Fans of compact smartphones celebrated when Apple introduced the iPhone 12 mini in 2020, followed by the iPhone 13 mini the following year. However, it seems that the era of 5.4-inch devices may be coming to an end after almost three years.
According to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, there is a notable shortage of iPhone 13 mini stock. Apple’s US online store lists a shipping estimate of 2 to 3 weeks for certain models and even 6 to 8 weeks for some others. This shortage has led to speculation that Apple could discontinue the iPhone 13 mini following the announcement of new iPhones at its upcoming “Wonderlust” event on Tuesday.
Although Apple didn’t release an iPhone 14 mini last year, it continued to offer the iPhone 13 mini as a cheaper option, with a starting price of $599 in the US. If you’ve been considering purchasing the iPhone 13 mini, it looks like this could be its last chance as Apple is likely to phase out the device once it introduces the iPhone 15 series. The new lineup is expected to include the 6.1-inch iPhone 15, the 6.7-inch iPhone 15 Plus, the 6.1-inch iPhone 15 Pro, 6.7-inch iPhone 15 Pro Max, 4.7-inch iPhone SE, and 6.1-inch iPhone 13.
I just want to say that I hate you all for not buying the iPhone mini, which caused it to be cancelled, and I will never forgive you for that.
– Sleek Labs (@SnazzyLabs) September 6, 2023
Despite initial hopes of strong demand for smaller iPhones, the reality was quite different, with data indicating that the iPhone mini had relatively low sales compared to other iPhone models. In April 2022, research firm CIRP reported that the iPhone 13 mini accounted for just 3% of total iPhone 13 sales in the US during the first quarter of that year.
Looking ahead, customers looking for a compact Apple iPhone should consider the entry-level iPhone SE. However, even the iPhone SE is rumored to receive an update with a larger 6.1-inch display in the next year or two. For now, it appears that Apple has acknowledged that smaller phones may not be as popular as initially anticipated.
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