Since the launch of the iPhone 13 range phones, Apple has officially dropped prices on the iPhone 12 mini, which makes it an excellent time to buy one.
Not only is Apple's price down to £579 to start (compared to £699), retailers will now also want to get rid of old stock to make room for iPhone 13 mini. Compound that with Black Friday 2021 only being a few weeks away and, suddenly, all your ducks are in a row towards getting an excellent discount on the iPhone 12 mini.
Other retailers are mirroring Apple's new low prices including Amazon, John Lewis, Carphone Warehouse, and Very. Laptops Direct has even reduced the price to £564, amounting to an additional £14 discount on the lowered price.
On the contract front we're seeing great offers too. For instance, you can pick up a free pair of AirPods with the iPhone 12 mini from Carphone Warehouse, Virgin, Three or Mobile Phones Direct instead!
Here we're rounding up the biggest deals and discounts on the iPhone 12 mini both on contract and SIM-free. So if you're looking to save on the iPhone 12 mini, you've come to the right place.
We're separately covering iPhone 12, 12 Pro and Pro Max deals in this article. And if you're after the newest, here's where to get the best deals on the iPhone 13 range.
About the iPhone 12 mini
Despite its size, the 12 mini packs power – most notably in the new A14 Bionic processor and Neural Engine, which significantly boosts performance and image processing capabilities.
In his review of the 12 mini, Macworld editor David Price said "The 12 mini is the best of both worlds, combining the all-screen design of recent iPhones with the petite chassis of the older ones. It also happens to be brilliantly featured and specced, with superb cameras and processing power to burn."
As for those cameras? You get dual 12Mp-wide and ultra-wide sensors on the back with 2x optical zoom and a 12Mp front camera. The 12 mini also supports 4K video recording at up to 60fps on both rear and selfie cameras.
The iPhone 12 mini features a Ceramic Shield front, glass back, and an aluminium frame, while the top-tier Pro and Pro Max add a textured matte glass on the back and a stainless steel band to the mix. Don't forget to pick up a protective case for your iPhone 12 – see the best ones here.
How much does the iPhone 12 mini cost?
The smallest of the iPhone 12 range, the iPhone 12 mini, features a 5.4in screen. That's only slightly larger than the iPhone SE (2020)'s 4.7in Retina HD display. Following the launch of the iPhone 13, the 12 mini has seen a significant price drop. Here are the new prices:
- 64GB - £579/US$599/AUD$999 | Was: £699/US$729/AUD$1,199
- 128GB - £629/US$649/AUD$1,079 | Was: £749/US$779/AUD$1,279
- 256GB - £729/US$749/AUD$1249 | Was: £849/US$879/AUD$1,449
The iPhone 12 mini's starting price is now £190 higher than the SE (2020), which remains the most affordable new iPhone. See the best iPhone SE deals here.
Best iPhone 12 mini SIM-free deals - £120 price drop!
Laptops Direct's price is even cheaper at £564 for the 64GB option, which is the lowest SIM-free price we can see at the moment.
Currys is offering £100 off the iPhone 12 mini if you opt to bundle it with a SIM.
You can also save an additional £5 from KRCS but you can save even more if you trade in your old device. Plus, here's how to get a free Nintendo Switch with your new iPhone 12 mini.
1. Apple iPhone 12 mini (64GB)
Now: £579 (£130 off)
Amazon and Laptops Direct both have £130 off 64GB iPhone 12 mini.
2. Apple iPhone 12 mini (64GB)
From: Laptops Direct
Now: £569 (£130 off)
Laptops Direct also has £120 off the 12 mini with next-day delivery.
3. Apple iPhone 12 mini (64GB) - Refurbished
Now: £469.99 (£230 off with SPOOKY10)
Over at MusicMagpie you can save £230 on a refurbished iPhone 12 mini graded in a "Good" condition.
4. Apple iPhone 12 mini (64GB) - Refurbished
Now: £469 (£230 off)
GiffGaff has an incredible £230 off the iPhone 12 mini when compared to the RRP.
5. Apple iPhone 12 mini (64GB)
Now: £569 (£130 off)
6. Apple iPhone 12 mini (128GB)
Now: £629 (£120 off)
7. Apple iPhone 12 mini (256GB)
Now: £729 (£120 off)
Read our guide to the best iPhone 12 deals for more buying advice.
8. Apple iPhone 12 mini (256GB)
From: John Lewis
Now: £729 (£120 off + 2 year guarantee)
The 256GB iPhone 12 also gets £120 off from John Lewis and comes with a free 2 year guarnatee for extra peace of mind. Read our guide to the best iPhone 12 deals for more buying advice.
9. Apple iPhone 12 mini, 60GB data & free Nintendo Switch
From: Mobile Phones Direct
Now: No upfront cost, £55 per month
Get the iPhone 12 mini and a Nintendo Switch console from Mobile Phones Direct, complete with 60GB of data on O2.
10. Apple iPhone 12 mini with unlimited data
From: Carphone Warehouse
Now: £62 upfront, £39per month (includes free AirPods)
Carphone Warehouse is bundling free AirPods with the iPhone 12 mini on unlimited data.
11. Apple iPhone 12 mini with 24GB data
Now: £35 per month (includes free AirPods)
You can also get free AirPods with Virgin. Its plans don't include an upfront cost but terms last over 36 months.
Also see the following retailers if you miss the biggest discounts listed above:
- Apple - Up to £230 off with Apple Trade-In
- Carphone Warehouse - Free AirPods
- Laptops Direct - lowest SIM-free price
- Walmart (US)
- Best Buy (US)
Best iPhone 12 mini offers on contract
- Affordable Mobiles - Best deal: Unlimited data for £31 per month, no upfront cost
- Carphone Warehouse -Best deal: Free AirPods with select deals - plans start at £49.99 upfront, £31.99 per month for 20GB data
- EE - Best deal: £52 per month, £50 upfront cost for 40GB data, includes 1 Smart Benefit (choice of Apple Music, Apple TV+, Apple Arcade and more)
- O2 - Best deal: 38.86 per month, £20 upfront for 100GB data over 36 months with free 3-year warranty (up to £360 off with iPhone trade-in, and 6 months of Disney+, Prime Video or another streaming app)
- Sky Mobile - Best Deal: £26 per month for 3GB data (no upfront cost)
- Three - Best Deal: Free AirPods Pro, AirPods, Beats Flex, case + screen protector, or Powerbeats Pro
- Virgin Mobile - Best Deal: £35 per month, no upfront cost for 24GB data with free Airpods
- Vodafone - Best Deal: £43 per month, £29 upfront for 25GB high speed data with free Spotify Premium, YouTube Premium or Amazon Prime + 50% off Apple Watch contract
- AT&T (US) - Starts at $8.75 per month
- Verizon (US) - Get the 12 mini with no upfront cost on Unlimited plan - save $250 on iPad
You can also use our tool below to browse through other contract offers based on your budget and ideal data allowance:
Where to find refurbished iPhone 12 mini deals
Now that the iPhone 13 is out, you'll also find excellent refurbished iPhone 12 mini deals in the refurbished market. Apple still doesn't have any 12-range phones in its Refurbished Store, but there are loads of other places you can turn to.
For instance, the 256GB 12 mini in Pristine condition is now only £599.99 at MusicMagpie with code SPOOKY10 – that's a saving of £129!
- Music Magpie (Decluttr in the US)
- The outlet or The iOutlet on eBay
- Amazon Renewed Store
- Smartfone Store
- The Big Phone Store
- Laptops Direct
- Appliances Direct
- Back Market
Where to get iPhone 12 range cashback deals
The following retailers offer phones on contract from various networks and may have different deals to those you'll find direct from the network. Many of these sites also offer cashback plans, if you want to save more in the long term.
Should I wait for Black Friday for iPhone 12 mini deals?
Black Friday arrives on Friday 26 November this year, followed by Cyber Monday on 29 November, which leads to the question: should you wait until then for a better deal?
Yes, and no. If you urgently want the iPhone 12 mini ahead of Christmas and you see a stellar discount today, it's easy: pick it up. If you have the luxury of waiting until November however, it may pay off. There's no need to wait for 26 November itself, of course. In the past, the biggest and best Black Friday deals were typically reserved for the big day, but now Black Friday deals appear all through November and sometimes, as early as October.
If you see dramatic Black Friday iPhone 12 mini discounts before 26 November, just go for it! Some retailers that hold pre-Black Fridays sales also promise that prices won't go any lower on Black Friday itself and offer to refund customers back the difference if it does.