Here are all the steamy secrets we know about the iPhone 13’s price, design, camera specs and more as the countdown to Apple’s fall event ticks on.
The latest stream of iPhone 13 news clears up the name of the highly anticipated lineup. Apple’s new smartphone will be called “iPhone 13”, according to a report from Taiwanese publication Economic Daily News. This latest rumor followed some speculation that the new iPhone would hold a different name and avoid the bad vibes associated with the traditionally unlucky number. New iPhone 13 buzz from EverythingApplePro on Youtube via leaker Max Weinbach also revealed the phone will offer faster wireless charging and reverse wireless charging, a feature that would allow you to charge other wireless charging devices like your Airpods on the back of your iPhone.
We’ve also 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 reported earlier by analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. This lineup matches the four iPhone 12 models from last year. But that’s not all that’s staying the same: The iPhone 13 price and design might be very familiar as well.
We’ve collected these rumors and everything else we’ve heard below, including speculation about the iPhone 13’s release date (rumors say September, as usual), how the iPhone 13 might compare to the iPhone 12, and everything we know about the iPhone 13’s price, cameras and other specs. (And don’t miss our iPhone 13 wish list.) We have a few more months 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 2,406mAh battery for the iPhone 13 Mini, going up to 3,095mAh for the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro, and 4,325mAh 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 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 should be here by mid-September
So far, there’s no official or unofficial word on when we can expect to see Apple’s next iPhone. An April report suggested the manufacturing of the iPhones’ new chips were running ahead of schedule, putting the iPhone 13 release date back on Apple’s pre-pandemic timeline. Usually, we can predict with some degree of accuracy when Apple’s iPhone events will occur and extrapolate a release date based on that.
But 2020 was a different story — 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, however, Kuo is also forecasting business as usual for Apple’s supply chain. If that’s the case, we can expect to see the iPhone 13 unveiled at an event sometime in September.
Let’s synthesize the info we have:
- Apple likes to hold its events on Tuesdays or Wednesdays.
- 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.
A few years ago, CNET took a deep dive into the Apple event timeline and emerged with a compelling Labor Day hypothesis, which you can read about here. Based on the 2021 calendar, the Labor Day rule would put the September Apple event (and unveiling of the iPhone 13) on Sept. 8, with a Sept. 17 release date.