Please don’t kill iPhone mini

On Sunday, one of the most reliable sources of Apple rumors revealed that we can expect four new iPhones later this year: two with a 6.1-inch screen likely to be the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro, and two with 6.7-inch screens. He named them iPhone 14 Max and iPhone 14 Pro Max. Four phones in total.

tweet It made me gasp for what was missing. There’s nothing even close to the 5.4-inch screen size of the beloved iPhone mini.

I know, I know, a lot of people prefer big screens, and the iPhone mini hasn’t been entirely successful according to supply chain reports.

But that didn’t keep me and 11 other people alive edge Employees from Buy One — and when I polled my colleagues this week, seven of us still agreed that the rest of the very large phones in the world could stick it.

We have small hands, or a desire to use our phones with one hand while doing other responsibilities, and nothing else comes close to that. In the US, the iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 13 mini are among the only full-fat compact smartphones on the market, and they’re arguably in a class of their own: competitors like the Sony Xperia 5 III are much taller, and while the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip might fold 3 down to fit in a pocket, and still noticeably wider than the happily graspable shape of the iPhone mini. (Also, both phones start at $1,000 and run Android, although that won’t stop us all.)

As a Google Pixel 4a owner and an unofficial fan of my wife’s iPhone 13 Pro, I can now tell you that neither is a viable alternative to the Mini: their 5.8 and 6.1 inch screens now look huge by comparison, and the Pro’s massive steel design always makes me feel like I’m going to dropping it too.

Despite the iPhone mini’s improper battery life, quite a few of us are here the edge I think there is no better option. But if analyst Ming-Chi Kuo’s prediction is correct—and is rarely wrong when it comes to volumes, by the way—that means Apple is done offering an annual upgrade path for people like us.

But there is another place for small phone lovers the edge OK: It doesn’t have to be annual. We can wait. This may go well with else The revelation that Kou tweeted this week.

Usually, when you buy the new iPhone, you get the new A-series chip, right? Not in 2022, says Kuo — the iPhone 14 will have the same chip that came with the iPhone 13 in 2021, with the newer A16 chipset heading exclusively to Apple’s new “Pro” series of phones. If this is true, that means that Apple was Previously She plans to change her annual upgrade cycle in 2022 — and that could give her a natural opportunity to bring back the Mini model when it really matters.

If Apple shows a smaller device in 2023 instead of 2022, perhaps the time is right for a new, more efficient processor that could theoretically help with battery life. (Apple’s previous solution was to make the iPhone 13 mini’s battery nine percent larger than the iPhone 12 mini bundle, which certainly helped some.)

Or, Apple could bring it back in 2024 as the new iPhone SE — the phone that pioneered the idea of ​​bringing back the old Apple form factor every now and then. The first iPhone SE in 2016 was a remake of the 2013 iPhone 5S, with a 4-inch screen. 2020 brought us a new 4.7-inch iPhone 8, and Apple has done it again by adding processing power, battery life, and 5G to the phone for those people who still demand a physical home button in 2022.

But in our review of the 2022 iPhone SE, Allison concluded that its five-year-old design might be at the end of its tether, particularly the older, bezel-less LCD screen. This is where I hope the iPhone mini comes in: At 5.4 inches, the iPhone mini offers a much larger screen in a smaller form factor that I find more comfortable to hold.

It would be foolish to suggest that Apple should bring back the iPhone mini this year, because decisions about which shapes to cut from aluminum and which screens, batteries and panels to buy have likely occurred Long since. (Maybe that’s why we still got the iPhone 13 mini long after reports that the iPhone 12 mini wasn’t sold.)

So, Apple, we’re not asking you to bring it back in 2022. Our phones will last a year or two or more — some edge Mini enthusiasts have admitted that they don’t upgrade often — as long as their batteries don’t dwindle prematurely. We’re just asking you, in the new spirit of giving your customers what they want, to never kill them.