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RIP to the iPhone mini — not dead but not updated

Well, that’s it — after just two iterations, it looks like Apple is done with the iPhone Mini. Sure, it still sells you something new; 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 prefer.

I may be disappointed, but I’m not surprised. Rumors of Mini’s demise have been rife since its launch in 2020. In early 2021, reports surfaced that Apple had overestimated demand for the phone and had to cut its production, which was only by a single-digit percentage. All iPhone sales.

This is probably because most people have cheap phones with large screens. Phones with 5 to 5.5-inch screens will account for about 13.5 percent of units shipped by manufacturers in 2022, according to Statista estimates. Meanwhile phones with screens larger than 6 inches accounted for 40 percent of shipments. Statista’s data also shows that over the past few years, fewer and fewer smaller phones have been shipped, while larger phones have been on the rise.

A chart showing that the percentage of phones with screens between 6 and 7 inches has increased as the percentage of phones with smaller screens between 5 and 5.5 inches has decreased.

It’s sad to say, but you won’t really see a bump from the minis here.
Data: Statista

While we are here to the edge First reviewing the iPhone 12 Mini, we predicted it was “going to be a crowd favorite.” “Many” seems to have changed only a few, but the bit to be favorites remains the same – those who like mini Really like It’s a 2020-level flagship phone stuck in the footprint of a mid-2010s device. After years of features like incredible cameras, 512GB of storage, and bright, HDR displays only available on phones with 5.8-inch or (much) larger screens, the Mini finally makes it all available on a device you can comfortably use. with one hand

Yes, the Mini has its downsides. Even with the 9 percent bump in battery capacity that comes with the 13 model, it’s not a phone that can get you through a full day of heavy use. And while it can match its larger mainline counterpart feature for feature, it’s hard to imagine Apple making a practical Pro version.

Still, being a guy is cool choice For people who don’t mind those tradeoffs (or who don’t want to carry a little extra in the form of battery banks on the rare occasion they need them). And that’s the real magic of the Mini – it fills (or I suppose has filled) a niche completely abandoned by other manufacturers.

Sure, there are some great Android phones with reasonably sized screens, but they aren’t small. The Asus Zenfone 9 has a 5.9-inch screen, and the Pixel 6A has a 6.1-inch display (which my colleague Allison Johnson recently declared the “ideal smartphone screen size”). But the Mini’s 5.4-inch screen makes it all compact. It’s like comparing a Smart car to a modern Corolla – yes, Toyota’s compact version is preferred by many, but if you really want something smaller, you won’t be satisfied with it.

Technically, Apple is still selling a mini-sized phone: the 2022 iPhone SE. (However, believe it or not, the iPhone 6-era design actually exists big (despite a smaller 4.7-inch screen than the Mini.) But while the SE has a fair bit to recommend it — iMessage, years of OS updates, Apple’s fastest flagship processor — it’s still a budget model in a way. Not the iPhone mini. The SE doesn’t get features like dual cameras, MagSafe, ultra wideband 5G or Face ID, and its display completely outshines Apple’s latest tech.

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The iPhone SE is slightly taller, wider and heavier than the Mini – not to mention slippier with its rounded corners.

I mean, if you have and want an iPhone 13 mini Upgrade While still keeping the small size, you basically have no options available. And, apparently, it sucks! Sure, it might not be a huge deal now that the iPhone 12 and 13 are still perfectly fine. But what about when they start to show their age in two or three years? If Apple sticks with its current lineup and Android manufacturers step in to fill the small hole in the market, where are we Mini fans going to go?

I’ve seen the argument that foldables like the Galaxy Z Flip will replace the Mini. And to some extent, I understand this point of view. Even the current generation takes up less vertical space in your pocket than the iPhone mini, and they’ll get thinner over time.

Pocket feel is only part of the story. The main screen of the Z Flip 4 is 6.7 inches. While I realize that getting such a large screen with a device that doesn’t take up much space is the whole appeal of a phone for most people, I personally don’t want something that size. Make fun of me if you want (my ego is stronger than my wrists), but I’m just too uncomfortable to reach the edges of 6-inch Plus screens. And I’m sure I’m not the only mini user who either constantly flirted with or succumbed to repetitive strain injury issues before moving away from bigger phones.

I’m still hanging on to a tiny bit of hope. Earlier this year, my colleague Sean Hollister wrote an article He begged Apple suggests doing one of two things with the iPhone Mini: start updating it every two or three years, or use its design for the next iPhone SE. Yes, the Mini becoming a budget model certainly takes away some of its charm – but at least it gets new processors every now and then, and as Sean points out, most of us would be willing to trade in a brand new one. And of course great for a phone that works with our anatomy.

If Apple is planning such a move, it probably won’t show up in supply chains for a few years. Until that happens, or until enough time has passed to give up all hope, Mini owners can take solace in knowing our phones will continue to receive updates for a while — and remembering the wonderful, brief times Apple brought it back. Small phone.

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