Apple on Track to launch 4-inch iPhone 5s Successor Early Next Year

Rumors from the Far East and respected Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities claim that a new 4-inch iPhone will be released in early 2016.

The new Apple phone is not a flagship model to replace the still new and shiny iPhone 6s. Rather, the model is aimed at replacing the 2-year old iPhone 5s, which was the last of the brand’s 4-inch screen models, and currently at the bottom of Apple’s three-phone lineup. The new model will allegedly be called the iPhone 6c.

The new 4-inch iPhone: 5s versus 6c

The iPhone 5s was the first Apple phone with a Touch ID fingerprint sensor, though it did not come with NFC for full ApplePay support at retail – a feature that was introduced in 2014 with the iPhone 6. So, adding this feature to the 6c would represent a considerable upgrade as the popularity of ApplePay increases. Adding to the fact that some transit systems like Transport for London are already rolling out support, the concept of the iPhone becoming a universal commerce device is likely to grow in 2016.

According to Kuo, the 6c will probably feature this year’s A9 chip, which is quite surprising considering that last year’s iPhone 6 – running on the slower A8 chip – is still on sale. Plus the recent upgrade of the iPod Touch featured the A8 chip. However, the 4-inch iPhone is expected to share the same camera specs as the 5s, namely an 8-megapixel iSight camera and a 1.2-megapixel selfie/FaceTime camera.

Design changes

Kuo expects that the 6c will share the esthetic of the 6 and 6s, featuring rounded edges with a subtle curve to the glass, as opposed to the vertical sides and chamfered edges that are characteristic of Apple’s “slab phones” like the iPhone 5c. However, the 6c will probably feature 2-3 colours that are reminiscent of the plastic-bodied iPhone 5c, but without the plastic shell: the 6c will have a metal exterior for the “iPhone luxurious” look and feel.

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