Low demand for iPhone 12 Mini prompts Apple to cut production by 20 percent


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FYI, the12 mini is noticeable smaller than the SE2 and slightly bigger than the SE1 but with bigger battery.

I´m on the same situation as you but with an iPhone 8, I´m not planning to upgrade anytime soon if I can avoid it, but the "mini" would be my go to if needed.

You are correct! I was confused by the difference between screen sizes, but the 12 mini is all screen and the SE2 has bezels.

Thanks for the tip.


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Of all the 100s of Android Phones brands.. there's not even 1 small form factor phone from any android manufacturer that is having a light-weight,pocket-friendly phone . hell it cant even fit ur Pant pocket and could sit down with it..

iphone 12 mini form factor.
Dimension =131.5 x 64.2 x 7.4 mm (5.18 x 2.53 x 0.29 in)
Weight =135 g (4.76 oz)

the last time I saw this form factor in Android was in like 2015??
Nowdays Android smart phones are like 180-200g or higher(weight of powerbank..eh) which I fell is Quite heavy and also very uncomfortable to use in 1 hand use.
the most compact one is maybe samsung s20 (151.7 x 69.1 x 7.9 mm Weight =163 g)?? its okay I guess but not compact enough I m afraid.

Good thing Apple is still continuing the Trend of small Handy pocket-size phones. Hope they will stick to it even if the sales volume is low.
Hoping one day even Android manufactures will make a real mini one.
Here's one at least:


Small enough for you? ;-}


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Editor's take: For the record, I kind of liked the compact, throwback design of the iPhone 12 Mini. Smartphones these days are becoming unwieldy, especially if you use a decently protective case. However, I guess I'm in the minority since recent reports indicate the demand for smaller iPhones is rather lackluster.

Nikkei Asia reports that Apple is scaling back iPhone 12 production by more than 20 percent. The most significant portion of the cuts will be for the iPhone 12 Mini. Anonymous sources claim that lower than expected demand for the Mini is to blame.

Last December, Apple told suppliers it wanted to be ready to ship as many as 96 million units in the first half of 2021. that total included the iPhone 12 line as well as iPhone 11 and SE models. It has now adjusted production goals to about 75 million units.

"Demand for the first half of 2021 is not as high as people were thinking at the end of last year," said one of the insiders.

It's not all bad news, though. Seventy-five million units is still a bit higher than what Apple shipped in H1 2020. Furthermore, it has not altered its plans to produce 230 million units in 2021, an 11-percent increase over last year's numbers.

Nikkei also notes that in the face of pandemic-related shortages, Apple aggressively pursued component acquisition. Initial estimates were probably slightly padded in an attempt to procure more hard-to-get parts.

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Coming from a 6.8-inch android phone, I already made up my mind to get the iPhone 12 mini. But when I held both the vanilla iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini in my hands, the mini feels very small. So I bought the regular iPhone 12 and the size and weight is what I think most people would gravitate to.