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With no iPhone 14 mini expected to feature in Apple's upcoming iPhone 14 series lineup this September, we look at the best possible alternative iPhone options for those who prefer smaller form factor devices.

iPhone-mini-wonder-feature-yellow.jpg

iPhone sizes are changing this year, and Apple is widely believed to be eliminating the 5.4-inch iPhone mini from the iPhone 14 lineup, as the iPhone 13 mini was not popular enough with customers. That leaves fans of the smaller devices who are looking for a new iPhone with a purchase dilemma. So what are your options likely to be?

Consider the Next iPhone 14 Size Up

If you're considering buying an iPhone 14 in lieu of a "mini" device, here's what you need to know. Apple is focusing on larger iPhone sizes for its flagship devices going forward, and this year we're expecting to see a 6.1-inch iPhone 14, a 6.1-inch iPhone 14 Pro, a 6.7-inch iPhone 14 Max, and a 6.7-inch iPhone 14 Pro Max. That means there will be non-Pro and Pro variants of both phone sizes, something Apple hasn't done before.

As far as the upcoming iPhone series goes, users who prefer the dimensions of a 5.4-inch iPhone mini are unlikely to jump to the 6.7-inch models, which leaves either the 6.1-inch iPhone 14 or the 6.1-inch iPhone 14 Pro as potential alternatives.

iphone-14-molds.jpeg

6.1-inch iPhone 14 Design Changes

Design-wise, the two 6.1-inch models will look different to each other, with the non-Pro model retaining the notch that houses the Face ID components on the iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 13 mini.

In contrast, the Pro models are expected to feature a circular hole-punch cutout for the camera paired with a pill-shaped cutout to house the Face ID components.

iPhone-14-Mock-pill-and-hole.jpg

With new camera technology expected to feature, the camera bumps for the 6.1-inch iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro could also get thicker, with the Pro's bump growing in size more notably. Aside from that, there are no other major design changes expected for the 2022 iPhone models when compared to iPhone Mini models.

6.1-inch iPhone 14 Hardware Features

Apple is further differentiating its non-Pro and Pro model iPhones this year, therefore many of the headlining features of its 6.1-inch devices are likely to be exclusive to the iPhone 14 Pro model, which is going to make it more expensive.

With Apple looking to cut costs, rumors suggest non-Pro iPhone 14 models are likely to continue to use the same A15 chip that was introduced in the iPhone 13 series, while the iPhone 14 Pro models will receive an updated A16 chip.

iPhone-14-vs-14-Pro-Feature.jpg

The other Pro features expected include an always-on display mode, a triple-lens camera system with a 48-megapixel Wide camera and a seven-element telephoto lens.

With the iPhone 13 Pro models, Apple introduced an improved six-element Ultra Wide lens with an improved ƒ/1.8 aperture, with these improvements expected to come to the dual-lens systems on the standard iPhone 14 models.

Otherwise, all of the iPhone 14 models coming this year are expected to feature an upgraded front camera with a wider ƒ/1.9 aperture and autofocus capabilities.

The iPhone 14 is expected to be priced starting at $799, which is the starting price for the iPhone 13. For more details, be sure to check out our dedicated iPhone 14 roundup.

The iPhone 13 Mini May Yet Stick Around

While there's no evidence pointing once way or the other, Apple could conceivably continue to offer the iPhone 13 mini alongside the iPhone 14 series when it launches.

iphone-12.jpg

Apple still offers 2020's iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini alongside the latest iPhone 13 series, so it could well do the same and continue to sell the iPhone 13 mini at a reduced price when the new flagship devices go live.

Keep an Eye on Apple's Refurb Store

Apple in July began selling certified refurbished iPhone 12 mini devices for the first time since the device was released in October 2020. While Apple's refurb store doesn't currently have the model in stock and its successor has yet to be listed, the long wait between launch and refurb availability suggests that Apple could yet begin selling iPhone 13 mini models on the site, or perhaps re-stock iPhone 12 mini models.

refurb-store-iphone.jpg

If you're in the market for an iPhone 12 mini or iPhone 13 mini, it's worth keeping tabs on the refurb store shortly after Apple launches the iPhone 14 series, as Apple often reshuffles the site with new stock in the following weeks.

Refurbished iPhones come unlocked and SIM-free. All refurbished iPhones come with a new battery, a new outer shell, and a new white box that includes all manuals and a USB-C to Lightning cable. All refurbished iPhones are covered by Apple's standard one-year warranty and are eligible for extended AppleCare+ coverage.

Apple says its refurbished iPhones are thoroughly tested and cleaned, and in our view, they are virtually indistinguishable from brand new iPhones. One of the only notable differences with a certified refurbished iPhone is that it comes in a plainer box.

Consider the iPhone SE 2022

Announced in March, the third-generation iPhone SE is Apple's most inexpensive iPhone starting at $429, and also the second smallest device Apple still sells. Compared to Apple's flagship models, however, there are design differences to be aware of.

iphone-se-durability.jpg

As it is modeled after the iPhone 8 and prior iPhone SE, the 2022 iPhone SE continues to feature thick top and bottom display bezels. The iPhone SE is also Apple's only iPhone that comes with a Touch ID Home button, as all other iPhones now feature Face ID.

The iPhone SE features a 4.7-inch Retina HD LCD display, with True Tone to match the ambient lighting in a room, Wide color, Dolby Vision, and HDR10. It is also powered by an A15 chip and includes 5G connectivity.

To keep costs low, the iPhone SE has a single-lens 12-megapixel rear camera, featuring an ƒ/1.8 aperture with optical image stabilization, wide color capture, Deep Fusion for improved textures, and Smart HDR 4 for improved highlights and shadow details.

The 7-megapixel front-facing camera features an ƒ/2.2 aperture with Portrait mode and Depth Control support despite the lack of a TrueDepth camera system. For more details, check out our dedicated iPhone SE roundup.

Wait for the Next-Generation iPhone SE

Apple is planning to release a fourth-generation iPhone SE with a larger 5.7-inch display as early as 2023, according to display industry consultant Ross Young, who has proven to be a reliable source of information for future Apple products.

It's not yet clear if such a model would retain the Home button and top and bottom bezels or adopt a notched screen with Face ID, but a 5.7-inch display would seem to put it closer to the dimensions of the iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 13 mini, so it may be worth holding out for.

Article Link: iPhone Mini Fans: What to Look Out for When the iPhone 14 Models Launch
 
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moabal

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You will have to yank my iPhone 13 Mini out of my cold dead hands. Hopefully the Mini form factor will come back in 2-3 years in some way for people like me who want to upgrade. Otherwise, I am holding onto it and replacing the battery as long as I can.
 

ascender

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Dec 8, 2005
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Its funny when the first suggested option is "Consider the Next iPhone 14 Size Up".

Its a real shame if they stop making the Mini as everyone I know who has one, absolutely loves it. Its really nice to have the option of a small iPhone given the constant march towards larger screens on phones.
 

neoelectronaut

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If the iPhone 13 Mini gets a price cut, I may consider replacing my iPhone 12 Mini with it, if anything to get a fresh battery.

With trade-in offers it may end up being very little out of pocket as well.

The big question is whether I want to stick with blue or get green instead. Wish the purple color from the iPhone 12 was offered.
 

Dan From Canada

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Jul 19, 2016
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With no iPhone 14 mini expected to feature in Apple's upcoming iPhone 14 series lineup this September, we look at the best possible alternative iPhone options for those who prefer smaller form factor devices.

iPhone-mini-wonder-feature-yellow.jpg

iPhone sizes are changing this year, and Apple is widely believed to be eliminating the 5.4-inch iPhone mini from the iPhone 14 lineup, as the iPhone 13 mini was not popular enough with customers. That leaves fans of the smaller devices who are looking for a new iPhone with a purchase dilemma. So what are your options likely to be?

Consider the Next iPhone 14 Size Up

If you're considering buying an iPhone 14 in lieu of a "mini" device, here's what you need to know. Apple is focusing on larger iPhone sizes for its flagship devices going forward, and this year we're expecting to see a 6.1-inch iPhone 14, a 6.1-inch iPhone 14 Pro, a 6.7-inch iPhone 14 Max, and a 6.7-inch iPhone 14 Pro Max. That means there will be non-Pro and Pro variants of both phone sizes, something Apple hasn't done before.

As far as the upcoming iPhone series goes, users who prefer the dimensions of a 5.4-inch iPhone mini are unlikely to jump to the 6.7-inch models, which leaves either the 6.1-inch iPhone 14 or the 6.1-inch iPhone 14 Pro as potential alternatives.

iphone-14-molds.jpeg

6.1-inch iPhone 14 Design Changes

Design-wise, the two 6.1-inch models will look different to each other, with the non-Pro model retaining the notch that houses the Face ID components on the iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 13 mini.

In contrast, the Pro models are expected to feature a circular hole-punch cutout for the camera paired with a pill-shaped cutout to house the Face ID components.

iPhone-14-Mock-pill-and-hole.jpg

With new camera technology expected to feature, the camera bumps for the 6.1-inch iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro could also get thicker, with the Pro's bump growing in size more notably. Aside from that, there are no other major design changes expected for the 2022 iPhone models when compared to iPhone Mini models.

6.1-inch iPhone 14 Hardware Features

Apple is further differentiating its non-Pro and Pro model iPhones this year, therefore many of the headlining features of its 6.1-inch devices are likely to be exclusive to the iPhone 14 Pro model, which is going to make it more expensive.

With Apple looking to cut costs, rumors suggest non-Pro iPhone 14 models are likely to continue to use the same A15 chip that was introduced in the iPhone 13 series, while the iPhone 14 Pro models will receive an updated A16 chip.

iPhone-14-vs-14-Pro-Feature.jpg

The other Pro features expected include an always-on display mode, a triple-lens camera system with a 48-megapixel Wide camera and a seven-element telephoto lens.

With the iPhone 13 Pro models, Apple introduced an improved six-element Ultra Wide lens with an improved ƒ/1.8 aperture, with these improvements expected to come to the dual-lens systems on the standard iPhone 14 models.

Otherwise, all of the iPhone 14 models coming this year are expected to feature an upgraded front camera with a wider ƒ/1.9 aperture and autofocus capabilities.

The iPhone 14 is expected to be priced starting at $799, which is the starting price for the iPhone 13. For more details, be sure to check out our dedicated iPhone 14 roundup.

The iPhone 13 Mini May Yet Stick Around

While there's no evidence pointing once way or the other, Apple could conceivably continue to offer the iPhone 13 mini alongside the iPhone 14 series when it launches.

iphone-12.jpg

Apple still offers 2020's iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini alongside the latest iPhone 13 series, so it could well do the same and continue to sell the iPhone 13 mini at a reduced price when the new flagship devices go live.

Keep an Eye on Apple's Refurb Store

Apple in July began selling certified refurbished iPhone 12 mini devices for the first time since the device was released in October 2020. While Apple's refurb store doesn't currently have the model in stock and its successor has yet to be listed, the long wait between launch and refurb availability suggests that Apple could yet begin selling iPhone 13 mini models on the site, or perhaps re-stock iPhone 12 mini models.

refurb-store-iphone.jpg

If you're in the market for an iPhone 12 mini or iPhone 13 mini, it's worth keeping tabs on the refurb store shortly after Apple launches the iPhone 14 series, as Apple often reshuffles the site with new stock in the following weeks.

Refurbished iPhones come unlocked and SIM-free. All refurbished iPhones come with a new battery, a new outer shell, and a new white box that includes all manuals and a USB-C to Lightning cable. All refurbished iPhones are covered by Apple's standard one-year warranty and are eligible for extended AppleCare+ coverage.

Apple says its refurbished iPhones are thoroughly tested and cleaned, and in our view, they are virtually indistinguishable from brand new iPhones. One of the only notable differences with a certified refurbished iPhone is that it comes in a plainer box.

Consider the iPhone SE 2022

Announced in March, the third-generation iPhone SE is Apple's most inexpensive iPhone starting at $429, and also the smallest device Apple still sells. Compared to Apple's flagship models, however, there are design differences to be aware of.

iphone-se-durability.jpg

As it is modeled after the iPhone 8 and prior iPhone SE, the 2022 iPhone SE continues to feature thick top and bottom display bezels. The iPhone SE is also Apple's only iPhone that comes with a Touch ID Home button, as all other iPhones now feature Face ID.

The iPhone SE features a 4.7-inch Retina HD LCD display, with True Tone to match the ambient lighting in a room, Wide color, Dolby Vision, and HDR10. It is also powered by an A15 chip and includes 5G connectivity.

To keep costs low, the iPhone SE has a single-lens 12-megapixel rear camera, featuring an ƒ/1.8 aperture with optical image stabilization, wide color capture, Deep Fusion for improved textures, and Smart HDR 4 for improved highlights and shadow details.

The 7-megapixel front-facing camera features an ƒ/2.2 aperture with Portrait mode and Depth Control support despite the lack of a TrueDepth camera system. For more details, check out our dedicated iPhone SE roundup.

Wait for the Next-Generation iPhone SE

Apple is planning to release a fourth-generation iPhone SE with a larger 5.7-inch display as early as 2023, according to display industry consultant Ross Young, who has proven to be a reliable source of information for future Apple products.

It's not yet clear if such a model would retain the Home button and top and bottom bezels or adopt a notched screen with Face ID, but a 5.7-inch display would seem to put it closer to the dimensions of the iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 13 mini, so it may be worth holding out for.

Article Link: iPhone Mini Fans: What to Look Out for When the iPhone 14 Models Launch
I put my phone in my pocket.
I'll be riding my iPhone 12 mini until the wheels fall off.
Remember the days of when a new iPhone didn't require a mortgate? Where have we gone?
 

macfanboy

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Jun 5, 2007
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What a weird article. Anyone with a 12 mini or 13 mini who really loves that form factor is best off just keeping their phone (what a concept!). How is that not mentioned at all? The 12 mini isn’t even 2 years old. Why do people HAVE to be looking out for something new?
 
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AKDub

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I'm planning to get a 13 mini after a couple of years on Android (no hate, I like them both and switch between them every couple of years).

Really I'm just waiting to see if;

- somehow there is a 14 mini that somehow slipped under the radar
- the 13 mini will remain with a price drop

(I am slightly worried that there may be a price increase due to inflation and the strong dollar)
 

NY Guitarist

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Mar 21, 2011
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Consider the iPhone SE 2022

Announced in March, the third-generation iPhone SE is Apple's most inexpensive iPhone starting at $429, and also the smallest device Apple still sells.

Although the display is larger than the iPhone SE, the iPhone 13 mini is the smallest phone Apple sells.

iPhone SE (3rd gen):
(4.7" display)
Height5.45 inches (138.4 mm)
Width2.65 inches (67.3 mm)

iPhone 13 mini:
(5.4" display)
Height5.18 inches (131.5 mm)
Width2.53 inches (64.2 mm)
 

PBG4 Dude

macrumors 601
Jul 6, 2007
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The folks in this forum discussion are my people 🥲 love the love for the mini!

Chances are I’ll upgrade from the 12 mini to the 13 if nothing new comes down the pike.
I bought a 12 mini a couple of months ago because the 13 mini didn’t come in purple. I’m glad we’re at a point with tech that I can pick a year old phone because I like the way it looks and not have to worry about performance issues in a couple of years.

Certainly quite the change from the 90s where my ‘92 386SX/16 PC was replaced by a ‘94 486DX2/66 with double the RAM and 5x the hard drive space.
 

kiranmk2

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Oct 4, 2008
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Chances are the next SE will be in the Mini chassis and cost $499. Likely 2024 as by this time the 13 mini will have been discontinued and in 2023, the A15 will still be the standard APU in the current gen iPhone so need need to replace the current SE model. The whole raison d'etre of the SE is to bring the cost down by using existing cases, parts and assembly processes so it's very unlikely they'd develop a new form factor.
 
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mrat93

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Dec 30, 2006
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I don’t think they’re discontinuing it simply solely due to poor sales. I think they’re discontinuing it because it cannibalized sales from higher end models.

Plus, I think for average consumers, the mini is a hard sell when the XR and 11 are larger and less expensive. Makes it feel like you’re paying more for less.
 
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ghanwani

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Dec 8, 2008
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The Galaxy flip phones seem to be getting a lot of traction. Have quite a few people I know now that have it.

I'm more of a candy bar person, but strongly considering a switch because of two reasons -- Apple talks privacy but recent actions show it's only talk; Apple is building lousy devices.
 

MrPresident

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Nov 25, 2009
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I was planning to hold on to mine for as long as possible any way. My only concern is the battery lasts only a few hours when using my favourite application. I bought AppleCare so I’m hoping to refresh the phone soon. I’m hoping next time I need to upgrade in a few years a mini device exists in the iPhone line-up.
 
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varsity

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Jul 7, 2010
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iPhone Technician here.. we have seen an uptick in battery related issues with the 12 & 13 mini. Due to the small foot print od the mini's battery, it requires charging more frequently with normal use from an average user. Our clients in sales can not use the mini for work calls. The iPhone 12 Mini's battery cycle count is already beyond it's usable lifespan (~500 cycles) which is unusual for 2 yeara. The 13 mini's battery is better, but we see battery health degrading faster than the their low cost predecessors (SE 2020, SE 2022, iPhone Xr & iPhone 11)
 
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