iPhone 13 may feature significantly larger batteries according to new rumor

The rumor: Apple’s battery sizes could increase significantly on iPhone 13, according to a new Weibo rumor spotted by L0vetodream (88% accurate).

Here’s how the battery capacities could be changing:

  • iPhone 13 mini – 2,406mAh (7.4% increase)
  • iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro – 3,095mAh (9% increase)
  • iPhone 13 Pro Max – 4,352mAh (15.3% increase)

Our take: Solid increases across the board here, if the rumor is true. We’ve heard previously that batteries were getting bigger, but these are our first specifics. Pro Max gets the largest increase, of course.


Apple will likely release a new iMac on Tuesday

The rumors: There is more evidence than ever that Apple plans to launch a new iMac imminently, suggested by L0vetodream (89% accurate).

  • In yet another tweet about Apple’s upcoming event on Tuesday, L0vetodream has shard a side-by-side comparison showing the colors in the invite and retro Apple logo
  • Apple’s new iMac may feature a 23-24-inch display, Apple Silicon and new color options similar to the iPad Air

Our take: As I’ve been saying for days now, I believe a new iMac is coming. Many other sources are hinting at this, as well.


27-inch iMac likely getting new colors, larger display with 2021 refresh

The rumor: The largest 27-inch iMac is getting larger, according to L0vetodream (89% accurate).

  • Translated, L0vetodream says “The iMac’s screen is really big, bigger than the biggest one”
  • Last month, when questioned about the new iMac, the mysterious leaker tweeted out an array of colorful Apple Watch bands…suggesting that Jon Prosser’s (78.2% accurate) rumor is correct

Our take: Not new info, but coming from L0vetodream (89% accurate) this means the info is quite reliable. Again, I think this iMac is coming sooner than the Fall.

Numerous redesigned Macs likely coming in the second half of 2021

The rumor: Apple plans to significantly upgrade a number of Macs in the second half of 2021, according to L0vetodream (88.9% accurate) and Ming-Chi Kuo (78% accurate).

  • While Kuo suggests design changes are coming only to Macs with Apple Silicon, L0vetodream suggests Intel Macs will see redesigns as well
  • 14/16-inch MacBook Pro models and a smaller Mac Pro are expected
  • Apple debuted the M1 chip in MacBook Air, MacBook Pro and Mac mini earlier this month

Our take: Seems like the second half of next year will be huge for the Mac. I am extremely excited to see what Apple can do with their silicon in optimized designs.


Apple may release ‘Christmas surprise’ later this year

The rumor: Apple’s surprises for 2020 aren’t done quite yet, according to the well-connected source L0vetodream (88.9% accurate).

Our take: No idea what this could be (yet). The hints at winter suggest whatever is coming will help in cold weather though… My wildest guest? Something to do with AirPods.


Under-display Touch ID may come to iPhone in 2021

The rumor: Apple is working on an all-new version of Touch ID that sits beneath the display, according to L0vetodream (88.5% accurate).

  • It’s unclear when under-the-screen Touch ID will launch, but previous rumors suggest it could come as soon as next year
  • Apple recently integrated Touch ID into the power button of iPad Air, marking the first time Apple’s fingerprint technology was placed somewhere other than the home button
  • Amid a worldwide pandemic where face coverings are normal, the flaws of Face ID have become increasingly apparent

Our take: As Jon Prosser (85.5% accurate) explains, MESA = Touch ID codename and uts = under-the-screen. Other sources, such as Mark Gurman (88.3% accurate) have previously suggested this could be used in tandem with Face ID on an iPhone in 2021.


Apple October 2020 event leaderboard update

This is our biggest leaderboard update yet. While other products see rumors intermittently throughout the year, Apple’s biggest product, the iPhone, is relentlessly leaked week-by-week until the eventual Fall unveil. Following the October 13 event, here’s how iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro and HomePod mini rearranged the source leaderboard.

Sources that increased

🏀 Mark Gurman: 87.8 ⮕ 88.3% accurate

  • +30 correct rumors
  • -2 incorrect claims

🧻 Jon Prosser: 74.5 ⮕ 85.2% accurate

  • +69 correct rumors
  • -6 incorrect claims

👨‍💻 Ming-Chi Kuo: 74.6 ⮕ 77.5% accurate

  • +19 correct rumors
  • -1 incorrect claims

🗞 WSJ: 76.7 ⮕ 77.4% accurate

  • +1 correct rumor

MacRumors: 69 ⮕ 70% accurate

  • +1 correct rumor

🧭 Macotakara: 66.7 ⮕ 69.6% accurate

  • +16 correct rumors
  • -5 incorrect claims

🍍 Max Weinbach: 63 ⮕ 67.1% accurate

  • +23 correct rumors
  • -8 incorrect claims

🔢 DigiTimes: 61.3 ⮕ 65% accurate

  • +14 correct rumors
  • -4 incorrect claims

🦅 Barclays: 57.9 ⮕ 64.5% accurate

  • +9 correct rumors
  • -3 incorrect claims

The Verifier: 51.3 ⮕ 51.9% accurate

  • +1 correct rumor

💵 Economic Daily News: 36.1 ⮕ 36.8% accurate

  • +1 correct rumor
  • -1 incorrect claim

Source(s) that stayed the same

🧧 Kang 康总: 97.8 ⮕ 97.8% accurate

  • +84 correct rumors
  • -2 incorrect claims

Sources that decreased

🌙 L0vetodream: 88.9 ⮕ 87.9% accurate

  • +32 correct rumors
  • – 5 incorrect claims

Note: As you may have noticed, no source is 100% accurate. That’s because all sources get some info right and some info wrong: do not harass anyone for their track record. The leaderboard functionality on AppleTrack is here only to help Apple enthusiasts better understand how likely a rumor really is.

As always, if you notice a discrepancy on someone’s record, let us know.

‘HomePod mini’ may be the only new HomePod this year

The rumor: Apple has no plans to update the full-size HomePod in 2020, according to L0vetodream (88.7% accurate).

  • Instead, Apple will be releasing a smaller, ‘mini’ version of the existing HomePod that is lower-cost and more portable
  • The original HomePod was last updated (and released) in February 2018

Our take: I’ve been in the market for a portable speaker for at least three years now, but I still haven’t pulled the trigger on anything yet. This seems like the perfect product for me, so long as the price point is sub-$249.


5.4-inch model to be named ‘iPhone 12 mini’

The leak: Apple’s naming for this year’s iPhone lineup will include a different moniker for the first time ever on the lineup, according to L0vetodream (88.7% accurate).

Here’s what the highly-accurate leaker thinks the naming will be:

  • 5.4-inch model: iPhone 12 mini
  • 6.1-inch model: iPhone 12
  • 6.1-inch model: iPhone 12 Pro
  • 6.7-inch model: iPhone 12 Pro Max

Our take: Apple has never used ‘mini’ to describe an iPhone before. Where have we seen it? On the iPod, iPad and on the Mac. This seems like the perfect way to market it as it is the smallest higher-end iPhone in years.


Apple Watch ‘SE’ may lack ECG feature

The rumor: The upcoming, l0wer-end Apple Watch may be a modified version of the existing Series 5, according to L0vetodream (89.2% accurate).

  • The lower-end Apple Watch could be a Series 5 model, but without the ECG feature
    • Presumably, Apple would leave out other features, too
  • Mark Gurman (86.7% accurate) recently rumored the Fall release of a cheaper Apple Watch to replace the current Series 3 model

Our take: L0vetodream’s crazy-good track record is going to lead me to believe this…although I do find it a bit strange that this “lower-end Apple Watch” is more or less as good as last year’s flagship model. To me, offering the Apple Watch Series 4 without ECG would be more realistic.


Reliable source says no new Apple Watch this month

The rumor: Apple will not be launching a new Apple Watch imminently, according to L0vetodream (89.2% accurate).

Our take: Well this is a bummer. L0vetodream sits at nearly the top of the source leaderboard and is relentlessly good at knowing when new products will ship. I guess next week we may just see that new iPad Air.