Several recent rumors have pointed to a low-cost iPhone 6c model to release later this year alongside the iPhone 6s, but that may not be true, according to new reports.
According to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple is waiting until 2016 in order to unveil a next-generation low-cost iPhone, mostly because the iPhone 5s is still selling well.
Instead of releasing an iPhone 6c, Kuo says that Apple plans to discontinue the iPhone 5c and make the iPhone 5s Apple’s new low-cost option for buyers when they announce the iPhone 6s.
A new 4-inch iPhone model will instead release in 2016 and could come with native Apple Pay support, as the iPhone 5s will only work with Apple Pay if an Apple Watch is connected to the device.
This rumor goes against a couple of iPhone 6c rumors that we’ve heard recently, including reports that an iPhone 6c would release later this year, and we’ve even seen leaks of what could be the iPhone 6c’s external shell.
Of course, though, Kuo has been fairly accurate with his past reports on Apple products, so we’re more likely to take this latest rumor with less grains of salt than past rumors that we’ve heard about, especially considering that some of the past rumors have come from DigiTimes, which isn’t all that reliable.
Other than that, Kuo had nothing more to say, leaving us wondering about what Apple next low-cost iPhone could be. It’s been rumored in the past that the iPhone 6c could use the current A8 processor that’s in the iPhone 6. And of course the comeback of the 4-inch display will be nice for some users.
It will certainly bring back the one thing that made the iPhone great to use: one-handed functionality. The 4-inch screen made it really easy for users with smaller hands to reach every corner of the display, but the larger 4.7-inch iPhone 6 got rid of that convenience.
Apple was one of the last big phone manufacturers to do away with smaller screens in favor of larger ones, and it was easy to see why. The ability to use a phone with one hand is a huge feature, but with a bulk of phone makers moving towards larger screens, Apple was bound to head in that direction as well.
Of course, we’re taking this rumor with big grain of salt, and we’d be moderately surprised if Apple did indeed re-release a 4-inch iPhone, but we’ve been surprised by Apple before, so we’re not saying that the idea is completely far-fetched.
While Apple could be re-introducing a smaller iPhone, the iPhone 6 can still be used with one hand, thanks to a feature called Reachability that allows users to double-tap on the Home button to bring down the top row of apps and easily reach any button that’s toward the top of the screen.
Reachability can be accessed by simply double-tapping on the Home button. This is different than double-clicking. Tapping involves just resting your finger on top of the Touch ID fingerprint sensor without actually clicking down on the Home button.
By double-tapping on the Home button, the entire screen moves down about halfway, allowing you easier access to the top of the screen. This feature is great for users who are constantly using their iPhone 6 one-handed.
However, many people also use their iPhone 6 with two hands, meaning that Reachability is merely useless in this case.
With that said, you can easily turn off Reachability in the settings. Open up the Settings app and tap onAccessibility. Scroll all the way down to the bottom and you’ll see a settings for Reachability. Turn the toggle switch next to Reachability to Off.