Apple finally bowed to big phone pressure in September last year, unveiling the 4.7in iPhone 6 and 5.5in iPhone 6 Plus after years of suggesting phablets were a wee bit silly.
But Team Cupertino seemingly still has love for the smaller handset, as once again we’re told to expect an iPhone 6s mini this year.
That’s the story over on BGR, crediting Chinese-language MyDrivers, which in turn credits US investment guys Zacks Equity Research.
According to Zacks, Apple is being “forced” to launch an iPhone 6s mini later this year. That sounds a little extreme; the iPhone 6 didn’t exactly struggle to sell, and – as we’ve observed before – it’d make sense to release a new iPhone to replace the soon-to-be-retired iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s, one with support for Apple Pay.
The interesting thing here is the suggestion that the iPhone 6s mini will be “significantly cheaper” than its big brothers. We’ve been burned before with similar promises (the iPhone 5c was supposed to be mega-cheap), but we’re making peace with the notion that the iPhone 6s mini won’t simply be a 4in version of the flagships.
For what it’s worth, Apple is supposedly aiming to ship 10 million units of the iPhone 6s mini this year. That’s actually a fairly modest amount; the iPhone 6 sold 10 million units in its opening weekend.