The iPhone 12 Mini reaches an "early" end of life as Apple reportedly drops it from new production orders
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The market analyst group TrendForce now purports to confirm previous rumors that the new Mini variant of Apple's 2021 crop of iPhones would reach the final stage of its life as a consumer product earlier than expected. It is now claimed that Apple will not order any more new units of this unusual 5.4-inch display-toting variant of the 12 series.
The OEM will of course continue to get new shipments of its vanilla, Pro and Pro Max siblings in as 2021 wears on, of course, for a grand total now estimated at about 223 million units by the end of the year. Should this figure prove accurate, this would represent an increase of ~12.3% in the number of new iPhones made compared to 2020.
This year-on-year growth might thus point to more optimism regarding the demand for the smartphones emanating from Apple. The company may believe that the rising rate of vaccination against Covid-19 and a concomitant alleviation of the prevailing economic depression might drive the market for its flagship mobile devices going forward.
Nevertheless, these new projections also dovetail with other reports pointing to a considerably less sunny outlook for the slightly experimental new Mini variant, possibly now driving the Cupertino giant to concentrate on its larger siblings instead - until the rumored 13 series turns up, that is.