Not dead, but unupdated iPhone Mini

The iPhone Mini seems to be done after just two iterations – the company has stopped working on it. Even if you get a new one, Apple will sell you a 128GB model for $599; however, the new iPhone 14 lineup doesn’t include the 5.4-inch screen that some people prefer.

Even though I’m disappointed, I’m not surprised. There have been rumors about the Mini’s demise since its introduction in 2020. Several reports emerged in early 2021 stating Apple had been overestimating demand for the phone and had to cut production, resulting in it accounting for only a tiny percentage of all iPhone sales.

MINIs weren’t perfectly designed, and they were niche devices – the perfect recipe for cult classics. However, most people are just looking for cheap phones with big screens. Statista estimates that manufacturers will ship around 13.5 percent of units in 2022 with screens between 5 and 5.5 inches. In contrast, 40 percent of shipments were smartphones with screens larger than six inches. In addition, Statista’s data shows that small phones have been fewer and fewer over the past few years, while big phones have been on the rise.

Here at The Verge first reviewed the iPhone 12 MiniThere seems to have only been a few of the “many” who predicted it would be a favorite, but We who like the Mini were dead-on in our predictions It’s true. It had the form factor of a mid-2010s device but had the specs of a 2020 flagship. The Mini finally brought features that had only been available in phones with 5.8-inch or larger screens, like multiple Incredible cameras, 512GB of storage, and bright, HDR displays, to a device that can be comfortably used with one hand.

There were some downsides to the Mini. While the battery capacity of the 13 models was increased by 9 percent, it was never a phone that could last a full day. In fact, even if Apple could have made a Pro version that was practical despite being able to match its mainline counterpart feature for feature. For those who didn’t mind those tradeoffs (or who didn’t mind carrying some extra bulk when necessary, like battery banks), it was a great option. There’s something magical about the Mini – it fills (or fills, if we’re being honest) a niche that other manufacturers had mostly abandoned.

Several Android phones come with reasonable screen sizes, but they aren’t minis. Asus’ Zenfone 9 sports a 5.9-inch screen, while Google’s Pixel 6A has a 6.1-inch screen (which my coworker Allison Johnson called “the ideal smartphone screen size”). However, the Mini’s 5.4-inch screen out compacts all of them. If you want something truly small, you’re not going to find it in Toyota’s compact – yeah, Toyota’s version is probably what most people would prefer, but you won’t find it in Smart.

Although the iPhone 6-era design, despite having a considerably smaller 4.7-inch screen, is actually bigger than the Mini, Apple still sells a phone that’s around the same size as the Mini: the 2022 iPhone SE. Apple’s flagship processor and years upon years of OS updates give the SE a lot to recommend it, but it’s still very much a budget model as opposed to the iPhone Mini. Apple’s latest technology outclasses the SE’s display and lacks dual cameras, MagSafe, Ultra Wideband 5G, or FaceID.

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