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iPhone 6 Mini Coming in 2015 (Report)

The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are Apple's biggest, most powerful smartphones yet, but there might be something on the way for those who prefer the company's bite-sized handsets of old. Apple is rumored to be working on an iPhone 6 Mini, which could bring the iPhone 6's design and features to a 4-inch frame sometime in 2015.

This report comes by way of a Zacks.com blog on Nasdaq, which claims that Apple will release a smaller iPhone 6 if it can guarantee the company at least 10 million units per year. Zacks.com claims that an iPhone 6 Mini would aim to win over shoppers who haven't adopted an iPhone 6 due to the device's price tag and larger size.

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Apple's older iPhone 5s ($99 on-contract) and iPhone 5c (free on-contract) already cater to consumers who want an affordable, 4-inch iPhone, but it still might make sense for Apple to launch an iPhone 6 Mini. The iPhone 6 marked a design shift towards thinner, curvier edges and a more seamless back panel, a style that would lend itself well to a palm-sized handset.

A miniature iPhone 6 could also retain the faster A8 processor and improved iSight camera of its big brothers, which would give shoppers the option of a small iPhone that doesn't sacrifice functionality.

Apple has never offered three notably different iPhones in a single generation, but the company seems to be growing more and more keen on shaking things up. The iPhone 6 Plus marked Apple's first foray into the ever-expanding phablet market, and the hardware giant will be taking its inaugural dive into wearables with next year's Apple Watch. We could be hearing "first" from Apple a whole lot in 2015, so stay tuned for any official announcements.

Mike Andronico is an Associate Editor at Tom's Guide. Follow Mike @MikeAndronico and on Google+. Follow us @TomsGuide, on Facebook and on Google+

Michael Andronico

Mike Andronico is Senior Writer at CNNUnderscored and was formerly Managing Editor at Tom's Guide. When not at work, you can usually catch him playing Street Fighter, devouring Twitch streams and trying to convince people that Hawkeye is the best Avenger.