Another rumor points towards an iPhone "mini" launching this year

Another rumor points towards an iPhone
So, this past year, even Apple joined the "screen size" race, by pumping the display of its flagship iPhone 6 to 4.7" and adding a phablet iPhone 6 Plus in its portfolio. The change had an extremely positive reception, as 4 months after the launch, Apple is still selling its new handsets like hot cakes, and even dominated the statistic for device activations this Christmas.

There is, however, a group of people, be it a minority if you wish, that actually liked the 4" constraints that Apple had put on itself with the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5s – easily pocketable, perfectly usable with one hand, still good for checking emails, social media, and chatting. With the release of the new iPhones, one was left to wonder – is Apple completely done with the small-sized smartphones?

Well, rumors claim that Cupertinians are, in fact, planning to launch a "mini" version of their flagship this year (iPhone 6 mini, or 6s mini? We don't know) – the first time we heard of such plans was around 10 days ago, when analyst Timothy Arcuri of Cowen and Company apparently sent a note to investors, claiming that Apple is working on a possible "mini" iPhone.

Well, now, an alleged report from another US investment company, called Zacks Equity Research, reportedly also makes a mention of a "mini" iPhone being in the works for 2015. Not only that, but the price is expected to "be a lot cheaper".

Now, that's interesting. Currently, the cheapest iPhone on Apple's portfolio is the 5c – and it's still rather pricey, at $450 for a SIM-free version. We wouldn't really expect Apple to release a brand new model, be it a "mini", and slap a price tag on it lower than that. The rumors suggest that Cupertinians are thinking about equipping it with lower tier hardware, in order to justify a large price drop, but we'd say the iPhone 6's sales have proven that the company does not need to produce a low-end smartphone in order to have market dominance, so we're at the edge of calling shenanigans on that rumor. Not to mention that customers that want a smaller screen will not necessarily agree to a less powerful handset.

What we find believable about the rumors, however, is that Apple may really be thinking about having a line of 4”-screened iPhones, instead of completely abandoning the handy-sized devices. Whether the Cupertinians will go through with it, and whether it's going to happen this year, remains to be seen.


source: MyDrivers.com (translated) via BGR

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38 Comments

1. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

Could it be a cheap plastic crap iPhone 6C? I mean, Apple knows that their cheap plastic crap 5C was a failure. Just focus on premium, Apple. Apple and cheap doesn't feel right at all.

2. Exempt1 unregistered

The iPhone 5S was the 6 mini. Similar specs, similar dpi with the screen, iOS 8 onboard... They continued selling it along with the new series because it was capable to perform just like it's bigger brothers. They might bring out an S version this year, but what's the point? Unless Apple do major upgrades with the 6S, which they never do with the S series anyway, I don't see the money grabbing company making up another model when there is already one which is already a smaller version of it's bigger brothers.

5. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

With S midels, the internals are always upgraded, so that would make the 5s two years behind. Also, the 5s doesn't have NFC. This is why a 6s mini will be made.

12. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Actually S series bring bigger improvements than main serie, 4S brought dual core processor and 5S brought 64 bit and touch ID, much bigger update than 5 over 4S or 6 over 5S if you ask me.

14. cheeseycheeser

Posts: 413; Member since: Mar 24, 2011

The S series usually brings the bigger INTERNALS improvements. However, the 4/5 brought major design changes and improvements. Which are more important to most consumers.

30. bob_monkeywarts unregistered

The s series is just Apple waiting for everybody's contracts to expire so that when the next different phone comes everybody will be ready to buy it. That's why if you go to a carrier store after the new iPhone comes out it's more crowded than when the new s comes out; when the new s comes out everybody still has a contact.

31. bob_monkeywarts unregistered

Contract

3. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

As the article states, people don't want lower specs even though it has a smaller screen. I don't understand why they do this. Especially for apple, who only makes 'high end' phones, if you want to call them that. They should all take the Sony route, with a small phone that packs the punch of its flagship brother.

4. darkkjedii

Posts: 31624; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Smart move Apple, keep a 4. incher in the lineup

6. greenelektron

Posts: 537; Member since: Sep 10, 2014

I have an iPhone 5 and i loVe its size. But ios9 on that? I dont think so

13. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Well, iOS is well optimised for small screen sizes, on Z3C I feel that everything was designed for bigger size and than just ported to 4.6 inch.

7. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Good idea, if only because it will probably spur other companies to make high-end mini devices as well. Also, I know plenty of people who will be thrilled about this. Some people just still don't want a 4.7+ inch phone.

8. iPhoneboy597

Posts: 13; Member since: Dec 18, 2014

Apples increasing the number of devices it's releasing each year, from 1 to 2 devices and if this rumours correct then 3, kinda like Samsung and lg who release multiple flagship grade phones in year, they would be wise to keep it at 2, max 3

9. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

either make a small sized iPhone with iPhone 6 specs or don't bother because otherwise we can just get the iPhone 5S. it has a better design anyway.

10. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

I'm really interested in this one, I own Z3C now and I love it but I guess iOS just suits me better. I'd like to trade it for 5S but I will wait to see what Apple will show, I hope this time they will add another Gig of RAM, one is not enough anymore. Also if it had waterproofing I'd buy it instantly, surprisingly this is my favourite feature of Z3. After battery of course :) And if it disappoints I'll just get 5S at lower price.

11. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

My wife would probably kill for a 5/5S with the internals of the 6/6+. She hates that my 6 Plus is better than her 5S, but she also hates the size of the new iPhones, especially because they only fit in the pockets of her dress pants.

15. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

So unless the resolutions match, the 6s mini is going to crush the 6s in benchmarks just like how the current 6 crushes the 6 plus in benchmarks. Funny how ifans ignored the resolution difference when comparing a sub 720p resolution 5s to 1080p Androids in terms of benchmarks. And now they just ignore the benchmarks all together. Oh ifans....they are hilarious.

19. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Why would they compare benchmarks when games and whole UI works buttery smooth even with 1GB of RAM? Only fandroids are getting excited with those benchmarks which only show potential of specs but doesn't mean sh*t and I played with G3 with 5.0 lately and was shocked how much it was lagging, dunno about S5, but G3 has nice results in your benchmarks.

21. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Because they did before...and just recently stopped now that they have some fragmentation.

16. iOSLMFAO

Posts: 290; Member since: Dec 15, 2014

LOL, apple has run out of ideas to steal and is now recycling their old trash. Next year we will see a return to the 3.5 inch size, plastic body, and curved back (3G/3GS).One Infinite Loop!

17. Symon_Fleece

Posts: 351; Member since: May 30, 2014

Wow! Even apple is making a mini version now!. I think the specs of this will be the same on the 6s in a compact body, like z1c and z3c, but the price of this is not gonna be great.

18. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

I wonder whose idea are they borrowing now? Make a regular size device and then make a smaller version next to it and call it a Mini. Why is Apple doing all this Samsung copying? First Samsung had an S4 Mini and S5 Mini. Then HTC made mini versions of a couple of the M series device. Now Apple wants to make a Mini too? What size? If they go down to 4" that was ould stupid. Also why to they need a Mini? Isn't the iPhone 6 a Mini of the 6 Plus? No one is hardly going to buy a small iPhone after finally getting a big one.

26. romeo1

Posts: 824; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

It even started earlier with the x10 and x10 mini of sony ericsson. And yes the iphone 6 could be considered as a mini and the 5 a super mini?

34. uzimafioso

Posts: 469; Member since: Jul 15, 2014

Hello N97 mini...

35. romeo1

Posts: 824; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

Oh yeah you're right that one was even earlier ;)

20. TimCook

Posts: 450; Member since: Oct 23, 2014

More sizes = more sales

29. bob_monkeywarts unregistered

Like they don't have any sales already.

22. gorkapr

Posts: 74; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

That rumor isn't new. Its like the rumor of the iPhone Nano

23. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

So now a 4" iPhone is a "mini"? F#$@ you, Steve Jobs, and your ignorant "vision". The man was an idiot. A genius, too, but also an idiot.

24. jimjam unregistered

once you try bigger there is no going back!

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