Sketchy Rumor Says New 4-Inch iPhone Could Have Colorful Metal Design, Launch in February 2016

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    A sketchy report from Chinese website TechWeb [Google Translate] (via GforGames) claims Apple's rumored "iPhone 6c" could feature a colorful metal design and Touch ID, lack 3D Touch and launch in February 2016, corroborating previous rumors claiming Apple will release a new 4-inch iPhone in early 2016.


    The report, citing unnamed "Foxconn insiders" and other various sources, confirms that Apple is working on a new 4-inch iPhone with a "colorful metal body design," in contrast with the plastic-backed iPhone 5c, but adds that Foxconn has not received orders yet for mass production of the device.

    Apple's exact release plans for the so-called "iPhone 6c" remain unknown, but the report speculates about a possible January unveiling of the device, and says the budget handset could be priced between $400 and $500 in the U.S. The iPhone 5c, released in 2013, started at $549 off-contract for the 16GB model.

    Often-reliable Japanese blog Mac Otakara said last month that Apple has developed a new 4-inch iPhone that is essentially an iPhone 5s with sixth-generation iPod touch features, including an A8 chip, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1 and an improved FaceTime HD camera with ?/2.2 aperture.

    The report said the so-called "iPhone 5s Mark II," likely an internal name for the new 4-inch iPhone, has entered production and could be shipped at any time, and a recent research note from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo and other rumors point towards a 2016 release date.

    GforGames recently cited a similarly sketchy report claiming Apple is experimenting with at least five different "iPhone 7" models with unique hardware features, reportedly including a USB Type-C connector for headphones, wireless charging technology, multi-Force Touch, dual camera configurations and Touch ID embedded in the display.

    Follow our iPhone 6c roundup to keep track of the latest news about the 4-inch iPhone.

    Article Link: Sketchy Rumor Says New 4-Inch iPhone Could Have Colorful Metal Design, Launch in February 2016
  2. iCloudStrife macrumors regular


    Jun 15, 2015
    Dear Steve Jobs.

    Can you please visit Tim Cook in a dream and kick his butt for ruining your perfect concept of a mobile phone? I want a one-handed device that contains all the bells and whistles and isn't gimped in some way.

    Thanks in advance.
  3. appleguy123 macrumors 604


    Apr 1, 2009
    15 minutes in the future
    4" would be the perfect size for 3D Touch because you could actually comparably reach and apply pressure to every part of the screen with one hand.
  4. jmh600cbr macrumors 6502a


    Feb 14, 2012
  5. Aston441 macrumors 65816

    Sep 16, 2014
    Put it in an iPod Touch form factor and I will buy it as my spare "going out" phone, for when my 6s+ is just a PITA to carry around.

    Right now my old 5s is in that role.
  6. Icaras macrumors 603


    Mar 18, 2008
    California, United States
    I like the idea of metal finishes returning, but I'm not so sure about the 6c having the weakest internals, if that's the case for being priced between $400 and $500.
  7. 2457282 Suspended

    Dec 6, 2012
    It is probably me and my old eyes. I loved my 3.5 inch screen. It allowed me to do everything with one hand - i did not need anything else. Then I was forced to the 4 inch screen. Well they kept the width the same and although it was a little difficult to reach the top corner without changing my grip, it worked. And the extra screen space did make reading and watching videos better. I really struggled and almost did not upgrade when the 4.7 incher came out. I definitely cannot reach the top corner and basically need to use two hands. I have adjusted (reluctantly so). BUT, wow the screen is so much nicer for my eyes and I do not strain them as much. It would be hard to go back.

    I do hope that this rumor turns out to be real and that a 4inch is in the works. I think for younger folks, especially if they have the ipad, do not need such a big screen and would welcome a phone at a lower price point.
  8. Avieshek Suspended


    Dec 7, 2013
  9. majkom macrumors 65816

    May 3, 2011
  10. yaboyac29 macrumors 6502a

    Sep 24, 2014
    The 6S!
  11. dlewis23 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 23, 2007
    I can do that now on my iPhone 6s Plus :D
  12. Sirious macrumors 65816


    Jan 2, 2013
    United Kingdom
    Its gonna stay "sketchy" because Apple is gonna do no such thing.
  13. LordQ Suspended


    Sep 22, 2012
    I hate to be that guy, but boy, this is becoming Android fragmentation.
  14. iGeek2014 macrumors 68020

    Jun 29, 2014
    === Nowheresville ===
    As Adele once sang #Rumour has it#. If Apple wished to release such a device surely they'd have updated the 5c?
  15. navaira macrumors 68040


    May 28, 2015
    Amsterdam, Netherlands
    You lost me here. Apple doesn't do budget. If anything, it will be $549 and come with 8 GB storage.
  16. OneBagTravel macrumors 6502


    Oct 18, 2013
  17. Keane16 macrumors 6502a


    Dec 8, 2007
    You don't want it "gimped" in some way - so it would have to be thicker to accommodate 3D Touch and the same SoC as the larger versions. To many other people having a thicker 4" phone would feel like it's gimped compared to the thinner flagships.

    You'll never please everyone.

    Personally ~4.3/4" would be the perfect 1 handed device for me. 4" is small and 4.7 just too big. But I've just got to deal with it, and I'll take the larger one if the choice was made available.

    Interesting way of doing things. I'd love to have 2 handsets, a smaller one specifically for when out and about, and larger for the working week. But keeping everything in sync (even with iCloud backups) would be too much hassle for me.

    Not even close.
  18. dalthicks macrumors member


    Sep 1, 2015
    Loganville, GA
    Am I the only one who doesn't have an issue using 3D Touch on a 6s screen?o_O
  19. nordique macrumors 65816

    Oct 12, 2014
    It's mostly good for me too but I do need to readjust my thumb or grip, or bring in my other hand to hit the top row of icons

    I think those posters are speaking in ideals similar to how you could hit anywhere on the screen with a 3.5" device with your thumb seamlessly without the need to adjust your grip or bring in another hand, and this is also the case (but to a lesser degree for everyone since some people still had issues) with a 4" device

    I'm not sure what to make of these rumours. Perhaps where there's smoke there's fire?

    Still, only an A8 (which isn't too different power wise from an A7) in early-mid 2016 and then selling it for a likely lofty price would be a major bummer

    Unless they make it more like iPad Mini 4 internally, with a higher clocked A8 and 2GB of ram with all the other features the iPhone 6 brought, could be a reasonable update.

    We shall see.

    Note "Sketchy" portion of title
  20. NickD73 macrumors regular


    Jan 21, 2013
    Isn't Apple doing essentially the same thing they did when Jobs left the 1st time: over-diluting their product lines and complicating which product is meant for whom (or however it should be spelled). Apple shares dip under $100 in the next year, book it.
  21. CmdrLaForge macrumors 601


    Feb 26, 2003
    around the world
    If it is not underpowered and crippled like they did with the 5C I am interested.
  22. ArtOfWarfare macrumors G3


    Nov 26, 2007
    I disagree. This is nowhere near as bad as Android fragmentation.

    Every iPhone contains:
    A 16:9 screen with 5 point multitouch
    5 Point Multitouch
    A front camera and a rear camera.
    Rear flash
    Touch ID
    Home Button, Lock Button, Volume Up and Down, Lock
    Wifi + Cellular

    The things that vary from iPhone to iPhone are:
    Pressure sensitive (Either it is or it isn't)
    Screen size? (Three to pick from)
    CPU and RAM? (Three combinations to pick from)

    The vast majority of things with iPhones are consistent across all devices. Most developers don't need to worry about CPU and RAM constraints.

    In contrast, with Android, almost nothing is standardized. It might have a physical keyboard. It might not. It might allow for 10 touches at a time. It may rely on array keys and not be touch sensitive at all. How slow is the slowest Android device? Which one has the least RAM? Good luck finding out - anyone at all can make one, from any components they want. Where is the flash? Anywhere the manufacturer wants, if they want one at all.

    Whereas there are 5 iPhones you'll likely need to support (5S, 6, 6+, 6S, 6S+), there are thousands of Android configurations.
  23. ArtOfWarfare macrumors G3


    Nov 26, 2007
    I don't think so. Apple was selling hundreds of different products before Jobs returned. When he died, they were selling iPods, iPhones, iPads, Apple TVs, and Macs. They've reduced the number of iPods, increased the number of iPhones and iPads, and introduced the Apple Watch.

    It'll look bad if Apple introduces yet another category of product before the Apple Watch has matured or been axed.
  24. kettle macrumors 65816


    May 12, 2002
    England, Great Britain (Airstrip One)
    sick see
  25. arcite macrumors 6502a


    Sep 6, 2009
    Cairo, trapped in a pyramid with my iphone
    Apple is a global spanning mega-corp with hundreds of millions of customers, it makes sense to have a large range of devices at every possible price point. Choice is good!

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