Apple is expected to introduce the iPhone 13 series smartphones in less than three months. Many analysts have expressed their expectations for the upcoming devices. Now the Taiwanese research company TrendForce has also shared its forecasts; which at the same time made a forecast regarding the production of the iPhone this year as a whole.
TrendForce says the new iPhones will launch in September this year. Last year, the postponement of the announcement was due to production difficulties associated with the coronavirus pandemic. No such problems are expected this year.
As for the smartphones themselves, TrendForce believes that the new iPhones will look exactly like the current iPhone 12; with the exception of a smaller cutout for the front camera and sensors at the top of the screen. The displays themselves will be made using OLED technology. The iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max will boast a 120Hz refresh rate.
The new devices will run a chipset called A15, which should be made according to the improved 5nm TSMC process technology. As for the flash drive – 1 TB in the iPhone this year should not be expected. The base iPhone 13 will offer 64GB, 128GB or 256GB of storage; while the Pro version will offer up to 512GB storage.
The main camera of all four iPhone 13 models will boast sensor-shift image stabilization. The LiDAR sensor will remain exclusive for the Pro models.
TrendForce predicts annual iPhone production in 2021 will grow about 12.3% from last year to 223 million units. The research company estimates that the iPhone 13 (or 12s) series will account for nearly 40% of total production.
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After a series of reports of poor sales of the iPhone 12 mini, especially when compared to other iPhone 12 models, research firm TrendForce said the smartphone had already been discontinued.
According to TrendForce, Apple has cut production of the compact flagship iPhone 12 mini ahead of schedule in the second quarter of 2021. Apparently, the demand for the smallest iPhone has disappointed Apple, and now it will try to sell all the stock of the device before the launch of the new series of smartphones this fall. Recall that the iPhone 12 mini, presented in the fall of 2020, is equipped with a 5.4-inch display and in other parameters, with the exception of the battery capacity, is fully consistent with the base iPhone 12.
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