Apple to launch a new smartphone alongside next year's iPhone 7 and 7 Plus?

Apple to launch a new smartphone alongside next year's iPhone 7 and 7 Plus?
With all manner of rumors flying around in speculation of what's coming next from Apple's smartphone division, some are already looking ahead to what'll happen after the so-called iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus appear later this year. A new report suggests that while Apple has enjoyed strong sales since upsizing the display with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, the company hasn't completely washed its hands of the 4-inch handset. As such, there's a decent chance that an "iPhone 7c" model could manifest itself next year. 

It had been suggested that alongside the eventual successors to the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, Apple may also add a third upgrade on 2015. That third model, it was thought, would be a new 4-inch variant to cater to the portion of the market still wanting a smaller-sized handset. Those rumors were quickly put to bed, though, and it's widely thought that Cupertino will focus solely on the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus this year, possibly retaining the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c for a third innings.

But that's not the end of the story, though. According to the Economic Daily News, manufacturer AUO has struck a deal Apple to supply 4-inch displays for an "iPhone 7c", with shipping to commence from Q1 2016. If there's any truth in this, then Apple could roll out three new iPhones next year, which would be a first for the company. 

Given that the iPhone 5s is the best iPhone of all time according to your vote, it makes a great deal of sense for Apple to continue offering a smaller handset of some description. Just because it's being dubbed the "iPhone 7c", though, this doesn't necessarily mean it will include a plasticky, iPhone 5c-like finish. But since we're talking about a device that potentially won't be announced for well over a year -- if, indeed, at all -- we're taking this one with a pinch of salt for now.

Thoughts? 

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21 Comments

1. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

Yeah yeah we all know that there gonna be a 4 inch iPhone.

12. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

It isn't, it has been denied to exist far too many times. A smaller iPhone and a bigger iPad, I doubt they're willing to actually make more than extra product to add to their supply chain.

17. waddup121 unregistered

6c confirmed

2. darkkjedii

Posts: 30971; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Go hard Apple

3. OldNorseBruin

Posts: 235; Member since: Mar 12, 2013

Finally! You pay 2 G's to get 2gb on your iCHUMP7... and you're gonna like it ...Because..."We tell YOU what to like!"

4. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Am curious as to who wants a 4" display on a phone these days? 4.7" s the smallest thatis worth any amount of money. Why not just make the 4.7 the entry level model. Give it 16GB of storage and have the main models at 32,64 and 128. That world actually be smarter. Drop the price of the 4.7" down to $400 off contract and free on contract. Because its 2012 hardware and certainly not worth $650

8. Galaxy_Apple

Posts: 129; Member since: May 24, 2015

a lot of people who use iphone 5s still including my sisters friend who even uses a iPhone 4s btw ,will buy a 4" phone thats cheaper and easier to use than the big phones. normal users who have basic needs , whatsapp, music , facebook ,maps etc... will do better with a 4" screen it's easier to use out and about. For me the main advantage of big phones is the batterylife but these stupid manufactures want to make everything thinner , faster , higher pxiels ,rather than using bigger batteries. 4.7" -5.2" phones are just as bad as the iPhone 5. this is why phablets are useful, more batterylife, Given the chocie I'd carry a small phone as a spare and a phablet as my main phone.

9. ikenvape

Posts: 308; Member since: May 28, 2014

You would be surprised. There is still a good market for them with a good amount 5 & 5a owners counting on it. Basically anyone with small hands. Drop the price? LOL s**t no! That's not how Apple works. Basic business in practice here. Product in demand and your going to squeeze your arse with a smile. Remember the glorious 5C?

10. ikenvape

Posts: 308; Member since: May 28, 2014

You would be surprised. There is still a good market for them with a good amount 5 & 5s owners counting on it. Basically anyone with small hands. Drop the price? LOL s**t no! That's not how Apple works. Basic business in practice here. Product in demand and your going to squeeze your arse with a smile. Remember the glorious 5C?

11. tacarat

Posts: 854; Member since: Apr 22, 2013

Paying an extra hundred or two is part of the Apple "experience".

13. Rock_Hardwood

Posts: 117; Member since: May 11, 2015

I feel so bad about your samsong not selling many s6's but I dont make fun of your android devices

15. darkkjedii

Posts: 30971; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Why don't you start your own tech company, and make what you want.

20. ninja_master

Posts: 306; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

2012 hardware? You're truly an s-tard

21. gaming64 unregistered

Most people still find 4" as the sweet spot and find it to be easy at one handed use.

22. boltman

Posts: 24; Member since: May 15, 2015

Common sense....Use it!

23. jojon

Posts: 433; Member since: Feb 11, 2014

yep...spot on

5. o0Exia0o

Posts: 903; Member since: Feb 01, 2013

The 4" panels are for the next iWatch....They want to beat others to big screens.....J/K, J/K, J/k!!!!

6. Ducfranz

Posts: 11; Member since: Sep 18, 2014

That extra device with be iPhone 7 curve

16. Suo.Eno

Posts: 556; Member since: Feb 17, 2013

Well if the little "C" OR an S 4" really does make a comeback, then ftloG man let it not pack the same 1560mAh batt. ffs them 4" loyal user base deserve more imho.

18. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

since its just going to be a 4in phone with same specs as the bigger versions will it really be new phone......?.......No

19. gaming64 unregistered

Mid range line please! An iPhone C line would be great!

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