As every year Apple was the master of ceremonies last Tuesday the 14th to unveil its new iPhone 13. Fans, media and detractors together in the usual appointment, in the usual place.
Along with them came the Apple Watch Series 7, the iPad mini and the standard iPad, but any attempt to steal prominence languishes if time and space are shared with the jewel in Cupertino’s crown.
One that arrives this time with a good handful of news under his arm that serve to outline what was revealed on the previous occasion. If the iPhone 12 and 12 Pro, with their facelift, represented the new; The iPhone 13 and 13 Pro exemplify how to polish and improve the above.
What in the past would have been a generation “S” for Apple, this year is 13 because you are going to talk to Tim Cook about superstitions. Luck – good and bad – does not enter the equation of a technology giant that is driven by data and not by chance.
And they are precisely the iPhone 13, its brother 13 Pro and the twins “mini” and “Max”, some in which chance is not present. Each of its characteristics has a reason. One reason. And although they are terminals of the present, some of their recent additions allow us to also draw what will be the iPhone of the future.
Towards a true “all screen”
The arrival of the iPhone X in 2017 was the expected revolution for the Apple terminal. Not surprisingly, at the time it was presented by Cook himself as the terminal that would mark “the route of technology in the next decade.”
Among the much new that it brought, a key element: the notch. That marked shadow in the upper part in which a multitude of sensors are housed, also accompanied by a front camera and a speaker.
This, in addition to providing a highly differentiating element such as recognition by Face ID, eliminated such an identifiable feature in the iPhone as the upper and lower frames and the home button with Touch ID.
Was the first approach to an iPhone with a more immersive experience as far as screen was concerned. And it took four years to see the first modification of the popular “eyebrow”.
With the iPhone 13 and 13 Pro it slightly decreases in size. A minimal reduction, but sufficient. Enough to make it clear that Apple’s goal is to make it as small as possible. Until it disappears, come the day.
It is a matter of little rebuttal that Apple seeks to achieve a terminal “all screen” in the most literal sense of the word. And the reduction of the notch is a clear sign that he is at it. The when may be made to wait, but it will come.
The iPhone 13 arrives with another particular detail that reveals its specification sheet. For the first time, the terminals of the Californian house will include the possibility of hosting a virtual double SIM.
The possibility of adding an eSIM in the iPhone has been present since the marketing of the iPhone XS, presented in 2018. With it, Apple gave the possibility of having two telephone numbers operating simultaneously in the terminal (the traditional SIM plus the eSIM) without making room for another physical card.
And it is in this last point where the “crux” of the question lies. With the double eSIM of the iPhone 13 Pro and 13 standard, Apple does not seek to give the possibility of having 3 phone lines at the same time (adding the physical SIM to these two), but to have two without having to have any physical card housed inside the device.
So much so, that iPhones that are purchased through a telephone operator in the United States will not carry a physical SIM, only eSIM.
Every millimeter inside the iPhone – and almost any other smartphone – is carefully considered so as not to be wasted. Component miniaturization is a critical part of design, and at a time when the need to include more and more features is pressing, any extra space is welcome.
Because the inclusion of a double eSIM is but a veiled warning that, sooner rather than later, this will be the only way to add our phone line on an iPhone. Thus, Apple will be able to eliminate the SIM tray of the terminal and gain interior space, in addition to ensuring a better seal against dust and water.
But if we go further, the removal of the SIM tray has even greater significance. Because it would be a movement that would clearly indicate only one direction: the one that leads to an iPhone without any port.
Already last year the open secret began to become clear that was the desire of technology to make an iPhone where all connection was wireless. The removal of the charger in the terminal box and the introduction of the MagSafe wireless charger were a first clue. Now we see signs of the next step. The last act will be to banish the cargo port permanently.
The iPhone 13 and the function on aesthetics
There was a time when there were not a few fingers pointing that one of Apple’s wishes was always to make devices thinner and lighter. It weighed whoever it weighed and whatever it cost. Aesthetics over function.
Well founded or not, they are assertions that have been falling on deaf ears. Because although the design is an indisputable pillar of the terminals that are devised between the windows of the Apple Park, it is possible to see for a time this part, in a clear way due to its evident recurrence, that the function is ahead.
In particular, the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro make the recent sustained trend of increasing the weight and thickness of the devices more pronounced. From the lightweight aluminum and compact dimensions of the past it has been iterated to the heavier glass and steel and notable inch displays in recent years. This incurs in an evident increase of the mentioned characteristics.
But the point is that The iPhone 13 and 13 Pro, without being different in appearance from their predecessors, are also heavier and have a greater thickness. The difference has not gone unnoticed on paper, being a fact that can serve several reasons. Among them, for example, the use of different components or a battery increase that Apple has not spared in praise.
It is not the first time that it happens, and Apple seems to be comfortable in this situation, being able to add or subtract; add or remove, depending on what each terminal really needs. It is naive to believe that aspects as central as weight or thickness are not among the priorities to improve when the right conditions are given, but what does seem clear is that any insinuated obsession with the light and extremely slim no longer has room.
In short, present qualities that allow us to anticipate what could be some of Apple’s future steps in its star division. The roadmap is more than marked in the bowels of that Cupertino campus. When and how it will become a reality, and what all the possible changes of scenery will be that come along the way, remains to be seen. The next appointment to clear up unknowns, the usual one, in a year. In the usual place.