New reports suggest Apple will not launch any 4-inch iPhone 6C later this year

30 Mar 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

A 4-inch iPhone 6 would be welcomed by many users (but will Apple deliver?).

Taking a look back at another week of news from Cupertino, this week’s Apple Loop looks at the potential for a four inch iPhone (possibly the iPhone 6C), wondering where the Beats streaming app for iOS is, Becoming Steve Jobs, the unsaid issues of the Apple Watch, Apple’s Chinese trade-in program, did Apple kill the iPad sales, and the conceptual Apple Drone.

You are now the proud owner of a new iPhone 6 Plus and now have an older model to trade-in, and no doubt many of you will be looking to put this credit towards a shiny new Apple Watch. Apple Loop is here to remind you of a few of the very many discussions that have happened around Apple over the last seven days (and you can read our weekly digest of Android news here on Forbes). If you were hoping to use the Apple Reuse and Recycling Program to put the money from the sale of your iPhone towards your Apple Watch, you cannot, as Apple said it would not allow it.

What many people would like to see, including Forbes’ own Gordon Kelly, is an iPhone 6 styled handset with a smaller four-inch screen: Apple will finally release a 4-inch version of the iPhone 6 later this year. There is some confusion however, as some of our readers have been saying that the way 9To5 Mac explains it people will not be able to use Apple Store Gift Cards to purchase an Apple Watch. So far so good, but unfortunately there are two stupid flaws: Personally I think that it’s a pretty smart move for Apple to go with a 6C that is a generation behind. Apple is always looking to support an entry-level handset that networks can push as a ‘free’ handset thanks to the two-year subsidy, and the iPhone 5C was an incredibly successful smartphone, no matter what the critics thought. While the iPhone 5S does have TouchID, it does not have the hardware to support Apple Pay, and Cupertino is putting a huge amount of focus on mobile payments.

This would be a ‘new’ handset, it could be marketed as such by carriers and retailers, and all it needs is a new name to help the message… such as ‘iPhone 6C.’ Apple’s next release of iOS, iOS 8.3, is still in testing with Beta 4 now available to developers and interested parties. Guess what, it’s not there! iOS 8.3 Beta 4 ships to developers continuing earlier iOS 8.3 beta support for a wireless version of CarPlay, Google 2-step verification, racially diverse emoji, filters for Messages (known/unknown senders), a UI tweak for the iOS keyboard and new compatibility for Apple Pay on the China UnionPay network. In addition there are expanded voice commands for Siri, including the ability to initiate calls over speakerphone and the ability to skip password entry when downloading free apps. Gordon Kelly wonders aloud if Beats is being pushed back to 8.4, but with the timing of Apple’s WWDC Developer event, squeezing in another iOS release looks unlikely.

It could indeed appear in iOS 8.4 as some hope, though that would seem to a missed marketing opportunity with the hype of WWDC 2015 to follow shortly afterwards. Lots of coverage on the book ‘Becoming Steve Jobs’ around the web, with the book being used to heap both bouquets and brickbats on the memory of Jobs and his time at Apple. You have to admit some of the hardware the Windows folks are putting out isn’t bad, especially when a hybrid computer can go from a MacBook Air form factor into a tablet form factor with a swinging hinge.

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