“Apple was planning to release a smaller version of the iPhone 6, but the company has scrapped plans for a new 4-inch iPhone for now, says one analyst,” Jan Dizon reports for Tech Times.
“According to Timothy Arcuri, an analyst at Cowen and Company, the rumored device was supposed to have been the iPhone 6c and was reportedly to have the same hardware as the flagship iPhone 6,” Dizon reports. “Arcuri tells Business Insider that he has seen of evidence of the iPhone 6c in Apple’s supply chain from January through March, but the phone has apparently disappeared which led him to speculate that Apple could have stopped the project.”
Dizon reports, “‘I think one of the reasons is because the iPhone 6 has sold so well. And they said, ‘Look, why would we want to cannibalize? If we came out with an iPhone 6C, we would essentially cannibalize a price-reduced iPhone 6,” Arcuri says.”
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MacDailyNews Take: As per 4-inch iPhones (our thoughts prior to wearing Apple Watches):
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. — MacDailyNews Take, December 5, 2014
That said, there certainly are times now, with Apple Watches on our wrists, where we’d appreciate a smaller iPhone that we could just tuck away in a pocket and forget — at least while Watch is so dependent on iPhone. But, watch OS 2, coming soon, will begin to lessen the dependence, so whatever desire we had developed for a small iPhone to support Apple Watch has diminished since watchOS 2 was unveiled. It’s likely Apple is thinking this way, too. Even with Apple Watch and watch OS 1.0, we’d want a larger iPhone for the times when we actually use the iPhone anyway. So, we’re back to thinking the 4.7-inch display is the smallest iPhone Apple should make.
Analyst: No 4-inch iPhone coming – May 12, 2015
KGI: 4-inch iPhone ‘unlikely’ this fall – April 22, 2015
Five reasons Apple won’t make any more 4-inch iPhones – December 9, 2014