Apple rumored to be working on new 4-inch iPhone model

“Apple’s ‘one-hand use’ philosophy can still be seen on the latest iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, via the new ‘Reachability’ feature which brings the on-screen items closer to the bottom bezel,” Mihai Matei reports for G 4 Games.

“Next year however, Apple might plan on facilitating one-hand use by borrowing a page from its previous designs,” Matei reports. “Specifically, a fresh report from Asia has revealed that the Cupertino-based giant could add a 4-inch iPhone model in its 2015 line-up.”

Matei reports, “Allegedly, the smartphone will be created to facilitate single-handed operation, with ‘female users’ being an important part of its intended market segment.”

Apple's current lineup of iPhone displays (5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus left, 4.7-inch iPhone 6 center, 4-inch iPhone 5s/c right)
Apple’s current lineup of iPhone displays
(5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus left, 4.7-inch iPhone 6 center, 4-inch iPhone 5s/c right)

 
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MacDailyNews Take: In general, the only people who still think they want a 4-inch iPhone are those who do not yet own a 4.7-inch iPhone 6 or 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus.

After iPhone 5s and 5c go the way of the dodo, the 4.7-inch display should, and likely will, be Apple’s smallest iPhone display going forward.

70 Comments

  1. Even though my 4s has slowed with iOS 8 and I love the concept of ApplePay, I am reluctant to move to a 6 because it is larger than I prefer. Even though I’m a guy with big hands, that doesn’t mean I want a phone that fills my palm.

    So if Apple makes a 6s in a slimmed down size that still offers all the other features (other than battery life, of course) of the larger iPhones, I’m visiting the Apple Store to buy one.

  2. I’ve had the iPhone 6 since launch and I would LOVE to get a 4″ instead!!! I accept everyone is different but t I think Apple had it right in all previous versions. Sorry but the double touch to bring down the screen is a kludge at best.

    I do believe people vary, and what’s best for me isn’t what’s best for others. Glad they have the larger ones out now, but would be thrilled to see them offer something for those happy with where it was at but want the new features.

    I already have an iPad mini, and I have fantastic vision. The extra screen real estate really doesn’t do much for me, but the new inability to use it one handed without fear it’ll slip out of my hand and fall is constant.

    1. A 4″ phone in the lineup makes sense, but less than 128 GB and significantly better battery life than the current 5S and prior iPhones would be unacceptable. Apple needs to stop attempting to make its iPhones thinner and instead make them more capable.

  3. They should totally keep a 4″ iPhone in the product line, I disagree with MDN on this. MDN previously was shoving 4″ down people’s throat as the only way that made sense and now has changed their mind. Why not leaving that up to consumers’ which size is best for them?

    My wife could upgrade to an iPhone 6 now and chooses to stay with her iPhone 5 which serves her purposes. For now. She has very small hands so it’s good for her. I never even think about reachability with my 6 Plus even though yeah, it IS too big. I’m lovin’ it overall, that’s for sure, working seamlessly with all my other tech including a new 2015 Subaru Forester with a Pioneer AVIC 8000NEX CarPlay nav/audio unit. 🙂

  4. >>In general, the only people who still think they want a 4-inch iPhone are those who do not yet own a 4.7-inch iPhone 6 or 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus.<<

    No way. I've been using and cursing the iPhone 6 since launch day. It's the first phone that is also so slippery that I absolutely had to put a case on it so it didn't pop out of my hands.

    Features…sure, I love all the new features and speed but all of this could have been done in the 5s form factor (and edge design). Doesn't anyone remember Steve Jobs holding the little jewels and proclaiming them the IDEAL size and shape for human hands??? (even if he didn't actually say this, he should have and I agree!)

    Give me an iPhone 7 with the 4" form factor or I'll be very unhappy with Apple products (it WAS the original iPhone that caused me to switch all windows products in the house to Apple…this is my first hint of regret…)

    Tom

  5. Umm, MDN, I really am a big fan and long time reader. Since the days of the rumors of Portal Player technology driving some yet-to-be-announced Apple product. But on this take you have it flat wrong. A 4″ iphone is the LARGEST I would ever want, and do not intend to ‘upgrade’ my iPhone 5s until my choices expand from the current offerings of Big A$$ iPhone and Huge A$$ iPhone to include something ‘normal’ sized… Otherwise keep up the great work!

  6. I’d switch to a 4″ screen’d iPhone 6 immediately. Love the curved sides and all metal back of the 6, but I’m nearsighted and don’t need a larger screen and the footprint of the 5S fits better in my hand – would love the option of the three screen sizes of the same phone form factor

  7. MDN is dead wrong. There are plenty of users with smaller hands that can;t effectively grip or one hand type on the 6. I gave up after 3 weeks and returned mine to go back to my 5S. Reachability is nice but it only helps vertically. If you r thumb can;t reach horizontally all the way across to the far end of the keyboard you are simply out of luck–mine can’t.

  8. I had a 5S and then changed to a 6, for the updated capabilities. Even with my LARGE hands, I find the 6 big. Too big. It’s also too tall to fit comfortably in pockets, especially jeans, which the 5S did comfortably. If I could get 6 capabilities in a 5S size, I’d change in a heartbeat.

    I also realised that, because I have a 9.7″ wi-fi iPad, a small iPhone is perfect, so that it remains unobtrusive and does not duplicate screen/size functionality.

    I really DO hope Apple adds a smaller iPhone 6 sooner rather than later.

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