In October 2020, Apple launched its new range of iPhones – the iPhone generation 12 series namely iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, iPhone 12 Pro Max, and iPhone mini. Out of the 4 smartphones, iPhone 12 mini caught the eye of users. It featured a 5.4 inch OLED display and classified as a budget but flagship phone.
But the fact that its price tag did not help to boost the sales of the iPhone 12 mini. Surprisingly, after its launch in October 2020, the iPhone 12 mini only accounted for 6% of total sales.
Has iPhone 12 Mini flopped?
The well-known supply chain analyst firm, JP Morgan Chase, has recently released its forecast of the sale of iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 12. Going by its earlier forecasted sales, Apple had to lower the earlier forecasted iPhone 12 mini units from 11 million units to 9 million units. The affordable iPhone 12 mini sales accounted for a dismal 6% of total iPhone sales during launch months of October and November 2020.
The analyst William Yang also confirmed that “given that demand for the iPhone 12 mini seems to be weak, the supply chain may stop production of the phone in the second quarter of 2021.”
On the other hand, sales projection for iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max has broken the records. Industry Experts justified the plummet in the sales of iPhone 12 and iPhone Mini due to situation forced by Covid 19 pandemic coupled with with weak market demand.
On the other hand, iPhone-fanatics across the globe assert that the low sales of iPhone 12 mini is mainly due to its low battery life.
Will there be an iPhone 13 Mini?
After iPhone 12 series came into the market, noted Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo had informed that next gen Apple 2021 series will again have four sizes. Maybe it will retain the iPhone 12 series sizes in iPhone 13 series too. 5.4-inch iPhone 13 mini, a 6.1-inch iPhone 13, a 6.1-inch iPhone 13 Pro and a 6.7-inch iPhone 13 Pro Max.
Now with the reports of Apple planning to cut down the production due to lackluster performance of iPhone 12 mini, industry is of the opinion that iPhone 13 mini might not see the day.
While the Apple company dusts the plans for its iPhone 13 mini, flagship phone under the rug, people are speculating that there can a be chance of the arrival of a compact featured iPhone – iPhone SE 2021.
In a bid to capture the burgeoning affordable, mid range segment, Apple is getting ready for iPhone SE 3 aka iPhone SE 2021. Yang has predicted iPhone SE 2021 release date to be the first half of 2022. Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has also given a similar timeline. As per his estimates iPhone SE Plus 2021 will release after the annual product release.
When is iPhone 13 going to launch?
If the iPhone 13 release date is going to the same pattern as the previous launches, we could see this device hitting the shelves by the fourth Friday of September 2021.
Even though coronavirus pandemic delays were faced by the iPhone 12, it was launched on October 13. As for the release of iPhone 13, Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claims that the iPhone 13 should return to its normal release schedule in 2021, first 10 days of September.
Let us hope that Apple company revives the pocket-sized iPhone models which feature better specs compared with iPhone 12 mini.
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