According to the latest claims from Cowen and Company’s analyst Timothy Arcuri, Cupertino-based smartphone behemoth Apple is secretly developing a new 4-inch iPhone model that might see the market shelves this 2015.
As per to the Arcuri’s hint, it’s “possible” that Apple could bring in at least three new models of the iPhone this year, with one variant dubbed as the “iPhone 6s mini” at 4 inches display competing the existing-generation screen sizes.
The analyst mentioned his sources speculate the attributes of the 4-inch variant could resemble 2014’s iPhone 5s. However, the device may surface a fresh design with bended bezels, almost same as the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.
Arcuri’s reputation as a anticipator is reliable as he correctly predicted a number of details about the iPhone 6 back in January 2014, but at the same instant, he was also wrong about more powerful iPhone 6 Plus chipset in comparison to the iPhone 6.
If we consider his current rumors true, the upcoming 4-inch handset could be a substitute for the iPhone 5c, which is considered as the low end of Apple’s smartphones at present. Arcuri also said that the new 4-inch “iPhone 6s mini” may envelope “purpose-built low cost components” from Qualcomm to make its price affordable.
Apple has been a winner with its smaller screen sizes as an advantage over its opponents, as the 4-inch device enabled users to work the device conveniently with a single hand. On the other hand, Apple also catered the needs of users who prefer larger displays, by included a new “Reachability” feature to assist one-handed use.
The global response for iPhone 6 and its mega-sized counterpart, the iPhone 6 Plus, have been overwhelming, yet some users have still criticized the larger form factor.
Further than the 2015 iPhone schedule, Arcuri also highlighted that his supply chain checks speculate Apple is eying to unleash a larger 12.9-inch iPad model this spring. He forecasts that the larger iPad will “reinvigorate” the device category, and has predicted preliminary sales of 15 million to 20 million units.