Consumers unconvinced by the appeal of 2014’s larger iPhones will be offered a smaller alternative from Apple this year, mounting evidence suggests.
Last September saw Apple, whose largest phone until last year was four inches, break with form to bring to market 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch handsets, in the form of the Phone 6 and iPhone 6S.
Beforehand the company, at the doughty insistence of former figurehead Steve Jobs, had shunned phones with phablet dimensions on the grounds that they were too big to be used easily with one hand.
With no small degree of predictability given long-standing evidence of the sheer scale of pent-up demand for iPhablets, the iPhone 6 and 6S broke sales records in the run-up to Christmas.
But, according to analysts Zacks Equity Research, their success doesn't mean we can kiss goodbye to more compact and bijou iPhones forever. Not a bit of it.
The research company posits that the sheer size of the existing market for more compact iPhones will mean Apple is forced to bring new phones to market that cleave to more traditional, smaller form factors.
Naturally, the tentatively titled iPhone 6S Mini is expected to come in at a smaller price point than the iPhone 6.
However, given the iPhone 5C’s unexpectedly high launch-day price, we’d caution against getting excited that the fabled ‘cheap iPhone’ is finally upon us.
The Zacks Equity Research forecast echoes earlier reports, which predicted that a four-inch iPhone will drop in 2015 alongside two larger editions.