A new smaller-screen iPhone doesn’t seem a likely bet …
Japanese site Feng, seemingly citing DigiTimes as a source, is reporting the unlikely claim that Apple will next year replace the iPhone 5c with a new 4-inch model.
While it’s not impossible that Apple would want to drop the 5c, it’s hard to see any rationale for a return to a smaller-screened model – and I speak as someone who liked the 3.5-inch screen of my 4S until upgrading to the iPhone 6 this year. The reality is that the iPhone 6 fits into pockets and doesn’t feel like a large phone, something Jony Ive said was a key reason for the rounded edges: making it feel smaller than it is. People like me have gotten over it.
Feng references one-handed use as a reason for the change, but while Apple may have once made a feature of the small screen, the company addressed the issue with reachability. A double-tap (not press) on the home button brings everything within reach of your thumb.