“In recent days, we’ve heard a very interesting report that [Apple Inc.] may have axed the top of the line ‘Pro’ model of the smartphone, going with a more streamlined lineup,” Bill Maurer writes for Seeking Alpha. “While this may limit the company’s revenue potential slightly, it might be a better choice in the long run.”

“According to Mac Otakara, Apple has decided that it really doesn’t need the ‘Pro’ model after all,” Maurer writes. “Reportedly, the three phone lineup using a ‘Pro'” model was just in case the company could not produce enough dual-lens cameras. In that scenario, the 4.7 inch model and 5.5 inch ‘Plus’ model would have stayed with single lens cameras, with the reported 5.8 inch ‘Pro’ version getting the dual-lens.”

Images claiming to be of Apple's forthcoming "iPhone 7" and "iPhone 7 Plus" (via Letem svetem Applem)

Images claiming to be of Apple’s forthcoming “iPhone 7” and “iPhone 7 Plus” (via Letem svetem Applem)

“Honestly, you have to ask yourself if a four model lineup made sense with screen sizes of 4 inches, 4.7 inches, 5.5 inches, and 5.8 inches. Was the extra 0.3 inches going to be that much of a hit to justify the likely lower margins seen on a new form factor?” Maurer writes. “Since most are expecting a huge overhaul with the iPhone 8 in 2017, perhaps Apple will go to the large screen then, and perhaps eliminate the 5.5 inch model.”

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MacDailyNews Take: As Day One flagship buyers, we would have gone for the “Pro,” but we’ll certainly be happy to use the “iPhone 7 Plus” with its myriad expected improvements over the current flagship iPhone 6s Plus for the next year!