Apple prepping a 4" metal iPhone 7c with A9 chipset, tips analyst, to be released in 2016

Apple prepping a 4" metal iPhone 7c with A9 chipset, tips analyst, to be released in 2016
The omnipresent analyst from KGI Securities - Ming-Chi Kuo - has a great track record when it comes to predicting Apple's moves, based on his sources in the broad Asian supply chain of the world's most profitable phone maker.

So far, he has accurately predicted that the rumored new 4" iPhone, dubbed tentatively the 6c so far, won't be unveiled together with the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, but rather will make an appearance next year. If you have been following mobile-related news for the past year or so, there has been rampant speculation from many sources that Apple is probing a resurrection of the 4" screen diagonal, just not in the form of the "unapologetically plastic" iPhone 5c.

In a note to investors who subscribe to his research, Ming-Chi Kuo has now fleshed out that rumor quite a bit more, saying that a 4" iPhone will be put in mass production in the first half of 2016, likely to be unveiled in the usual fall timeframe, together with the eventual iPhone 7. The iPhone 7c, or whatever it gets named, will apparently be housed in a metal unibody, and sport Apple's current A9 chipset, which at the time of unveiling will be a generation behind the future A10. It's not the first time we are hearing that Apple's upcoming small iPhone will be crafted out of metal, too.

This suggests, writes the analyst, that Apple will be positioning the 4" iPhone as a budget alternative, for those who are longing for Apple's small form factor, and there is indeed a lot of potential market there. The budget iPhone theory is corroborated by another tidbit that Ming-Chi Kuo suggests - the future 4" allegedly won't have Apple's new 3D Touch screen technology, to further differentiate it from the iPhone 7 that will eventually be launched at the time. The analyst says that Foxconn will be tasked with the manufacturing of the future iPhone 7c, with the potential to churn out between 20-30 million such 4" handsets in total. Anybody longing for the small 4" form factor?

source: AppleInsider

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47 Comments

39. darkkjedii

Posts: 31817; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

That phone will never see the light of day.

40. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

It would probably sell a lot though unless all the people that said 4.7 inches was too big have now seen the light.

42. TechNeck

Posts: 659; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

It better have a base of at least 16 GB. I'm expecting the 7 and 7+ to have a 32 or 64 GB base, if not, f*ck apple. ;-;

48. SuperEd

Posts: 132; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

i know, right! a WHOPING 16 GB. oh, wait, sorry, it's not 2006 anymore. I forgot it's 2016! Well, in that case, it should have have at least 128GB! go big

26. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Where the news on PA about iOS 9.1 been hacked by a group thats Won 1 million for doing it? They where able to break all the security on iOS 9.1 and doing so by using a text or a website not even having the phone in hand.. funny how they dont make a news about it here..

30. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

Reported a day to even two days ago on some sites. And yet, PA makes not a peep about it. This site gets worse and worse.

25. TeyaIman unregistered

Stupid dumb tipical apple, using old parts that are years behind the competition.. Why do ppl buy apple products still, open up your crusted eyes people stop buying such is**t products...

28. iushnt

Posts: 3191; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

If someone is happy by using Apple products then no problem at all. If u r unhappy because people use Apple and Samsung product then you better change yourself, not the people. And if your Bf is super unhappy with his s6 then ask him to change his phone. Don't cry much on these websites, no one will care what u said.

29. TeyaIman unregistered

I am not crying. I am speaking truth.

47. SuperEd

Posts: 132; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

you know, it has nothing to do with the hardware. They got that down. It's all about the APPS! RIght? aps aps aps.

35. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

If someone is happy by saying the truth about Apple product then no problem at all. If you are Happy to be raped by Tim Crook all the time no problem at all. If we are unhappy to see such overpriced garbage slowly make android handset overpriced garbage then its our choice. We do not care what u said!

22. UglyFrank

Posts: 2200; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

I don't think you can say he accurately predicted something wouldn't happen.

19. jibraihimi

Posts: 816; Member since: Nov 29, 2011

And it will come with 8GB of non-expandable storage........

18. DRS1977

Posts: 681; Member since: May 27, 2015

The iPhone and Apple is already a Walmart brand. Will this phone be sold at the Dollar Store?

34. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Are you living in the Arab emirate? Apple stuff is pretty overpriced here but there i guess its could be sold at the dollar store ( i mean the 1000$ store lol )

17. QUINTESSENCE

Posts: 27; Member since: Sep 29, 2015

no protruding camera and no edge antenna lines, please...

33. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

No antenna lines = no reception on all metal phone..

41. QUINTESSENCE

Posts: 27; Member since: Sep 29, 2015

edge antenna lines, maron! haha

16. SIGPRO

Posts: 2819; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

No matter what the iPhone 7 Will suck!

15. vuyonc

Posts: 1094; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

Get the 16GB version for a reasonable price of $600 :^) 8GB version coming soon for $500.

44. TechNeck

Posts: 659; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

No 8GB version. e.o

12. Neros

Posts: 1016; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

Lack of 3D touch would make that phone utterly garbage.

4. aba71983

Posts: 807; Member since: Jul 24, 2014

I hope that Apple iPhone 7 come into 5" and 5.5"

6. aba71983

Posts: 807; Member since: Jul 24, 2014

iPhone 7 5.1" 1080 X 1920px 5.5" 1440 X 2560px

32. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Thats should be a minimum.

7. manojmcn

Posts: 634; Member since: Jul 16, 2015

No, it will come in 5.1" and 5.7". These are proven sizes by successful Samsung models.

10. aba71983

Posts: 807; Member since: Jul 24, 2014

5.1" it's a perfect size for me 'coz I'm using iPhone 6S now

24. carlemillward unregistered

The only way you can say that is if you used a phone with a 5.1" display.

11. bucky

Posts: 3797; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Proven by whom? Only children feel it necessary to use a huge phone.

14. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Damn, so all them record iPhone sales were from hordes of children....or at least people with the intelligence of children.

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