Rare iPhone 13 mock-ups reveal Apple's NEW top-secret design coming this year

SECRET designs for Apple’s next iPhone may have been leaked online.

The upcoming iPhone 13 is being kept under tight wraps – but may have been revealed months ahead of its official launch.

Every September, Apple unveils a brand new iPhone in several variants.

All the rumours and leaks from insiders to date suggest Apple is making some key design changes with 2021’s iPhone 13.

For a start, we’re expecting the reintroduction of the Touch ID fingerprint scanner.

However, this is expected to be hidden under the screen – and so won’t be immediately visible when looking at the iPhone.

The obvious change is that the “notch” the juts out into the screen is shrinking, according to leakers.

This notch is what houses Face ID, the face-scanning tech that originally allowed for the removal of Touch ID.

It also enables several camera features, as well as some augmented reality trickery.

Now Japanese Apple blog MacOtakara has shared mock-ups of this brand new design.

The blog is well-known for Apple leaks in the tech world, and regularly reveals secret gadgets and designs ahead of their official release.

According to MacOtakara, the notch will be shrinking from 34.83mm to just 26.8mm.

However, its height will grow from 5.3mm to 5.35mm.

That means it will be marginally taller, but significantly less wide.

It means that the overall footprint of the notch will be much smaller, giving iPhone owners more screen space to enjoy.

 Of course, Apple hasn’t confirmed anything about such a change.

And we’re unlikely to hear official word from Apple until the formal reveal in September.

It’s also worth noting that Apple regularly prototypes multiple designs in advance of new product launches.

So even if a smaller notch is currently planned, the eventual iPhone 13 might not feature such a change.

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