I love the iPhone 12 Mini, but the 13 Mini needs these changes.
Despite the low sales and general indifference to the device, I really like the iPhone 12 Mini. Since most flagships were too large to fit in a front pocket, the 12 Mini felt like a real consumer-oriented device after release that only exists to give buyers the option of purchasing a smaller, more compact smartphone.
This is by no means a perfect device, however, as there are several aspects that desperately need a change that the iPhone 13 Mini can hopefully fix. Ahead of Apple’s upcoming event, these are the main things the iPhone 13 Mini needs to do to outperform the iPhone 12 Mini.
Reduce this notch
With a 5.4-inch screen and weighing just 133 grams, the iPhone 12 Mini is undeniably sleek, but in my time with the phone, it has never been a downside … to go.
On the smaller 12 Mini display, the notch never seemed larger, and unfortunately the phone got worse. The iPhone 12 Mini has an even lower ratio means that trying to watch a video usually requires squinting for details.
To get around this, the iPhone 13 Mini really needs to cut the notch and allow more of the display to be used when streaming from Netflix or Disney Plus.
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Hit this battery
It’s an unfortunate aspect of the iPhone 12 Mini’s design, but the smaller size means trying to squeeze in a significant battery will always be a challenge. Of course, I never expect the iPhone 13 Mini to last up to two days, but its successor really needs to implement the concept of a one-day battery.
More often than I would like to recall, the iPhone 12 Mini left me too close to 0% at the end of a long day, and so it became necessary to carry a rechargeable battery with me.
If the 13 Mini can hold out for the rest of the day with just under 50% in the tank, it would be a huge victory over the Achilles heel, no doubt in the 12 Mini.
Add the right zoom
Camera functionality has always been one of the most important smartphone features to me, but with the iPhone 12 Mini, I found myself taking more pictures than ever because of how easy it is to pull the phone out at any time.
No fiddling with big, slippery handsets – the phone’s sharp design, combined with one-handed use, makes it great as a compact camera.
It’s no secret that the 12 Mini, and indeed all iPhones since the iPhone 11, have had great cameras, but the only area that is sorely lacking is the zoom function.
All that camera prowess flies out the window when you start using the 12 Mini’s 5x digital zoom, and it would be easy for the 13 Mini to fix it with the 5x optical zoom.
Ditch the 64GB model
It’s not so much a criticism directed at just the 12 Mini as it is at the iPhone lineup as a whole, but the 64GB variant in 2021 is a joke. Forget that 128GB has long been the standard for Android devices, I’m sincerely wondering who Apple thinks it is targeting a low storage option at a time when storing movies, TV shows, music, photos, documents and apps on your phone is the norm.
If this does happen, I would also ask that it does not entail a price increase for the device. One of the benefits of the 12 Mini was that it offered the same great features as the 12 but at a lower price point, and it would be a shame to see that in the next generation.