Having held fast at 4in and below for several years, Apple emphatically burst through the 4in barrier in September this year, with the 4.7in iPhone 6 and the potentially jarring iPhone 6 Plus at 5.5in.
The iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c are still around, right enough, but what we really want is a spanking new iPhone in a smaller size. Come next year’s annual iPhone refresh that might well be the case.
We heard a few weeks ago that Apple might be prepping a 4in iPhone 6s for 2H15, and analyst Timothy Arcuri of Cowen and Company agrees.
That’s the story over on Apple Insider, having intercepted a note to investors, however it’s noted that Arcuri has been hit-and-miss with iPhone rumours in the past.
Still, the notion of a smaller iPhone 6s isn’t all that far-fetched. The iPhone 5c and 5s will likely be retired next year, and Apple will need something to plug that gap. iPhone 6s mini, anyone?
Indeed, Arcuri reckons iPhone 6s mini specs will loosely match those of the iPhone 5s, with iPhone 6-style curves, the diminutive chap ultimately serving as a more affordable alternative to the presumably massive iPhone 6s. There's even mention of "purpose-built low cost components".
To be honest, that’s not exactly what we’re looking for here. We want a smaller alternative that still matches the big guys on specs, something akin to the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact.
Having said that, the 4.7in iPhone 6 hasn’t exactly struggled to sell, so maybe we’re in the minority here.
What do you think? Would you sell your nearest and dearest for a high-end pocket-friendly iPhone 6s? Or does big mean best?