Timothy Arcuri, an analyst at Cowen and Company claims that Apple was planning to launch a 4-inch metal iPhone based on iPhone 6, but has scrapped the idea.
Reports have suggested that it will look and feel like the iPhone 6, and will run the same internal components, but will feature a 4-inch screen like iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c and iPhone 5.
Arcuri claims that he had seen evidence of the smaller 4-inch iPhone 6c in Apple’s supply chain from January to March. But the traces of the device have disappeared, which indicates that Apple may have scrapped the idea.
Arcuri speculates as to why Apple could have halted or killed off the project.
“I think one of the reasons is because the iPhone 6 has sold so well,” Arcuri said. “And they said, ‘Look, why would we want to cannibalize? If we came out with an iPhone 6C, we would essentially cannibalize a price-reduced iPhone 6.’”
While Apple’s move to larger iPhone displays was a long-time coming for many customers, both old and new, some were disappointed that Apple did not offer a 4-inch version of iPhone 6. As such, rumors that the Cupertino-based company will launch a smaller variant of the current iPhone have been swirling since the tail-end of 2014.
Arcuri comments are in line with another analyst who stated that it was unlikely Apple would launch a 4-inch iPhone, of any model, in 2015. Some reports claim Apple will launch a 4-inch ‘iPhone 7c’ in 2016.
Apple currently offers iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c which come with a 4-inch screen. So Apple will most likely offer iPhone 5s as the entry-level model when it launches the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus later this year, and drop the prices of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus by $100.
Based on the success of iPhones with larger displays, I doubt Apple will offer a 4-inch version of the latest model. Apple may have to make a 4-inch version of iPhone 6 next year if it still wants to offer a 4-inch model as it would probably discontinue iPhone 5c this year and iPhone 5s next year.
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