iPhone 13 could drop in late September with 1TB storage option, LiDAR for all

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Look inside the LiDAR scanner in the 2020 iPad Pro
It's about time LiDAR expanded its reach.
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Apple’s next-generation iPhone 13 lineup could launch during the third week of September with up to 1TB of storage, according to a new research report. It is also claimed that all models, from iPhone 13 mini to Pro Max, will feature a LiDAR Scanner for greater augmented reality and improved autofocus.

As Apple’s next big keynote edges closer, we’ve been hearing a lot about what to expect from its new iPhone models. We’re all but certain they will feature a faster, more efficient A15 chipset, while Pro models could also see some big camera improvements. They could also feature a smaller notch.

One thing that has remained a big mystery is when exactly the iPhone 13 lineup will make its debut. According to a new research note from one analyst, they will be here before the end of September.

iPhone 13 will land next month

“From a timing perspective, we believe the current iPhone 13 launch is slated for the third week in September,” wrote Wedbush analyst Dan Ives in a new note to investors, seen by MacRumors. It cites “Asia supply chain checks” that indicate up to 150 million iPhone 13 units will be built this year.

Last year’s iPhone unveiling happened in October, a little later than usual, as a result of manufacturing delays that resulted from the COVID-19 pandemic. But it seems, if the latest information is accurate, that Apple is on track to returning to a September event and launch — as has become tradition.

Perhaps more interesting than the launch date, however, are Ives’ claims surrounding some of iPhone 13’s features. He expects the largest storage option for Pro models to double from 512GB to a whopping 1TB, and for all iPhone 13 variants to get a LiDAR Scanner.

LiDAR Scanners for all?

The additional storage could have something to do with iPhone 13’s rumored pro camera features, which are expected to include support for a higher-quality ProRes video format. This will result in larger file sizes, so a 1TB option could be seen as essential for some iPhone videographers.

LiDAR Scanners for all iPhone 13 models seems a little less likely, though it is about time Apple made this feature more widely available. We’re yet to see a compelling use case for LiDAR, but if Apple can get it into more hands, developers may be more inclined to do amazing things with it.