Customers look at Apple iPhone 5C and 5S at an Apple store in Beijing's Sanlitun area, September 30, 2014. The iPhone 6 will be sold in China from Oct 17, after rigorous regulator scrutiny led to Apple Inc reassuring the Chinese government that the smartp
Customers look at Apple iPhone 5C and 5S at an Apple store in Beijing's Sanlitun area, September 30, 2014. Reuters/Jason Lee

Apple's success with the iPhone 6 series has raised expectations on the tech giant including new iPhone 6s mini variants. Analysts expect around three new handset releases for 2015. More importantly, the iPhone 6s mini variants may soon be realised should sales estimates go beyond 10 million. CIO of Quantum Trading Strategies and TechStart Report author Sean Udall explains (via Yahoo News): "The question is, do they make a 5S and a 5C-type phone or do they make a super powerful four-inch phone?"

Udall also shares with Benzinga: "In other words, do they make it with the same powerful specs as the new phones?" The concern is what type of market Apple will go for with its upgraded four-inch version. It has been targeting the high-end market but has since made a move to the lower segment via the iPhone 5c.

Expectations see Apple exploring the other way around; it will target the low-end market but with a powerful four-inch device. Targeting at least 10 million sales may not be hard for Apple to reach. Udall says that people want to see upgraded specs of fresh phone models. The official sees the expectations as reasonable since releasing 4-inch phones with specs powerful enough to attract the other markets is feasible. Apple will reportedly be able to do it in no time.

Jeff Kagan, another analyst, believes that consumers will be pleased to hear that Apple plans on releasing an updated four-inch handset. However, he does not see Apple pushing through with it. Kagan explains, "I imagine there will be a market for a phone that's the same size as the iPhone 5." He also adds: "But I can't see Apple doing it. Apple keeps the same-sized phone for two years, [then it] changes."

In another report by The Motley Fool, many see Apple releasing a Retina MacBook Air, but it may be outdated, in a sense, already. As estimates suggest, Apple may start the production of the MacBook Air line in early 2015 with Intel's Broadwell chips on board. However, delays on Intel's part have been prompting Apple to introduce modest improvements only.

The idea is that Apple appears to have been open at releasing laptops at irregular intervals and in shorter periods. More importantly, the company appears fine with using Core 2 Duo processors despite more powerful options. If anything else, The Motley Fool expects Apple to try and maintain performance levels at par with competition. Should Windows try to release thin and light designs featuring Skylake, then Apple may release an updated MacBook Air with similar specs.

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