In 2020, Apple introduced its first “mini” iPhone with the iPhone 12 line. Although the sales figures for this model were never impressive, the company gave its small phone another chance with the iPhone 13 mini in 2021. Now it looks like the iPhone mini is going away for good. And for those of you who own one, do you plan to upgrade your phone anytime soon?
iPhones have gotten bigger
Since the introduction of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in 2014, iPhones have gotten bigger than ever. After all, every other smartphone already had a big screen back then, and the iPhone was one of the few that continued with a 4-inch screen.
While large screens seemed like the way to go, some users still complained about it. They wanted a smaller phone that still had all the functionality of a new one. That’s when Apple released the first iPhone SE in 2015, which had the exact same form factor as an iPhone 5s, but with the internal hardware of the iPhone 6s. It was a small phone with the latest processor and the best camera capable of shooting 4K videos.
The size of the iPhone SE was indeed one of the reasons people bought it, but it was also much cheaper than its bigger siblings. Eventually the iPhone SE was discontinued until Apple decided to bring the SE back in 2020 – but this time, with the same form factor as an iPhone 8. The 4.7-inch LCD n It’s not as compact as an iPhone 5, but is still considerably smaller than any other modern iPhone.
But the second-generation iPhone SE was far from a smaller iPhone 11. It had the same chip, but not the same cameras or display quality. Later that year, Apple decided to show some love to more discerning users who preferred smaller phones. The iPhone 12 mini was exactly an iPhone 12, but smaller.
The iPhone mini
The iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini both feature 5G, MagSafe, an OLED panel, stereo speakers, the A14 Bionic chip, and the same cameras. It seemed like the perfect recipe for success. But it turns out the iPhone 12 mini was never a hit. Apple has never discussed sales figures for individual iPhone models, but several independent market studies have found the iPhone 12 mini to be by far the least popular iPhone model.
I had the opportunity to try the iPhone 12 mini and wrote a little about it here on 9to5Mac. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not a bad phone. In fact, it’s basically a small, high-end smartphone. But that’s the problem: at least for me, a small high-end smartphone doesn’t make much sense. I do a lot with my iPhone these days, and the iPhone 12 mini doesn’t seem like a device for people who need the best on the market.
The iPhone mini survived another year with the iPhone 13 lineup. Apple increased its battery, one of the main complaints from iPhone 12 mini owners, but that still doesn’t seem like enough to convince people that the iPhone mini is a bargain. For a phone with prices starting at $699 in the US, there are a lot of compromises.
This time, the rumors come together pointing out that the iPhone mini will be discontinued. Apple is expected to introduce four new iPhone models this year, but none of them will be a “mini”. Instead, the mid-range iPhone 14 is expected to come in the same 6.1-inch and 6.7-inch sizes as the iPhone 14 Pro line.
Personally, I think this form factor would be more popular if it were available at a lower price. Again, I don’t think most people looking for a smaller phone care about having the best hardware. An iPhone mini would make more sense as an iPhone SE than a smaller premium iPhone. The iPhone mini is going to disappear because too few people are buying it.
With that in mind, if you’re an iPhone mini owner, are you planning to upgrade your phone anytime soon? And if so, what will your next smartphone be? Let us know in the poll and also in the comments section below.
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