“There has been a lot of talk lately about an alleged new iPhone model that is thought might launch this spring,” Charles Martin writes for MacNN. “As is the case with rumors not based on hard evidence, the supposed specs of the device change nearly hourly, and resemble more closely someone’s wish list than a practical or sensible device at times. Two things have stayed constant in the various versions of the rumor, however: a four-inch display, and that it is based on the idea of a revamp of the iPhone 5s.”

“Why would Apple take a step back in this manner to a smaller device?” Martin writes. “Various reasons have been given, but for a device that is claimed to be in production right now for an alleged launch in March, it’s suspicious and unusual that no parts or shell leaks, or prototypes of this hybrid device (borrowing, as the report claim, elements from the iPhone 5s and the iPhone 6 or 6s) have surfaced.”

“That’s not to say there isn’t some potential motivation for a new iPhone model that emerges in the spring,” Martin writes. ” If the findings of our survey of 1,000 shoppers holds up as generally true for the market as a whole, there is very little motivation for Apple to expend the effort to retool a new, smaller device. That’s not to say there aren’t people who genuinely want a four-inch iPhone or to dismiss their preference, but to point out that 90 percent of the people we polled indicated they’d like the current sizes or larger, not smaller. Further, we’ve found anecdotally that many of the people who say they prefer the four-inch size will change their minds after actually using the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 or 6s for a short period — a common resistance to change that prefers the familiar to the new.”

Much more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Again, there’s not enough meh in the universe to express how we feel about this one. The “iPhone 5se” is simply not for us.

“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.” — MacDailyNews Take, December 5, 2014

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