The release of the larger screen iPhone 6 and 6 Plus models has proven to be hugely popular with some of Apple's customers. But not everyone wants a bigger screen iPhone that they can't use comfortably with one hand, as I pointed out in a previous post called Why Apple still needs a 4-inch iPhone.
Some users are still desperately longing for a 4-inch iPhone that has an up to date design, and hardware specs comparable to those of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.
Rumors have been swirling for a while about an iPhone 6C, and yet another one has arisen as noted in a recent article in Macworld.
Caitlin McGarry reports for Macworld:
Apple’s iPhone event, rumored to be held September 9, is going to be jam-packed with new products if the spate of leaks we’re hearing are true. The latest: Apple has an iPhone 6c on deck, and it could be the 4-inch version many are dreaming of.
The rumor comes from noted leaker Evan Blass, who isn’t often wrong about these things.
As always, it's wise to take rumors with a grain of salt. But if I had to guess, I'd say that there's a reasonable chance that this one is true.
The demand for a 4-inch iPhone 6C is definitely there
I've been keeping track of the media coverage of the possible iPhone 6C, and it's crystal clear from the comments being posted in articles that there is a big demand still for a 4-inch iPhone. Take a look at some of the comments from Caitlin's article that I quoted above:
RexRay: "I've been using an iPhone 6 since it came out, and I like many aspects of it - speed, storage capacity, camera - but I have to say that I do prefer the size/weight of my work-supplied iPhone 5 over the 6, so I would seriously consider a "6c" if it wasn't too feature-crippled compared to its larger siblings."
Uttaradit: "For those of us with only one hand the answer is simple: the 5/5s form factor is perfect. Would love to see it continued, with processor and camera routinely upgraded to match the phablets."
Frank Greene: "I'd definitely buy one, as soon as my current contract is up. The larger ones wouldn't always fit I'm my front pocket."
Lynne Arnold: "Why buy a 4-inch 6c? Because pockets on jeans for junior girls are small and shallow. The iPhone 4 fit perfectly, the iPhone 5 is a little big and the 6 is too big. For my teen, the iPhone 6c would be just right."
Herbiecott: "I have been waiting to get a new phone until I see if Apple would make a 4" again. I love the size of my 5S. It fits perfectly in my hand."
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