The iPhone 13 is thicker and heavier than the iPhone 12
Enlarge / The iPhone 13 and the iPhone 13 mini. Yesterday Apple announced its new flagship iPhones: the iPhone 13, iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 13 Pro, and iPhone 13 Pro Max. But while Apple’s announcement livestream was full of detail, a few things were left out.
Fortunately, we’ve learned a little more from Apple’s updated website, including dimensions and weight, some specs information, and the lineup of older iPhone models that will survive the weed-out after the launch of a new flagship.
Thicker and heavier
The new iPhones are heavier than their immediate predecessors and also a bit thicker. For example, the iPhone 12 weighed 5.78 ounces, but the iPhone 13 weighs 6.14 ounces. The iPhone 12 Pro was 6.66 ounces, but the iPhone 13 Pro is 7.19 ounces. That holds true across the board. And the iPhone 13 is 0.25mm thicker than the 12; similar differences in thickness are also universal.
That added weight can mainly be due to larger batteries – Apple said it redesigned the internal components of the iPhones to make room for the batteries. Camera systems can also play a role.
Same old RAM
Apple has occasionally increased the amount of RAM in its iPhones with new iterations, but that’s not the case this year. Although Apple does not usually publish how much RAM a device has, MacRumors found clues about the RAM configurations of the new phones in the Apple-developed Xcode developer tool. The iPhone 13 and 13 mini have 4 GB of RAM and the Pro models 6 GB – just like last year’s iPhones.
The new iPhone range
When Apple introduces a new iPhone, it usually dumps at least one older model, while sometimes keeping others as lower-cost entry points into the iPhone product line.
According to Apple’s online store, the iPhone 12, iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 11, and iPhone SE will survive. But the previously available iPhone XR, iPhone 12 Pro, and iPhone 12 Pro Max appear to be retired.
That lineup may change if the new iPhones actually pre-order on Friday, but we doubt it.