Apple is an interesting technology company, an entity that prides itself on industrial design, ease of use, a disciplined product strategy, and a larger installed base of satisfied customers. That alone tells us why all of Apple’s products would fit onto a coffee table. Discipline.
Hidden behind the facade of classy and timeless designs is a company soundly based on math. Numbers. Physics. The company’s flagship product is the iPhone of which the vast majority of sales come from iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Why doesn’t Apple have a 4-inch iPhone 6c? There’s an iPhone 5s, last year’s flagship. There’s an iPhone 5c, the colorful plastic coated iPhone 5-like phone for those who are more price conscious than feature conscious or trend conscious.
Apple could easily make a 4-inch iPhone 6c in a variety of colorful plastic cases, price it $100 less than the iPhone 6 and make everyone happy. Those who need a smaller phone. Those who are overly price conscious and don’t need either the big screen iPhone 6 or the extra features Apple pushes in the annually updated flagship models.
So, why is there no iPhone 6c? Math and physics. Which amounts to a simple way to differentiate products so the company can maximize revenue and profits from the smartphone making machine in China.
Apple goes to great lengths to differentiate the company’s products from competitors, and from their own products. A MacBook Pro is not a new MacBook. Different strokes for different folks. The flagship is the iPhone 6 line. Larger screens, fastest CPUs, most storage options, best cameras. Everything else is secondary and as much as large chunk of the iPhone buy populace would love to have a 4-inch iPhone with all the goodies crammed into an iPhone 6 Plus, it just won’t happen.
The physics should be obvious. How do you stuff all of an iPhone 6 Plus into a 4-inch iPhone? Some components can make the transition, but not the battery or screen, and probably not the camera (which already sticks out beyond the iPhone 6 case), not to mentions storage and antennas.
I love using my iPhone 6 Plus. The screen real estate is a godsend, and buttons are big enough for my fat fingers to find. But there are times when I wish that bulge in my pants was an endowment of heredity instead of my phone.