While Apple will likely unveil the iPhone 12 range on October 13, we’ve already heard a lot about the phones, with most leaks agreeing that there will be a fourth model this year, compared to three in the iPhone 11 range. new model comes a new name, which is said to be “iPhone 12 Mini”.
But this name is just a rumor for now, and while we’ve heard it a few times, there’s also reason to suspect it might not be correct.
So will Apple really call the base model of the iPhone 12 iPhone 12 Mini? We’ll look at the evidence below.
Why Apple could launch an iPhone 12 Mini
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The name was first mentioned by Twitter leaker @ L0vetodream on September 21st. They said Apple will launch an iPhone 12 Mini (which other rumors suggest will have a suitably compact 5.4-inch screen), along with a standard iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro (both rumored to have 6.1-inch screens). and at the top an iPhone 12 Pro Max, it will likely have a 6.7-inch display.
The only new name is the iPhone 12 Mini – the other three had been widely leaked previously, although it was previously thought that the smaller iPhone would simply be called the iPhone 12, with the later model receiving the new nickname. of iPhone 12 Max.
Following this leak, Twitter user @ duanrui1205 posted images showing what appear to be case barcode stickers designed for each of the four models above, including the iPhone 12 Mini name on one of them.
Apple’s first shipment of the final units of the iPhone 12 will be released to distributors on October 5 Shipment includes: iPhone 12 mini 5.4 (Definitely the final trade name) -64 / 128 / 256iPhone 12 6.1-64 / 128/256 Event on October 13 , as I mentioned earlier.29 September 2020
So, Jon Prosser (another leaker) tweeted various leaked details about upcoming iPhones, including the claim that the iPhone 12 Mini is “definitely the ultimate trade name” for the 5.4-inch model.
Other leakers have also used the name of the iPhone 12 Mini, although it’s unclear if they have inside information or are simply following the trend.
So that’s a nice stand for the Mini name, and that’s before you get to the fact that Apple has used the Mini moniker on a number of products in the past, like the iPad mini and Mac mini ranges.
Why Apple may not launch an iPhone 12 Mini
The first thing to note is that we are not disputing the existence of a smaller 5.4-inch iPhone. It has been talked about for a long time and it’s probably true, we’re just wondering if it will have “Mini” in the name.
Above we’ve highlighted a number of rumors as evidence of such a name, but it’s worth noting that of the three sources we’ve highlighted only one (Jon Prosser) has a large track record, and in recent months it’s been a bit mixed, like while he was right about some things, he was wrong about others.
Furthermore, it is only in recent rumors that we have heard of the phone referred to as the iPhone 12 Mini, and in a relatively small number of rumors.
Previously, many sources suggested that the next model would receive a new name, especially the iPhone 12 Max. So it might still be right, or, if the sources were wrong about that name, they might as well be wrong about the Mini name.
Also, while a number of other Apple products had Mini in the name, the company hasn’t launched an iPhone Mini yet, and that’s despite launching a number of compact phones, most recently the 4.7-inch iPhone SE (2020).
Will Apple launch an iPhone 12 Mini?
We can’t say for sure whether Apple will call its smaller model of the iPhone 12 iPhone 12 Mini. As explained above, there is a lot of evidence in both directions.
But if we had to guess, we’d say the iPhone 12 Mini name is likely to be used. While older rumors pointed to an iPhone 12 Max instead, we’re inclined to give more weight to recent rumors, as they will likely process more up-to-date information.
And while you might question the sources’ records in terms of reliability or number of leaks, we haven’t seen any other leakers disagree with them at the time of writing.
With the launch of the iPhone 12 fast approaching we should know for sure soon, but for now we will put our money on Mini.