Apple on Tuesday stopped production of the iPhone 13 mini, the last remaining model in the iPhone mini family. Experts previously reported a high probability of such a decision. For lovers of compact smartphones, the third generation Apple iPhone SE remains on offer, according to the resource PCMagIt is less powerful and seems outdated compared to other Apple smartphones on sale.
The iPhone 12 mini came onto the market in 2020, followed a year later by the iPhone 13 mini. Apple positioned the iPhone mini as a compact version of its larger siblings, offering the same design and features as the larger iPhone 12 and 13. Both iPhone minis featured a compact 5.4-inch display and corresponding dimensions of 131.5x 64. ,2 × 7.4 or 7.65 mm (iPhone 12 mini or 13 mini) and a low weight of 135 or 140 g. For comparison: the iPhone 14 Pro Max has a 6.7-inch screen, dimensions are 160.7 × 77.6 × 7.85 mm and weight – 240 g.
The change in Apple’s product range came immediately after the presentation of the iPhone 15, which led Apple’s range. The company typically leaves one or two older models on sale as cheaper options and is using the same tactic this year. The iPhone 15 Pro Max leads the way with a starting price of $1,199, followed by the iPhone 15 Pro starting at $999, the iPhone 15 Plus ($899) and the iPhone 15 ($799). Pricing for the iPhone 14 and 14 Plus models remains at $699 and $799, respectively, while the iPhone 13 continues to retail for $599. The iPhone SE closes the list with a price of $429.
One of the biggest problems with the iPhone mini is poor battery life – about 12 hours on the iPhone 13 mini (according to PCMag’s review). Many people are also unhappy with the screen size, which makes typing difficult. In any case, the popularity of this series fell short of expectations and the company did not launch the iPhone 14 mini in 2022, although it still launched the iPhone 13 mini a year later, but now closed this chapter of its history has .