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07/06 Update below. This post was originally published on June 5
Apple’s iPhone 13 range is ‘ahead of schedule’ and on the eve of WWDC, we already know it packs both eagerly awaited design changes, a big battery boost and supersized new cameras. But now two further massive upgrades have been revealed.
In a new report to investors seen by MacRumors, analyst Wedbush has revealed Apple will double the top tier of iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max storage to 1TB and also add LiDAR sensors to every new iPhone model for the first time.
07/06 Update: Bloomberg has revealed what for many will be the most exciting part of the next iPhone, ahead of its official unveiling at WWDC today: iOS 15. The next generation of Apple’s massively popular software platform will be included on the iPhone 13 range at launch (tipped for September) and Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman says Apple will use WWDC to show off iOS 15’s best features. These include the biggest overhaul to iMessage in years, with major productivity upgrades to notifications and privacy, while iPadOS will have an improved multitasking and homescreen widgets to align with iOS. Every year, Apple also launches some iOS features which are exclusive to its next-gen iPhones. Don’t expect Apple to give anything away here today, though next-gen iOS beta code has been a rich source of iPhone leaks in previous years. Watch this space.
1TB iPhone 13 Pro Models
Wedbush’s claim regarding 1TB iPhone 13 Pro models is interesting on two levels.
First, popular industry insider Jon Prosser initially made this claim back in October before doubling down on it in January but he had been a lone voice, until now. Moreover, the move makes a lot of sense given Apple’s introduction of ProRaw photography which combines RAW images with iPhone image processing. ProRaw files can be over 10x larger than standard iPhone HEIF and JPEG images.
Second, the trickle down effect. The current iPhone 12 Pro storage configurations are 128/256/512GB. 128GB was…