What you need to know
- Apple is expected to launch a 5.4-inch iPhone 12 within weeks.
- That iPhone will be physically smaller thanks to the lack of a Home button.
- It'll make it the go-to iPhone for people wanting the smallest handset.
Update September 22, 2020: We originally published this article on September 3, but with news that the iPhone 12 event may be coming sooner than we think, we're even more excited for the possibility of an iPhone 12 mini. After all, how can we say no to a potentially smaller iPhone with no Home button and smaller bezels for more screen, with a size that rivals the original iPhone SE? Stay tuned!
The next few weeks are going to be big for Apple and iPhone with as many as four new handsets set to be announced. Arguably the most interesting one of the four is the 5.4-inch iPhone 12, the smallest iPhone Apple has made in a long while. So small, you could call it iPhone 12 mini.
And that's exactly what this concept video imagines.
It's unlikely Apple will go with the iPhone 12 mini branding but it will surely lean into it being a small iPhone for those who miss the original iPhone SE. The lack of a Home button – allowing a larger screen in a smaller body – will make it a real competitor for the current iPhone SE as well. That's the iPhone people buy when they want a pocketable device right now, after all.
Apple is expected to announce two iPhone 12 and two iPhone 12 Pro models soon with at least some of those devices shipping in October. New iPads and Apple Watches are also in the offing, too.
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Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.
Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.