iPhone 14 mini: Why Apple is discontinuing the 5.4-inch form factor

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The iPhone 14 is coming in less than two months, but there's bad news for fans of Apple's smaller iPhone 13 form factor. If you were hoping to upgrade to the iPhone 14 mini this year, that won't be an option, unfortunately. This is why.

iPhone 14 mini

iPhone 14 mini

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Apple introduced the 5.4-inch iPhone 'mini' form factor with the iPhone 12 lineup in 2020. However, despite a vocal group of supporters, it quickly became clear that the iPhone 12 mini wasn't selling as well. like the rest of the iPhone 12. get in line.

Just two months after the launch of the iPhone 12 lineup, a CIRP analyst report indicated that the iPhone 12 mini had accounted for just 6% of iPhone sales in those first two months. For comparison's sake, iPhone 12 accounted for 27% of sales, followed by iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max at 20% each.



In fact, the iPhone 12 mini, despite being one of the new "flagship" iPhones, often outsold older models including the iPhone SE, iPhone 11, and iPhone XR.

The iPhone 13 mini was released in September 2021, and despite improvements in battery life and screen brightness, sales were still slow. Recent data from CIRP suggested that the iPhone 13 mini only accounted for 3% of all iPhone sales in the second quarter.

The iPhone lineup

The iPhone lineup

The iPhone 13 mini (and the iPhone 12 mini before it) sits in a strange place in Apple's lineup. Apple currently sells the following iPhone models:

iPhone 14 mini price


  • iPhone SE: Starting at $429 for 64GB of storage
  • iPhone 11: Starting at $499 for 64GB of storage
  • iPhone 12 mini: Starting at $599 for 64GB of storage
  • iPhone 12: Starting at $699 for 64GB of storage
  • iPhone 13 mini: Starting at $699 for 128GB of storage
  • iPhone 13: Starting at $799 for 128GB of storage
  • iPhone 13 Pro: Starting at $999 for 128GB of storage
  • iPhone 13 Pro Max: Starting at $1,099 for 128GM of storage

The iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 13 mini are likely to be difficult to justify for many iPhone buyers given the smaller screen compared to the iPhone 11 and iPhone 12. Both the iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 13 mini offer benefits over the iPhone 11 and iPhone 12. But many consumers associate larger screens with a device that is "more premium."

iPhone 14 mini Specification (Unofficial)

Ram4 GB
ProcessorApple A15 Bionic (5 nm)
Rear Camera12 MP + 12 MP
Front Camera12 MP + SL 3D
Battery2227 mAh
Display5.4 inches

The Future

iPhone 14 mini Future

A number of reports have indicated that we will not see an iPhone 14 mini this year. NextGadgetsInfo has also exclusively reported that Apple is not testing an iPhone 14 mini.

The iPhone 14 (codenamed D27 and D28) will be available in 6.1-inch and 6.7-inch form factors. The iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max (codenamed D73 and D74) will also be available in 6.1-inch and 6.7-inch form factors.

This means that the smaller iPhone 14 will feature a 6.1-inch screen, and Apple will reduce the number of screen size options from three to two. The iPhone 13 mini is likely to stay in Apple's lineup at a lower price, perhaps around $599.

The 'mini' iPhone form factor could return as a future iPhone SE, but for now, the iPhone 14 lineup will mark the end of the era.
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