iPhone 13 tipped to feature a smaller notch, Wi-Fi 6E, LiDAR sensors, and more

Highlights
  • The upcoming iPhone 13 series is likely to support Wi-Fi 6E
  • It will also come with a smaller notch and better depth-sensing capabilities due to D-ToF and LiDAR sensors. 
  • Apple is also expected to increase the number of sensors on the iPhone 13 camera. 

iPhone 13 leaked specifications indicate that the handset would come with improved depth-sensing capabilities and feature Wi-Fi 6E support. Unlike the iPhone 12 series, the iPhone 13 release date is expected to be sometime in September 2021. A new report from MacRumors suggests that the iPhone 13 will be the first iPhone to come with Wi-Fi 6E. An earlier leak told us that the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra would be the only smartphone of the Galaxy S21 series to support Wi-Fi 6E functionality. Alternatively, another report out of Digitimes tells us that all three iPhone 13 models will come with LiDAR sensors. 

Also read: iPhone 13 launch timeline unlikely to face delays like iPhone 12 series: Ming-Chi Kuo

Traditional 802.11 b/g/n/ac/ax routers can interface with devices over two bands; 2.4GHz and 5.0GHz. Wi-Fi 6E adds a third 6GHz band that improves upon the latter with higher throughput and lower latency. With Wi-Fi 6E, the iPhone 13 can hit speeds of up to 3.6Gb/s, allowing users stream at never-before-seen speeds. However, one will require a router that supports the band to take full advantage of the functionality. As of now, Wi-Fi 6E routers are few in number, but we can expect to see that change by the time the iPhone 13 launches. 

The LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) module made its debut on the iPad Pro and has since made its way to the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max. This time around, all three (or four) iPhone 13 variants will have one alongside a D-ToF (Direct time-of-flight) sensor. If both sensors work in tandem with each other, the iPhone 13 series should have some impressive depth-sensing capabilities. Lastly, Apple is also expected to ramp up the number of sensors on the iPhone 13 series, though the actual number may vary by the SKU. In all likelihood, the maxed-out iPhone 13 Pro Max (tentative) could come with four rear camera sensors in a square-shaped pattern. Other expected iPhone 13 specs include a smaller notch, a 120Hz refresh-rate screen, and an upgraded ultra-wide-angle lens. 

Key Specs

Apple iPhone 13
Apple A14 Bionic | 4 GBProcessor
6.2 inches Display
13 MP + 13 MPRear camera
13 MPSelfie camera
3285 mAh Battery
Apple iPhone 13 Price, Launch Date
Expected Price: Rs. 89,990
Release Date: 25-Mar-2021 (Expected)
Variant: 4 GB RAM / 64 GB internal storage
Phone Status: Rumoured