Apple’s iPhone 13 range is poised to get a series of mouthwatering upgrades and now new information suggests it will arrive a lot sooner than anyone expected. 

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In a shock new report, popular Taiwanese site Digitimes has radically revised the iPhone 13 production schedule it leaked just last week. Having originally stated that Apple chip partner TSMC would begin production of the iPhone 13’s A15 chipset by the end of May, the site has now revealed the chipmaker is way ahead of schedule and will actually begin volume shipments of the A15 by this date. And this may change your upgrade plans significantly. 

May shipping would mean Apple has (somehow) got iPhone 13 production running to pre-pandemic levels. By comparison, the iPhone 12’s A14 chipset didn’t enter initial production until the end of June, which resulted in an October 23 launch for the iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max with the iPhone 13 Mini pushed back to November 13. 

Extrapolating the new iPhone 13 production timescale, however, puts it in line with the iPhone 11 which hit shop shelves on September 20. This would see the iPhone 12 Mini replaced after only 10 months, with the rest of the iPhone 12 range being on sale for less than 11 months. 

And this means upgraders have a tough decision to make. Even the entry-level 64GB iPhone 12 Mini leaves you with no change from $1,000 after adding a charger, basic AppleCare+ package and taxes. So do you spend four figures on an iPhone which is set to be replaced in five months? Especially when its successor will have a smaller notch, ProMotion display, upgraded 5G, MagSafe 2.0, better battery life, a radical new camera experience and an extra year of iOS support. 

Unless you have money to burn, my advice would be to wait. 

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