If the recently launched 4.7-inch iPhone 6 or 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus were too big for you, Apple is working to launch a 4-inch iPhone 6S Mini. For years, the Cupertino-based tech giant touted 4-inch smartphones as an advantage over bigger devices. But increasing consumer preference for larger display phones prompted the company to launch big-screen iPhones in September, and added a “Reachability” feature to help in one-handed use.
Apple to launch three iPhones in 2015
But there are still millions of iPhone fans who love smaller form factors because they can operate it easily with one hand. So, Apple is planning to return to 4-inch form factor in 2015 with a new iPhone 6S Mini. Cowen & Company analyst Timothy Arcuri said in a research note that Apple was already working on the 4.-inch iPhone 6S Mini, which could debut in 2015.
Arcuri noted that Apple could launch three new iPhones next year. Inside sources told the analyst that the 4-inch model will have similar specifications as the last year’s iPhone 5S. But the forthcoming device may sport a new design with curved screen edges. If his report turns out to be true, the iPhone 6S Mini could replace the iPhone 5C as Apple’s low-end smartphone.
iPhone 6S Mini to have low-cost components
According to Cowen & Company, the new iPhone 6S Mini will feature “purpose-built low-cost components” from Qualcomm to keep its price down. That means Apple would likely continue to offer 4-inch iPhones, but without the latest and greatest internal components. The other two devices expected to be launched next year are the iPhone 6S and iPhone 7. Cowen has an Outperform rating on Apple with $113 price target.
The Cupertino company is on track to launch the long-rumored 12.9-inch iPad in spring next year, reports Apple Insider. Cowen expects the tablet to “reinvigorate” Apple’s tablet portfolio. The research firm expects Apple to sell 15 million to 20 million units of 12.9-inch iPad initially.