the traditional OIS to stabilizing sensor switch. The ultra wide-angle modules also feature more advanced 6P lenses with autofocus. TrendForce contradicts the previous report that all models get LiDAR and says that only the two pros want it.
The report also claimed that the two iPhone pros will have 1 TB of storage options, no so it says TF, which means that they will again fill 512 GB. All models use the new Apple A15 chipset, however, based on the upgraded N5P process from TSMC.
Analysts predict that Apple will produce 223 million units thanks to increased vaccination rates and ease of lockdown. This means that the new series accounts for about 39% of all iPhones produced this year. Combined with the 12 Series (most of which) are still in production, the proportion of 5G models in Apple’s barn will skyrocket from 39% to 75%.
According to a former TF report, iPhone 12 mini production was stopped as it just did not reach sales target. The company does not seem to have high hopes for the 13 mini, as analysts expect Apple to concentrate its marketing efforts on the three larger models.