iPhone 13 Will Collect Fewer Fingerprints

Apple is looking to significantly reduce the appearance of fingerprints and smudges on the upcoming iPhone 13, according to leaker Max Weinbach.

iphone12proframe
A YouTube video from EverythingApplePro that shared Weinbach's leaks said that the ‌iPhone 13‌ Pro models will feature a new anti-smudge and anti-fingerprint coating, a move that appears to address complaints that the iPhone 12 Pro's flat stainless steel frame attracts too many unsightly fingerprints.

The ‌iPhone 12 Pro‌ and 12 Pro Max in Gold feature a fingerprint-resistant coating on the stainless steel frame. While Silver, Graphite, and Pacific Blue ‌iPhone 12 Pro‌ finishes still use a physical vapor deposition (PVD) process for edge coating, the Gold finish uses a special high-power, impulse magnetron sputtering (HiPIMS) process that lays down the coating in a super-dense pattern.

This allows the surface to be tough and bright, with a molecular structure that mimics the stainless steel underneath, making it more durable than "standard" PVD. One added benefit is that it is easier to wipe clean and attracts fewer fingerprints compared to the other models.

iphone 12 pro max
Given that Apple has already used an anti-fingerprint coating in this way for the Gold ‌iPhone 12 Pro‌, it seems likely that this process could be extended to all of the ‌iPhone 13‌ Pro models, meeting Weinbach's speculation. It could also make the ‌iPhone 12 Pro‌ models more durable and at least slightly less susceptible to scratches, nicks, and other wear and tear.

Weinbach also claimed that the ‌iPhone 13‌ will feature an always-on 120Hz display, a matte black color option, improved sound quality during calls, a flatter rear camera module, improved battery life, and an improved Portrait Mode that makes better use of the LiDAR scanner.

Weinbach previously stated that the 2021 iPhones will include stronger MagSafe magnets, astrophotography capabilities, and the ability to take Portrait Mode videos, but it is important to note that Weinbach does not have a proven track record for iPhone leaks.

Apple is predicted to be returning to its traditional September timeframe for unveiling the ‌iPhone 13‌ lineup, which is expected to include the same-sized model options, including a 5.4-inch "‌iPhone 13‌ mini," 6.1-inch "‌iPhone 13‌" and "‌iPhone 13‌ Pro," and 6.7-inch "‌iPhone 13‌ Pro Max."

Major design changes are not expected for the 2021 iPhones, but we can likely count on a faster A-series processor, 120Hz ProMotion display, smaller notch, new 5G modem from Qualcomm, up to 1TB of storage, and more.

Related Roundup: iPhone 13
Related Forum: iPhone

Top Stories

Untitled

iPhone 13 Pro Lineup Rumored to Include Matte Black Option, New Anti-Fingerprint Coating for Stainless Steel Edges, and More

Friday March 26, 2021 3:52 am PDT by
Despite being months away from launch, we've already seen several rumors regarding the 2021 iPhone. Now, as we inch closer to release nonetheless, new rumors point towards some design changes, new colors, and new features to expect. Image Credit: EverythingApplePro According to leaker Max Weinbach (via YouTube channel EverythingApplePro), the iPhone 13 will come with a matte black option...
120 hz 13 joe blue

Samsung Expected to Supply 120Hz Displays for iPhone 13 Pro Models

Monday May 3, 2021 7:38 am PDT by
Apple's upcoming iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max models are widely rumored to feature OLED displays with up to a 120Hz refresh rate, resulting in smoother content and scrolling, and additional reports continue to surface. Korean website The Elec today reported that Samsung will be the exclusive supplier of 120Hz displays for iPhone 13 Pro models:Meanwhile, the two higher tier iPhones...
iphone 13 purple

Calls Will Sound Better Than Ever With iPhone 13

Friday April 2, 2021 3:06 am PDT by
Apple is looking to significantly improve the sound quality of phone calls on the upcoming iPhone 13, according to leaker Max Weinbach. A YouTube video from EverythingApplePro that shared Weinbach's leaks said that the iPhone 13 will feature improved noise cancellation for phone calls that will better single out voices while blocking background noise. As part of this system to improve...
iphone 12 pro lidar scanner video

Apple Rumored to Expand LiDAR Scanner to Entire iPhone 13 Lineup

Monday January 4, 2021 8:05 am PST by
Apple is expected to expand its LiDAR Scanner to the entire iPhone 13 lineup in 2021, rather than only the Pro and Pro Max models, according to supply chain sources cited by Taiwanese industry publication DigiTimes. First introduced on the iPad Pro in March 2020, and since expanded to the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max, the LiDAR Scanner is a small sensor that uses 3D sensing to measure ...
iphone 11 colors

iPhone 12 Colors: Eight Total, Including Striking New Blue Color

Saturday October 10, 2020 4:52 pm PDT by
Apple's iPhone 12 lineup is expected to come in eight different colors, overhauling the iPhone color options to prospective customers. The colors come to accompany the iPhone 12's new squared-off industrial design, with a flat stainless steel band around the outer edge, at least on the Pro models, and glass on the rear. Current iPhone 11 Colors New rumors from a reliable Chinese Weibo account ...
iphone 13 yellow

iPhone 13 to Feature More Storage Than Ever Before

Thursday March 25, 2021 4:15 am PDT by
Apple's upcoming iPhone 13 is expected to feature an option for 1TB of storage, which is double the current maximum iPhone storage option and more than has ever been offered before. In a note to investors seen by MacRumors, Wedbush analyst Daniel Ives said that initial Asian supply chain checks gave the firm "increased confidence" that the iPhone 13 will feature a considerably larger maximum ...
iphone 13 pro max dummy notch

iPhone 13 Pro Max Dummy Model Depicts Smaller Notch

Tuesday May 4, 2021 1:08 pm PDT by
Apple's iPhone 13 models are expected to feature a slimmed down notch, marking the first major change to the TrueDepth camera system since it was introduced in the 2017 iPhone X. We're still months away from the launch of the iPhone 13, but Lewis Hilsenteger of Unbox Therapy managed to get an iPhone 13 Pro Max dummy model that represents what we can expect from the new 2021 device. Dummy...
iphone 12 pro gold

Gold Version of iPhone 12 Pro Apparently Has a More Fingerprint Resistant Stainless Steel Frame

Tuesday October 20, 2020 11:56 am PDT by
iPhone 12 Pro reviews hit the web today, and one of the more interesting tidbits came from TechCrunch's Matthew Panzarino, who revealed that the Gold version of the device apparently has a more fingerprint resistant coating applied to the stainless steel frame. From his review:Most of the iPhone 12 Pro finishes still use a physical vapor deposition process for edge coating. But the new gold...
iphone 13 pro macotakara

Alleged iPhone 13 Pro Mockup Shows Smaller Notch, Repositioned Earpiece and Front Camera

Sunday April 4, 2021 1:12 pm PDT by
Images shared by Japanese site Mac Otakara claim to show a 3D-printed mockup of the upcoming 6.1-inch iPhone 13 Pro with a smaller notch, and repositioned earpiece and front camera, but with minimal changes otherwise. According to the images, Apple plans to move the earpiece to the top of the notch within the screen bezel, lining up with a previous photo shared by MacRumors that shows the...
iphone 13 pro render rear

iPhone 13 Pro Rumored to Be Thicker and Feature Larger Rear Camera System

Wednesday April 14, 2021 7:07 am PDT by
Tech blog 91Mobiles has obtained 3D renders of what it claims will be the iPhone 13 Pro, revealing a largely familiar design with a few notable changes, including a smaller notch and a significantly larger rear camera system. Following renders of the standard iPhone 13 model from MySmartPrice yesterday, which showed a new diagonal rear camera layout, these renders of the 6.1-inch iPhone 13...