- Nov 27, 2012
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After Apple has finally released the 'phablet' iPhone, we're now hearing rumors that the company could be interested in reintroducing the 4-inch model.
The information comes from analyst Timothy Arcuri of Cowen and Company who claims that Apple has been working on a new 4-inch iPhone model that could debut in 2015. Here are more details from AppleInsider:
According to Arcuri, it's "possible" that Apple could launch three new versions of the iPhone next year, with a so-called "iPhone 6s mini" at 4 inches joining the current-generation screen sizes. The analyst said his sources suggest the specifications of the 4-inch model could be similar to last year's iPhone 5s. But the device may feature a new design with curved screen edges, much like the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.
Arcuri's recent track record on Apple rumors is mixed. He did correctly reveal a number of details about the iPhone 6 back in January of 2014, but he also incorrectly claimed the iPhone 6 Plus would have a more powerful processor than the iPhone 6. If his latest claims prove true, the new 4-inch device could be a replacement for the iPhone 5c, which currently occupies the low end of Apple's smartphone lineup. According to Arcuri, the new 4-inch "iPhone 6s mini" may include "purpose-built low cost components" from Qualcomm to keep the price down.
If Apple does plan to release a 4-inch model, perhaps they could get plenty of sales if they make it available as a true budget device.