Rumors of new iPhone mini are getting around. People will soon be discussing what will be the specs of this new iPhone and what should be the pricing. My question is- Whether it should happen at all?
First thing- What does mini signify? The current iPhone is 4” with fewer bells and whistles than a Galaxy S3. I am not saying it is better or worse than S3, just that to have a younger sibling your elder sibling should be BIG! iPhone 5 is not.
Also, along with iPhone 5, there are 4S and 4 in the market that are 3.5” and in a lot of ways are a cheaper substitute of iPhone 5.
This basically means that there is no market that iPhone already does not capture by its phones. Where the latest remains the flagship, the older ones fight in the smaller leagues. So, what will be the specs of this iPhone mini. Will it be similar to iPhone 4S or will it be like iPhone 4. Price too!
Apple has a history of producing an amazing gadget and then improving it by reducing its size or improving its specs. Be it iPod and the iPod nano or Macbook Pro and Macbook Air.
Even iPad saw its younger sibling in the form of iPad mini with smaller screen size. Now, it can improve the iPad mini to the scale of iPad as right now the specs of iPad mini are similar to older versions of iPad, except the size.
The problem with iPhone is that its size is already smaller and the older versions so much more. Maybe in a couple of iterations there can be an iPhone 7 with 5 inch screen and then a mini with 3.5” makes a sense.
Mind you, in this scenario, iPhone 6S will be having at least a 4” or a 4.5” screen. I do not think that anything less than 3.5” will be created by Apple. In fact, I believe that nothing below 3.5” should be made by Apple.
Thus, for now, I hope this rumor does not come alive.
[This post has been contributed by Kunal Prakash]