All iPhone 13 models may get upgraded ultra-wide lens, more

The rumor: Apple is planning significant upgrades to the auxiliary lenses across iPhone 13 models, according to Barclays (64.7% accurate, via MacRumors).

  • All iPhone 13 models may get an upgraded ultra-wide lens with ƒ/1.8 aperture (currently ƒ/2.2), which will allow more light inside for better-looking photos
  • iPhone 13 Pro is also said to be getting the telephoto lens upgrades currently found on iPhone 12 Pro Max, with a 2.5x optical zoom and ƒ/2.2 aperture

Our take: I’m consistently disappointed in many of the photos I take on the current ultra-wide camera, as there’s almost always some level of grain present even in moderate lighting. This upgraded aperture won’t eliminate that entirely, but will be a significant move forward.

iPhone 13 may support Wi-Fi 6E

The rumor: Apple may significantly upgrade the wireless capabilities on the iPhone 13 lineup, according to Barclays (64.7% accurate, spotted by MacRumors).

  • Wi-Fi 6E is broadcast on the 6GHz spectrum: for years, Wi-Fi has been limited to only 2.4/5Ghz frequencies
  • Wi-Fi Alliance describes Wi-Fi 6E as “higher performance, lower latency, and faster data rates – extended into the 6 GHz band”

Our take: Many analysts are projecting that the first consumer applications of 6E will be in smartphones. Apple is pretty quick to adopt this stuff, so I think we’ll see it in the 2021 iPhones.

Apple October 2020 event leaderboard update

This is our biggest leaderboard update yet. While other products see rumors intermittently throughout the year, Apple’s biggest product, the iPhone, is relentlessly leaked week-by-week until the eventual Fall unveil. Following the October 13 event, here’s how iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro and HomePod mini rearranged the source leaderboard.

Sources that increased

🏀 Mark Gurman: 87.8 ⮕ 88.3% accurate

  • +30 correct rumors
  • -2 incorrect claims

🧻 Jon Prosser: 74.5 ⮕ 85.2% accurate

  • +69 correct rumors
  • -6 incorrect claims

👨‍💻 Ming-Chi Kuo: 74.6 ⮕ 77.5% accurate

  • +19 correct rumors
  • -1 incorrect claims

🗞 WSJ: 76.7 ⮕ 77.4% accurate

  • +1 correct rumor

MacRumors: 69 ⮕ 70% accurate

  • +1 correct rumor

🧭 Macotakara: 66.7 ⮕ 69.6% accurate

  • +16 correct rumors
  • -5 incorrect claims

🍍 Max Weinbach: 63 ⮕ 67.1% accurate

  • +23 correct rumors
  • -8 incorrect claims

🔢 DigiTimes: 61.3 ⮕ 65% accurate

  • +14 correct rumors
  • -4 incorrect claims

🦅 Barclays: 57.9 ⮕ 64.5% accurate

  • +9 correct rumors
  • -3 incorrect claims

The Verifier: 51.3 ⮕ 51.9% accurate

  • +1 correct rumor

💵 Economic Daily News: 36.1 ⮕ 36.8% accurate

  • +1 correct rumor
  • -1 incorrect claim

Source(s) that stayed the same

🧧 Kang 康总: 97.8 ⮕ 97.8% accurate

  • +84 correct rumors
  • -2 incorrect claims

Sources that decreased

🌙 L0vetodream: 88.9 ⮕ 87.9% accurate

  • +32 correct rumors
  • – 5 incorrect claims

Note: As you may have noticed, no source is 100% accurate. That’s because all sources get some info right and some info wrong: do not harass anyone for their track record. The leaderboard functionality on AppleTrack is here only to help Apple enthusiasts better understand how likely a rumor really is.

As always, if you notice a discrepancy on someone’s record, let us know.

iPhone 12 may not ship with EarPods or a charger in the box

The rumor: Not only will EarPods not be included with the iPhone 12 this year, a charger might not be free, either, according to Barclays (57.9% accurate).

  • Only a USB-C to Lightning cable will be included in the box, alongside the device itself
  • Announcement for all of the new phones is said to happen in September
  • The analysts also say that due to production delays, some models won’t be available until October or November

Our take: While the iPhone is rumored to go portless next year, it wouldn’t make any sense to remove the charging brick this year. I think Barclays will miss the mark on this one. Why would saving a couple of dollars be worth frustrating the vast majority of your buyer-base? Doesn’t make any sense to me.