We are still a good few months away from Apple unveiling the iPhone 12, but that isn’t stopping people from getting all hot under the collar about the iPhone 13, likely to be announced in 2021. The folks at Japanese site Macotakara have even shared a 3D mockup of a device.

Said to be a 5.5-inch iPhone 13 mockup from “Alibaba sources,” the model shows no notch at all and it’s fair to say that it makes for quite the look.

That would mean that the TrueDepth sensor, used for Face ID, would need to live elsewhere. It’s possible that it would be positioned beneath the screen, although that’s far from a certainty.

Around the back we see a large camera bump and what appears to be space for five different cameras and sensors. We’d imagine them to be the standard array of three cameras plus an LED flash and the LiDAR Scanner that debuted on the iPad Pro earlier this year.

One reason that this prototype mockup seems unlikely to be the real deal is the inclusion of a USB-C port instead of a Lightning port. Apple is unlikely to move to USB-C because it doesn’t offer any benefit to the iPhone. It’s no smaller than Lightning and the use of USB-C accessories isn’t as big of a deal as it was on the iPad Pro – the one iOS/iPadOS device that uses USB-C.

Apple is likely to announce the iPhone 13 in September of next year so there’s plenty of time for more information to leak before then.

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