Rumor: New matte black color option for iPhone 13 Pro, with LiDAR enhanced portrait mode

According to a report by Max Weinbach via EverythingApplePro’s YouTube channel, Apple is doubling down on colorways for the iPhone 13 refresh, at least for the Pro models. The iPhone 13 is expected to largely resemble the industrial design of the iPhone 12, albeit with a smaller screen notch. In these ‘iterative’ years, it is common for Apple to change the colors to make the phones look like new.

For 2021, it looks like Apple is launching a premium pure black finish to replace the gray ‘graphite’ color found in the iPhone 12 Pro series. The render models of this color look fantastic.

For people who like rich, deep blacks, the iPhone 12 Pro Graphite color is not enough. The cheaper iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini have a ‘black’ option that is glossy. The rumors that the iPhone 13 Pro color would be similar in shade, but in a matte finish.

Apple has apparently also been experimenting with a bronze / orange color, but it wouldn’t launch this year. The phones will also reportedly feature a new anti-fingerprint coating to reduce imperfections in the appearance of the glass and stainless steel band.

Other features reported by Max Weinbach include a revision of the way Portrait mode works, the simulated bokeh effect first introduced with the iPhone 7 Plus. Portrait mode uses the parallax of two camera lenses and a computer algorithm to try to calculate the edges of the subject in focus. However, it doesn’t always gamble correctly, especially for smaller holes.

Weinbach says Apple is working on a dramatically new version of the portrait mode. The new system would combine camera data with depth information from the LiDAR scanner. This should allow much higher fidelity edge detection and reduce the number of times portraits just look wrong.

Weinbach’s reporting has had a mixed track record over the years. He previously mentioned that Apple is also working on the portrait mode video effect, so users can add dynamic bokeh blur to captured videos and static images.

The iPhone 13 series is expected to debut in September and will feature the same screen sizes as the iPhone 12: 5.4-inch, two 6.1-inch models, and a 6.7-inch iPhone 13 Pro Max. Apple is believed to be using new OLED displays that support high refresh rate 120Hz displays.

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