Apple’s iPhone grew in size recently when Apple released the iPhone 5, and while the trend may suggest that future versions may aim for a larger screen, there’s no way to be sure what Apple may come out with after iPhone 5. In the meantime, other smartphone manufacturers are also releasing larger and larger phones. But in a time when many users are starting to carry a tablet and a phone, is there a benefit to shrinking a version of the iPhone?
Some members of Ars OpenForum certainly think so. The discussion centered around a speculative iPhone mini has been getting a lot of heated contributions in the thread "Idle thoughts about an iPhone mini." User dh87 kicks off the thread by asking the question: “What phone do you need if you're almost always carrying an iPad? I don't think that phone is an iPhone 5. The phone you need is small, light, and doesn't require much computing power or memory. This imagined iPhone is either an adjunct to another device or for light users. Any heavy lifting—extended surfing or video viewing—is done on the iPad.”
As you’ll see in the posts that follow in the thread, there are many users who say that there is no market for such a phone and that Apple won’t be pursuing that strategy. Although others will argue that a mini smartphone is not such a far-fetched idea. There are already such phones on the market, as we reported in January.