Apple was releasing three iPhone models for a long time but that changed when it introduced a new iPhone Mini variant in 2020. The iPhone 12 Mini catered to buyers interested in a compact iPhone but did not want to go for the iPhone SE. The company followed it up with the iPhone 13 Mini in 2021 as expected but in a surprising move, the model was replaced with iPhone 14 Plus last year. Now, fresh speculations suggest the upcoming iPhone 15 series would result in the final nail in the coffin for the iPhone Mini series.
iPhone 13 Mini Stock Running Low, Could be Discontinued This Week
Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman has posted on X that Apple has a low stock of the iPhone 13 Mini citing information received from retail sources. The post has led to speculations that Apple could officially discontinue the iPhone Mini series after tomorrow’s iPhone 15 series launch.
If true, it would not be a shocking decision from the company as most tech enthusiasts must have anticipated the inevitable move. This is because even though people hoped there was enough demand for a compact iPhone, its sales numbers worldwide showed it was more of a niche product. It is the reason the iPhone Mini series never registered significant sales figures for the Cupertino-based tech giant to keep producing it.
Apple launched the iPhone 12 Mini in 2020 as an iPhone with a smaller 5.4-inch display but with design and specifications similar to the contemporary iPhone. Even though it failed to attract buyers in big numbers, the company released a successor model iPhone 13 Mini next year which had a similar story.
This led to Apple ditching the Mini model last year and replacing it with the iPhone 14 Plus sporting a 6.7-inch display. The iPhone 13 Mini is the only Mini model that the company sells officially through its website and offline stores. It is available in 128GB for Rs 64,900, 256GB for Rs 74,900, and 512GB for Rs 94,900. These are Apple’s prices and you can get it for cheaper at third-party online and offline sellers.
Apple’s next product event is set for September 12 i.e. tomorrow. It is expected to announce the iPhone 15 series and new Apple Watch models. It will be the first time we will see an iPhone with a USB Type-C port as the company is ready to bid farewell to the iconic Lightning port. The iPhone 15 Pro models are expected to have a 128GB base model despite the price hike.
It may be the first time we will see Made in India iPhone models go on sale at the same time as the Chinese units. Apple is reportedly producing iPhone 15 models locally in India at Foxconn’s facility in Sriperumbudur, Tamil Nadu.