iPhone 13 rumors begin – leaker claims it'll have a notch, but it'll shrink

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What you need to know

  • Apple hasn't even released iPhone 12 yet, but it's already old hat.
  • We're already seeing rumors about iPhone 13.
  • The latest claims the handset will still have a notch, but it'll be shallower than previous models.

Apple hasn't yet managed to get iPhone 12 out the door but we're already turning our attention to what iPhone 13 will look like. According to one anonymous leaker, it'll at least still have a notch. But panic not, because it's getting smaller.

As much as we'd all like to see the notch gone, Face ID makes that impossible right now. While Apple works to put Face ID somewhere less conspicuous, leaker @UniverseIce says iPhone 13 will at least get a smaller notch. Or, more accurately, it'll get shallower.

But wait, that tweet says "shorter". Thankfully the Ice Universe shared this drawing to get their point across. See? Shallower.

Ice Universe has a reasonable track record, although he's no Mark Gurman. Keep that in mind when digesting this news.

We are, of course, a year away from seeing iPhone 13. At least, officially. If past experience is anything to go by I would start to expect leaks to really begin flowing once January rolls around. For now, we have a drawing to look at.

Just last week, iPhone 13 rumors suggested that Apple will stick with the same lineup it is planning for the iPhone 12, four models in three different sizes. That news suggested the lineup would include new cameras, and a camera upgrade for the lower-end iPhone 13 models. The biggest upgrade rumored so far is the introduction of a ProMotion (probably 120Hz display) with variable refresh rates thanks to LTPO technology, perhaps paving the way for an always-on iPhone display.

Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too. Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.