iPhone 13 rumors: All the last-minute gossip about Apple’s new iPhone

The iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max could feature 1TB storage. Here are all the iPhone 13 buzz about price, specs and more ahead of Apple’s next event.

Apple’s iPhone 13 is expected to arrive at an online-only event on Sept. 14. The new iPhone will likely debut with a collection of new features, upgraded camera specs, new color options (maybe even bubblegum pink), and an updated design with a notch-less display. Although we expect to see the new iPhone next week, rumors about the iPhone 13 continue to buzz ahead of its release date.

The latest iPhone 13 gossip came from an investor report from Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, reported on by 9to5Mac. According to Kuo, the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max will be available in 1TB storage. The iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Mini will reportedly be available in 128GB, 256GB and 512GB options.

We’ve previously heard that the iPhone 13 lineup will feature four phones — the iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Mini, iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max — as predicted by Kuo. This lineup matches the four iPhone 12 models from last year. The iPhone 13 lineup was also referenced in a filing with the Federal Communications Commission for a revised MagSafe charger spotted by 9to5Mac and MacRumors. In the filing, Apple references four new iPhone models alongside the four “legacy” iPhone 12 models: the iPhone 12 Mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, and iPhone 12 Pro Max.

As we inch closer and closer to the reveal of Apple’s new iPhone, hype for iPhone 13 also continues to grow. According to a survey by SellCell, reported on by MacRumors, 44% of current iPhone users plan to upgrade to one of the iPhone 13 models when it becomes available.

We’ve collected these rumors and everything else we’ve heard below, including how the iPhone 13 might compare to the iPhone 12 and everything we know about the iPhone 13’s price and other specs. (And don’t miss our iPhone 13 wish list.) We have a few more days of speculation before Apple unveils its next flagship, so buckle up and read on. We’ll update this story as new information becomes available.

Battery: Larger capacity doesn’t mean iPhone 13 will have a longer battery life

A rumor from Chinese social media platform Weibo in early June suggested that the iPhone 13 lineup will feature larger batteries than the iPhone 12 lineup. The specs, shared on Twitter by leaker @L0vetodream, claim a 2,406-mAh battery for the iPhone 13 Mini, going up to 3,095 mAh for the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro, and 4,325 mAh for the iPhone 13 Pro Max.

These battery sizes are all upgrades over the iPhone 12’s respective capacities (though Apple doesn’t disclose official battery specs). However, battery life is not the same as battery capacity, so it’s possible that the increase in iPhone 13’s battery size will not translate into a longer battery life. That all depends on the phone’s other upgrades and how well its software optimizes for battery life. But compared with other brands’ premium phones, Apple’s batteries fall short. The batteries in Samsung’s Galaxy S21 lineup, for example, range from 4,000 to 5,000 mAh.

When it comes to charging its battery, the iPhone 13 could have some new tricks up its sleeve with faster wireless charging and possible reverse charging capabilities, according to a video from EverythingApplePro on YouTube via leaker Max Weinbach. Reverse charging is a feature that allows you to charge other Qi devices on the back of your phone. Weinbach speculates the upcoming iPhone 13 will have this feature due to a bigger wireless charging coil and a stronger set of magnets housed in the back of the phone. Many of the iPhone’s competitors including the Samsung Galaxy S21, Samsung Galaxy S20, the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra and the OnePlus 8 Pro already have reverse wireless charging. But, Apple has yet to introduce the feature to its iPhones.

Release date: iPhone 13 will debut on Sept. 14

Apple’s new iPhone will almost certainly make its first appearance on Sept. 14 during the tech giant’s next online-only event.

We already suspected Apple’s next event to be completely virtual since it was previously rumored in a July Power On newsletter from Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman. He said that the event will be online-only because of the tech giant’s decision to delay its return to in-person work due to rising COVID-19 cases.

Apple originally said that all employees would be required to come into the office three days a week starting in September. Gurman says that if Apple stuck with the September time frame, an in-person iPhone 13 event would have been “plausible.”

This will be the second year in a row that Apple unveiled its new iPhone online. In 2020, the pandemic also forced Apple to push back the debut of the iPhone 12. It was the first September Apple event in eight years without an iPhone — thanks to delays in production due to the coronavirus pandemic.

This year, Apple will return to its pre-pandemic timeline. An April report suggested the manufacturing of the iPhones’ new chips were running ahead of schedule and Kuo previously forecasted it was business as usual for Apple’s supply chain.

Here’s what we know:

  • Apple likes to hold its events on Tuesdays or Wednesdays, and the upcoming Apple event will be held on a Tuesday.
  • iPhone release dates are typically a week and a half after Apple’s announcements.
  • In general, new iPhones are released on a Friday, around the third week of September.

The iPhone 13 will launch on Tuesday, Sept. 14, so we can expect the release date to be sometime in the third week of September, perhaps Sept. 24. We’ll know more once Apple officially unveils its new phone lineup next week.

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