Apple supply chain expects iPhone 13 moniker despite reports pointing to iPhone 12s

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What you need to know

  • A new supply chain report claims iPhone 13 will be the name of the 2021 iPhones.
  • Rumors had suggested iPhone 12s will be used due to concerns over the number 13.

Apple will release iPhone 13, iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 13 Pro, and iPhone 13 Pro Max this September, according to a new report. While that might not be all that surprising, it's the use of the number 13 that continues to cause concern. Despite that, Apple's supply chain still believes that Apple will go with 13 rather than 12s.

There have been previous claims that Apple would use iPhone 12s rather than iPhone 13 over concerns relating to the use of a number that is not only thought to be unlucky but actually has a whole phobia to call its own.

According to an Economic Daily News report, their supply chain sources continue to believe that Apple will use iPhone 13 throughout the lineup.

Via Google Translate:

The supply chain reports that this year's new iPhone will return to the situation announced in September of the previous year. The foundry will start shipping in the third quarter, and the peak of the pull will fall in the fourth quarter. Apple will launch four new models, namely the 6.7-inch iPhone 13. Pro Max, 6.1-inch iPhone 13 Pro, and 5.4-inch and 6.1-inch models, also named iPhone 13.

Even if Apple did go with iPhone 12s this year, it would still need to deal with the elephant in the room next year regardless. Could Apple surprise us all and just go with iPhone 14 this year?

Rumors have also pointed to Apple ditching numbers altogether and simply calling all iPhones, 'iPhone.' Whatever Apple does, we'll find out soon enough — September is just two months away after all.

Don't want to wait? You can grab a great iPhone deal on an existing device today.

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.