Apple iPhone 13: All-New Look Revealed In Latest Report

By David Phelan, Contributor
iPhone 12 in purple. Will there be a purple iPhone 13? Apple

September 14 update below. This post was first published on September 12, 2021.

As we count down the hours to Tuesday’s Apple keynote, or check out the AR awesomeness of the invite, there are still revelations to be enjoyed. As spotted by 91 Mobiles, the colors of the next iPhones may have just been revealed.

A website in Ukraine, unnamed in the report, lists every upcoming iPhone and confirms, if true, the name, color and storage options for all of them. There’s no image of the iPhones themselves—Apple is absolutely not going to share those with anyone until after the keynote reveals them on Tuesday—but rather a teasing red cloth ready to be whipped off to show the hardware leaking beneath when the time is right.

September 14 update. Just hours before the iPhone event, the question of whether the iPad will be revealed as well continues. I mean, it’s possible: the current eighth-gen model is reportedly unavailable at some retailers right now, which certainly suggests the replacement is very imminent indeed. This is the entry-level iPad that sells in huge numbers so Apple won’t want a day to pass without it on shelves. According to a Weibo user, in a story picked up by MacRumors, details of the next iPad have leaked and the leak mysteriously ends with the words “wait for the press conference”.

The details are interesting: a bigger display, 10.5 inches instead of 10.2 inches as currently, an 8MP rear camera and the A12 Bionic processor. And while the leaker in question has had success in the past, here’s why I think it’s unlikely.

First, there are three products expected today and one of those is iPhone which always takes up some time. Four items on the agenda would make this a longer event than I’m expecting.

Second, whenever iPad is announced, you can bet it will be alongside the highly anticipated iPad mini. And adding both the iPad and iPad mini to the menu makes the event just too long, surely.

Third, Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman believes that iPad and MacBook Pro will be the focus of an Apple event in October. So, maybe that’s the press conference to which the leaker refers.

So, let’s wait and see. I could be wrong, and those stores saying the iPad is unavailable will certainly be hoping that the replacement comes along sooner rather than later!

Meantime, back to the star of tonight’s show, the iPhone.

iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini will come in six colors

This is a lot. The iPhone 12 launched with five colors: black, white, PRODUCT(RED), green and blue. Then, in the Spring, purple was added.

So, to launch in six colors is unprecedented.

The new colors are said to be black, blue, purple, white and PRODUCT(RED), with last year’s green replaced by pink. It’s worth noting that Apple doesn’t replace colors, so even PRODUCT(RED) is likely to be slightly different from the iPhone 12. Black and white will be indistinguishable from previous ones, probably.

Previous Pro colors: Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max in gold, left, alongside the iPhone 11 Pro Max in midnight green. David Phelan

iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max

The Pro iPhones usually come in more demure, quiet colors than the regular version. Gold can be quite a gaudy option but check out the iPhone 12 Pro and you’ll see that while the stainless-steel band is bright, the gold on the phone’s back is pale and understated.

The other iPhone 12 Pro colors are silver, graphite and Pacific blue.

The 13 will come in four colors again, the website claims. Silver and gold remain the repertoire, while graphite will be replaced by black. That seems a rather humdrum name for the color, I must say, and I think it may have a punchier name than that. It’s previously been rumored that the black iPhone 12 Pro would be a much darker color than graphite, but we’ll see.

Finally, Pacific blue is out and bronze (again, probably not the actual name of the color) is in. Maybe it’ll be Californian Bronze, Sunset Bronze, or something evocative. Rumors had suggested something with a pinkier hue, so bronze may apply. Also, the keynote invite had a definite pinky-gray-black color spectrum and the invite often predicts the colors.

Bronze sounds pretty cool, and will doubtless be the go-to color for those who want to make clear they have the very latest hardware, thank you very much. Which would be me, by the way.

We’ll know everything—everything—in just a couple of days.

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