A while back we heard rumors that Apple planned to release a new 4 inch iPhone this year to take over from the 5s. The phone would effectively be an iPhone 6s mini, but now according to new supply chain sources, the company’s plans have changed.
According to Wei Feng Network, citing ‘supply chain sources’ Apple has not made any orders for a smaller 4-inch iPhone and there is currently no indication that they will. Sources speculate that due to the high sales of Apple’s latest iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, the company won’t want to revisit the smaller design.
It is possible that a smaller device may receive poor response, much like the iPhone 5c did.
However, even if a 4 inch iPhone for launch this year isn’t in production yet, there is still time for Apple to place an order. Rumors suggesting that Apple will release a smaller device again this year also came from anonymous supply chain sources, so there is no telling who is right.
The market for smaller devices is likely a lot smaller than what it was a few years ago thanks to the surge in Android popularity, coupled with the success of Apple’s latest devices.
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KitGuru Says: So to sum up, we don’t really know anything about Apple’s iPhone release plans for this year. Aside from the fact that Samsung is already producing A9 SoCs. We will have to wait for some more concrete information to come along regarding Apple’s iPhone sizes for the year.