At TNW, we’ve talked a lot about the absolute lack of compact phones. While I’m using the ‘compact’ iPhone Xs as my daily driver, there are plenty of people who want smaller screen size. According to a report from DigiTimes, Apple’s taken notice and is planning to release a 5.4-inch phone in 2020.

The report notes that Apple will opt for three OLED display sizes – 5.42-inch, 6.06-inch, and 6.67-inch – supplied by either Samsung or LG. This marks a change from the current iPhone line up’s sizes of 5.8-inch (the iPhone Xs),  6.1-inch (the iPhone Xr), and 6.5-inch (the iPhone Xs Max) screens. If the report is accurate, Apple will reduce the size of the smallest model while increasing the size of the biggest model.

The last true small phone from Apple was the iPhone SE, launched in 2016. A year later, reports suggested that the company’s working on a sequel, but that dream never came to fruition.

I hope this is different, and I know I’m not alone in that. A lot of people find the current generation of iPhones too big to comfortably hold and type with. Bigger isn’t always better, and it’d be nice if Cupertino finally realized that

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Published April 3, 2019 — 05:41 UTC





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