And if that happens, iPhone 14 buyers will have a less expensive way to get the screen size Apple currently sells only with the iPhone 12 Pro Max, which starts at $1,099.
Kuo predicts that Apple’s regular lineup of iPhones for 2022 will include phones with 6.1 and 6.7-inch screens (the same sizes as the current iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max).
There is no iPhone Mini with a 5.4-inch screen. Analysts, including Kuo, said the iPhone Mini is being phased out in 2022 due to lower sales.
While some may miss the small phone, from Apple’s point of view, the expansion of the mainstream phone lineup makes sense.
According to documents discovered in the Apple and Epic Games trial, Apple commissioned a report on consumers’ smartphone buying habits late last year.
Apple wants a great phone at a low price:
The report showed that many customers were buying phones with screens larger than six inches. And that more people are turning to Samsung than Apple to meet the needs of big phones.
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Both companies are facing a slowing market and have to contend with rising costs. And if Apple made the decision to make a great low-end phone. They do so after seeing research that many consumers want bigger and cheaper phones.
And while Apple is working to some extent towards that goal (the iPhone 12, iPhone 11, and iPhone XR had 6.1-inch screens). They made the big phones exclusive to the high end class.
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Next year may be a good time to appeal to users who want something larger than 6.1 inches. But they don’t want to spend more than $1,000 to get it.
Additionally, Kuo also said that the 2022 iPhones have fingerprint readers built into the bottom of the screen. And there is a new iPhone SE that supports 5G networks.