Time to beef up! Your new iPhone 13 will be heavier than your old iPhone 12

Iphone 13 Mini Colors
Iphone 13 Mini Colors (Image credit: Apple)

What you need to know

  • Apple's new iPhone 13 lineup is heavier than the one it will replace.
  • All new iPhone 13 models have gained weight, likely to allow for claimed battery improvements.

As the dust continues to settle following yesterday's California Streaming event, it's becoming clear that the claimed iPhone 13 battery improvements come at the expense of the devices' weight. All of the new iPhone 13 models are heavier than the iPhone 12 models they replace.

Time to bulk up before September 24!

According to the numbers available via Apple's iPhone comparison page (opens in new tab), its new devices gain up to 15g when compared to the outgoing iPhone 12 devices.

  • iPhone 13 mini — 141 grams compared with the 135 grams of the iPhone 12 mini
  • iPhone 13 — 174 grams compared with the 164 grams of the iPhone 12
  • iPhone 13 Pro — 204 grams compared with the 189 grams of the iPhone 12 Pro
  • iPhone 13 Pro Max — 240 grams compared with the 228 grams of the iPhone 12 Pro Max

All of the new models have become slightly thicker than their older counterparts as well, again suggesting that Apple is packing bigger batteries just as rumors had first suggested.

Apple says that the new devices offer the best iPhone battery life yet, but we will have to wait for September 24 to roll around to test that for ourselves. That's when the new iPhones go on sale following a pre-order kick-off on Friday, September 17.

Apple also announced the new Apple Watch Series 7 during its event, while a new iPad and iPad mini also saw some love.

Oliver Haslam
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Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.

Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.