I held onto my iPhone 4s longer than any self-respecting tech writer should have. Though my contract expired years ago, I let the launch of the iPhone 5 pass me by. And the 5s. And the 6. Only when my poor old phone could no longer bear the weight of the apps I was trying to download did I finally cave and buy an iPhone 6.
I didn’t cling to the 4s because of its functionality or some bizarre sense of nostalgia. Truth be told, that phone was a pain in the ass at the end, slogging through even the most basic tasks and randomly killing apps. No, the reason I kept it was simple: I liked how it felt in my hand. Given the role phones plays in our lives, the industrial design is just as important as the user interface. I spend a lot of time holding my phone. If it’s not in my hand, it’s probably stuffed into my back pocket, which makes me thankful that my jeans have some built-in stretch.
Barely weeks after the new iPhones launched in September came the inevitable rumours of next year’s models. Here we take a look at the rumours of a 4-inch mini iPhone which is expected to launch on 15 March 2016. Updated: 5 February 2016 with updated release date.
Not everyone wants a big phone, and the latest rumours point to Apple returning to a 4in screen, the size used for the iPhone 5, 5S and 5C. AppleInsider says that analyst Ming-Chi Kuo’s predictions in the past have been accurate and his latest is that there will be a smaller option in Apple’s 2016 lineup to cater for the demand which still exists for smaller phones.
Apple for the first time is accepting banged up iPhones as a trade-in from those wanting to upgrade.
Shown is an Apple iPhone with a cracked screen after a drop test from the DropBot, a robot used to measure the durability of phones, at the offices of SquareTrade in San Francisco. Apple for the first time is accepting banged up iPhones as a trade-in from those wanting to upgrade.
Until now, Apple offered credit to iPhone owners only if the device had an intact screen and working buttons. Apple hopes that with more leeway, applicable only to iPhone 5 and later models, more people will upgrade to new iPhones.
Apple has told investors that it may book its first revenue decline in 13 years when it reports quarterly earnings in April due in part to weakness in the global economy. But the smartphone market has matured as well after a years long streak of blistering hot demand.