Apple launched the iPhone SE alongside a brand new iPad Pro on March 21. The iPad Pro 9.7 looks to be taking over from Apple’s ailing iPad Air line, while the iPhone SE is Mr. Cook’s attempt at persuading the myriad of iPhone 5s users out there to upgrade to newer hardware.
Indeed, the company revealed that it sold a whopping 30 million 4-inch phones in 2015.
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Apple has plans to introduce a new high-end iPhone model in 2017 that sports a curved glass case and 5.8-inch AMOLED display, a radical departure from current-generation aluminum models.
In a note to investors obtained by AppleInsider, KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said the new iPhone’s design is similar to that of the iPhone 4/4s “glass sandwich,” but instead of flat slabs Apple will employ curved panels on both the device front and back. In another first, Apple turn to AMOLED technology to realize the new design paradigm.
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.