Citing “credible sources,” Japanese website Macotakara is reporting that Apple is preparing the “iPhone 5s Mark II” with the following specifications:
• Apple A8 chip
• 802.11ac Wi‑Fi
• Bluetooth 4.1
• FaceTime HD camera with ƒ/2.2 aperture based on iPod touch (6th generation)
This new 4-inch iPhone would be an improved version of the iPhone 5s, but would not offer the latest Apple A-series processor, the A9, found in iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. For reference, last year’s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are A8-powered smartphones and are not exactly slouches when it comes to pocket computing performance even today.
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MacDailyNews Take: Rumors of specs for a new 4-inch iPhone, and even of a new 4-inch iPhone itself, are all over the map. Take with multiple grains of salt.
There is definitely a market for a 4-inch iPhone – made the right way. In March, we ran the following poll and found:
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