China Mobile Roadmap Claims New 4-Inch iPhone Coming in April 2016

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Chinese cellular carrier China Mobile recently held an event discussing its upcoming plans for 2016, in which it hinted at an April 2016 release date for Apple's rumored 4-inch iPhone, reports MyDrivers [Google Translate] (via Gadgetz Arena).

    An April 2016 release date for the device is in line with previous rumors that have suggested it will launch during the first months of 2016. Apple is rumored to be holding a March event where it will introduce a second-generation Apple Watch, and it's possible the 4-inch iPhone will also be unveiled at that time.


    Today's report from MyDrivers refers to the 4-inch iPhone as the "iPhone 7c," but Apple is unlikely to use that nomenclature for a device that launches ahead of the "iPhone 7," the name most probable for the 2016 flagship iPhone coming in September. All previous rumors have instead referred to the 4-inch iPhone as the "iPhone 6c."

    The iPhone 6c is rumored to feature an aluminum casing like the iPhone 5s, with at least two to three color options available and a 2.5D curved edge cover glass like the glass used on the iPhone 6 and later. It may also include the same A9 processor used in the iPhone 6s and the iPhone 6s Plus, along with an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera, a 1.2-megapixel front-facing camera, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth 4.1.

    Article Link: China Mobile Roadmap Claims New 4-Inch iPhone Coming in April 2016
  2. mbh1976 macrumors regular

    Oct 17, 2014
    YES. Hoping my 5S will make it till then....
  3. diddl14 macrumors 6502a


    Aug 10, 2009
    "2.5D curved edge cover glass"
    Is that an attempt to make it sound like one of these Samsungs 'flagship' phones?
  4. tuc macrumors 6502

    Aug 25, 2003
    Presuming it has band 12 (700 MHz) support, I'm in.
  5. LovingTeddy macrumors 68000


    Oct 12, 2015
    I don't think the report is accurate. All it said is: April and after: new Apple flagship phone. It motion nothing about iPhone 6C nor 4 inch.
  6. myrtlebee macrumors 68020


    Jul 9, 2011
    Why wouldn't it? My 5S is only a few months old and it's very fast on iOS 9. I personally see no need to upgrade yet.
  7. dennysanders macrumors 6502


    Nov 6, 2015
    how exactly did they "hint" at a new iPhone?
  8. KPOM macrumors G5

    Oct 23, 2010
    This could be a good phone for India, as well.
  9. shanson27 macrumors 65816


    Nov 27, 2011
    January No! February No! March No! April Yes, oh sorry No! May yes but maybe
  10. .max macrumors member


    Feb 24, 2009
    I'd switch from my iPhone 6 to this one in a heartbeat.

    Of all previous iPhone form factors that I owned, iPhone 6 is the only one that frustrates me. Even after a year of daily usage it's still awkward to use with one hand on the go. I can feel it in my pocket when walking upstairs or sitting down to tie shoe laces. Makes me regret upgrading - Every - Single - Time - this happens. Ugh. 5S had perfect size for me.
  11. nolankvn macrumors member


    Jun 30, 2015
    I agree, although I'd hate to have a worse camera just for the smaller size. The 6 looks comically large in my hands, and the rounded edges make it even more slippery. Every time I get out of my car I have to deathgrip the thing for fear that it's going to go flying out of my hands.
  12. cdmoore74 macrumors 68020

    Jun 24, 2010
    If it's not as powerful as the upcoming iPhone 7 why bother? If size is all you care about just get a 5S.
  13. npmacuser5 macrumors 65816


    Apr 10, 2015
    My new phone strategy is to find a phone I like, still using my 5, use it until an expensive repair happens or the latest IOS software will not work on it anymore. This changing for sake of change is not working for me anymore. So far on this phone I have saved almost $500 dollars by not upgrading so often. I am also not seeing the necessity of the new features. Nice to have, will most likely use when I do upgrade but not a gotta have for me. Sum it up, the new three year plus upgrade plan seems very doable for me.
  14. Ray Brady macrumors 6502

    Dec 21, 2011
    The 5S doesn't support Apple Pay. That's the sole reason I have yet to upgrade from my 4S.
  15. Designx macrumors regular

    Mar 15, 2012
    Well they gotta make one for the kids and the skinny jean wearing hipsters! Apple is out to please these days.
  16. redliwnam macrumors newbie


    Jul 10, 2015
    I hope they won't lower the specs in iPhone 6c than 6s. They did the same thing to iPhone 5c. A new phone coming with old specs! That's like going backward and so unlike Apple (except some recent products).
  17. mcarling macrumors 65816

    Oct 22, 2009
    I plan to upgrade my iPhone 5S with an iPhone 6C mainly because I want Apple Pay support. I very much hope it will also support 3D Touch but I'll buy it just to get Apple Pay support, 801.11ac, LTE Advanced, the A9 chip, the motion coprocessor, and improved cameras.

    I have absolutely no use, need, or desire to get a 4.7" phablet. I already have an iPad Air for when I want a two-handed device.
  18. Tymmz macrumors 65816


    Jan 6, 2005
    Great seeing all these rumours popping up.

    I'm well in the market for a 4" iPhone with up to date specs.
  19. myrtlebee macrumors 68020


    Jul 9, 2011
    Okay, but I was asking why he thought it wouldn't last a few months. Unless his phone was purchased at the 5S launch and his battery is depleted I don't see why it wouldn't last. There is nothing about the 5S that wouldn't allow it to last a couple more years let alone a couple more months.
  20. rp2011 macrumors 65816


    Oct 12, 2010
    My 5s is looking cooler and cooler. Does everything I need it to do. The new one has to really step it up for me to "upgrade"

    "Upgrade" being the specific thing. If it's a cheaper looking smaller 6, then that's not an upgrade for me.
  21. ronntaylor macrumors regular


    Jan 16, 2004
    Flushing, New York
    I think this report is a stretch. I think China Mobile is reporting for expectations beginning in April, and beyond. The supply chain can be unpredictable, but I doubt they'd be this reckless and I seriously doubt Apple would give this much heads up to a partner.

    I don't like the larger phones and would seriously consider a iPhone 6C. I'm not holding my breath however.
  22. troy14 macrumors 6502a

    Mar 25, 2008
    Las Vegas (Summerlin), NV
    Ditto - so far in fact that I went ahead and bought a 5S for use, retiring my 6 that I bought on launch day. I just purchased the 5S about ~1.5 months ago. So much better to use.
  23. MrGuder macrumors 68030

    Nov 30, 2012
    I don't think I would ever buy a 4" screen again now that I've moved to the 6s 4.7" however if they shrink the bezels top and bottom making it the size of the iPhone 5 but with 4.7 screen I'd buy it next year.
  24. Andres Cantu macrumors 68030

    Andres Cantu

    May 31, 2015
    Rio Grande Valley in South Texas
    It'll get "delayed" to late 2016 and then to late 2017 to go with the 7s.
  25. igorsky Suspended

    Mar 9, 2011
    Brooklyn, NY
    The skinny jean wearing hipsters are saying the same about you.

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