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New fan-made iPhone 13 renders tease smaller notch and diagonal cameras

iPhone 13 renders by Ian Zelbo
(Image credit: Ian Zelbo / Twitter)

The iPhone 13 may still be several months from launch, but we already know a fair bit about it — and a new set of renders has brought it to life in stunning detail. 

The renders are based on iPhone 13 CAD files released by leaker Jon Prosser last week to accompany one of his videos. Fortunately, given that most of us aren't exactly experts with FreeCAD, concept artist Ian Zelbo has done the hard work for us — and the results are gorgeous.

Zelbo, who has previously produced a render of the Apple Watch 7 based on Prosser’s leaks, changed the raw files into clean renders of what the iPhone 13 could look like if Apple continues to go with its bright and bold color schemes. 

And while we’re not completely sure Apple will go with an orange shade (we didn’t see many people rocking orange Pixel 4s), the other details seem to match what we’ve heard elsewhere. 

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The most obvious change is the shift in rear camera layout. While the iPhone 12’s two cameras were arranged vertically, Zelbo's render based on the CAD files shows a diagonal arrangement. This would be an aesthetic shift, rather than a practical one, if it appears in the official release, catering to the section of buyers that want to prove they have the latest and greatest hardware with an easily identifiable design calling card. 

iPhone 13 renders

(Image credit: Ian Zelbo / Twitter)

Then there’s the slight reduction in notch size, which again is something we’ve heard about before. If the renders prove to be accurate, the notch would still be pretty prominent, but due to a reduction in the size of the TrueDepth sensors, and the possible relocation of the ear speaker to the bezel, it would be significantly reduced for the first time since it debuted on the iPhone X.

Finally, the renders show the body of the iPhone 13 as being slightly thicker than the iPhone 12. This is in line with previous leaks, which have suggested a 0.26mm increase; not a huge change, but just enough to ensure existing cases don’t fit. 

If true, the size change would likely not be noticeable unless you had both handsets side by side, and it would theoretically give Apple space to improve on the iPhone 12 family’s disappointing battery life. That's something that should be easy to do, given the company will reportedly be introducing new layered tech for larger capacity cells. And indeed, a rumor just this week suggested that the iPhone 13 will get a bigger battery capacity across the range.

iPhone 13 renders

(Image credit: Ian Zelbo / Twitter)

Design wise, it doesn’t look like great changes are afoot, then — although it should be stressed that the CAD files Prosser gained access to may not be the final design Apple chooses. But it’s what’s on the inside that counts, and a bump in performance via the A15 chip and enhanced camera capabilities should be the very least we expect when Tim Cook presents the handset on stage in September. 

Alan Martin

Freelance contributor Alan has been writing about tech for over a decade, covering phones, drones and everything in between. Previously Deputy Editor of tech site Alphr, his words are found all over the web and in the occasional magazine too. When not weighing up the pros and cons of the latest smartwatch, you'll probably find him tackling his ever-growing games backlog. Or, more likely, playing Spelunky for the millionth time.