More Leaked iPhone 13 Samples Show Smaller Notch, Repositioned Earpiece and Front Camera

Leaker known as "DuanRui" has today shared an image of two iPhone 13 "film samples," which show the same rumored smaller notch design coming to the iPhone 13 series that we've seen from other sources.

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In past tweets, DuanRui has accurately leaked the correct names of the iPhone 12 models and an iPad Air 4 manual revealing its new design, so there's good reason to think this leak is credible, plus it matches up with previous rumors.

In the image, which appears to show screens for an iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 mini, the notch is visibly smaller, which is believed to be a result of the earpiece speaker being moved up into the top bezel, a design choice that was first rumored for iPhone 12 models last year but failed to materialize.

The alleged ‌iPhone 13‌ samples also show the front-facing camera moved to the left side of the notch, in contrast to its current location to the right side of the notch in previous iPhones with the TrueDepth camera.

According to a report from Japanese site Mac Otakara, the ‌iPhone 13‌'s TrueDepth camera array is "getting narrower" because the receiver at the top of the display will move to the edge of the case, as depicted in the images. DigiTimes also claimed in February that the ‌iPhone 13‌ will feature a redesigned Face ID system that will allow for a smaller notch at the top of the screen.

Reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has also said that the ‌iPhone 13‌ will have a smaller notch, although he did not mention the earpiece being repositioned.

The notch's design has gone unchanged since it debuted on the iPhone X in 2017. After the subtle tweaks to the notch in this year's upcoming iPhone series, Kuo believes Apple will abandon the notch for a "punch-hole" design for some of its 2022 iPhones, before it transitions to a real full-screen display in 2023 with the aid of an under-display Face ID system, which would remove the need for notches and holes entirely.

Other ‌‌iPhone 13‌‌ rumors have suggested that the device will feature 120Hz "ProMotion" displays, a faster A15 chip, larger batteries, and more.

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Top Rated Comments

otternonsense Avatar
16 months ago
Wow, only took them 5 years to make something that looks 3 years old. Take your time Apple.
Score: 17 Votes (Like | Disagree)
MrGuder Avatar
16 months ago
It’s almost like Apple is milking this notch process. They know the public wants the notch to go away yet Apple doesn’t want to give it all away this quickly. Just incremental changes when we know Apple has the ability and money to do away with the notch all together.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
HMFIC03 Avatar
16 months ago
I’m shocked at how there have been no design leaks for the new iMacs and almost daily there is something on the iphones this Fall.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
otternonsense Avatar
16 months ago

It’s almost like Apple is milking this notch process. They know the public wants the notch to go away yet Apple doesn’t want to give it all away this quickly. Just incremental changes when we know Apple has the ability and money to do away with the notch all together.
It's Tim Cook we're talking about. He's gonna milk it to an inch of its life.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Oscar_440 Avatar
16 months ago

Good. My iPhone X is starting to show it’s age battery wise. Time for a new one!
I’ve just replace my iphone7 battery and it’s like new phone.

For me, if iPhone13 doesn’t have underscreen Touch ID, no party. I’ll wait...
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
_Spinn_ Avatar
16 months ago
Looks good. I guess the notch really is going to be smaller this year. I figured Apple would leave it untouched until they could put it behind the screen.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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