iPhone 13 mini again tipped to be last small flagship iPhone, says report
What you need to know
- Another report says that the iPhone 13 mini will be the last of its kind.
- Due to poor sales Apple will drop the mini phone in 2022, says Nikkei Asia.
- A larger 6.7-inch 'Max' version of the iPhone 13 is apparently set to take its place.
A new report again says the iPhone 13 mini will be the last such 'mini' iPhone, and that in 2022 the iPhone 14 will herald the release of a second 6.7-inch 'Max' iPhone.
The news comes from a sweeping Nikkei Asia report regarding Apple's future plans, which indicates that, as per multiple previous reports, Apple's iPhone 12 mini sales "have disappointed", with the company drastically reducing orders for the device this year. Apple is reportedly also pre-empting weaker demand for the iPhone 13 mini as a result. From the report:
A source told Nikkei Asia that "it is pretty much decided that there won't be a Mini next year". As per previous reports, it is also claimed that Apple is planning to instead adopt a second 'Max' iPhone. The 6.7-inch phone would be a more cost-effective large iPhone with the same form factor as the iPhone 12 Pro Max but with fewer premium features.
This report echoes almost verbatim as a report from analyst Ming-Chi Kuo from April, as reported by iMore:
Nikkei also reports that Apple is planning to release a new 2022 iPhone SE next year with 5G and a new A15 processor.
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"We predict that the new 2H22 iPhone will have 4 models, namely the high-end 6.7-inch and 6.1-inch models, and the lower-end 6.7-inch and 6.1-inch models." Then the low end 6.1 inch model is the replacement for the mini. NOT the low end 6.7 inch model.
I love my iPhone 12 mini! Just don't understand why people are not buying it in greater numbers. Will pass on the 13 mini (unless it comes also with TouchID) but surely will grab it if the mini line is discontinued in 2022.