More rumours Apple's iPhone 13 will have always on-display, smaller screen notch

A new report backs up previous rumours Apple's iPhone 13 range - due to be announced later this year - will feature always-on displays and 120Hz refresh rate screens.

Bloomberg's Mark Gurman, who writes the tech-focused Power On newsletter, wrote potential purchasers should expect "the potential of an Apple Watch-like always on mode and a 120Hz refresh rate".

A faster A15 chip, a smaller notch at the top of the screen, upgrades to video recording and a new display for better battery life are also expected, he wrote.

That matches with a February report from EverythingApplePro which also speculated the 2021 releases will include portless models, meaning wireless transfers and MagSafe charging instead of plugging anything into the phone.

Apple's current generation watch models feature a low-temperature polycrystalline oxide (LPTO) screen, which allows for an always-on display without negatively impacting battery life.

If it is implemented in iPhones, it would bring the US tech giant in line with its competitors, which have supported always-on technology for years.

Always-on display functionality was introduced by Nokia back in 2009 and has been a standard on Android phones from the likes of Huawei and Samsung since around 2016.

Apple doesn't comment on such rumours, and last month it was reported by MacRumours that "Kang" - a reliable leaker - had received a warning from lawyers representing Apple.

That letter allegedly told Kang, and other leakers, they must not disclose information about unreleased Apple projects because the information could be valuable to its competitors and mislead customers.

EverythingApplePro's latest leaks video, posted at the beginning of July, includes a rumour the wireless charging coil on the iPhone 13 will be bigger, which could lead to faster charging wirelessly.

It could even introduce the potential for reverse wireless charging, where the phone can be used to charge other wireless devices.

Last week Gurman reported Apple had asked suppliers to build up to 90 million next-generation iPhones, up from the 75 million it asked suppliers for last year.