Apple apparently plans to launch a new 4-inch iPhone with a metallic physique early subsequent yr, a properly-related KGI Securities analyst predicts.
For a few years, Apple refused to provide in to the phablet development and maintained a compact measurement for its iPhones. The corporate finally joined the development in 2014, when it launched the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus, and adopted up with the identical strategy this yr with the launch of the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus.
However, the corporate might plan a return of the favored 4-inch type issue. Trusted KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes that Apple is gearing as much as mass-produce an upgraded iPhone 5s version with a 4-inch display and an A9 SoC, among the many highlights.
In contrast to the iPhone 5c, which got here with a plastic physique, this alleged iPhone 5s refresh will reportedly sport a metallic casing.
"As there's nonetheless demand for a 4-inch iPhone, we consider Apple will upgrade this product line. As a result of the iPhone 5s is extra fashionable than the iPhone 5c, we expect Apple is more likely to launch an upgraded iPhone 5s," Kuo notes in a analysis note obtained by Apple-centric publication MacRumors. "We predict Apple will mass-produce this new 4-inch iPhone in 1H16 with metallic casings. With a view to make the present iOS 9 or subsequent-era iOS 10 run easily, Apple might undertake an A9 chip for this new phone."
On the similar time, Kuo notes that this purported 4-inch iPhone 5s upgrade won't include the Drive Contact know-how discovered on the newest iPhones. The choice to not help 3D Contact reportedly goals to distinguish this upcoming 4-inch iPhone from the newest high-finish iPhones. In line with the analyst, Apple might ship round 20 - 30 million models of this new 4-inch iPhone 5s refresh by the top of 2016.
The subsequent-era flagship iPhone 7, in the meantime, is predicted to launch in accordance with Apple's regular launch cycles, which sees new iPhone iterations launched within the third quarter of the yr.
Kuo has an awesome monitor report on the subject of anticipating Apple's plans and schemes and a number of other of his predictions to date turned out to be spot on. No matter Kuo's monitor document, nevertheless, take every thing with a grain of salt till official affirmation.
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