Apple should make the iPhone Mini

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by keatth, Oct 8, 2014.

  1. keatth macrumors 6502

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    Android phones seem to be releasing miniature versions of their phones, usually with less power options, but some with the same power options. What if Apple released an iPhone mini, like the 6 but 4.3 inches slightly less powerful, or just as powerful, would you buy it?
     
  2. chrise2 macrumors 6502

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    Yeah, its called the iPhone 5c. :)

     
  3. keatth thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I'm saying same design as the 6
     
  4. skip02 macrumors newbie

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    It could also be the 5s due to the tech specs too
     
  5. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6

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    Personally, I wouldn't buy a 4" iPhone 6, I would get one of the larger ones.
     
  6. bunnicula macrumors 68040

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    They will. If not next year, the year after.

    I already told my husband that after we got our 6 and 6+.

    Not everyone wants a large phone.

    :)

    They are fine now because they still sell the 5s and it runs iOS 8 as well as the 6 family do. After that, who knows?
     
  7. Chatter macrumors 6502a

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    Ok, I am happy with my 6 BUT I agree with you - I know enough people who want a smaller form factor. Will they do it? I doubt it but it would make a small(?) portion of the buyers happy. The 5S fills that hole right now.
     
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  9. saving107 macrumors 603

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    I rather Apple utilize their resources on better things.

    I would venture to guess that a larger portion of people who get the iPhone 5s/5c get it because of price, not form factor (a small percentage may still be clinging to a 4" device, but price is usually the deciding factor).

    My brother just got the HTC One M8 (upgrade from iPhone 4s), not because he wanted an Android phone but because it was $20 on contract rather than the $199 for the iPhone 6.
     
  10. Smeaton1724 macrumors 6502a

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    They've sold 100 million 3.5/4 inch phones. If you like the 3.5 generally you'll like the 4, going to 4.7 and 5.5 is a leap.

    Logic would dictate their portable (handheld) offering have 3 options -
    iPhone 4, 4.7, 5.5
    iPad 7.9, 9.7, 12 (rumoured ?)

    That covers every imaginable use case. Do they need to keep the same design aesthetic? No, in time it will be interesting how they refresh models, it has to be different to previous years.
     
  11. Hal~9000, Oct 8, 2014
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    Hal~9000 macrumors 68000

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    Should definitely be 3 sizes (small, Medium, LARGE) to cover all customer needs. Hell, it would have been easy since Apple already makes the 5s body and wouldn't have to do much R&D on it. Simply slap the current 6/6+ internals in there (A8, GPU, camera sensor) and call it a day.

    Apple got us comfortable with compact phones for 7 years now... then just drops them for much larger devices. Not everyone wants a large, or even medium, sized device. Some customers prefer compactness and portability instead (exp: 11' MBA)

    I'm sticking with my jailbroken 5s as long as it will hold up. I like being able to easily reach the URL bar at the top of Safari, and reachability is not an ideal solution as having to do it everytime would get old fast.

    And before anyone says "Oh but they still have the year old 5s on sale!"... No. We are talking about Apple making a compact phone with current specs, not year old specs.
     
  12. 12vElectronics macrumors 68040

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    Um Apple offers 4", 4.7", 5.5" model iPhones. Not sure why you think there has to be a 4.3" in there?
     
  13. dannyyankou macrumors 604

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    Hope so. 4" is the perfect size for me. Still not completely sold on the large iPhones. I'm eligible for an upgrade in 2016 so I'll have until then to decide.
     
  14. 12vElectronics macrumors 68040

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    Did you just upgrade recently to a 5S?
     
  15. dannyyankou macrumors 604

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    In March. I don't care much for the bigger screens, so it looks like I wasn't missing out on a lot. It's slightly faster, the screen looks a big bigger, but that's basically it. Apple Pay would be nice, but I'll get the watch for that.
     
  16. Surf Monkey macrumors 68030

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    I thought you guys wanted an iPhone MINI. If it's not under 3 inches it ain't mini.
     
  17. NDefer macrumors member

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    They have left lots of room for improvement (bezel size specifically)
     
  18. mdlooker macrumors 65816

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    Seems reasonable as not everyone wanted the 10" iPad either. So it's definitely possible.
     
  19. myscrnnm macrumors 65816

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    They have. It's called the iPhone 5S.

    No, I am not joking. Yes, it's last year's model, but it runs the same software, is only slightly less powerful in real world usage, and has TouchID. The only "killer app" it's missing out on is Apple Pay. It wouldn't make sense for Apple to come out with a whole new iPhone that's the same size as the 5S that is slightly weaker, because that would be a poor use of company resources.

    Maybe in a year it will be a possibility, but it doesn't make sense from either a consumer or corporate standpoint to release one at this point when the 5S is good enough, and is much cheaper to obtain now.
     
  20. Menel macrumors 603

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    You mean like the 5S?

    Its smaller, has a little slower cpu, still premium construction and good battery life, and even TouchID.

    They've done it... They did it...
     
  21. The Doctor11 macrumors 603

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    *facepalm*
    Before we had threads that looked like this word for word but about bigger iPhone :rolleyes:

    This is a bad idea. Then Apple will make me pay more the iPhone 6 4.7 inch. See how that works?
     
  22. ttmrn macrumors regular

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    St*pidest idea ever...

    (w/ contract)

    iPhone 6, 16GB, 4" - $199
    iPhone 6, 16GB, 4.7" - $299
    iPhone 6, 16GB, 5.5" - $399

    Holy crap, DO U WANT ME TO PAY
    iPhone 6, 64GB, 4.7" at $399?!?!?!?!?!?!??!?!?!?!?


    [PS: not directed at OP, directed at the idea itself]
     
  23. JayIsAwesome macrumors 65816

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    Same here. Tbh I don't see myself ever going below a 5 inch display
     
  24. Hal~9000 macrumors 68000

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    Fixed your pricing for you, and no... it's not a stupid idea.

    I know I would gladly pay $199 for a 4-inch iPhone 6 even IF the 4.7' bigger phone was the same price.
     
  25. smooth macrumors 6502

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    Eventually, the 5C's will have to be upgraded so my guess would be there will either be a 6C next year or 7C in two years that will have a redesign, but keep the small screen size and lower storage options.
     

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