According to a research note by Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities, the next-generation four-inch iPhone handset to come from Apple won’t feature the eight megapixel camera most of us had been anticipating. Instead, it’ll offer users an improved 12 megapixel rear-facing camera, Kuo explains.
Much like the iPhone 6s
As MacRumors explains, KGI Securities claims that the upcoming four-inch iPhone will offer the revamped camera, but will be much like the iPhone 6s (and 6s Plus) in other ways: it’ll include an A9 chip and will employ near field communication (NFC) for Apple Pay, it will use “slightly curved” 2.5D glass, and the hardware design of the handset should be much like the iPhone 5 and 5s.
Apple’s new 4-inch iPhone could also feature 16GB and 64GB storage capacities, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2, Live Photos support, and a slightly larger 1,642 mAh battery compared to the iPhone 5s.
However, 3D Touch is not expected to reach the new handset; instead, this will remain an iPhone 6s-exclusive feature, though it should make an appearance on Apple’s next-generation “iPhone 7″ later in the year.
In terms of price, Kuo sees the upcoming handset as retailing between $400 and $500 in the United States (the iPhone 6s starts at $649). The iPhone 5s, on the other hand, could receive a 50 percent price reduction and retail at $225. According to a different report, a special media event on Tuesday, March 15 will see the upcoming four-inch device announced.
The same report also noted that Apple could call its handset the “iPhone SE,” as opposed to the “iPhone 5se” or “iPhone 6c.” Personally, I think the latter name option makes the most sense, but we’ll see.