The Apple iPhone 12 mini was announced on 13 October 2020 at an Apple Special Event alongside the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max and was released on 13 November 2020. This fourteenth-generation iPhone is the lower-budget successor to 2019’s iPhone 11, but in terms of the name, it’s the first time Apple has decided to release an iPhone mini.
While the iPhone 12 mini is, as the name implies, a smaller version of the iPhone 12, Apple did not skimp on the features and specs used in the iPhone 12 mini when compared to its older brother, the iPhone 12. In terms of chipset, operating system, storage capacity, and RAM, both phones are identical.
Where they differ, however, is that the iPhone 12 mini is priced lower than the iPhone 12 and its upgraded versions, the iPhone 12 Pro and the iPhone 12 Pro Max. Moreover, the iPhone 12 mini has less battery capacity, allowing for approximately 15 hours of video playback compared to 17 hours on the iPhone 12.
Naturally, the slim form size lends itself to users that may find Apple’s more recent flagships to be too cumbersome to handle with one hand, or simply don’t mind smaller screen real estate for daily use. In any case, the iPhone 12 mini should not simply be viewed as a ‘budget version’ of the iPhone 12 since, although it is priced lower than the iPhone 12, it’s mostly the same phone in terms of specs.
At the time of writing, the early reviews of Apple’s iPhone 12 mini have been generally good, but a few problems are already becoming evident whilst others remain to be found as users get their hands on the iPhone 12 mini. The small battery size is one such drawback, but in terms of technical problems users have reported activation issues, software issues, and problems with FaceID. In particular, FaceID has been criticised in light of the current pandemic since it is incompatible with face masks, thus prompting users to remove their mask lest they be locked out of using their phone.
When it comes to design issues, the iPhone 12 mini is built to last with diamond glass screen technology called Ceramic Shield, but it isn’t impervious to dents, scratches, and the wear and tear that accompanies even the best-built mobile phones on the market. Should you encounter problems with your iPhone 12 mini, it’s important that you get professional and certified repairs by experts that use approved parts and components and have the expertise to effect repairs no matter how complex the issue may be.
Get in touch with a local iTechnician shop and arrange for an iTech repair expert to pick up your iPhone 12 mini at your home or office, or drop it off at a repair shop. iTechnician centres are located across the UK, so you’ll always have a solution no matter where you live in the UK. Some of the common problems that iTechnician shops can assist with include:
iPhone 12 Mini repair costs vary and are constantly changing. We will keep updating this page so you can get an idea on what you should be paying for repairs in your area.