Starting today at 8am EST, Apple began taking preorders for the two new iPhone models it didn’t release earlier: the iPhone 12 mini and the iPhone 12 Pro Max. At least the first orders placed today will begin arriving at consumers’ shipping addresses on November 13—next Friday.
The iPhone 12 mini is in most respects identical to the already-launched iPhone 12, except that it has a smaller, 5.4-inch screen instead of the iPhone 12’s 6.1-inch display. Because the iPhone 12 mini has very small bezels, the device’s footprint is actually slightly smaller than that of the current iPhone SE, which shares its chassis with the previously released iPhone 8.
The iPhone 12 Pro Max has additional distinctions from the iPhone 12 Pro besides screen real estate (the Max measures in at 6.7 inches to the standard Pro’s 6.1 inches). Namely, its rear camera specs differ, promising superior photo quality.
The iPhone 12 mini comes in 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB storage configurations and starts at $699. The iPhone 12 Pro Max comes in 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB, and it starts at $1,099.
When we reviewed the iPhone 12 and 12 Pro last month, we concluded that the flagship feature, 5G, is a bit premature in terms of its value proposition for most potential buyers. But we also liked the design, found the cameras to be just as strong as last year’s, and appreciated the outstanding screen and relatively strong performance (though we didn’t see dramatic CPU or GPU performance gains over the iPhone 11 or 11 Pro from last year).
Because the iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 12 Pro Max share so much with their cousins, we don’t plan to do a full review of these new models, but we will go over some of the distinctions once we have them in hand.