Bidding Goodbye to Small iPhones?

Posted by Kirhat | Friday, July 03, 2015 | | 0 comments »

Smaller iPhones
Today's consumers continue to believe what Apple's current-gen versions of its signature iPhone line offer that they helped rack up sales of iPhone 6 and iPhone Plus to the tune of nearly 140 million units over the past two fiscal quarters.

However, if the consumers are thinking that the Cupertino company is resting on its laurels, they could be more wrong. According to a report from Bloomberg, Apple's already started working on the next version of its iPhone, going into volume production on August 2015.

And while we're all unsure of the name, the conventional naming nomenclature for phones has been to follow a number change (i.e., going from the iPhone 5S to iPhone 6) with a letter change (i.e. the upgrade from the iPhone 5 to the iPhone 5s), leading anybody to think the models will be named the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus.

Again, nobody knows what Apple will name the new unit, but it's certainly starting to sound like this will be a letter upgrade more so than a number change. Generally, a number change represents a rather major overhaul, while an off-year letter change generally provides a processor upgrade and user experience upgrade. And Bloomberg confirms what others have been reporting for months: Apple's next iPhone user experience upgrade appears to be Force Touch technology, which can tell how much force a user is exerting on the screen.

Furthermore, Bloomberg notes that final assembly is expected to be smooth, as the next phone will be very similar to the current-gen unit. That's dissimilar to big differences, mainly in form factor, between the iPhone 5s and the iPhone 6 or between the iPhone 4s and iPhone 5. In fact, if Bloomberg's reporting is correct, Apple fans may have to bid adieu to smaller-sized iPhones as the iPhone 6 clocks in at 4.7 inches while the iPhone 6 Plus measures 5.5 inches.

While focusing on the inclusion of this new-to-the-iPhone Force Touch technology, as Apple Watch and some Macs already have the functionality, Bloomberg notes that the newest iPhones will be "in the same 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch versions as the current iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus devices." Considering Apple generally keeps only two generations of its iPhone in inventory, this points to a loss of the smaller 4-inch form factor that Apple last used with the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c.

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