It’s been almost a year since we’re hearing about the compact 4-inch iPhone, but there’s still no stopping for the rumors. A previous report suggested that the successor to the iPhone 5c will be called iPhone 6c, and it will be unveiled early next year. A research note released by a KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo sheds some light on its hardware and features, MacRumors reports. Also Read - Meet Indian developer who wins Apple Design award for his music app NaadSadhana
“While new model may not generate huge sales, Apple still has good reasons to launch. These are: (1) still-existing demand for 4-inch smartphones. We estimate 15-17mn 4-inch iPhones will be shipped in 2015. We estimate the new 4-inch model will account for 8-9% of total iPhone shipments in 2016F; (2) expected price of US$400-500, with the aim of penetrating emerging markets and consumers on smaller budgets; and (3) adoption of NFC will support Apple Pay, benefiting the ecosystem, the research note from KGI analyst states.” Also Read - iPad Mini for 2021 to ditch fat bezels, could bring along new Apple Pencil Mini
Kuo expects the 4-inch iPhone to be powered by an A9-chip manufactured by both Samsung and TSMC. Similar to the iPhone 6s, Apple’s compact smartphone could also sport a 2.5D cover glass with curved edges. Together with Apple Pay and metal casing, the 4-inch iPhone is expected to be available in at least three color options. Also Read - iOS 4 is now available again on modern iPhones, complete with Home button: How to get it
On the camera front, the iPhone 6c could sport a similar camera setup like the iPhone 5s, with an 8-megapixel rear unit and 1.2-megapixel front facing selfie unit. In terms of pricing, it is expected to cost anywhere between $400 (approximately Rs 26,000) to $500 (approximately Rs 32,500). The iPhone 6s 16GB variant costs $649 (approximately Rs 42,200) in the US.
Despite no indications from Apple about the smaller iPhone, rumors about it refuse to die. But knowing Kuo’s good track record, it come as a surprise if we finally see Apple launching a compact iPhone next year. Kuo also added that the next-gen iPhone 7 is set to enter mass production in second quarter of 2016.