If you were looking forward to an in-display Touch ID on your next iPhone, this news might be as big of a letdown as Jon Prosser’s father was.
According to a new report from Bloomberg, Apple is looking to boost the initial production of this year’s iPhone 13 models to 90 million units, a “sharp increase” from its 2020 iPhone shipments.
Furthermore, after many tests involving an in-display fingerprint scanner, the company has decided to completely scrap that idea for this year’s iPhone lineup. Yeah, that’s basically the same thing as Jon’s dad leaving baby him at a McDonald’s.
According to the report, Apple is planning to emphasize the next iPhone’s processor, camera, and display improvements with updates to all of the current models, spanning the 5.4-inch and 6.1-inch regular versions and the 6.1-inch and 6.7-inch Pro models. Thanks to what appears to be supply chain recovery, they are all expected to be announced in September, a tad earlier than last year’s October introduction. Internal codenames for the devices are D16, D17, D63, and D64.
Just like the technology Apple has used in the Apple Watch for several years, at least one of the newest devices is to have an LTPO display capable of alternating its refresh rate based on the content being shown. Considering earlier reports claiming all iPhone 14 models would ship with a 120Hz display, this makes sense as Apple tends to roll out its newest technology to its flagship models first. This would also corroborate Prosser’s report from November of 2020 that 120Hz was coming to the iPhone this year. The report goes on to state the new iPhones with LTPO displays will also use IGZO (indium gallium zinc oxide) technology for improved power efficiency and responsiveness.
Lining up with earlier reports, the design of the new iPhones will remain largely unchanged with plans to reduce the size of the notch.
Bloomberg’s report also mentioned the camera upgrades we’ve covered here before about more advanced video recording features such as improved optical zoom. As expected, an upgraded chip built around the same six cores as the current A14 chip, will also be included.
Finally, Apple is still preparing next-gen MacBook Pros with an updated custom Apple chip, redesigned iPad mini, entry-tier iPad models, and Apple Watches with updated displays. The report also backs up other claims about Apple’s plans to release the next MacBook Pro in the third quarter of the year after facing Mini-LED supply issues.