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Indian tech blog MySmartPrice has obtained 3D renders of what it claims will be the standard iPhone 13 model, revealing a familiar design with a few notable changes, including a smaller notch and a new diagonal rear camera layout. The website says it received the renders from unnamed "industry sources."

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A smaller notch has already been rumored several times for the entire iPhone 13 lineup, but this is the first time we've heard that the rear cameras may be positioned diagonally on the standard iPhone 13 with a 6.1-inch display. By comparison, the dual Wide and Ultra Wide lenses on the standard iPhone 12 model are vertically stacked.

It's unclear why the rear cameras might be positioned diagonally on the iPhone 13, or if the design will extend to the iPhone 13 mini, but there are several camera-related changes rumored for iPhone 13 models that would perhaps necessitate the change. In January, for example, supply chain news website DigiTimes reported that sensor-shift optical image stabilization would be extended to the entire iPhone 13 lineup.

MySmartPrice does not have an established track record as it relates to renders for upcoming Apple products, so this leak should be treated with some skepticism until it is backed by other sources. Apple is currently expected to unveil the iPhone 13 lineup in September, so we're still several months away from the devices becoming official.

Article Link: iPhone 13 Base Model Rumored to Feature Diagonal Rear Camera Layout
 
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DerHexer

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Apple wants to make sure that you can show you have a new device.
People want to be able to show off they have a new device… therefore new colors, form factors or, as rumored, different position of the cameras.

edit: why else did the Apple Watch 2 vs 3 need to have a red (!) dot on the crown?
 

Razorpit

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Apple wants to make sure that you can show you have a new device.
People want to be able to show off they have a new device… therefore new colors, form factors or, as rumored, different position of the cameras.

edit: why else did the Apple Watch 2 vs 3 need to have a red (!) dot on the crown?
Same reason they do today, to indicate whether that particular model has the cellular radio or not.

While you may be correct for this redesign, this may also be a functional change. Having two lenses in a different X/Y could help aid AR/auto focus/depth perception, etc.
 

subi257

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Apple wants to make sure that you can show you have a new device.
People want to be able to show off they have a new device… therefore new colors, form factors or, as rumored, different position of the cameras.

edit: why else did the Apple Watch 2 vs 3 need to have a red (!) dot on the crown?
The red dot on the crown or not, denoted cellular or not.
 

billk711

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Apple wants to make sure that you can show you have a new device.
People want to be able to show off they have a new device… therefore new colors, form factors or, as rumored, different position of the cameras.

edit: why else did the Apple Watch 2 vs 3 need to have a red (!) dot on the crown?
You are lucky that you are so smart. How did you figure all this out?
 

benjs

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Same reason they do today, to indicate whether that particular model has the cellular radio or not.

While you may be correct for this redesign, this may also be a functional change. Having two lenses in a different X/Y could help aid AR/auto focus/depth perception, etc.
I agree with you. Software-based depth mapping would make sense since Apple are showing signs of leveraging AR more and more each year. Depth mapping with hardware would force greater costs to get this feature into the hands of the masses, but this change would help gather a lot of perspective metadata.
 

Benjamin Nabulsi

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I think we've got used to how unpretty the look of the cams and sensors in the back. Apple needs to have an updated design that hides all of it behind a mirrored glass block or something similar to Google Pixel 4&5 design choice.
 

himanshumodi

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What happens to the pro models? Do they have the same configuration as 12? Or will they have lens on the 3 corners of the square?
 

ksec

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Please Dont. I cant think of any reason doing so. Tele Photo is at the top for iPhone 12 Pro, so unless Apple want to move that to the bottom for iPhone 13, making the camera module for both iPhone 13 Pro and 13 share somewhat similar layout.

Still dont like it.
 
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iHack13

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There is no right and wrong about camera placement.
Apple is doing this, so that people can recognize that you have the latest iPhone.

And its effective. If you like it or not.
 

macjaffa

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This way anyone can tell from a glance if your phonenis the latest or not. I for one dont want to be associated emwith anybody who doesnt have a diagonal phone camera lens arrangement. Pfffff thats so peasant. Incoming 3rd party diagonal phone look alike cases incoming in 3,2,1 now!
 

subi257

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Why do you assume I wouldn’t say many of those are changes for change’s sake?
Because constant change is need to keep products fresh and to keep creative people creative....AND to keep customers buying new product....so the businesses stay in business....it's all about status and image.


Yes, it is change for change sake....so, they could have made the original iPhone and just left it at that....no more new models, just keep making the same one. The same for every product made....no? Why do cars have to look different every year?
 

AlexESP

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Apple loves to do this for this very reason lol, but I ain’t mad at ‘em.

They want people to know what phone you have.
Disagree, I’d say that’s precisely what Apple hates to do, as opposed to other companies, that make radical changes from year to year without any reason. They only change colours and material finishes, which don’t impact ergonomics.
 
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