A new rumour today suggests that it won’t be the end of the line for the mini iPhone range after all. Is the iPhone 14 mini in production? And according to Mark Gurman, iOS 16 development is now complete and we can expect not one, but two Apple events this fall.
iPhone 14 mini
Blass claims that the device will be available next month alongside the 10th generation iPad. Though this information would seemingly contradict everything we’ve heard thus far earlier this year.
Many reputable analysts including Ming-Chi Kuo have reported that Apple will be offering the iPhone 14 in 6.1 and 6.7-inch models. If true it would align with the display sizes of the expected iPhone 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max.
It’s thought that Apple has been disappointed with sales of the iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 13 mini. Based on these rumours, it would suggest that Blass is mistaken. Though it’s worth noting that Blass does have a reasonable track record, leaking the design of the HomePod Mini for instance ahead of time.
We won’t have long to see if Blass or Kuo is correct, with the rumoured date of the iPhone event expected to be September 7th. Speaking of…
iOS 16 development and Apple events
In the latest edition of his Power On newsletter, analyst Mark Gurman claims that iOS 16 is now complete. At least when it comes to finalising the feature set. The development process will continue as far as bug fixes. But don’t expect to see any feature changes prior to the arrival of the public release.
In other news, Gurman believes that Apple will hold two special events in the Autumn. The first will focus on iPhone and Apple Watch, with the iPhone 14, Apple Watch Series 8, SE 2 and a rumoured Apple Watch Pro all expected to make an appearance.
The second event will take place in October, with Apple expected to unveil a redesigned iPad Pro with M2 chip. Apple will also upgrade a number of Macs to its new M2 chips. Specifically the Mac mini, the MacBook Pro 14/16 and perhaps we might even see the Apple Silicon Mac Pro.
The AppleTLDR take
The iPhone 14 mini rumours do seem questionable given everything we’ve heard so far this year. But I think it’s a pretty safe bet to say that development on iOS 16 is complete as far as features.
As for the rumours regarding the M2 chips for the Mac, it’s worth noting that Apple is still struggling to create enough M1 ultra chips for the Mac Studio. Customers ordering a top-of-the-line Mac Studio can expect to wait up to 10 weeks. Is Apple ready to unveil workstation-ready M2 silicon? I’m not so sure. The MacBook Pro is a possibility as is the Mac Mini. And perhaps we’ll get a peek at the Mac Pro. But I’d be surprised if the Mac Pro ships in 2022.