Well, that’s it then – after just two iterations, Apple seems to be done with the iPhone Mini. Of course, he will always sell you a new one; Last year’s 128GB iPhone 13 Mini is currently available for $599, but the new iPhone 14 lineup doesn’t include any models with the smaller 5.4-inch screen that some people love.
I may be disappointed, but I’m not surprised. Rumors of the Mini’s death have been swirling almost since its 2020 debut. In early 2021, reports began to surface that Apple had grossly overestimated demand for the phone and had to cut production and that it wouldn’t. accounted for single-digit percentages of all iPhone sales.
Maybe it’s because most people just want cheap phones with big screens. According to Statista estimates, phones with screens between 5 and 5.5 inches accounted for around 13.5% of units shipped by manufacturers in 2022. Phones with screens larger than 6 inches, meanwhile, accounted for 40 % of shipments. Data from Statista also shows that in recent years fewer small phones have been shipped, while large phones have increased.
When we here at The edge first reviewing the iPhone 12 Mini, we predicted it “was going to be a favorite for many”. It seems the ‘many’ turned out to be only a few, but being a favorite was dead – those of us who love the Mini really I like this. It managed to be a 2020-level flagship phone crammed into the footprint of a mid-2010s device. available on phones with 5.8-inch or (much) larger screens, the Mini has finally made them all available in one device you can comfortably use. with one hand.
Yes, the Mini had drawbacks. Even with the 9% increase in battery capacity that came with the Model 13, it was never a phone that could last you through a full day of heavy use. And while it might have gone feature by feature with its larger counterpart, it’s hard to imagine Apple could have created a practical Pro version.
Still, it was great to have like option for people who don’t care about those trade-offs (or who don’t mind carrying around a little extra bulk in the form of battery banks on the rare occasions when they need it). And that’s the real magic of the Mini – it fills (or filled, I guess) a niche that has been completely abandoned by other manufacturers.
Sure, there are great Android phones out there with reasonably sized screens, but they aren’t. miniature. The Asus Zenfone 9 has a 5.9-inch screen, and the Pixel 6A rocks a 6.1-inch screen (which my colleague Allison Johnson recently said was “the perfect smartphone screen size”). But the Mini’s 5.4-inch screen is more compact than all that. It’s like comparing a Smart car to a modern Corolla – yes, Toyota’s compact version is probably what most people would prefer, but if you want something really small, you won’t be happy with it.
Technically, Apple is still selling a phone that’s roughly the same size as the Mini: the iPhone SE 2022. (However, believe it or not, the design of the iPhone 6 is actually bigger than the Mini despite having a much smaller 4.7-inch screen.) But while the SE has quite a few things to recommend it – iMessage, years and years of OS updates, the flagship processor incredibly fast from Apple – it’s still obviously a budget model in a way that the iPhone Mini wasn’t. The SE lacks features like dual cameras, MagSafe, Ultra Wideband 5G, or Face ID, and its screen is completely outclassed by Apple’s latest tech.
What I mean is if you have an iPhone 13 Mini and you want Upgrade while keeping the size small, you have hardly any options available. And frankly, it sucks! Of course, that might not be a big deal now, because the iPhone 12 and 13 are still doing just fine. But what about in two or three years when they start to show their age? If Apple sticks to its current lineup and no Android maker steps in to fill the small hole in the market, where are we Mini fans headed?
I’ve seen the argument that foldables like the Galaxy Z Flip will replace the Mini. And to a certain extent, I understand this point of view. Even the current-gen ones take up less vertical space in your pocket than the iPhone Mini, and they might get even thinner over time.
The pocket-sized feel is only part of the story, however. The main screen of the Z Flip 4 measures 6.7 inches. While I realize being able to get such a big screen with a device that doesn’t take up a lot of space is about the whole appeal of the phone for most people, I personally don’t want something that big. Laugh at me if you will (my ego is stronger than my wrists), but I just find it very uncomfortable to reach the edges of screens larger than 6 inches. And I’m sure I’m not the only Mini user who constantly flirted or succumbed to repetitive strain injury issues before moving on to bigger phones.
I still cling to an ounce of hope. Earlier this year, my colleague Sean Hollister wrote an article that
begged suggested that Apple do one of two things with the iPhone Mini: either start updating it once every two or three years, or use its design for the next iPhone SE. Yes, the Mini becoming the budget model would certainly take away some of its charm – but at least it would still get new processors from time to time, and, as Sean noted, many of us would be willing to trade with the absolute latest and greatest for a phone that actually works with our anatomy.
If Apple is planning this kind of move, it probably won’t show up in supply chains for a few years. Until that is the case, or until enough time has passed to really snuff out hope, Mini owners can take comfort in knowing that our phones will continue to receive updates for some time. time – and remembering the glorious, albeit brief, time when Apple brought back the little phone.
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