Connected analyst Kuo says Apple will not release a 4-inch iPhone this year

Connected analyst Kuo says Apple will not release a 4-inch iPhone this year
Late last month, we showed you a picture of what allegedly is the rear plastic case for a new 4-inch iPhone model. According to the speculation, this handset would be called the Apple iPhone 6c and would offer NFC connectivity (most likely to support Apple Pay), TouchID and a Gorilla Glass protected display. But this phone will not see the light of day anytime soon if a well-connected Apple analyst is right.

KGI Securities' Ming-Chi Kuo, who has made some great calls in the past involving Apple, has sent out a note to clients in which he says that the new iPhones to be unveiled later this year will keep the 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch screen sizes found on the Apple iPhone 6 and Apple iPhone 6 Plus, respectively. Kuo says that there will not be a 4-inch model produced by Apple this year.

In a bit of a surprise, Kuo says that Apple might name the new models the Apple iPhone 7 and the Apple iPhone 7 Plus. The analyst says if the next iteration of the iPhone debuts Force Touch as rumored, that might be enough of a change to warrant the use of the iPhone 7 moniker. The Force Touch sensor allows the screen to tell the difference between a light touch and a heavy press on the glass. While this is going to be used on the Apple Watch, it would open up a number of new features for the iPhone. Kuo sees Apple making changes to Force Touch next year that would give it a thinner form factor, improving iPhone users' experience in 2016.

source: MacRumors via BGR

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30 Comments

1. You_Dont_Say

Posts: 431; Member since: Jan 26, 2015

Apple is doing extremely well. They don't really need to change too much to keep it up.

18. ameran

Posts: 344; Member since: Dec 04, 2013

Everyone could report fake numbers to look good. They might pretend to be in good shape, but they are really scared of the future, because Apple is out of good ideas.

22. PBXtech

Posts: 1032; Member since: Oct 21, 2013

Apple doesn't need good ideas, just for rich people to keep standing in line for their products.

27. Iodine

Posts: 1495; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

According to iHaters they are o of ideas ever since.... That didn't prevented them to make product that rest of the worlds absolutelly loves. And why they should report fake numbers ? To make iHaters happy ? Can't find any other possitive reason to do that.

2. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

A smaller screen makes common sense? Bigger profits make common sense? Bigger screens mean bigger profits? Apple execs have their heads up their asses? Makes common sense! Pretty sure it's the "common sense" thing.

23. stealthd unregistered

Seems like making any sort of sense isn't your strong suit.

3. obsidyen

Posts: 37; Member since: Feb 18, 2015

I hope they add a unique camera that destroy Galaxy S6 and shuts those Samsung fans up. :) That'd be the day I laugh so hard.

4. phonehome

Posts: 812; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

They pretty much already do as any iPhone camera takes a picture faster on a moments notice and without blurriness (more timely autofocus), especially in low light conditions.

6. obsidyen

Posts: 37; Member since: Feb 18, 2015

I know... But still, they could increase the MP and add a unique feature (like 3D camera).

10. Scorpion67 unregistered

"without blurriness (more timely autofocus)" You are the biggest liar I have ever seen. The Galaxy S6 can take pictures at twice the resolution (meaning sharper images) and tracking autofocus is twice as fast as the iPhones. It has OIS, HDR for front camera, UHD and QHD video recording where the iPhone doesn’t. The Galaxy S6's camera earned the best overall camera in most websites.

14. phonehome

Posts: 812; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

"Biggest liar you have ever seen"? Guess you don't know of any politicians. Though will admit I never used a GS6 (as the case so far with just about everybody). But rather just comparing experiences with other phones already released by both Apple and Samsung (including the GS5 of which I am posting this with...so no need for the usual"fanboy" name calling with that).

30. Scorpion67 unregistered

Let me get this straight, you're comparing the Galaxy S6's camera to the iPhone 6's by comparing your personal "experiences" with the companies that manufactured them? I'm sorry, but that's silly. Where, EXACTLY did I show any favoritism towards any company? you're giving false information and I'm trying to correct you.

24. stealthd unregistered

The S6 just came out, iPhones have been taking good photos quickly for YEARS.

15. Awesoman64

Posts: 292; Member since: Mar 18, 2015

Plus they dominate in white balance. More megapixels means nothing. Look at the M9.

29. Scorpion67 unregistered

That's why the G6 has white balance adjustment in manual mode. Images do look good on the iPhone 6, but compare it to what you really see with your own eyes. It produces cool (white-bluish) effects on images, look nice, far from being accurate.

7. TerryTerius unregistered

So... you want a company you don't work for or contribute to, to "destroy" another company you don't work for or contribute to... in order to upset strangers on the internet you've never met before and couldn't so much as recognize if you passed them by in the street.... over an OS you don't use and range of devices you don't intend to purchase... That makes.... sense? O_o Or, you could just be happy with your products and unconcerned with what everyone else liked and was doing with their lives. Hope for a better version next year, and leave it at that. Ignore trolls and be happy with your life because these are mutli-billion dollar corporations we're talking about, uninterested in being friends with you or I. That's always an option. (Shrug) Just saying. Preemptively wanting to troll and actively looking forward to gloating over the fruits of someone else's labors seems odd to me. But, maybe that's just me.

19. ameran

Posts: 344; Member since: Dec 04, 2013

Dream on Fanboy.

5. phonehome

Posts: 812; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

5S will not be obsolete anytime soon. Not for those who don't need NFC or (yet-to-be released) force touch, of which the latter wouldn't work as well with a smaller screen anyway. Only thing Apple did wrong is eliminating the 64gb model.

11. AlikMalix unregistered

I would assume u mistyped that: they "eliminated" the 32gb models, not the 64gb. But you're kinda wrong on that too - if they illuminated the 32gb model it would mean that the option of doubling your 16gb for $100 is gone. But what happened instead is you still can get your 32gb for the same $100 and an extra 32gb for free (but you don't have to use it). LoL

16. phonehome

Posts: 812; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

The iPhone 5S is only available in 16 and 32gb models (64gb model was eliminated when iPhone 6/Plus were introduced). Check the Apple website if you don't believe me.

25. Awesoman64

Posts: 292; Member since: Mar 18, 2015

Yup, he's right. I'm just butthurt why they dont make 32 gig the base model. Probably so spoiled teens wont download porn everyday.

26. AlikMalix unregistered

Sorry, I thought you meant after 5s they dropped the 64GB version with the next iPhone (the 6)... Disregard what I wrote...

8. SIGPRO

Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Iphones are old news and outdated! Time for something new!

9. darkkjedii

Posts: 31328; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Tell that to the stock market, and mainstream consumer. Ya know, the biggest consumer demographic in the world, the ones that make iphones year after year, the best selling line of phones.

13. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

Until you get something new, iphone it is!

17. Awesoman64

Posts: 292; Member since: Mar 18, 2015

Then other phone news must be updated. Pursue your dreams of Android Domination, my boy.

31. TBomb

Posts: 1579; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

In the Android world we don't want Android domination... we like competition and fairness and people working together. We'd love to see everyone compete with each other because we get better products out of it. ('We' has been used to make a general statement and I can't speak for everyone when i say 'we')

32. My1cent

Posts: 370; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

Exactly, monopoly or duopoly are bad for consumers! . I'd like to see their new 4 inch device anyway (worldwide LTE 20+ bands is a PLUS)

28. Iodine

Posts: 1495; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

If it's so old and it's time to something new, maybe iHaters should stop hating it if it supposedly doesn't exist...

12. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

I HATE when they say "late last month" when it was only like 2 days ago. You shouldn't say that until your at least 2 weeks into the next month geez! Just say a couples f days ago.

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