Apple could release a new 4–inch iPhone in late 2015, despite moving to larger displays for its flagship handsets this year. The rumour comes from a ‘supply chain source’ in China and should be treated with caution at this early stage.
The Cupertino company would have been expected to keep 2013’s iPhone 5s in its lineup next year, in keeping with its previous approach of offering older handsets sold at lower prices.
However, this new rumour points to a wholly updated 4–inch iPhone, targeted at those who want one–handed smartphone use. Somewhat patronisingly, the report also refers to the phone being designed for “female users”, a marketing tactic Apple seems unlikely to employ.
Word is the device will be revealed in the second half of the year. If true, it suggests Apple remains committed to the significant chunk of the market who do not want larger phones. Recent Uswitch sales figures showed that the iPhone 5c outsold the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus last month.
Such rumours are always worth taking with a grain of salt, although if more gossip surrounding such plans emerges, this one will become increasingly difficult to ignore.
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