We’re expecting Apple to announce four new iPhones later this year, and signs and portents progressively recommend that the smallest will be named the iPhone 12 mini– a title new to the iPhone variety but with a solid Apple heritage. Previous and present mini Apple items consist of the iPod mini, iPad mini, and Mac mini. So it might be time for a tiny iPhone, too.
The name was discussed previously today by recognized leaker @L0vetodream, who suggested that the four new iPhones would be called the iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, and iPhone 12 Pro Max. Now another leaker, @duanrui1205, has shared images showing Apple’s “silicone case sticker labels,” complete with names and hand-labeled screen sizes. They match previous reports for sizes and specifications, with the line-up as follows:
- Apple iPhone 12 mini– 5.4-inch screen
- Apple iPhone 12– 6.1-inch screen (the same as the iPhone 11)
- Apple iPhone 12 Pro– 6.1-inch screen (however with presumably greater specifications)
- Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max– 6.7-inch model (bigger than the 6.5-inch iPhone 11 Pro Max)
We saw the image via MacRumors, which notes that the design numbers are new for Apple, and that @duanrui1205 has actually had some dripping success recently. They shared a manual showing an all-screen iPad Air that turned out to be on the cash
An iPhone mini with a 5.4-inch screen might ultimately replace the iPhone SE, presently the tiniest handset in Apple’s iPhone line-up. This would be a surprisingly challenging specific niche to occupy. The initial SE and its 2020 successor have actually been extensively praised for their value, tried-and-tested design, and pocketable screen sizes (4.7 inches for the 2020 model and 4 inches for the original SE). Not everyone wants an enormous phone.
A 5.4-inch iPhone mini would be bigger than both SE designs but not outlandishly so. And if the reports hold true that the new iPhones will go back to the industrial style of the iPhone 4 and 5 (think: a rounded rectangular shape with flat metal edges like the brand-new iPad Pro) then it may even look like the initial iPhone SE. You can see how the design and screen sizes compare in the image listed below, based on dummy iPhone 12 models sourced by MacRumors: