Saturday, September 18th, 2021

iPhone 13 Pro Max leak just revealed smaller notch and new earpiece design


How is Apple making room to shrink down the notch on this year’s phones? Rumors suggest the company has come up with a way to make the sensors used for Face ID more compact. And since that’s primary what’s behind the notch, that frees up more screen real estate. But there’s another factor at play here, as suggested by the dummy unit.

iPhone 13 Pro Max dummy unit
The iPhone 12 Pro (left) compared to the iPhone 13 Pro Max
In this new version, the earpiece speaker on the iPhone 13 Pro Max has moved. In current iPhones, that speaker is located right in the middle of the notch. The iPhone 13 Pro Max unit shows that it’s located more on the top bezel of the phone, with the notch squarely beneath it.
We’ve been hearing a lot about changes Apple is cooking up for the iPhone 13 this fall, including some tweaks to the phones’ long-standing designing. Well, new video now shows what the upcoming iPhone will look like, confirming many of the longstanding rumors.

The iPhone 13 Pro Max is about as tall and wide as its predecessor. If there’s any change between the models, it’s that the newer iPhone looks to be fractionally thicker than its predecessor. The straight edges from the iPhone 12 are also back.

iPhone 13 Pro Max: Other rumors
Because this video features a non-working unit, we really can’t use it to verify other iPhone 13 rumors floating around. One such rumor claims that Touch ID is coming back, either underneath the display or embedded into the iPhone 13’s power button. (There’s no indication of that happening with this dummy model.)

A major iPhone 13 rumor posits that the Pro models are getting fast refreshing displays that dynamically adjust the refresh rate based on your activity — a feature currently available in the Galaxy S21 family. But without a working screen, that’s currently unverified.

After the iPhone 12 began rolling out in October and November last year, the iPhone 13 is expected to return to a more traditional September launch window. It’s then that we’ll find out then how much this leaked dummy compares to the final iPhone 13 Pro Max.
A new video from Unbox Therapy purports to show off some of the physical changes coming to at least one of Apple’s new phones this fall. The video shows a supposed dummy unit of the iPhone 13 Pro Max, and if accurate, then it looks like several iPhone 13 rumors are going to pan out.

Dummy units are typically based on leaked schematics for upcoming phones. They’re non-working models often used by accessory makers who want to time the launches of new gear like cases to as close to the phone’s release as possible. For that reason, there’s heavy incentive to get the dimensions as close as possible to the real thing.

Whomever made this iPhone 13 Pro Max stand-in seems to have done exactly that. Unbox Therapy’s Lewis Hilsenteger calls it the “closest, best look yet at the next generation iPhone.” This gives us a better idea of what the iPhone 13 Pro Max might look like when Apple unveils that 6.7-inch model, alongside the three other iPhone 13 versions, this fall.

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