iPhone 12 ProSource: Daniel Bader / Android Central

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.

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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.