Apple Inc. is stepping back in time as rumors abound that the firm might come back to the market with its iconic 4-inch iPhone. The 4-inch iPhone currently on the market is the iPhone 5S that retails at $449 or free if you opt for a two-year contract. Steve Jobs has once famously said “no one’s going to buy a big phone” at a time when Samsung started to debut its phablets.
Apple under Tim Cook has deviated from that school of thought that requires smartphones to be small enough to be held and used with one hand. Recent phones from Apple have gone on to be bigger, fatter and slimmer. In fact, Apple recently unveiled a giant iPad Pro sports a 12.9-inch screen. Now, it appears that Apple wants to go back to the basics even as its former designers are calling out the firm because they think it has lost the principles of good design.
Here comes the refreshed 4-inch iPhone
Apple insider reports that IHS analyst, Kevin Wang removed the veil from Apple’s plan to refresh the 4-inch iPhone after he posted the details on his Weibo account. The refreshed 4-inch iPhone is reportedly been called the iPhone 6C but it will sport a metal casing in contrast to the plastic case on the iPhone5C.
It is expected that the new iPhone would be faster because an A9 chip will power it. Sources close to the firm thinks that Apple Inc. will launch the small iPhone sometime next year, probably in mid-2016.
Stories about the firm’s interest in coming back to the market with a revamped 4-inch iPhone are confirmed by details shared by KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. Kuo claims that the 4-inch iPhone will be back next year and that it would be cheaper – at least in contrast to the latest iPhones.
The iPhone 5c failed to interest the tech space because it nothing more than a iPhone 5, wrapped in a plastic body, hyped as a cheaper version, but sold with a hefty price tag.
Apple’s iPad Pro is the best computer ever
Apple Inc. ‘s iPad Pro is another foray by the firm to deliver bigger devices and the iPad Pro is being called a giant iPad in some quarter. The firm has hit a homerun in making a giant iPad as reviewers from Time conclude that the iPad Pro is the best computer that Apple has ever made.
They noted that the iPad Pro does everything that older iPads does and then some more. They concluded that the iPad Pro might not be the fastest, it might not be the most portable, and it might not be right for everyone; yet, it marks the best effort that Apple has put into making a tablet that can replace your laptop.
The iPad Pro is still a giant iPad – if Apple can go back to making 4-inch iPhones, a mini-sized iPad Pro might not be too far away on the horizon.