Apple's iPhone is more complicated than ever because it only offers one model in different capacities. Since the introduction of the iPhone 12 series, we have had at least four different versions to choose from.

One of those seems to be a technological flop. I'm talking about the new phone. This is the model that Apple axed the mini size for, and it was an odd choice that I have questioned since Apple made the official announcement. The failure of the iPhone 14 Plus is of concern to Apple headquarters, as the company is reportedly looking at ways to re-strategize the iPhone 15 lineup in the years to come.

What went wrong with the iPhone 14 Plus?

The iPhone 14 Plus's main Home screen.
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There are two main reasons why the phone didn't sell well. If you care about screen size, you can get the last year's iPhone 13 Pro Max for less than the iPhone 14 Plus.

I will summarize the information Michael Allison gave about the failure of the iPhone 14 Plus here. The price of the Plus version of the phone is just $100 more than the baseline one. The iPhone 14 Pro Max has a faster A16 chip, 48MP main camera, Dynamic Island, and more. It's clear that no one is going out of their way to get the iPhone 14 Plus, even though the price point is ridiculous.

The difference between the previous iPhone 13 Pro Max and the new one is not much. There is no always-on display, a 12MP main camera, and no Dynamic Island. If you want a bigger screen, the last year's iPhone 13 Pro Max is a good option. The only advantage of the iPhone 14 Plus is that it is a bit lighter. It's all done.

I was surprised that Apple decided to remove the mini size of the phone. It's too expensive and barely anything was upgraded. It wasn't helped by the fact that it was available a month after the iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Pro, and iPhone 14 Pro Max too.

The best thing about the iPhone 14 Plus is that it was dead on arrival before anyone could buy it.

A mini iPhone made the best sense

iPhone 12 models
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One of the biggest mysteries to me was why Apple decided to replace the mini-size iPhone with a larger device. The mini did not sell as well as the standard or Pro models of the iPhone, but there is still a market for a smaller phone.

I would rather have a small phone. What's the reason? I struggle with one-handed use of my phone because of my small hands. It is hard for me to reach for things in the upper left or right corners of the screen with the help of a PopSocket. I can't do it in a way that makes me feel good. It wouldn't be as hard for me to reach those corners with the 5.4-inch screen size of the iPhone 12 mini.

iPhone 12 Mini
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Some of you will say that using your phone with two hands isn't a big deal. Have you ever tried juggling your phone in one hand with a baby in the other, carrying a lot of stuff in one hand, or enjoying some finger foods or a drink, or both at the same time? The butt is an extremely painful area.

I know I can change Reachability or the one-handed keyboard mode, but I am not a fan of those. It would be easier to fit a smaller phone into the pockets that they put on women's clothing.

Apple needs to make a smaller Pro phone

iPhone 12 Pro Max next to an iPhone 12 mini.
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The Apple Watch Ultra was launched earlier this year, and there have been rumors that the company could be about to launch a new version of the device. A titanium frame and periscope camera system would be included in the iPhone 15 ultra.

I would love to see Apple make a smaller Pro model of the phone. I want the device to be smaller so I can use it with one hand. I never went for the iPhone mini because of its lack of pro features.

With the flop of the iPhone 14 Plus, it's time for Apple to make a mini-size phone. I would like to see a triple-lens camera system on a compact iPhone, along with the latest chip, more storage options, and an always-on display.

iPhone 14 Pro Max standing against a tree.
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Since the introduction of the Pro models, I have been looking for the best new features that Apple has to offer. I would love to have a smaller size than the 6.1-inch model that Apple uses for the phone. When Apple went with 6.1 inches for the iPhone 12 and later, I wasn't a fan of it. I felt a difference when I tried to use the phone with one hand.

A mini iPhone with Pro-level features is something that I have been wanting for a long time, and I think it would be a great addition to the Apple product line. I would purchase one. I would love to see more fun colors in the standard iPhones.

Go back to a simpler lineup

iPhone 12 models
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There are too many choices when it comes to buying a new phone, making the process more complicated. Apple began to offer a "small" and a "large" iPhone to fit your needs after the introduction of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. We had two new phones to mark the 10th anniversary of the iPhone. Before Apple gave us four options, we had three to choose from.

If the model is going to launch a month later than the rest, it will slip through the cracks. Maybe Apple should go back to the basics and only have one standard and one high-end iPhone every year.

I would just go for the high-end model every time, because it would make the process so much simpler. Storage size and colors are the only differentiating factors for each.

For a while, the smaller Pro model was inferior to the Pro Max model with the cameras and battery life because Apple was making the smaller Pro model inferior to the Pro Max model. I didn't want the larger size, so I would miss out on some features.

Apple is running out of time

Deep Purple iPhone 14 Pro held in hand with a wooden gate in the background
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Time is running out for Apple to re-strategize the next generation of phones after the release of the iPhone 15. Normally, devices are designed and planned out years before they are announced to the public, so who knows if Apple can change the iPhone 15 series it already planned before being concerned about the flop.

Apple should take these concerns into account, even though it may or may not be too late for the iPhone 15. Who is aware? There will be a folding phone by that time.

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