When KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo writes, people read, and Kuo has issued a fresh research note in which he predicts that Apple will release a 4-inch iPhone in the first half of next year that will boast similar functionality to that of the iPhone 5s smartphone.
The AppleInsider blog, which obtained the Kuo note, says the analyst's predictions have largely been on the money in the past.
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Apple's announcement of the iPhone 6s and 6s in September disappointed some who are not ready to move to the bigger-screened phones, which size up at 4.7- and 5.5-inches respectively. (See early 6s reviews here). The iPhone 5c accounted for 8.5% of iPhones shipped as of September, according to marketing and analytics company Localytics.
According to the AppleInsider report, Kuo says to "expect a metal casing wrapped around the usual assortment of sensors, circuits and processors. As with past low-end offerings, Apple will likely include an A9 SoC, which will be a last-generation component when the handset debuts." But don't bet on Apple's 3D Touch capabilities being included, Kuo says.
An iPhone 6c would be Apple's first 4-incher since the plastic-encased iPhone 5c, which debuted about two years ago.
Kuo also says in his note, according to AppleInsider, that the iPhone 7 will include 2GB of RAM, as does the iPhone 6s, but that the iPhone 7s Plus would include 3GB. The devices aren't expected to be announced for another year, so the rumor mill has plenty of time to do its thing in months to come.