Forget iPhone 12 — iPhone 13 is getting this big upgrade

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The iPhone 13 could offer users more internal storage than ever with a massive 1TB capacity.

We're wondering if this is the case because of a recent tweet from leaker Jon Prosser. Although we don't know exactly what he means by his post, the basic message is pretty clear.

Currently, the maximum amount of storage you can get in an iPhone is 512GB, available on the iPhone 12 Pro and eventually the iPhone 12 Pro Max when it launches. That's already plenty more than most of its rivals, which tend to top out at 256GB.

But just having more than a Samsung Galaxy Note 20 or a OnePlus 8T isn't necessarily enough. Apple makes a big deal about the iPhone's camera and video abilities, which are two of the most storage-intensive things a phone can be used for. If you're a keen app user or mobile gamer too, then it'll be all too easy to fill up a phone, particularly over the course of the two or three years most users tend to keep their phones for.

There are alternate options to just adding more storage by default. Users could invest in iCloud or another cloud storage option, but that costs a subscription fee for any meaningful quantity and means that you don't always have immediate offline access to certain files. There's also the Samsung approach of offering space for microSD card expansion if the user wants to make use of it, but Apple has never been a company keen on users tinkering with the iPhone's hardware.

With the iPhone 12 range fully revealed, even if the iPhone 12 Pro Max and iPhone 12 Pro Mini won't debut until November, we should therefore look forward to next year and the iPhone 13 for Apple's likely first 1TB handsets. Based on the other rumors we've been hearing, the iPhone 13 could be a portless device with significantly better cameras than the iPhone 12 and the 120Hz refresh rate display that many of its rivals now use.

Richard Priday
Assistant Phones Editor

Richard is based in London, covering news, reviews and how-tos for phones, tablets, gaming, and whatever else people need advice on. Following on from his MA in Magazine Journalism at the University of Sheffield, he's also written for WIRED U.K., The Register and Creative Bloq. When not at work, he's likely thinking about how to brew the perfect cup of specialty coffee.