iPhone 12 Mini in 2024: Is it still a good buy?

Being released in November 2020, the iPhone 12 mini is now over three years old
The image shows the iPhone 12 mini. — Apple
The image shows the iPhone 12 mini. — Apple

Upon its release, the iPhone 12 mini received a warm reception. However, with the iPhone 14 lineup, Apple decided to discontinue the mini-series, citing underperformance and failure to meet financial expectations.

As a result, the iPhone 13 mini and iPhone 12 mini are now the only options available for those seeking a smaller iPhone. While the iPhone 13 mini remains a viable choice in 2024, the relevance of the iPhone 12 mini might be questionable.

  • Released November 2020 13g, 7.4mm thickness iOS 14.1, up to iOS 17.1.1 64GB/128GB/256GB storage, no card slot
  • 4GB RAM
    A14 Bionic
  • 5.4"
    1080x2340 pixels
  • 12MP
  • 2227mAh

iPhone 12 mini specifications

ProcessorA14 Bionic
Storage64GB/128GB/256GB storage, no card slot

Li-Ion 2227 mAh, non-removable (8.57 Wh)

Main Camera12 MP, f/1.6, 26mm (wide), 1.4µm, dual pixel PDAF, OIS
Selfie camera12 MP, f/2.2, 23mm (wide), 1/3.6"

Face ID, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer


Black, White, Red, Green, Blue, Purple

PriceFrom around $280

Being released in November 2020 at a starting price of $699, the iPhone 12 mini is now three years old and starting from around $280. Though Apple offers extended support for its devices, the iPhone 12 mini will receive updates for only the next three to four years.

For those considering this phone, it might be wiser to invest in the more expensive but more up-to-date iPhone 13 mini. In the Android market, there are several phones with comparable power, larger screens, and better battery life at similar or lower prices.

The compact size of the iPhone 12 mini may appeal to some users, but its screen might feel too small by today's standards.

While the iPhone 12 mini's A14 Bionic processor is potent and efficient, other phones now offer even more powerful performance at similar price points.

Moreover, when it comes to photography, the iPhone 12 mini's camera, while not bad, can feel outdated compared to newer smartphones like the Pixel 6A. 


Considering all factors, the iPhone 12 mini might not be a wise investment, being outdated with limited screen space and battery performance.

DISCLAIMER: The prices are taken as of November 2023 and are subject to change over time.