Reportedly, for the first time in several weeks, Apple has procreated its Refurbished and Clearance stores with a range of iPhone 12 mini models.
However, for the forthcoming iPhone 14 models, Apple is expectedly to remove the 5.4-inch iPhone “mini” size in favor of larger device dimensions.
Additionally, the available options may include a 6.1-inch iPhone 14, a 6.1-inch iPhone 14 Pro, a 6.7-inch iPhone 14 Max, and a 6.7-inch iPhone 14 Pro Max.
Subsequently, the 5.4-inch iPhone “mini” size was first introduced in 2020 with the appearance of the iPhone 12 mini, which many customers liked for its compact size.
Although, the device was ensuing last year’s iPhone 13 mini, especially in the more extensive updated series. Furthermore, Apple still sells both models on its main store page. Still, despite the smaller devices’ apparent popularity among enthusiasts, Apple has deemed the form factor not famous enough to make a new iteration for the third year running.
Moreover, it can be assumed that Apple will continue offering brand new iPhone mini-series after it launches its upcoming flagship iPhone 14 series, given its beneficiary series has yet to be noted in Apple’s refurb store.
However, the returning availability of refurbished iPhone 12 mini units is likely to be noteworthy for consumers who favor the smaller size.
Accordingly, Apple started selling certified refurbished iPhone 12 mini devices in July of this year, 21 months after they were initially launched. Still, demand has made it challenging for them to get hold of for the last weeks after news of their imminent downfall in Apple’s upcoming new flagship range.
As per reports, the iPhone 12 mini comes up with the same features as the iPhone 12, likely with a more compact design, a 5.4-inch display, and 15 hours of battery support during video playback. Meanwhile, the iPhone 13 mini’s updates over the iPhone 12 mini are primarily sequential, offering rectification in terms of a brighter display, new camera features, a smaller notch, and performance improvements.
Significantly, the upgrades include camera hardware and longer battery life. Still, at face value, there is likely not enough to justify getting the new model over the iPhone 12 for most customers.
In Apple’s Refurb store, iPhone 12 mini-series is now available for $529 for a 64GB version, saving $100, and as much as $659 for a 256GB version, saving $120.
More interestingly, Refurbished iPhones come unlocked and SIM-free. In addition, all refurbished iPhones come with a new battery, outer cover, and a new white box comprising all manuals and a USB-C to Lightning cable.
In addition, all refurbished iPhones are covered by Apple’s standard one-year warranty and eligible for extended AppleCare+ coverage.
Apple claimed that its refurbished iPhones are thoroughly checked and cleaned; in our view, they are virtually different from brand-new iPhones.
However, the only notable difference with a certified refurbished iPhone is that it comes in a plainer box.
Meanwhile, Apple is expected to announce the iPhone 14 series at its “Far Out” media event on Wednesday, September 7.