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Introducing Apple’s new model: iPhone 13

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Image copyright IOS via flickr Image caption The iPhone X features a sliding Face ID feature

The iPhone may be getting a facelift, but that’s not all: it has been fitted with a 13th model – which, fair warning, will probably confuse lots of people.

The newer model is called “iPhone 13”, but that’s only the official codename for the product, which is due to be unveiled in September.

How does Apple’s website describe it?

“iPhone 13 has a Retina display, fast A12 Bionic chip, wireless charging, and iOS 12.”

What about the title?

Yep, the iPhone 13 is named after the No. 13 sequence in the Roman calendar.

It’s one of two iPhone models that have been introduced in the last two years – the other being called iPhone X.

How is it different from its predecessor?

The mysterious iPhone 13 features a taller screen, which makes it more like the next-generation iPhone X than the iPhone 7.

Because of that larger display, Apple has decided to place the controls for things like the camera, Siri and app navigation in the edges of the screen, in order to create a more visually appealing experience.

But instead of making all those controls black and white, as they are on the iPhone X, the new phone’s controls are covered in text and colourful images – sort of like the animated iPhone wallpaper found on the one in my current handset.

Image copyright Apple Image caption Apple has designed the new iPhone to look more like the iPhone X

Like the iPhone X, the iPhone 13 features an edge-to-edge display, with rounded edges.

The new phone also has a stainless steel metal frame, a notch at the top of the screen for Face ID technology and an aluminium back with slivers of glass for the camera, speaker and sensors.

My pre-order is over. Did I get an iPhone 13?

Here’s a newsflash: it’s not likely you will. When Apple unveils its new product, it usually sells the existing stock of each generation of iPhone.

Buyers of the iPhone X have been queuing for days outside Apple stores to be the first to pick up their new phone – and are entitled to upgrades for a year.

So, yes, they’ve already got one.

For those of you who are really keen, you could start the expensive bidding war in the online Apple store for the current iPhone X.

Image copyright iStock Image caption If you’re really keen, you could head to the Apple store to grab your pre-ordered iPhone X

Not so fast. Apple’s online store lists the iPhone X, which went on sale in November 2017, at £999. You’ll have to fork out £1,149, in case Apple does decide to update the phone’s specs significantly.

Apple tends to be coy about what new features it will introduce in its upcoming iPhone launches.

The pattern since the iPhone 4S in 2011 is to give its pricier iPhone models a few months of extra breathing space before introducing a more affordable model – in this case, the iPhone 11.

The iPhone 11 will come in three colours – a champagne gold, space grey and silver – and include Apple’s facial recognition technology, Apple Pay – and a Face ID camera.

Apple has also shifted focus away from aluminium in its phones, and is now relying more on a stainless steel frame in all new phones.

So when will it be out?

The iPhone 13 is the fifth iPhone to arrive in this generation of iPhones.

From now until September, Apple will sell any existing iPhone model that was launched between 2013 and 2018.

Image copyright Simon Dawson Image caption The iPhone 11 will be an aluminium phone with glass front and back

Apple is also planning to release iPhone 11 in late October and early November.

Given that it regularly releases new hardware two years after a previous generation of iPhone, we should expect Apple to reveal more details about the iPhone 11, and also a new lower-cost sibling in September.

Apple now sells hundreds of different iPhones to people all over the world. According to the US Commerce Department, the market for iPhone models in that country is worth $155bn (£120bn) a year.

So, will iPhone 13 still be priced at $1,149?

Apple’s CEO, Tim Cook, recently said the new model would still be “priced like an iPhone X”.

In other words, $999 is the entry price.

But for the first time, Apple has decided not to hold an initial price cut for people who purchase an iPhone 13.

Apple isn’t normally that kind of company, but it’s a pretty rare thing – and you can forget about getting a cut for buying an iPhone 11.

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