You can now order the tiny iPhone 12 mini or the gigantic iPhone 12 Pro Max

A woman gives a presentation in front of a giant video projector displaying two smartphones.

Enlarge / Apple introduces the iPhone 12 mini during a virtual event in October. (credit: Apple)

Starting today at 8am EST, Apple began taking preorders for the two new iPhone models it didn't release earlier: the iPhone 12 mini and the iPhone 12 Pro Max. At least the first orders placed today will begin arriving at consumers' shipping addresses on November 13—next Friday.

The iPhone 12 mini is in most respects identical to the already-launched iPhone 12, except that it has a smaller, 5.4-inch screen instead of the iPhone 12's 6.1-inch display. Because the iPhone 12 mini has very small bezels, the device's footprint is actually slightly smaller than that of the current iPhone SE, which shares its chassis with the previously released iPhone 8.

The iPhone 12 Pro Max has additional distinctions from the iPhone 12 Pro besides screen real estate (the Max measures in at 6.7 inches to the standard Pro's 6.1 inches). Namely, its rear camera specs differ, promising superior photo quality.

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