iPhone 12 Mini has flagship features, and it’ll fit in the palm of your hand

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.

Apple unveiled on Tuesday 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 customers, from the fanatic with a great deal of disposable earnings to somebody on the lookout for a extra budget-friendly alternative. 

The iPhone 12 Mini may show to be a preferred choice throughout the coronavirus pandemic, a time when tens of millions of Individuals are out of labor and the unsure financial system has fewer folks prepared to spend practically $1,000 on a brand new cellphone. 

Although this can be 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 had been nonetheless a factor). 

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The attraction of the iPhone 12 Mini is its compact measurement and the truth that the machine nonetheless manages to pack in a lot of the performance of its larger iPhone 12 siblings. 

Beginning at $699 (£699, AU$1,199), it is priced $100 lower than the iPhone 12, which is greater, with a 6.1-inch show. This might make it a success amongst value-oriented customers, who can get a lot of the identical performance of a brand new iPhone 12, together with 5G, an OLED show and a quicker 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 the whole lot among the larger and dearer new iPhones provide. These wanting a much bigger machine with advanced features, comparable to an improved telephoto digicam, 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 November 6 with a launch date of November 13.

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Marguerite Reardon