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With many carriers and retailers around the world getting ready for the launch of the iPhone 13 lineup this month, it’s inevitable that some information is going to leak out, and this is especially true when it comes to the aspects of the iPhone that require separate stock numbers — colours and capacities.
In fact, these kinds of leaks happen fairly common in the days leading up to an iPhone event, since despite Apple’s tight rules and iron-clad non-disclosure agreements (NDAs), there are always a few slip-ups.
This year’s advance look comes courtesy of Ukrainian e-commerce website KTC, where 91mobiles discovered placeholders for the entire upcoming iPhone 13 lineup — every model, in every capacity, and (apparently) every colour option.
In terms of the number of colours, there don’t appear to be too many surprises here. Like their predecessors, the standard 6.1-inch iPhone 13 and 5.4-inch iPhone 13 mini will be available in six colours, while the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max will come in four, just like last year.
New iPhone 13 Colours
While the number of colours remains the same, Apple’s changing up the actual shades a bit this year, and it looks like it will also be launching six colours for the standard iPhone models right out of the gate (last year’s sixth colour, purple, only showed up in the spring).
If KTC’s information is to be believed, however, it looks like the rumoured pink iPhone 13 is happening, and it looks like it will be available alongside all the other colours at launch.
Apple isn’t getting rid of the purple iPhone, however. Instead, it looks like the green colour is being phased out to make room for the pink iPhone.
The full list of iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini colours will be Black, White, Blue, Purple, Pink, and (PRODUCT)RED.
Since KTC’s website doesn’t have any images of the actual iPhone models, of course, it’s hard to say whether the shades will be quite the same as last year.
Apple only returned to more colourful iPhones when it debuted the iPhone XR three years ago, after a failed attempt to do so with the iPhone 5c back in 2013. Although the iPhone 7 ushered in the first (PRODUCT)RED iPhone, this was an exception to the basic shades of black, grey, and gold.
With the iPhone XR, however, Apple had the (PRODUCT)RED edition available immediately at launch, rather than waiting for a separate spring release, and complemented that with three other colours: Yellow, Coral, and Blue.
The iPhone 11 and iPhone 12 continued the colourful trend, changing it up slightly each year, with Green and Purple replacing Coral and Blue in 2019, before making a comeback in 2020, albeit in slightly different shades, while Yellow was abandoned.
- iPhone XR: Black, White, Yellow, Coral, Blue, (PRODUCT)RED
- iPhone 11: Black, White, Yellow, Green, Purple, (PRODUCT)RED
- iPhone 12: Black, White, Green, Blue, Purple, (PRODUCT)RED
So, this year it looks like Green is once again going to be retired in favour of Pink, although we wonder what that could mean with rumours of a green Apple Watch Series 7 on the horizon.
Classier iPhone 13 Pro Colours
Even though Apple added more colours to the iPhone XR, it took another year before the higher-end iPhone models went beyond the basics.
However, Apple’s strategy for the Pro models has clearly been to add one additional special finish and change it up each year. For the iPhone 11 Pro, that was an elegant Midnight Green, while the iPhone 12 Pro went with a gorgeous Pacific Blue finish.
There’s no doubt that these colours were intended to match the more premium nature of Apple’s flagship iPhone models, in much the same way higher-end cars usually get more attractive finishes.
So, it stands to reason that the iPhone 13 Pro is going to also get a classy new colour, and we’d already heard it was going to be an orange-bronze colour, which some reports pegged as Sunset Gold.
KTC’s website seems to line up with this in concept, although it currently lists the colour simply as “Bronze.” This could still be a placeholder, however. It’s also possible something is being lost in translation, although the same site clearly lists the iPhone 12 Pro models in “Pacific Blue.”
Like the standard iPhone 13 models, it’s unclear if the other finishes may change, since we have only colour names to go on. A report earlier this year suggested Apple was working on a deep matte black finish for the iPhone 13 Pro, and the fact that KTC lists the iPhone 13 Pro as “Black” rather than “Graphite” may give us a hint that this new ultra-dark option is indeed coming after all.
No 1TB iPhone?
Unfortunately, it’s not all happy news. While the lineup of iPhone 13 models listed on KTC’s website shows a whole range of capacity options, there’s no mention at all of the much-rumoured 1TB model.
To be clear, at least one report earlier this year suggested that even though Apple was considering a higher-capacity iPhone 13 Pro tier, it may have dropped it to avoid increasing the prices of the new iPhones.
It’s also notable that KTC doesn’t list a 256GB tier for the two standard iPhone 13 models, although this could be a simple omission. The same could also be said for the absence of a 1TB model, of course.
- iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini: 64GB / 128GB
- iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max: 128GB / 256GB / 512GB
If true, however, it’s going to be a disappointment for those who were hoping for a higher-capacity iPhone, especially if the rumours of ProRes video recording are true, since these high-quality videos will quickly eat up a lot of storage.
Of course, there’s a possibility that KTC doesn’t have all the details on the capacities, and is therefore making some assumptions from last year, but the new colours suggest that its website listings aren’t entirely based on speculation. While reports of the new colours been swirling for a while, it would be an unusual move for an e-commerce site to populate its product database purely on rumours.