Originally Posted by pscates2.0
Maybe this whole iPhone SE situation has caused them to realize how arrogant and out-of-touch they can be, and that maybe *gasp* giving customers what they want/enjoy/understand is a better approach than "here's what we're doing, and you'll like it because, hey...we're Apple. We barely have to try at this point! Where else are you gonna go, nerds?"
Here are the discontinuation dates of 4" iPhones:
iPhone 5 - Sept. 10, 2013
iPhone 5C - Sept. 9, 2015
iPhone 5S - Mar. 21, 2016
Except for 10 days in March this year, the 4" iPhone has been continuously available since inception. We all knew a 4" iPhone update was coming, and so did Apple.
It was just a matter of waiting for the natural death of the 5S because remember -- old iPhone models stick around for a generation. With the iPhone 5C/5S split, Apple deprecated the 5C after one full generation and the 5S followed a half generation later. It all went according to a well thought out plan, so I find it odd that you think Apple was being arrogant or out-of-touch.