“Generally reliable KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has today shared an investment note in which he breaks down what Apple will do in terms of its smartphones come 2016,” Chance Miller reports for 9to5Mac. “In the note, Kuo claims that Apple is still working on a refreshed 4-inch iPhone model.”
“Kuo says that the 4-inch iPhone ‘resembles an upgraded iPhone 5s’ and features an A9 processor,” Miller reports. “The design of the device is somewhat unclear from Kuo’s report, but he hints that it will feature a metal casing as opposed to the plastic design featured on the iPhone 5c. Furthermore, Kuo anticipates that Apple’s 4-inch iPhone will not feature 3D Touch in an effort on the company’s part to clearly differentiate it from the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus.”
“Regarding the next major iPhone refresh, Kuo says Apple will keep on track with its normal third-quarter unveil and subsequent release of the device,” Miller reports. “Kuo anticipates that both the 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch models of the iPhone 7 will feature Apple’s A10 chip. The analyst also does not provide color on rumors that the device will move away from metal in favor of a new casing material.”
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MacDailyNews Take: There is definitely a market for a 4-inch iPhone – made the right way. In March, we ran the following poll and found:
Would the lack of 3D Touch be a deal-breaker for you? After using 3D Touch with our iPhone 6s Plus units, it would be for us.
Also, a new casing material that’s not “metal?” Bulk metallic glass, perhaps?
Why Apple might launch a new 4-inch iPhone in early 2016 – October 15, 2015
No 4-inch ‘iPhone 6c’ at Apple’s September 9 event, iPhone 5c to be discontinued – August 27, 2015
Should Apple make a state-of-the-art 4-inch iPhone? – July 31, 2015
Analyst: Apple has scrapped plans for a 4-inch iPhone 6c – July 27, 2015
Analyst: No 4-inch iPhone coming – May 12, 2015
If Apple makes a next-gen 4-inch iPhone, they should do it right, not make it a second class device – March 26, 2015