iPhone 6 mini and refreshed 5c

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  1. nj-morris macrumors 68000

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    I haven't seen a thread like this in a while, so I might as well share my thoughts.
    In terms of lower end phones, there has been a lot of rumours about 4-inch iPhones, whether they are shrunken down versions of the iPhone 6, or plastic phones with the internals of the 5s (for this it will probably still be called the 5c and not the 6c, because it will make people think that it is a plastic 6). I honestly think we will see both. :apple: have a very strong lineup at the moment, with modern phones (phablet included) at the high end, small phone, and small plastic phones with lower end internals at its cheapest.
    :apple: could retain this lineup by doing what I said below. Here is a comment that I made a few weeks back on another thread.

    I must confess that this lineup wouldn't be ideal for me, because I was planning on buying an iPhone 6 plus when it's cheaper. But I'm deciding to be optimistic rather than realistic. What do you think?
     
  2. kupkakez macrumors 68000

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    I just can't see an iPhone "mini" happening anytime soon.
     
  3. firedept macrumors 603

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    Have to agree. Apple is all about profit margins and a mini iPhone does not seem to fit that bill. Sales are still pretty high of the 5s, which is still a pretty good phone and is close enough to a mini phone to be a good substitute. Just my thoughts.
     
  4. nj-morris thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Yeah, but some people are stuck on the 4s and the 5, and haven't upgraded to the 5s because it isn't worth the upgrade, and haven't upgraded to the 6 because it's too big. :apple: knows that there is a market for small phones, they won't cease production any time soon
     
  5. maflynn Moderator

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    I'd like to see a 6c come out from apple this fall, I'm short on guesses on what they'll do this cycle. They don't make any major updates on the S cycle, so they need to do something. I can see a 6c and other models being released but I've been wrong before (multiple times :) )
     
  6. Appl3FTW macrumors 601

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    ming kuo said not happening this year since the 5s is doing so well.. possibly 2016.
     
  7. nj-morris thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Don't always believe Ming Kuo. Macrumors relies too heavily on him.
     
  8. mgipe macrumors demi-god

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    Why do people always assume that an iPhone mini would be a cheaper, less feature-rich model?
    I would pay a premium for a compact full feature iPhone 6.
     
  9. nj-morris thread starter macrumors 68000

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    I never said it wasn't a full feature iPhone 6. It wouldn't be a full feature 6s, because it wouldn't have enough space.
     
  10. sunking101 macrumors 603

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    I think that Apple will bring out a new smaller phone alongside the 6S and 6S+. They will want to sell something to the people with a 4S, 5 and 5S who refuse to upgrade due to the larger sizing of the new phones. Just a hunch. Either that or slim down the damned bezels of the 4.7" version.
     
  11. nj-morris thread starter macrumors 68000

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    What is it with the bezels? If you don't like them, pretend that they're not there. I've tried an iPhone 6 plus and an LG G3 and they both feel the same to me. It's screen size that affects one-handed usage, not physical size.
     
  12. chleuasme, Apr 26, 2015
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    I still think Apple could see a benefit in desynchronizing low- and high- end releases with its iOS lines, as shortly described here last year.
    I don't think such scheme is very realistic, but this other one would fit the bill to me.

    I don't think the 6 and 6+ will still be sold next fall (differentiation being now on size and not only generation), and Apple will need a phone where to 'recycle' its old hardware; a lower-end 4" iPhone could allow to eliminate the tail of the current generation internals production while focusing on the new high-end selling with much larger volume.
     
  13. bbfc macrumors 68030

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    I think the 4" iPhone is dead. Once the 5s is discontinued, I can't see a newer iPhone in that size.
     
  14. Meister Suspended

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    Me, too. I want :apple: to continue the C-series.
     
  15. nj-morris thread starter macrumors 68000

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    You kidding? The 5s is keeping the lineup strong. Nobody sells phones as small as it, and yes, people do want them.
     

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