New 4-inch iPhone could use Apple's A8 chipset, might be released in the first half of 2016

New 4-inch iPhone could use Apple's A8 chipset, might be released in the first half of 2016
If you don't like the fact that Apple's latest 4-inch iPhones are now over 2 years old (we're talking about the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c here), and you'd wish there would be a new model on the market, we have good news: a 4-inch iPhone might be released in the first half of 2016.

According to Japanese blog Mac Otakara (which has a good track record when it comes to all things Apple), the new compact iPhone is already in production. Reportedly, besides a 4-inch display, the device should feature an Apple A8 chipset (the one found inside the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus), an improved FaceTimeHD camera, Bluetooth 4.1, and Wi-Fi 802.11ac. Basically, the next-gen 4-inch iPhone should be an upgraded iPhone 5s, though it's not clear if its body will be made out of metal, or plastic.

A couple of days ago, we heard that the new 4-inch iPhone would be released in the second half of 2016, not in the first half - so, right now, we have conflicting information about this. We also don't know what the name of the handset will be - Apple could call it iPhone 6c, in order to differentiate it from the premium 6s and 6s Plus models, but that's just an assumption.

Earlier this year, designer Martin Hajek created an iPhone 6c concept in order to let us see what it would look like next to the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. Check out the concept below:

source: Mac Otakara (translated) via MacRumors



17. oozz009

Posts: 520; Member since: Jun 22, 2015

There is no way that they will do that, if they do. Apple has officially lost their mind, A9, 2GB of Ram should be the specs for it, and if their really smart, they should make it 4.2 inches at a resolution of 720p. We are nearly 2016, wake up Apple!

16. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

Apple's business strategy, add a $10 modem to $200 ipod and sell it for $550. No wonder they make so much profit.

14. Suo.Eno

Posts: 556; Member since: Feb 17, 2013

Screen size isn't the problem per se. Batt capacity to go with that however is the ultimate conundrum. Especially if they plan to pair A8 to a measly 1600mAh you gotta be s**tting me.

10. Astonvan

Posts: 237; Member since: Aug 14, 2015

More android OEM Should start to make compact phones like this and sony zcompact .4inch is like so pocket friendly

7. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

My predictions A8 CPU with GX6450 4 inch "Retina" display with 326ppi 1550 mah battery 802.11ac WiFi with *probably* dual spatial stream to go up to 833Mbps 16GB/64/128 storage with SLC caching Rear iSight 8 or 12MP camera with 1.5um/1.22 um paired with 2/5MP FFC 1/2 LPDDR3 RAM or DDR4 Base price: $550 Plastic unibody

11. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

512MB of RAM? I guess it's time to start praying for Apple to release it with 2GB of RAM, if not than 5S will be better choice as it's still runs very, very well and at time of 6c release will be 2x times cheaper. I'm glad there are more news about it, if there weren't any I would buy Z5C by now but I guess I can wait few months more with my 4S

13. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

And I am pretty sure that it will turn out to be true because Apple mad 6-gen iPod touch just to see what people will say about it and it has already made components for smaller iPhone. I just wonder what will be the marketing slogan for it ;)


Posts: 120; Member since: Sep 30, 2015

I don't think that to release an iphone 6c (or whatever the name turns out tobe) with apple a8 prosscessor will be enough they need to put the a9 or a a8 paired with 2gb of ram and premiun materials to make it fair offering, that's my opinion,

12. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Well, Apple has no moral problem with being unfair but I agree with you. I could pay 500$ for it if had A9 and 2 gigs of RAM, small phones are really rare today and basically it would be my ideal phone

5. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

Looks like a 3gs... I always thought the design of the most recent iPod touch would look like a nice iPhone.

4. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

new model with old components? middle-range iPhone?

8. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Yeah. This happened with the 5C too. It used the A6 while the 5S used the A7, and was $100 cheaper than the 5S at launch.

2. EC112987

Posts: 1216; Member since: Nov 10, 2014

Off topic, just picked up an apple watch and I just say it's pretty cool. Hope this is true I wouldn't mind a smaller phone.

3. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

ever try android wear? :-/

9. EC112987

Posts: 1216; Member since: Nov 10, 2014

Honestly I have not so I wasn't really showing it praise. First "smart" watch but it's really cool

15. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

The only good thing about the Apple Watch and the only cool thing about it, is now I was able to use my gear s2 Classic in a club and it's ok and cool to do so

1. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

A8 eh? This puts the iPod 6th gen to shame, and also the 5c too cause I have a feeling this will be 10x as better to sales.

Latest Stories

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers at or use the Reprints & Permissions tool that appears at the bottom of each web page. Visit for samples and additional information.
FCC OKs Cingular's purchase of AT&T Wireless