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  • Apple Discontinues the iPhone Mini– Thoughts?

    Posted by alyssa-silva on September 12, 2022 at 12:00 pm

    Did anyone watch the Apple event last week? I didn’t, but I read the highlights and saw the iPhone Mini is being discontinued. I’m kind of disappointed. Apple prides itself on accessibility, but this is a loss for the disability community.

    Over the last year, I’ve gotten weaker and have had more trouble reaching the top buttons on my iPhone 13 Pro screen (even using the reachability feature). I was planning on getting the mini next to make my life easier, but I didn’t want to have to downgrade. I use my phone for literally everything and am on it all day long for communication purposes. So getting a good phone is important to me. Now I’m not sure what I’m going to do.

    What do you think about Apple discontinuing the mini?

    PS- If anyone has any ideas on how to select the buttons at the top of my screen more easily so I don’t have to downgrade, I’m all ears.

    deann-r replied 1 year ago 7 Members · 11 Replies
  • 11 Replies
  • deann-r

    September 13, 2022 at 9:20 am

    Dang, I like my Mini. I thought I might miss the bigger screen but I don’t. The smaller size is much more manageable. Guess I’ll have to figure out how to not drop it so often to preserve the lifespan. What do you have now?

    Is voice control an option? It might not work for you if talking is difficult but I’ve actually found it helpful from time to time. Or maybe a stylus? I’m not sure what kind of pressure you’d need or if it’d be too awkward. I’m pretty sure you can connect switches to your phone somehow too. I’m not smart enough to know how but Viola and Dan did a video a while back. Let me see if I can find the link…maybe this one?

  • micaela-macdougall

    September 13, 2022 at 9:16 pm

    So glad I upgraded to the 13 mini last year, when it was still the shiniest new model.  I definitely wouldn’t like anything bigger.  Now I’m set for another 3-4 years, by which time Apple will probably have switched things up again.

  • alyssa-silva

    September 13, 2022 at 9:20 pm

    The switches looked promising but you can’t have Switches and Assistive Touch on simultaneously. I have no idea why that is but I need Assistive Touch for sure. So switches are unfortunately out for me. I may just end up downgrading too, but I’m still super frustrated that they dropped the mini. Hopefully, we’ll see improvements with next year’s phones.

  • tammi-bradley

    September 13, 2022 at 10:06 pm

    NOOO! My “mini me” is my LIFE!

  • anna

    September 16, 2022 at 5:00 pm

    There is an app called ‘Phone Link’ which essentially mirrors your phone on the screen of your PC, so you can interact with it using your laptop’s touchpad or any other mouse you prefer. This is immensely helpful to me because the touchpad’s surface is significantly smaller than that of a smartphone and, therefore, much easier to reach. The only drawback is portability for obvious reasons (we can’t carry our laptops with us everywhere we go). Also, it works best for Samsung phones and Windows PCs, but I’m thinking there may be something similar for Apple products…?

    • alyssa-silva

      September 17, 2022 at 11:11 am

      Oh cool! That sounds like it would be a shame solution but unfortunately, I use my phone as a mouse for my laptop. It connects through an app called WiFi mouse. So I wouldn’t be able to mirror my screen because then I wouldn’t have a mouse. Thank you for the suggestion though! That’s a great accessibility feature.

  • werner

    November 8, 2022 at 2:39 pm


    you can control your iphone/ipad with the mouse, which is controlling your pc.
    With a small program, which is running on pc. It is called Across Center and it’s free.
    You can switch from pc to iphone and back again.
    There is a tutorial on youtube:

    Autumn greetings from Austria

    • alyssa-silva

      November 8, 2022 at 7:06 pm

      Awesome! Thank you for sharing. ????

  • rahul

    November 14, 2022 at 10:53 am

    You can also try Apple’s “Reachability” function, which enables you to slide down the top screen: Reach the top of the iPhone screen with one hand – Apple Support – check this link. Hope it helps.


    • alyssa-silva

      November 14, 2022 at 3:01 pm

      I love the reachability feature! Unfortunately, it still needs to move a tiny bit further down in order for me to reach the top. This is great though. Thank you for sharing as not many people know about this feature.

    • deann-r

      November 21, 2022 at 9:52 am

      One of my favorite features!