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The iPhone 12 mini was unveiled by Apple alongside the iPhone 12 line-up last October. However, from all indications, the company might phase out the iPhone mini after the iPhone 13 line-up. That is to say, the iPhone 13 mini could be the last iPhone mini.
According to MacRumors reputable Apple analyst, Ming Chi Kuo, Apple will be rolling out only four models of the iPhone 14 in 2022. He claims that the iPhone 14 mini will not be included in the iPhone 14 line-up.
This is as a result of the iPhone 12 mini’s poor sales. The smartphone has reportedly accounted for just 6% of sales across the series of Apple’s new iPhone. Additionally, the iPhone SE has made the iPhone 12 mini unnecessary Since it offers a small form factor at a snip of the price of the iPhone 12 mini.
Kuo also Suggested that there will be two lower-end iPhone 14 models coming in at 6.1 inches and 6.7 inches in 2022. This will be the same for high-end iPhone 14 models coming in at 6.1 inches and 6.7 inches also.
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Four models of the iPhone 12 series were unveiled Last year; the 5.4-inch iPhone 12 mini, the 6.1-inch iPhone 12, and iPhone 12 Pro, and the 6.7-inch iPhone 12 Pro Max. Since the launch of the iPhone 12 mini, there have been Complaints from users about its poor battery life and touchscreen issues.
Despite the poor sales accompanied with the launch of the iPhone 12 mini, we expect to see an iPhone 13 mini launched this year. Thereby giving the iPhone 13 mini a fighting chance at a better Sales since there will be no iPhone SE launching this year. But if Kuo’s analysis is correct, a better Sales won’t Save the iPhone mini from being cut from the iPhone line-up.
kuo further mentioned that Apple is set to launch the iPhone SE 3 in 2022, skipping this year. We are not certain if the sale of iPhone 13 mini will affect its decision over the ‘mini’ line, but as long as it continues to offer a smaller, budget option with the SE, it’s going to have a tough time justifying the higher price tag of a future iPhone mini by comparison.