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Apple stopped working on a smaller iPhone 6c because of the iPhone 6

A 4-inch iPhone 6 may have once been a possibility, but it won’t be making an appearance any time soon.

2013’s iPhone launch saw the arrival of two new handsets from Apple, a change of pace for the company who, up until that point had been releasing one smartphone at a time. The new top dog was the iPhone 5S, which boasted a new processor and a better screen, but its somewhat awkward launch sibling was the iPhone 5c – a plastic-bodied repackaging of the previous year’s iPhone 5.

Rumour and speculation surrounding Apple’s 2015 strategy initially pointed towards the potential of a smaller-bodied handset with a 4-inch display boasting the same hardware found inside the current iPhone 6, launching alongside the expected iPhone 6s. Now, however it transpires that whilst this once might have been the company’s strategy, it has since abandoned the 6c programme – at least for the time being.

Analyst Timothy Arcuri explained to investors that, following word from reliable sources within Apple’s supply chain, any plans for an iPhone 6c device had been abandoned as early as March. In a note from Arcuri, picked up by Business Insider, the analyst cites the on-going success of the current iPhone 6 as the reason the timing isn’t right for a 6c variant.

The iPhone 6c was expected to shrink the iPhone 6 hardware into a smaller metal body, offering up an alternative device size to the larger 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhone 6s and 6s Plus on track to launch in September. Whilst that may still happen, talk now places this unusual new iPhone variant around the first quarter of 2016.

Do you think Apple’s reached a sweet spot with its current iPhone sizes, or would a smaller option help cater to an even broader audience. Let us know in the comments below.

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