Apple’s smallest iPhone 12 could be called ‘iPhone 12 mini’

These iPhone 12 dummy units show what the real handset might look like.
The smallest could be the iPhone 12 mini.
Photo: Marques Brownlee

For the first time ever, Apple will adopt its “mini” branding for the smallest of the four iPhone 12 models, claims Apple leaker L0vetodream.

According to the Apple tipster, posting on Twitter, Apple will use the names iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, and iPhone 12 Pro Max to refer to the new handsets, sized 5.4-, 6.1- and 6.7-inches.

For this year’s iPhones, Apple is expected to unveil the biggest design overhaul since 2017’s iPhone X. Big changes will include an iPad Pro-style redesign, 5nm A-series chip, and high-speed 5G cellular modem. All handsets are likely to now include OLED displays. Expect camera upgrades, too, including a possible LiDAR sensor on the flagship Pro devices.

The iPhone 12 mini and beyond

If L0vetodream is correct, this will be Apple’s first time including its “mini” branding on the iPhone. The first Apple “mini” product was the iPod mini, which debuted in early 2004. The year after, Apple introduced the Mac mini, which has subsequently been upgraded a handful of times. The most recent “mini” line Apple added was the iPad mini in 2012.

Adding an iPhone mini would help unify Apple’s iPhone lineup with the iPad. However, it would also add a degree of confusion since the mini would be a larger screen size than the SE’s 4.7-inch display.

The iPhone 12 is likely to be shown off by Apple sometime next month. Its launch was delayed by the coronavirus pandemic, which pushed back production.