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iPhone 13 mini could be the last 'mini' iPhone, says Kuo

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What you need to know

  • Apple may be planning to ditch the 'mini' iPhone after this year.
  • Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says the 2022 iPhone will feature two 6.1-inch models instead.
  • The iPhone 12 mini has been plagued by reports of poor sales and lower popularity since its release.

Despite the iPhone 12 mini being the best small iPhone currently available, a new leak says that the iPhone 13 mini could be the last time Apple makes a small flagship smartphone.

According to a new research note seen by iMore, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicts that Apple plans to ditch the small 5.4-inch iPhone in favor of two 6.1-inch models, alongside two larger 6.7-inch models, with a 'Pro' version of each next year.

In his latest research note Kuo writes:

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.

It has previously been reported that Apple would release an iPhone 13 mini, despite ailing iPhone 12 mini sales. The 2021 iPhone is expected to be a more subtle 'S' upgrade on the iPhone 12, rather than a major overhaul like last year's version. That means four iPhone models in three sizes just like the current lineup.

As noted, Kuo says that next year Apple will drop the 5.4-inch model and run with two 6.1-inch models instead, one Pro, one regular. Kuo also shared some very exciting news about what those new iPhones might feature, suggesting the 'Pro' 2022 iPhone could feature a 48MP camera capable of shooting video in 8K. Even further ahead, Kuo says that 2023 could herald the introduction of under-screen Face ID, which might signal the end of the iPhone's infamous notch.

How do you feel about the end of the iPhone 'mini', is it a device you like? Or are you glad Apple is apparently turning its attention elsewhere? Sound off in the comments or over on Twitter.

Stephen Warwick
News Editor

Stephen Warwick has written about Apple for five years at iMore and previously elsewhere. He covers all of iMore's latest breaking news regarding all of Apple's products and services, both hardware and software. Stephen has interviewed industry experts in a range of fields including finance, litigation, security, and more. He also specializes in curating and reviewing audio hardware and has experience beyond journalism in sound engineering, production, and design.

Before becoming a writer Stephen studied Ancient History at University and also worked at Apple for more than two years. Stephen is also a host on the iMore show, a weekly podcast recorded live that discusses the latest in breaking Apple news, as well as featuring fun trivia about all things Apple.

1 Comment
  • I'm sad. I will hold onto my iPhone 12 mini with a death grip because this form factor is clearly obsolete. Such a shame really that big screen devices has taken over the majority and now the default options are mini tablets with phone capability. My phone HAS to last now. I'm officially out of the smartphone market.