4-inch Apple iPhone 6c to be released in the middle of next year?

4-inch Apple iPhone 6c to be released in the middle of next year?
Last July, Jefferies' analyst Ange Wu reported that Foxconn had landed a huge order for metal casings to be used for an Apple iPhone 6c. Wu added that the phone would be released in the first half of 2016. Now, over four months later, we are hearing the same story from IHS Technology Research Director Kevin Wang.

Wang posted the information on his Weibo page, and the only spec mentioned is the 4-inch display that the phone will carry. Making the story much more plausible is that it's somewhat confirmed by KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. When it comes to Apple, no analyst has a track record like Kuo. Back in April, he correctly predicted that Apple would not introduce a 4-inch unit during the September introduction of the latest iPhone models.

Earlier this month, Kuo said that Apple was prepping a 4-inch iPhone that would be mass produced during the first half of this year. Unlike Wu and Wang's story, Kuo sees the new 4-inch model released next fall, along with the Apple iPhone 7 and presumably the Apple iPhone 7 Plus. The smaller-screened model will be powered by the Apple A9 chipset says Kuo, at a time when the iPhone 7 will be rockin' the new A10 SoC. According to Kuo, the 4-inch phone will be presented by Apple as a budget priced handset for smartphone buyers.

Thanks for the tip!
 
source: Weibo (Kevin from IHS Tecghnology) via GforGames

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17 Comments

1. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Just what everyone needs. A 4" Smartphone that you can actually put in your pocket! But since its Apple, low specs doesn't necessarily means low price... If Apple 'squeeze' its price around the $300 Mark, I for one shall be greatly interested... Talk about day dreaming!

2. aesthetics

Posts: 128; Member since: Oct 02, 2014

What would be "low specs" in this device?

4. Neros

Posts: 1016; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

Like 2 year old specs in a 2016 phone, aka outdated resolution and 1 GB of ram + 16GB of internal storage. Yes, this phone will have the aforementioned components :D. On top of that, it will cost about 600euros in EU, lmao.

8. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

@aesthetics I quote: "The smaller-screened model will be powered by the Apple A9 chipset says Kuo, at a time when the iPhone 7 will be rockin' the new A10 SoC". Its just rumours at the moment, but the way I see it: Apart from the 'previous' generation SoC & smaller screen; one can expect 1GB of RAM as the upcoming A10 SoC is rumored to feature 2GB of RAM. And since it has a 4" Display; a smaller resolution & lower pixel density isn’t out of equation. And please keep in mind that the previous ‘dumbed down’ iPhone; The iPhone 5C had a plastic body. And as such, its pretty safe to assume that this phone... Er... Lets just call it iPhone Minus for the time being (coined by a PhoneArena Member! Hats off to him!) will most certainly feature "LOWER SPECS"... But feel free to disagree.

7. promise7

Posts: 894; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

I expect it to be $499 because Apple's definition of budget doesn't exactly equal everyone else's definition of budget.

11. cncrim

Posts: 1588; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

The iphone 5s will 350 by the time i7 come out.

15. uggman

Posts: 58; Member since: Feb 01, 2013

300$!!! no no no, coming from apple, 500$ is more likely,

3. Neros

Posts: 1016; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

Withput 3d touch, it will be utterly crap, thus the name 6c(rap).

5. dimas

Posts: 3368; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Sounds like they're just going to put call and text capabilities to their current ipod. But this is great for apple fans who don't want to spend to much money on the flagship ones.

6. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Can't wait for everyone to copy this move, finally some competition in the smaller but powerful handset market other than just Sony.

17. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

Samsung isn't likely to. And such could harm thier sales of Phablets.

9. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Analyst prediction move: strong asf I can see this happening. Bold move by apple!

10. iusshpandeh

Posts: 250; Member since: Jul 23, 2014

This phone must have ' Made for iSheeps' written on the back of ir because no one other than an iSheep will buy such device with outdated specs.

13. stanislav

Posts: 136; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

This phone will be unmatched becaouse ohter "modern" sepec phones will be HUGE and the closest competitor to this will be the way bigger and way more outdated Z5 compact.

14. Jimrod

Posts: 1605; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

@ iusshpandeh That's amazing, it must have taken you ages to come up with that witty gem.

16. vliang86

Posts: 337; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

Did you just call me an iSheep? YOU Fandroid:)

12. Goldeneye

Posts: 419; Member since: Jan 22, 2011

No. It will be priced at $549 if the base model starts with 16 gig or $499 if the base starts with 8 gig which is very likely for Apple to do just that. I wouldn't be surprised if the sales are slow they bring out a cheaper model starting at $399 with 4 gig competitively enough priced against the new Nexus models. Lol.

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