A new report alleges that the iPhone 13 will be slightly thicker than the iPhone 12 and feature a camera bump that will grow in size but protrude outwards less than current models.
According to a report on MacRumors, Apple may be trying to make its camera bump less noticeable by making the iPhone itself slightly thicker. Referencing schematics shared with the publication, MacRumors says that the new models will be 7.57mm thick, an increase of 0.17mm over the current 7.4mm thick iPhone 12. This jump is visible, but is likely not going to be majorly noticeable to most people.
What will be immediately apparent is what MacRumors is calling a “more noticeable” camera array. Not only does it appear that the array itself will take up more room on the back of the camera, but the entire bump will also protrude out more in what appears to be an attempt at curtailing how much the individual camera lenses stick out from the back of the iPhone body.
The iPhone 12 and 12 Pro currently have camera bumps that measure 1.5mm to 1.7mm, while the report alleges that the iPhone 13 will have a thicker 2.51mm camera bump while the 13 Pro will feature a 3.65mm thick camera bump.
In the image below, the actual real estate that the bump takes up on the back of the camera is particularly noticeable.
The iPhone 12 and 12 Pro currently have camera bumps that are about 28mm by 30mm, while the report alleges that the iPhone 13 will have a more squared-off bump that is closer to 29mm by 29mm. Additionally, the bump will allegedly be located about a millimeter closer to the top of the iPhone.
The iPhone 13 Pro’s bump is even larger and will reportedly have a bump that is closer in size to the iPhone 13 Pro Max. The report alleges that Apple will lean closer to bringing both the iPhone 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max to camera feature parity in this iteration rather than having them be so notably different as they are with the iPhone 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max.
These reports mirror the CAD leaks originally reported by EverythingApplePro in mid-April but expand to show differences not only with the Pro Max camera array, but the whole iPhone 13 line.
As Cnet notes, there is no official word on when the iPhone 13 is expected to come to market, though an April report on chip manufacturing could suggest that it is possible the iPhone 13 could revert to pre-pandemic launch windows, as last year was the first time in eight years that September did not feature a new iPhone announcement.
The most notable changes to actual iPhone camera quality are not expected until 2022 when Apple is expected to release the iPhone 14. According to another report, that device will feature a 48-megapixel camera to take iPhone photography “to a new level.”