The iPhone 6s and 6s+ should come in 2015, but what niche would a smaller iPhone play? A cheaper model – the handset the industry has wished Apple would make for years1? Even if it is not significantly cheaper, it is $100 on contract or $500 off contract, it might still appeal to enough people to be worth it2.
What would Apple call a smaller iPhone in a refresh year? iPhone Air? It would be smaller, but the others are thin and light. iPhone mini?
Or, more likely, we will accept that phones get bigger and move on.
- Perhaps Apple would enjoy an offset tick-tock model, the refreshed large iPhones come out in even years and the refreshed tiny iPhone comes out in odd years. ↩
- Apple could use an iPad mini 2 / iPad Air 2 approach – the smaller model would just a previous generation processor even though it is new. ↩