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iPhone 13 might be the phone that never hits shelves. Here's why people think so

   March 13, 2021 3:46 AM
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by Sareena Dayaram

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Apple's next flagship phone might not be the iPhone 13, thanks to superstition.

Until Apple's marquee event in the fall, the guessing game over the name of the upcoming iPhone family will continue. At CNET, we've been referring to the next-gen iPhone family as the iPhone 13 for the sake of continuity, but a recent wave of reports suggest that we may never get an iPhone 13.

Out of the possible names, iPhone 12S is rumored to be the front-runner for this year's series. A January Bloomberg article citing Apple engineers says only minor upgrades are planned for the upcoming lineup, which will likely be an "S" version of the iPhone 12. Frequent leaker Jon Prosser pointed toward an iPhone 12S too. We've seen Apple use this naming scheme in the past with 2015's iPhone 6S, which superseded 2014's iPhone 6, and again with 2018's iPhone XS, a follow-up to 2017's iPhone X. But if other reports are accurate, there won't be an iPhone 13 hitting shelves next year either: Apple is expected to leapfrog to an iPhone 14 in 2022, excluding "iPhone 13" from its nomenclature altogether. Here's why.

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