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Report: iPhone 13 models will be thicker with even larger camera bump

The iPhone 13 is going to have some huge cameras.

What you need to know

  • MacRumors has reportedly gained access to iPhone 13 schematics.
  • The outlet details that the iPhone 13 will grow in thickness as well as camera size.

The camera bump on the iPhone 13 is going to get even bigger.

As reported by MacRumors, Apple’s upcoming iPhone 13 will be slightly thicker than the current iPhone 12. In addition, the size of the camera system on the back of the phone will be larger than previous models. This is according to schematics that the outlet has gained access to.

The new iPhone 13 and 13 Pro models are expected to feature a thickness of 7.57mm, up from 7.4mm in the iPhone 12 models. That’s an increase of 0.17mm, which won’t be hugely noticeable to most people.

Changes coming to the camera bumps of the new iPhones may be more noticeable. The iPhone 13 and 13 Pro will have thicker camera bumps, with the change most noticeable on the iPhone 13 Pro. The iPhone 12 and 12 Pro feature camera bumps in the range of 1.5mm to 1.7mm, while the iPhone 13 will have a thicker 2.51mm camera bump. The iPhone 13 Pro, meanwhile, will feature a 3.65mm thick camera bump.

The camera bumps are getting thicker in part to prevent the lenses from protruding quite as much on the iPhone 13 models. Rather than the individual lenses protruding as we saw on the iPhone 12 models, the camera bump itself on the iPhone 13 family will protrude more while the lenses will sit closer to a flush position, similar to the design of the 2020 iPad Pro.

In addition to a thicker camera bump, the iPhone 13 models are expected to grow in size as well.

In addition to a thicker camera bump, Apple is changing the overall size of the camera bump, a shift that will also be most noticeable on the iPhone 13 Pro. The iPhone 12 and 12 Pro have camera bumps that measures in at around 28mm by 30mm, while the iPhone 13 will have a camera bump that’s closer to square at around 29mm by 29mm, with the bump also located about a millimeter closer to the top of the iPhone.

The iPhone 13 Pro is expected to gain a larger camera bump, measuring in at around 36mm by 37mm, so rather than having a camera bump size similar to the iPhone 13, it will be more similar to the iPhone 13 Pro Max. The iPhone 12 Pro’s camera is smaller than the camera of the iPhone 12 Pro Max, so the shift in 2021 suggests the 13 Pro and Pro Max will have similar cameras, with Apple perhaps reintroducing feature parity.

MacRumors says that the schematics come from a source that “has experience with predicting Apple’s design plans.”

In addition to the changes to the camera, the iPhone 13 is expected to feature a 120Hz display, a smaller notch, and potentially the return of Touch ID to the iPhone.