Apple may stop producing the iPhone 12 mini due to weak demand, a supply chain analyst has predicted. The mini-version iPhone debuted alongside the iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, and the iPhone 12 Pro Max that is speculated to have relatively better market performance.
Apple brought it to provide a flagship option to consumers who are looking for a smaller yet powerful device. However, the latest model wasn’t able to meet the expectations, research firms reported recently.
JP Morgan provides chain analyst William Yang in a observe to traders famous that the iPhone 12 mini manufacturing is likely to be discontinued by the second quarter of 2021, AppleInsider experiences.
The discontinuation doesn’t suggest that the iPhone 12 mini will fully go away from the market as there may nonetheless be sufficient stock for the small mannequin to proceed to be accessible for a while.
The analyst reportedly lowers the manufacturing expectations of the iPhone 12 mini by as many as 11 million models. The iPhone 12 manufacturing expectations have additionally been diminished by 9 million, whereas the iPhone 12 Professional and the iPhone 11 manufacturing is purported to develop by two million and eight million models, respectively.
The Reason Behind cut in production of iPhone 12 mini
Last month, market research firm Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP) stated that the iPhone 12 mini attracted only six percent of total iPhone sales during October and November. Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo also last year noted that the iPhone 12 mini — along with the iPhone 12 — didn’t meet expected demand.
It was launched as Apple’s solution for the people who were looking for a small-size flagship iPhone. It shares many similarities with the iPhone 12, albeit with a smaller display and a shorter battery life.
Being the smallest in the series, it comes with a 5.4-inch display, while the iPhone 12 and the iPhone 12 Pro share the same 6.1-inch display and the iPhone 12 Pro Max has the largest in the series, a 6.7-inch display.
It features a 5.4-inch Super Retina XDR display and supports a 5G network. Like the iPhone 12 model, it also has the Ultra-wide and wide-angle sensor. It also supports Dolby Vision HDR video support.
It packs the same A14 Bionic chipset that powers other iPhone 12 models. It also comes with IP68 certification for dust and waterproof body. It comes with MagSafe and Qi wireless charging support as well.
Apple is also speculated to have the iPhone SE 3 aka iPhone SE 2021 in the works that could debut in the first half of 2022, Yang predicted. The new low-cost model is expected to be based on the form factor of the iPhone 11, though with a design similar to its predecessor.