Case stickers appear to confirm ‘iPhone 12 mini’ naming

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These iPhone 12 dummy units show what the real handset might look like.
iPhone 12 will run from mini to Pro Max.
Photo: Marques Brownlee

An image that reportedly shows iPhone case stickers seemingly adds more evidence that Apple will call its smallest iPhone 12 model the “iPhone 12 mini.”

The pictures, posted on Twitter Thursday evening by Apple leaker DuanRui, follow a recent report from @L0vetodream suggesting that this year’s models will be called the iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max.

The annotated photo also seems to confirm screen sizes for the upcoming iPhones. The case stickers show sizes as follows: 5.4 inches for iPhone 12 mini, 6.1 inches for iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro, and 6.7 inches for iPhone 12 Pro Max.

The “mini” titling would be in keeping with Apple’s previous naming strategies. Since 2004, Apple has used the “mini” suffix for three different product lines. These include the iPod mini, Mac mini and iPad mini. Using it for the iPhone would therefore make a lot of sense. Even if it might be a little confusing, since the iPhone SE would be smaller.

What to expect when you’re expecting the iPhone 12

This year’s iPhones will likely be the biggest upgrade since 2017. Expect changes to include an iPad Pro-style redesign, a speedier 5nm A-series chip and the first 5G cellular modems from Apple. Another big change is that, for the first time, all new iPhone models reportedly will come with OLED displays. There will likely be camera upgrades, too — including a possible lidar sensor on the flagship Pro devices.

Apple will likely introduce the iPhone 12 next month, having pushed back the launch due to COVID-19-related production delays. According to Apple leaker Jon Prosser and other sources, the iPhone 12 event will take place October 13. Preorders will then open on October 16, Prosser predicts, before the new iPhones ship on October 23.

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