There Is No iPhone 14 Mini: Here's Why [Updated]

The iPhone 14 lineup is the first iPhone series to not include a display size below six inches, despite sticking with the 6.1-inch and 6.7-inch form factors of previous generations that included a 5.4-inch model. So why did Apple eliminate the "mini" device that some ‌iPhone‌ customers had come to love?

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Apple debuted the iPhone 12 mini in 2020 following years of calls from ‌iPhone‌ fans for the company to offer a small-screen device with the latest features. When Apple did so, it was assumed that the small form factor would persist for several years – but it appears that the device has come to a premature end upon the release of the ‌iPhone 14‌ lineup.

Concerns first arose when the ‌iPhone 12 mini‌ appeared to not be selling as well as Apple had hoped, making up just six percent of ‌iPhone‌ 12 sales in the U.S. in October and November 2020, according to data gathered by Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP). Counterpoint Research reported that the ‌iPhone 12 mini‌ accounted for only five percent of all ‌iPhone‌ 12 sales in the U.S. in the first half of January 2021.

Morgan Stanley believed that Apple chose to cut production of the ‌iPhone 12 mini‌ by two million units to create more manufacturing capacity for the more popular ‌iPhone‌ 12 Pro. This was mirrored by a Taiwanese report, citing supply chain sources, which said that strong demand for ‌‌iPhone‌ 12 Pro‌ models in China led Apple to increase its supply of the more expensive devices.

Most strikingly, JP Morgan Chase claimed that Apple outright halted ‌iPhone 12 mini‌ production in the second quarter of 2021. While the sales reports for the ‌iPhone 12 mini‌ did not bode well for the iPhone 13 mini, Apple plans its ‌iPhone‌ production and supply chain operations well in advance of launch, meaning that the ‌iPhone 13‌ mini was already well on the way to production by the time the issues with the ‌iPhone 12 mini‌'s sales were clear.

In April 2022, CIRP released more data suggesting that the ‌iPhone 13‌ mini accounted for just 3 percent of ‌iPhone 13‌ sales – half that of the ‌iPhone 12 mini‌. These continued poor sales were likely the main reason behind the demise of the "mini" form factor ‌iPhone‌.

With the ‌iPhone 14‌ lineup, Apple has opted to replace the "mini" device with an all-new "Plus" device. In some respects, the ‌iPhone 14‌ Plus mirrors the ‌iPhone 12 mini‌, offering the latest ‌iPhone‌'s features in a different display size. Instead of offering a lightweight small-screen option, customers can now choose an even bigger battery and 6.7-inch display – the same size that ‌iPhone‌ "Max" customers have been used to for over four years now at a price of $1,099 – but at a lower, $899 price point.

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Top Rated Comments

Mr. Nice Avatar
21 months ago
I would be happy if Apple introduced a new iPhone mini every 2 - 3 years.
Score: 95 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Avenged110 Avatar
21 months ago
Well, at least the 13 mini is a thing, because I will never buy a phone larger than it.
Score: 71 Votes (Like | Disagree)
FFabian Avatar
21 months ago
I waited for the reveal of the iPhone 14 on 07.09.22 and bought an iPhone 13 mini when the rumors became true that there is no 14 mini.

The mini size and weight is ideal for me because I can use it one handed and it fits in every pocket. I had an 12 mini but upgraded (prematurely) to the 13 mini because I plan to hold on my mini for a very long time (or until a new mini comes out).
Score: 69 Votes (Like | Disagree)
techfirth Avatar
21 months ago
Screw all this cr*p about there being no market. We’ll never actually know if that’s the case or not, because Apple never gave the Pro crowd the option of buying a smaller device. The assumption that mini owners wouldn’t want better cameras or other premium features included in the Pro lineup means that Apple only tested the non-Pro crowd, who are more likely to be business users / slow upgraders.

There should have been a mini variant of the Pro. It’s that simple.

It’s high time Apple used their wizardry to go back to a dual-camera form factor to only include the ultra-wide and a telephoto lenses. They could definitely find ample middle ground between lenses using software at this point.
Score: 61 Votes (Like | Disagree)
MayaUser Avatar
21 months ago
hoping next year the mini to become the next SE
Score: 46 Votes (Like | Disagree)
blairh Avatar
21 months ago
The Mini can do well in the lineup. It just needs to be much cheaper than a starting price of $700 USD which it was for two years.

It’s a niche category at this point. But I truly believe it can be a viable part of the iPhone lineup for years to come as long as they offer it at a lower starting price. Even the current $600 USD feels too high. Ideally somewhere between $400 - $500 one day. And they can just update it every 2-3 years like an SE.
Score: 43 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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