This iPhone 13 mini Cyber Monday deal makes me wish Apple never discontinued the perfect-sized iPhone

Cyber Monday 2023 iPhone 13 mini
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I’ve loved using my super-sized iPhone 15 Pro Max since September. With its great camera, new Action button, and USB-C port, it’s a big upgrade over the iPhone 13 Pro that I had before. There have been times, though, when I find myself shuffling my hand around the device just to reach the Action button or grabbing the 15 Pro Max with both hands, solely for taking a photo in landscape. After seeing a deal on an iPhone 13 mini over at Amazon for Cyber Monday, it now has me wishing for a new Pro iPhone that comes in three sizes.

Right now, you can buy an iPhone 13 mini in Pink for $448.00, down from $476 on Amazon. You get the same features as a regular iPhone 13, such as Face ID, the dual camera, Cinematic Mode which uses the bokeh effect when recording video, and more. There’s a lot of power to play with on that 5.4-inch display and best of all, you can use all of this with one hand.

iPhone 13 mini |$476$448 at Amazon

iPhone 13 mini | $476 $448 at Amazon
The last of the smaller iPhones for now, featuring a 5.4-inch OLED display with FaceID, a 12MP dual camera, a 7MP front camera with 4K video recording, and more.

As I look down at my iPhone 15 Pro Max, I wonder if there’ll ever come a time when I can use these features in a smaller iPhone. Choosing an iPhone Pro model that comes in mini, regular, or max sizes is very appealing to me. For some users out there, you simply don’t need a huge display for your iPhone. You just want to use an iPhone for its camera, its messaging apps, and for Apple Music without a massive display and the added weight that comes with it. You may even have an iPad to watch videos on, instead of your iPhone.

It’s a shame that there have only been two iPhone mini models released — iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 13 mini, before it was replaced by the iPhone 14 Plus in 2022. Although the Amazon deal for the iPhone 13 mini is a great buy for someone who doesn’t care about the latest iPhone features, I'll still be holding out for a return of the mini model someday.

Daryl Baxter
Features Editor

Daryl is iMore's Features Editor, overseeing long-form and in-depth articles and op-eds. Daryl loves using his experience as both a journalist and Apple fan to tell stories about Apple's products and its community, from the apps we use every day to the products that have been long forgotten in the Cupertino archives.

Previously Software & Downloads Writer at TechRadar, and Deputy Editor at StealthOptional, he's also written a book, 'The Making of Tomb Raider', which tells the story of the beginnings of Lara Croft and the series' early development. His second book, '50 Years of Boss Fights', came out in June 2024, and has a monthly newsletter called 'Springboard'. He's also written for many other publications including WIRED, MacFormat, Bloody Disgusting, VGC, GamesRadar, Nintendo Life, VRV Blog, The Loop Magazine, SUPER JUMP, Gizmodo, Film Stories, TopTenReviews, Miketendo64, and Daily Star.