“According to a report from DigiTimes, Apple will finally release a 4-inch version of the iPhone 6 later this year. It will use the same A8 chipset as the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus and integrate NFC to enable support for Apple Pay,” Gordon Kelly writes for Forbes. “So far so good, but unfortunately there are two stupid flaws: It will launch alongside the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus in September putting it a generation behind [A8 processor vs. the as-yet-unreleased Apple A9]; [and] It will ditch the aluminium unibody for a plastic chassis.”
“For crying out loud Apple!” Kelly writes. “Going down this route makes the same mistake as so many Android handset makers (Sony aside): treating small phones as second class phones. There’s no logic to this, phone size is merely personal preference.”
“A 4-inch iPhone 6 requires less materials and a smaller battery than larger models, but if it were given the same premium build materials there is no reason it should not be priced in the same bracket as the standard iPhone 6. That would mean greater margins,” Kelly writes. “What would the range be called? How about: iPhone Mini, iPhone, iPhone Plus. The perfect small, medium and large combination to suit all needs.”
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MacDailyNews Take: We’ll see how accurate DigiTimes‘ report turns out to be.
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