A report from Tuesday claims to have inside information about Apple’s expected iPhone refresh by 2021, claiming that the front line of the phone will boast a smaller TrueDepth “notch” and a slightly thicker chassis than the iPhone 12 Pro.
Citing an unnamed source, 91Mobiles reports that the projected “iPhone 13 Pro” will transfer the design introduced with the iPhone 12 series last year.
The renders provided by the site show a familiar device with flat sides, a “bulge” of the rear camera and a screen with thin frames. The lone change seems to be a smaller TrueDepth notch with the speaker moved. Similar designs were discovered in the alleged leak of the “iPhone 13” earlier today.
Previous rumors have hinted that Apple will move the small speaker unit above critical image processing equipment, such as front-facing color and infrared cameras, pushing the audio component further toward the top edge of the iPhone.
The device is reportedly 0.2mm thicker than the iPhone 12 Pro, and the change the site assumes may be the placement of a larger battery. Previous reports by analysts at Ming-Chi Kuo note that Apple plans to move to LCP soft-panel batteries that save space in 2021, although it is not clear how the new technology will affect cell dimensions.
91Mobiles is relatively new to Apple ‘s game of rumors and lacks a significant record in predicting future device details. However, the publication provided accurate information about the iPad Air for 2020.