iPhone 12 Mini: Apple finally brings back the small phone

Apple introduces the Mini at its Tuesday occasion.

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This story is part of Apple Event, our full coverage of the latest news from Apple headquarters.

At a virtual event Tuesday, Apple unveiled 4 fashions in its iPhone 12 lineup, together with the iPhone 12 Mini, a brand new member of its flagship iPhone household that is smaller and cheaper than its siblings. The Mini is a brand new variant within the rising iPhone product line, which in the previous couple of years has added the Professional and Max monikers to raised differentiate the choices. Apple has been steadily increasing its core iPhone franchise to handle a greater variety of shoppers, from the fanatic with a great deal of disposable earnings to somebody in search of a extra budget-friendly selection. 

Learn extra: All 4 iPhone 12 models compared: Differences between iPhone 12, Pro, Pro Max and Mini

The iPhone 12 Mini may show to be a preferred possibility throughout the coronavirus pandemic, a time when hundreds of thousands of Individuals are out of labor and the unsure economic system has fewer folks keen to spend practically $1,000 on a brand new telephone. 

Although it is a first for the iPhone line, Apple has beforehand used the Mini identify for its iPad Mini, Mac Mini and iPod Mini (when standalone MP3 gamers have been nonetheless a factor). 

The possible enchantment of the iPhone 12 Mini shall be its compact measurement — it is bought a 5.4-inch display — and the truth that the system nonetheless manages to pack in a lot of the performance of its greater iPhone 12 siblings. 

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Beginning at $699 (£699, AU$1,199), it is priced $100 lower than the iPhone 12, which is larger, with a 6.1-inch show. This might make it successful amongst value-oriented shoppers, who can get a lot of the identical performance of a brand new iPhone 12, together with 5G, an OLED show and a sooner processor, with out the hefty price ticket. What’s extra, the compact measurement is a design that slips simply into your pocket. 

Nonetheless, the iPhone 12 Mini would not have every thing a few of the greater and dearer new iPhones provide. These wanting an even bigger system with advanced features, akin to an improved telephoto digital camera, a bigger sensor for higher low-light efficiency, and new skills to fuse a number of frames into one shot, will go for the iPhone 12 Professional or the iPhone Professional Max, additionally announced on Tuesday.

However the iPhone 12 Mini’s measurement, price ticket and options, put it in direct competitors with different value-friendly smartphones, such because the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE, the Google Pixel 5 and Pixel 4A 5G

Preorders for the iPhone 12 Mini start on Friday, Nov. 6, with a launch date of Nov. 13.

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Marguerite Reardon