Listen, listen: The tyranny of overwhelmingly large iPhones over women with normal-sized hands is over. In a way.
Apple unveiled the new iPhone 12 mini during its virtual product debut event on Tuesday. It has all the same cool new specs as the “normal” iPhone 12, especially the 5G connection and a stronger “ceramic screen” screen. It’s just smol!
When iPhones began to expand in the late 2010s, some pointed out that iPhones became too large for many women to hold – an insensitive, if not outright sexist mistake.
Of course, people of all genders can have a variety of hand sizes. But for people with smaller hands (many of whom can only be women), the fact that Apple’s phone sizes over the past five years have only gone up, up and away has been frustrating.
I upgraded from an iPhone 6 to an iPhone 11 last year. If I wanted a new Apple phone, I had no choice but to go big or go home. There’s not much I can do without using both hands. So this year the mini is long but still welcome change.
With the new iPhone 12 mini, a new smaller phone sounds good! However, it’s not like I want to be Derek Zoolander, with his Polly Pocket flip phone – and Apple calls it “mini” after all. So I decided to do a scientific experiment to find out how teensy mini actually is.
It turns out that the mini is actually the standard smartphone size, by 2015 standards. With a diameter of 5.18 inches and 2.53 inches wide, with a screen of 5.4 inches diagonally, it is only a fraction of an inch smaller than the iPhone 6 and 2015 iPhone 6s, as some * cough Mashable journalists * has called the platonic ideal of the iPhone that Apple withdrew too soon.
This similarity explains why holding the highly accurate iPhone 12 mini-facsimile created by Mashable scientists felt just so … right.
This was a surprise! As Apple put it, the mini looked like an ant phone. They somehow found an actor with the largest possible hands they could to show off their new creation.
But in fact, especially for someone like me, the iPhone 12 mini is a phone with a size that is affordable. Here’s a comparison between a man holding cardboard mini and mini in my hands.
It looked smaller in the man’s hands. And ok, you win, I * have * smaller hands than many people – but they work perfectly, thank you very much!
Even in the hands of the man, although the mini does not look freaking microscopic as it does in the Apple model. And in my hands it fits just right. I do not want to miss the larger screen – I’m sure the smaller screen fits my subtitles, Instagramming and FaceTiming perfectly, and I might finally be able to operate it with just my thumb left for a few things.
So thank you, Apple. It may have taken a long time, but the small-handed people who trust you thank you for this gift. I hope the thumb does not have to stretch again!