Report: Apple To Release 4-inch iPhone 7 in H1 2016
It’s just been a few weeks since Apple launched the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, and rumors surrounding the 2016 iPhone, allegedly called the iPhone 7, are already making rounds. Now, a new research report has emerged online claiming that Apple is still working on a refreshed 4-inch iPhone model that “resembles an upgraded iPhone 5s.”
According to the generally reliable KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, this new 4-inch iPhone will come equipped with an A9 processor and set to launch in the first half of next year.
As there is still demand for a 4-inch iPhone, we believe Apple will upgrade this product line. Because the iPhone 5s is more popular than the iPhone 5c, we think Apple is likely to launch an upgraded iPhone 5s. We predict Apple will mass-produce this new 4-inch iPhone in 1H16 with metal casings. In order to make the current iOS 9 or next-generation iOS 10 run smoothly, Apple may adopt an A9 chip for this new phone.
As for the design of the device, Kuo hints that it will feature a metal casing as opposed to the plastic design featured on the iPhone 5c. He does, however, believe that the device won’t include 3D Touch support as part of an effort to keep it differentiated from the iPhone 6s duo.
The analyst expects Apple to ship between 20 to 30 million units of this new iPhone by the end of the year.