APPLE could launch its new iPhone in the third week of September this year, according to supply chain leaks.
The news comes as a potential iPhone 13 design with a smaller screen notch has also leaked online.
Leaked supply chain information seems to confirm analyst predictions about the September release.
September is the month Apple usually announces its new phones so it would make sense that the iPhone 13 would be revealed then.
However, there's also a chance the launch could be pushed back to October.
MacRumours revealed Wedbush analyst Dan Ives wrote in a research note: "We have gotten more detailed reads from our supply chain checks for iPhone 13 builds with this next iPhone launch coming out of Cupertino in the late September timeframe.
"From a timing perspective, we believe the current iPhone 13 launch is slated for the third week in September as of now but could push out into early October based on continued product model tweaks."
MacRumours also recently tweeted an image of what is rumoured to be the iPhone 13's design.
The alleged design photo was given to the news outlet by Greek repair provider iRepair.
It shows three designs for the iPhone 13 lineup including phones with 5.4-inch, 6.1-inch, and 6.7-inch displays.
This is the same as the iPhone 12 lineup except the image shows phones with noticeably smaller front screen notches.
The earpiece speaker is also shown at the very top of the phone on the design.
This improved notch design is something that analysts have been speculating about for a while.
The global pandemic meant the entire iPhone 12 lineup was announced in October last year.
Production delays were a major factor in this but with supply chains regaining some normality again, Apple could return to its September launch traditions.
As with all rumours and speculation, we need to wait for official word from Apple for final confirmation.
Some experts aren't even sure an iPhone 13 will ever be released.
Famed Apple leaker Jon Prosser is just one of the experts suggesting a 12S model could be launching this year instead.
The theory for this stems from supposed leaks suggesting the next iPhone won't be that much different to the current 12 model and therefore may only be given an 'S' title.
It could be a similar situation to when the iPhone 6S came out in 2015 after the 2014 release of the iPhone 6.
The same thing happened in 2018 when the iPhone XS came out as a follow up to 2017's iPhone X.
Lots of people fear the number 13 because they believe it's bad luck.
The number is sometimes not used as a floor number in buildings or on cruise ships.
However, this hasn't seen Apple shy away from the number in the past.
The tech brand did bring out an iOS 13 and an A13 Bionic chipset.
Another theory is that Apple will bring out an iPhone 12S so that it's 2022 iPhone 14 can be a design overhaul.
According to 9to5Mac, famous Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has made some rather striking predictions about upcoming iPhones.
Kuo thinks we'll need to wait for the iPhone 14 to see a significant change to the phone's front screen as they predict it will lose the controversial notch cut out.
iPhone tricks to try today
Here are some of the best…
- Typing cursor – When typing, hold down the space bar to turn your keyboard into a trackpad, letting you move around words and sentences more easily
- Close all Safari tabs – To do this in one go, simply hold the overlapped squares in the bottom right-hand corner, and press close all tabs
- Delete lots of photos quickly – Hold down on a photo and then drag your finger diagonally in Photos to select lots of images at once, then hit delete
- Convert currency quickly – Swipe down from the top of your Home screen (or swipe left to right on an iPhone X or later model), then tap in the bar and type a currency (like $200) and it will automatically covert to your local currency
- Check if you're due a battery upgrade – Batteries inside smartphones degrade over time. Just go to Settings > Battery > Battery Health, and check out the Maximum Capacity reading. Generally a battery is considered worn when you're down to 80% capacity. If you're below, you can buy a battery swap from Apple
- Move apps around faster – Hold an app until it starts wiggling, then (while still holding) tap other apps, causing them to stack so you can move them around easier
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