April 23, 2021
There seems to be a leaked online about the new iPhone 13 mini with a rear pair of cameras set up diagonally rather than the traditional vertical line.
The image appears to be an actual picture of the alleged iPhone 13 mini concept, sourced from a post on Chinese social media platform Weibo. Although there’s no way of knowing whether the unit is practical or more than a hollow plastic mock-up, it’s the first possible concept we’ve seen in the wild – and more evidence that the rear cameras would indeed switch to a diagonal configuration.
The theory gained traction in recent weeks, especially after iPhone 13 CAD models based on insider information revealed the rear cameras were arranged diagonally, followed by 3D renders of the same information mocked up in modern iPhone design. The popular theory is that the lenses were rearranged to accommodate a larger camera sensor from the iPhone 12 Pro Max, but it may simply be Apple shaking things up in its design.
The most important thing to remember is that it’s only a concept, so Apple has not really verified any of the leaks or speculation. In reality, since the expected official launch isn’t until September, mass production is almost certainly not yet underway.
Apart from the camera redesign, the prototype appears to have little to no differences from the iPhone 13’s predecessor. Even the navy blue color scheme matches the most recent 2020 lineup. If we believe the rumors and Apple stick to the diagonal camera lens positioning, we might see a similar design in the larger and more premium phone models as well.
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The A15 Bionic chip, which is rumored to be ahead of schedule and due to start development in late May, is predicted to power Apple’s iPhone 13 lineup. Other big reports suggest that the Pro and Pro Max models would have a smaller notch, an always-on camera, and a 120Hz ProMotion display.
The iPhone 13 is also expected to have a range of camera improvements, such as a potential video portrait mode and astrophotography features for capturing the night sky. Sensor-shift stabilization, which was previously only available on the iPhone 12 Pro Max, may be available on the standard iPhone 13.
Is it Real or Not?
iPhone 13 mini rumor implies that we’ll get one. The iPhone 12 lineup included the introduction of a mini-format Apple phone, the company’s smallest handset in years, but sales were reportedly so poor that Apple was considering shutting down production in the middle of 2021.
However, leaks indicate that an iPhone 13 mini will be released, possibly at the cost of other devices such as the iPhone SE 3. That’s great news for those who want an iOS device in a smaller form factor, but hopefully, Apple can fix its flaws (like, say, lasting a full day without needing to recharge the battery).