For the first time in weeks, Apple has restocked its Refurbished and Clearance store with a range of iPhone 12 mini models, just days before the smaller form factor is expected to disappear from Apple’s flagship line of smartphones.
For the upcoming iPhone 14 series, it is believed that Apple will ditch the 5.4-inch iPhone “mini” size in favor of larger device sizes. Available options are expected to be 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.
The 5.4-inch iPhone “mini” size was originally introduced in 2020 with the debut of the iPhone 12 mini, which was greeted with much fanfare for its compact size. The device was followed last year by last year’s iPhone 13 mini, a largely incremental update. Apple still sells both models on its main store page, but despite the apparent popularity of the smaller devices among enthusiasts, Apple doesn’t consider the form factor popular enough to release a new version for the third year in a row.
It remains to be seen whether Apple will decide to continue offering brand new iPhone mini models after it launches its flagship next-generation iPhone 14 series, and as the successor model has yet to be listed on the refurb store. from Apple, the returning availability of refurbished iPhone 12 mini units will likely be noteworthy for consumers who prefer the smaller size.
Apple started selling certified refurbished iPhone 12 mini devices in July this year — a full 21 months after they were originally launched — but demand has made it difficult to get hold of them in recent weeks following news of their impending demise. in Apple’s upcoming new flagship lineup.
The iPhone 12 mini offers the same feature set as the iPhone 12, just with a more compact design, 5.4-inch screen, and 15 hours of battery life during video playback, while the upgrades of the iPhone 13 mini over the iPhone 12 mini usually be iterative, with refinements in terms of a brighter screen, a smaller notch, performance improvements, and new camera software features.
The more significant upgrades are camera hardware and longer battery life, but on the face of it, there probably isn’t enough to justify the new model for most customers to get the new model over the “iPhone 12”.
In Apple’s Refurb Store, iPhone 12 mini models are now available for as little as $529 for a 64 GB version (a $100 saving), and a whopping $659 for a 256 GB version (a $120 saving).
Refurbished iPhones are unlocked and without a SIM card. All refurbished iPhones come with a new battery, a new outer shell and a new white box with all manuals and a USB-C to Lightning cable. All refurbished iPhones are covered by Apple’s standard one-year warranty and are eligible for extended AppleCare+ coverage.
Apple says its refurbished iPhones have been thoroughly tested and cleaned, and in our opinion they are virtually indistinguishable from brand new iPhones. One of the few notable differences from a certified refurbished iPhone is that it comes in a simpler box.
Apple is expected to announce the iPhone 14 series at its “Far Out” media event on Wednesday, September 7. Check out our guide to everything we can expect to see at Apple’s upcoming event, and be sure to check out MacRumors over the next week for a comprehensive, minute-by-minute account of all the groundbreaking developments.