What you need to know
- Apple will reportedly launch the iPhone 13 lineup in the third week of September.
- The same report claims a 1TB storage option will be available for iPhone 13 Pro buyers.
Apple will launch the iPhone 13 lineup in the third week of September while also offering a 1TB storage option to those picking up an iPhone 13 Pro, according to a new report.
That report comes via a Wedbush note seen by MacRumors — with Dan Ives of the belief that the third week of September will be the one where things get interesting.
Our recent Asia supply chain checks for 2H put iPhone builds between 130M-150M. The iPhone 13 appears to represent 35%-45% of iPhone builds in Q3, this positive outlook gives us enhanced confidence that 2021's launch timing will be "normal". From a timing perspective, we believe the current iPhone 13 launch is slated for the third week in September.
A launch in September is almost a given at this point, with the third week commencing September 13. It isn't clear whether "launch" means an Apple announcement or the week the devices will go on sale, but my money would be on the former. If that's the case, we should probably expect pre-orders to begin on September 17 with devices going on sale on September 24.
In terms of the 1TB iPhone 13 Pro option, that's something Ives has said before and it appears he again made the claim in his recent note.
Likewise, since at least March, Ives has asserted that the iPhone 13 series will include 1TB storage options, and his latest report is essentially him doubling down on that claim.
Increasing the maximum storage option to 1TB would represent a doubling of the current 512GB option that iPhone 12 Pro tops out at. That's a ton of storage to put in a phone, especially with Apple's on-device storage management doing things like offloading apps when needed and downloading low-res versions of iCloud-based photos until they are needed.
If 1TB of storage does indeed come to an iPhone this year, you can expect to pay for it — 1TB storage options are costly across the board, especially on Apple devices. There's little doubt a 1TB iPhone 13 Pro Max would be the best iPhone for photographers and videographers, though.