KEY POINTS

  • The iPhone 12 Mini sales are reportedly below expectations
  • Apple still plans to maintain its current four-model approach in 2021
  • The upcoming iPhones would have an option for 1 TB storage

Even though Apple launched the iPhone 12 lineup a little later than usual, the company still reported favorable sales numbers. Among the four models, only the Mini failed to meet expectations. While the tech industry speculates on what might happen in 2021, supply chain insiders hinted that an iPhone 13 Mini will still be in development.

Over the years, the Cupertino-based tech group continued to expand its smartphone catalog. The year 2020 saw its annual release roadmap grow with the introduction of the second-generation iPhone SE and iPhone 12 Mini.

Last year, consumers saw the revival of Apple's budget-tier handset, which was praised for its pricing and capabilities. The iPhone 12 Mini, on the other hand, did not move that many units despite its flagship specifications.

This was pointed out by analysts based on sales and trends wherein devices with screen sizes below six inches do not appeal as much to users, says Ars Technica. At 5.4 inches, the iPhone 12 Mini is among the smallest in a highly competitive market where bigger displays are in demand.

Nevertheless, the manufacturer supposedly has plans to maintain its current four-model approach in 2021. If what they say is accurate, this only means that the company would still work on the iPhone 13 Mini.

Jon Prosser, a renowned source for Apple-related leaks, also shared new details about the upcoming lineup. According to this YouTube video, Apple intends to increase the storage size options for the iPhone 13.

As it stands right now, the iPhone 12 series maxes out at 512 GB. According to Prosser, the upcoming iPhones would be the first to ship with 1 TB of storage available.

In addition to the upgrades mentioned, the next wave of iOS smartphones could also see vast improvements in 5G connectivity. This was noted in a previous report suggesting that Apple would equip all iPhone 13 models with Qualcomm's Snapdragon X60.

This will allow the smartphones to take advantage of the 5G modem's simultaneous carrier aggregation feature. Access to both sub-6 GHz and mmWave bands would make mobile data connections more reliable with better download/upload speeds.

For now, there are no hints as to when Apple hopes to launch the iPhone 13 in 2021. As long as there are no production delays, it could debut around September as iPhones did in the past.

last-minute-holiday-gifts-iphone-12-mini iPhone 12 Mini. Photo: BestBuy