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iPhone 12 Mini – New name touted for smaller smartphone

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The forthcoming iPhone 12 could be set for a name change to reflect its compact dimensions. Get ready for the iPhone 12 Mini.

Alongside a premium iPhone 12 Pro and a supersized iPhone 12 Pro Max, Apple is widely expected to launch a more affordable handset this October. If it were to follow last year’s releases, then the stock model would simply be called the iPhone 12.

However, reports have started to appear that point to a different approach from Apple. The latest of these comes from Twitter leaker DuanRui, who posted images of silicone case stickers, one of which contained the iPhone 12 Mini name.

This isn’t the first time that the iPhone 12 Mini rumor has reared its head in recent weeks either. We’re pretty convinced that there’s substance to the name-change, especially when you consider widespread reports surrounding the precise nature of Apple’s forthcoming iPhone 12 range.

Unlike with previous generations, the iPhone 12 family will apparently follow a more logical size hierarchy. To put it simply, the more you pay, the bigger the phone you’ll get.

This will mean a completely new size of phone for the entry-level iPhone 12 option. According to numerous reports, it will pack a 5.4-inch display, which is significantly smaller than the 6.1-inch screen of the iPhone 11 and iPhone XR before it. The aforementioned iPhone 11 and iPhone XR are larger than their immediate step-up options (the iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone XS respectively), which always seemed a little counter-intuitive to us.

Apple has form when it comes to Mini-related nomenclature, too. We’ve already seen both a Mac Mini and an iPad Mini, so the iPhone family is the odd one out in this regard.

Though not official yet, we’re expecting to see Apple announce its iPhone 12 range on October 13, following a logistical delay brought about by the current COVID-19 pandemic. Alongside this shift to a more logical sizing approach, we’re expecting the first big redesign since the iPhone X.