Case stickers appear to confirm ‘iPhone 12 mini’ naming

These iPhone 12 dummy units show what the real handset might look like.
iPhone 12 will run from mini to Pro Max.
Photo: Marques Brownlee

An image claimed to show an iPhone case distribution stickers seemingly adds more evidence that Apple will call its smallest iPhone 12 model the “iPhone 12 mini.”

The pictures were posted on Twitter by Apple leaker DuanRui. It follows a recent report from @L0vetodream suggesting that this year’s iPhones will be called the iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, and iPhone 12 Pro Max.

The annotated photos also seem to confirm screen sizes for the new iPhones. These are 5.4-inches for the iPhone 12 mini, 6.1-inches for iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro, and 6.7-inches for the iPhone 12 Pro Max.

The “mini” titling would be in keeping with Apple’s previous naming strategies. Since 2004, Apple has used the “mini” suffix for three different product lines. These include the iPod mini, Mac mini, and iPad mini. Using it for the iPhone would therefore make a lot of sense. Even if it might be a little confusing that the iPhone SE would technically be smaller.

What to expect when you’re expecting the iPhone 12

This year’s iPhones will likely be the biggest upgrade since 2017. Expect changes to include an iPad Pro-style redesign, speedier 5nm A-series chip and the first 5G cellular modem from Apple. Another big change is that, for the first time, all new iPhone models will reportedly come with OLED displays. There will likely be camera upgrades, too — including a possible LiDAR sensor on the flagship Pro devices.

Apple will likely introduce the iPhone 12 next month, having pushed it back because of COVID-19-related production delays. According to Apple leaker Jon Prosser, Apple’s iPhone 12 event will take place October 13. Pre-orders will then open up on October 16, before they ship on October 23.

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