19 July 2021
You might have learned a lot about the upcoming iPhone models, thanks to leaks and rumors circulating around. But more leaks are yet to follow, given new iPhones come in the fourth quarter of every year. We also have reports from some industry sources that try to put their input as well. One such report is now coming from DigiTimes.
According to the daily newspaper in Taiwan, iPhone 13 is going to house Qualcomm’s Snapdragon X60 modem for 5G connectivity and not the latest X65 modem. Qualcomm introduced the new Snapdragon X60 modem exactly last year. The modem is built on a 5nm process compared to the X55 modem that was built on a 7nm process. This means iPhone 13 will support sub-6GHz and mmWave at the same time for faster and reliable speeds. Currently, the mmWave support on iPhone 12 is limited to the US only, but rumors suggest that iPhone 13 models may support mmWave in additional countries as well.
Apple might develop its own modem in the future but it will continue to use expertise and products from Qualcomm for some years. In 2019, Apple and Qualcomm ended their long battle and reached a multiyear chipset supply agreement under which Qualcomm would supply its chipsets to Apple over a period of multiple years. It is expected that iPhones coming next year will continue to use Qualcomm’s modems only.
We might get to hear more about the upcoming iPhone 13 models. Past rumors have suggested, the new iPhone 13 models will feature an OLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate. They might include astrophotography mode to let you capture clear and sharper shots of the moon and stars. Overall, all iPhone 13 models will offer better low-light photography. The series is tipped to arrive with Touch ID as well.