Apple’s plans to launch a 4-inch iPhone 6c alongside the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus later this year have reportedly been scrapped. One analyst says that any evidence of a 4-inch device disappeared from Apple’s supply chain back in March.
Recent reports have repeatedly promised a new 4-inch iPhone that will launch this fall. The device was expected to be a refreshed iPhone 5c with a more premium design and better specifications, aimed at those who don’t want a larger device.
But in a note to investors obtained by Business Insider, Cowen and Company analyst Timothy Arcuri warns that a 4-inch iPhone no longer seems a part of Apple’s future product plans. Arcuri speculates that this could be due to fears that it might “cannibalize” sales of larger iPhones.
“Arcuri said he had seen evidence of this smaller iPhone 6, which he referred to as the iPhone 6C, in Apple’s supply chain from January through March. But now, traces of the phone have disappeared,” reports Business Insider.
The report notes, however, that Arcuri’s track record has been somewhat spotty in the past; he recently predicted the iPhone 6 would have a 4.8-inch display (it’s actually 4.7 inches) and that the iPhone 6 Plus would have a faster processor than its little brother.
With that in mind, it’s probably best we take this information with a pinch of salt until Apple makes it all official.