Cellphone trends have been fun to follow since the 1990s. First, they got smaller. They went from devices that were basically bricks to gadgets that could fit in the palm of your hand. Then tablets came along and introduced a new market, and cellphones gradually became bigger again.
Now, there are several "phablet" models out there, including Apple's iPhone 6s Plus. But research by KGI security analyst Ming-Chi Kuo suggests Apple may be reversing the trend once again by downsizing the iPhone 7.
Kuo believes Apple has a 4-inch iPhone in the works for release in early 2016. He anticipates the phone to be an upgraded version of the iPhone 5s, and exclude features like 3-D Touch to differentiate it from other iPhone products.
"As there is still demand for a 4-inch iPhone, we believe Apple will upgrade this product line," Kuo says. "Because the iPhone 5s is more popular than the iPhone 5c, we think Apple is likely to launch an upgraded iPhone 5s. We predict Apple will mass-produce this new 4-inch iPhone in 1H16 with metal casings. In order to make the current iOS 9 or next-generation iOS 10 run smoothly, Apple may adopt an A9 chip for this new phone."
As usual, the launch for this new product is believed to be during the 2016 third quarter. Kuo anticipates that the new iPhones will vary when it comes to RAM and gigabytes, with each model offering different combinations for performance reasons. The new 4-inch iPhone is also expected to range in between $400 and $500.
The research note said the new 4-inch iPhone could be priced at between $400 and $500 in the U.S., which would be $149 to $249 cheaper than the 16GB iPhone 6s.
Only time will tell. But what are your thoughts? Would you prefer a smaller iPhone to the new larger models? Let us know in the comments below.