Market analyst TrendForce claims that the iPhone 13 (or iPhone 12s) price could match that of the iPhone 12 and that the new iPhone models will account for about 39% of Apple’s total annual production by 2021.
Recent predictions from trendForce also suggest that the iPhone 13 series will have the same storage capabilities as the iPhone 12 series. The same storage capabilities as the iPhone 12 series. It is also claimed that the iPhone 13 professional line will have a LIDAR sensor.
All iPhones will be produced in 2021 at 223 million units, an increase of 12.3 percent over last year, TrendForce said in a statement. The main reasons for this growth are increased doses of the COVID-19 vaccine and the easing of embargoes in the U.S. and Europe.
TrendForce’s iPhone 13 (or iPhone 12s) would account for about 39 percent of total production. That means Apple could produce more than 86 million iPhone 13s in December.
Trend Force prediction
In addition to the production estimates, TrendForce also predicted the key features of the iPhone 13 lineup. According to the rumours, the new product would be “considered a continuation of the iPhone 12 series” with “explicit upgrades.” These upgrades will mainly include an A15 processor using TSMC’s 5 nm processor, a smaller sensor body with fewer notches, and a 120 Hz refresh rate in both business phone lines.
Also, according to TrendForce, the LiDAR sensor will only be available in the professional line model. This diverges from recent reports that all iPhone 13 models will feature the LiDAR sensor. The iPhone 13 Pro is also expected to feature an ultra-wide-angle camera with a six-element lens and autofocus system.
Despite these changes, the price of the iPhone 13 series is expected to be in line with the iPhone 12 series.
“While limited shipments will drive up the cost of some key components,” TrendForce said, “Apple is preparing for revenue growth in peripherals as overall iPhone sales increase.” This means that the starting cost of the next series of iPhones will likely be comparable to the iPhone 12.”
The agency also acknowledges that the iPhone 13 series would have to have the same memory options as the iPhone 12 series to keep the same price. Unfortunately, this means there may not be a 1TB model as expected.
The iPhone 13 series, like the iPhone 12 series, is expected to be released this December in four different models. One of them will be a new mini version of the iPhone, which will probably be called the iPhone 13 mini or iPhone 12s mini. However, instead of focusing on the mini model, the company has focused on selling and promoting three non-mini models.
This is probably due to the previously reported low sales of the iPhone 12 mini, which led to the premature end of its production cycle.
In other words, the iPhone 13 lineup has the potential to increase the share of 5G phones in total iPhone production from 39% in 2020 to 75% in 2021. Apple’s journey into the 5G space last year was marked by the iPhone 12 with 5G support.