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When does the iPhone 13 go on sale and what will it be like?

Apple's flagship product is expected to be released next month and although details are scarce, we have amalgamated the rumors for the new device.

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When does the iPhone 13 go on sale and what will it be like?
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The release date will be next month, September 2021. This is the traditional time of year that Apple releases iPhone products, but there has been no news on the official date as yet.

What features will the new iPhone have?

Leaks and rumors have given people a pretty good idea of what to expect, but features are not known for certain. This list is certainly not final and anything is subject to change.

  • Four sizes of device, including 5.4-inches, 6.1-inches, and 6.7-inches, with two of the iPhones being higher-end "Pro" models and two positioned as lower-cost, more affordable devices,
  • A smaller notch (the area at the top of the phone where the front camera is as well as speaker for voice calls),
  • Processing power boost with a new A15 chip which will be 5G compatible,
  • Increased battery life,
  • Camera improvements, including: diagonal camera lens setup, better performance in low-light conditions, improved autofocus,
  • Faster screen refresh rates, potentially up to 120Hz.

What will the new operating system update be like?

iOS 15 gives users more control over their data, such as showing the user who is using your data and preventing apps from accessing it if chosen. It can show users where apps are sending their data as well, giving people the chance to stop their data being farmed. Apple is also introducing its own VPN service to allow users to protect their data further, but it will cost extra.

Apple has garnered some controversy after details emerged of a new feature in iOS 15. The company is introducing systems that scan your photos and alert authorities if there are images that can harm children. Stopping child abuse is objectively a good thing, but many defenders of the right to privacy have been unhappy that the company will be able to remotely access the personal files of customers. Apple disputes this, saying that the access is only local on the device and that it can't be accessed by the company itself.

Apple will no longer be offering fully end-to-end encrypted messaging through iMessage and will be undermining the privacy previously offered for the storage of iPhone users’ photos,” the Center for Democracy and Technology said in a statement. The head of WhatsApp, Will Cathcart, also attacked Apple on Twitter for what he saw as an invasion of users' privacy.

In the past, Apple has been stalwart in defending the privacy rights of those who have bought its products. The company has fought the FBI in court to prevent the organization to be able to have a backdoor into people's phones and access their data.