It was already speculated that Apple is trying to present a smaller 4-inch iPhone to the world alongside taller-screened variants by the end of 2015, but has now changed to mid-2016 on Chinese microblogging service Sina Weibo. This prediction was shared by reliable KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.
Kevin Wang is the director of IHS Technology who previously spoken about the existence of a new 4-inch iPhone, and not mentioned any details about the Apple’s smaller edition of iPhone, beyond confirming the smaller screen size. But Kuo recently said the rumored 4″ iPhone device will “resemble an upgraded iPhone 5s,” including a metal design architecture with a powerful A9 processor, and could launch in the first quarter of next year.
Believed that the so-called iPhone 6c will not feature 3D Touch to differentiate it from Apple’s flagship iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. Foxconn is expected to be the primary manufacturer of the 4-inch iPhone smartphone, with 20-30 million shipments projected through the end of 2016. iOS 10 is also be the case next year for the announcement alongside the bigger and top-end variant of iPhone 7.
Wang’s track record with the collaborated prediction should be treated with a pinch of salt, but it does merge multiple rumors suggesting Apple will release a new 4-inch smartphone in 2016. The so-called “iPhone 6c” was originally speculated to launch in 2015, but later those plans were reportedly bundled in trash box.