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Why the iPhone 6C will be a big hit

Jim Lynch | Aug. 26, 2015
Not everybody wants or needs a big screen iPhone

Daniel Hanna: "I'd buy a 4 inch premium model in a heartbeat. I might settle for a 6C if it was good enough."

Nitant: "I have been waiting for soooooo long for a new 4-inch model."

HeavyD: "I am all in, on a 4 inch iPhone. I really miss my 5S and would make the trip backwards to the 5S if something small is not released this fall."

Ikalliance: "the moment I saw the 5c I knew I loved it, even at the expense of passing on Touch ID, 64-bit chip and extra camera features for a couple of years. I figured that within that time frame those features would come to a 6c or whatever, and I'd upgrade then."

RonJeffries: "I would definitely buy a smaller iPhone if it had the good camera. I have no need for even the smaller 6, much less the big one. The 6's feel cheap to me, not just "light". my 5 feels substantial and strong. I like that."

As you can see from the selection of comments above, there's a lot of pent-up demand for a new 4-inch iPhone from Apple. Many of Apple's customers have been desperately hanging onto their iPhone 5S models while hoping for a new 4-inch iPhone.

The new iPod touch might be the precursor to a new 4-inch iPhone

Another indication that an iPhone 6C might be coming is the new iPod touch. Apple took a long time to update the iPod touch, but it now has an A8 processor and M8 motion coprocessor in it. It's not a very big jump to speculate that the hardware in the new iPod touch might mean that a new 4-inch iPhone is on the way.

After all, if Apple is already making new iPod touch models with upgraded hardware then how hard would it be for make a new 4-inch iPhone? The manufacturing process can't be that much different. The only difference would be the hardware needed for a phone, and I'm sure Apple has that well in hand already.

Three sizes of iPads means Apple needs three sizes of iPhone

With the upcoming release of the iPad Pro, Apple will soon be offering three different sizes of iPads: the iPad mini, the iPad Air and the new iPad Pro. It makes perfect sense for Apple to offer different size options for its iPad product line.

But it also means that the company should do the same with the iPhone. Just as many iPad users will opt for the iPad mini instead of the other two, some iPhone users will prefer the iPhone 6C to the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. This shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone, not everyone has the same size hands and larger iPhones can be very problematic for some folks.

 

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