An iPhone that isn’t the iPhone 15 is selling fast in Japan Digital trends

Apple released the iPhone 15 last month, and the new device had two screen sizes of 6.1 and 6.7 inches.

The arrival of the latest iteration of the tech giant’s popular phone has prompted the company to drop the iPhone 13 mini from its online store, the iPhone 13 mini, which as the name suggests offers a smaller 5.4-inch display.

The smaller design, introduced with the iPhone 12 in 2020, gained popularity among those who found larger iPhones cumbersome or too heavy.

But that praise never translated into significant sales, prompting Apple to ditch the tiny device with the iPhone 14 last year.

In Japan, fans of the Mini clearly remain, with the iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 13 mini recently seeing increased demand among buyers there, according to a recent report from Nikkei Asia.

In the week following the launch of the iPhone 15, customers were quick to look for the iPhone mini on Nikosuma’s online marketplace, with sales of both models reportedly doubling from the previous week. Interest in the more compact device appears to have been fueled by Apple’s decision to remove the iPhone 13 mini from its online store when it released its latest phone last month.

Masatoshi Ohno, head of the consumer division that runs the online shopping site, says that used smartphones are now the main option for people who want to own the iPhone mini series.

As Nikkei Asia points out, the more affordable prices that come with used phones is another factor driving sales of Apple’s smaller iPhones. For example, the best-priced iPhone 15 comes with 128GB of storage and costs ¥124,800 (about $830) in Japan, while a used iPhone 12 mini, albeit with half the storage at 64GB, can Purchased for ¥40,000. (about $265) and the 128GB iPhone 13 for 70,000 yen ($465).

For those who want a smaller screen with an all-new iPhone, the only option is the 4.7-inch iPhone SE (2022), which starts at $429. But the device’s dated design and large top and bottom bezels mean that despite the more compact display, its footprint is only slightly smaller than the 6.1-inch iPhone, leaving cost as its only real advantage.

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