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 last point: the 5c was that phone.  It's a killer seller in China.   So. Asked and Answered. first point: I'm guessing it would be 'cheaper' to push the 6 internals into a 6c, than the 5s internals into a 'larger' 5c.  Too much engineering for the long term ROI. The decision Apple has to make is do they make a 'new non Apple Pay' phone, and for how long?Apple Pay (TouchID and NFC) and the follow-on security/privacy are the key separation features.  I don't see Apple...
Me thinks the 6+ is definitely CPU/GPU restrained, and the a8 (and the 64 bit a7 before that) is the secret sauce.  Also remember that it's not specs, but integration into the target OS as well.   Touch Response (no 'Laggies' ) is critical.  I think it's less about the screens, and more about moving the larger number of pixels around as fast as your fingers can move.
two words - Bell Curve:  you are market research of 2, out of some 80 Million phones.   I would posit when you include all users, you include dunk tanks (urinals), dropped down the elevator shaft (I did that once with keys), let alone batteries, chipped screens, children stuffing peanut butter in the headphone jack, broken 30pin connectors, etc, etc etc.  And the batteries (for subscriber buyers [the vast majority of original 3GS and 4 owners]) is a trigger point to buy a...
Focus is about saying no.   They just went 'expanded' their phone line at double their past rate for 2 product cycles. (5c and 5s, 6 and 6+).   To me that's amazing.  (and they inkled they are cutting back on the iPad line).   And they just spun up a new wearable line.   We don't want to go back to 100 different apple products competing against each other. 
I tend to agree, although I think Apple may think putting their watch on will reduce the need for a 3rd phone form factor. I like a 12" iPad 10" iPad>>>8" iPad (and this is where I think the size cut will come)<<<5.5"  phone  (obviously, about 20 - 33% of the market wants this form factor)4.7" phone (probably 40% of the market)4" phone  (10-20% of the market42mm watch  (1.7"   about the size of an feature phone screen)38mm watch  That's a lot of view formats. 
Std pattern.   The first 6 months is a 'trickle' down of paired purchases [mommy gets a new phone gives old phone to Timmy, and buys 'the same' phone for Tina].   and personally, I think high out of warranty failures.   2.5 years is about the time an iPhone wears out... if you're staying in a form factor, that's when you're gonna buy a plug replacement.  the 5c and the 4s are the last of those form factors, and for the 4s, those are on that replacement track at the...
oh, how soon they forget: iPad 3. Given the price [high] and the demand [low(er)], I would think the 6+ will be discontinued (maybe a firesale to drop stocks), if the 's+' is body for body the same as the '+'   Added another price point (or overlap) is more the issue.   Apple wants the cost part of the equation to be self evident.
you forgot TOSLink.I bet you said the same thing about your 2 ethernets, 2 USB 1.1, audio-out / Mic in, serial, modem and  Parallel ports on your PC  To me, The modern TV is a dumb monitor.   Give me the highest fidelity input (HDMI 1.4) maybe a 2nd, and a cable jack.  Making the TV the center of your viewing universe is the the wrong model, at least for any reasonable home theater setup.
this and the pegatron comments make me think there are 2 major types of 'suppliers' 1) someone who has to develop new science/process to meet Apple's exacting needs2) someone who is just assembling stuff for Apple. Those in category 1 (Samsung, TSMC, GTAT, Corning, Authentec, probably others) have are truly partners.  They need to trust each other, and understand that there are few that can do what they do and bargain not from strength, but from mutual risk reduction....
this is the crux.   if they were saying that at 250lbs (50% production) they could meet quality, they couldn't meet volume with the current plant size.  However,  part of this may be the diameter of the boule was critical to hit iPad/iPhone 6+ numbers (let's say 4-6 iPads per slice), and a 250 boule meant not 4-6, but 1-2 full screens (due to boules are normally grown in diameter, not length) so 50% is really 25-33%. Which means the cost of production under GTAT's terms...
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