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Even more evidence that the ‘iPhone 6s mini’ is coming this year

iPhone 6s Mini Rumors: 2015 Launch

More and more reports claim that Apple will not simply abandon smaller iPhones now that it’s launched the bigger iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, which have both been massive successes for the company. Instead of simply keeping the “old” iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s as part of its iPhone lineup, the company is expected to launch a brand new 4-inch iPhone part of the iPhone 6 (or iPhone 6s) family later this year.

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The most recent such report comes from U.S. investment firm Zacks Equity Research, according to MyDrivers, which says that Apple is being “forced” by continued interest in smaller iPhones to launch a new 4-inch iPhone 6 handset for 2015.

The company reportedly wants to sell at least 10 million iPhone 6s minis this year and the smaller device is expected to be significantly cheaper than the regular iPhone 6 models.

That doesn’t necessarily mean Apple is ready to chase market share in the smartphone business by launching entry-level iPhones. For years, the company has been rumored to launch a super-cheap iPhone, but Apple has not done that so far, as the iPhone 5c was never really priced to compete with the assorted dirt-cheap Android handsets on the market.

Only a few days ago, a research note from Cowen and Company also said that Apple is going to launch a 4-inch iPhone 6s mini in 2015, alongside corresponding 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhone 6s models.

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he closely follows the events in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises. Outside of work, you’ll catch him streaming almost every new movie and TV show release as soon as it's available.