What you need to know
- iPhone 13 mini renders have allegedly surfaced on Weibo.
- They appear to indicate Apple's plans to reshuffle the camera array on the back of the phone.
New leaked renders allegedly depicting the iPhone 13 mini could indicate Apple's plans to reshuffle the camera array on the back of the device.
The images, shared to Weibo (via MyFixGuide) don't give away a huge amount regarding the iPhone 13 mini. As you can see they show a rearranged rear camera configuration, with the iPhone 13 mini's two cameras positioned opposite each other diagonally, rather than stacked vertically.
It follows a concept shared yesterday revealing what an iPhone 13 mini could look like in real life based on rumors, including reports Apple plans to shrink down the notch of the iPhone 13.
As noted in renders earlier this week, the iPhone 13 lineup could get this diagonal shift. Svet Apple (source of yesterday's rendered concept) postulates this change could be because Apple wants to add sensor-shift optical image stabilization that requires more space in the camera module, hence the shuffle.
Apple's iPhone 13 is expected to be more of an 'S' upgrade, rather than a design overhaul. Rumored features include a 120Hz with LTPO technology, an under-display Touch ID fingerprint scanner, and the aforementioned smaller notch. All being well, it seems Apple will be able to release the iPhone 13 more in line with its usual September schedule after the iPhone 12 was delayed last year.
There's no guarantee these latest renders are legitimate, however, this is the third set of iPhone 13 renders we've seen this week which all point to the same camera design change on the back of the device. A report from supply chain analyst Ming-Chi Kuo earlier this week claimed that Apple's iPhone 13 mini may be the last 'mini' iPhone, with Apple planning to shift to two 6.1-inch devices and two 6.7-inch devices from 2022.
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