Rumor: Apple to launch ‘iPhone 6s mini’ with a 4-inch screen next year

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Analyst Timothy Arcuri of Cowen and Company suggests in his note issued to investors that Apple could release a smaller 4-inch iPhone next year. 

In his note, he states that it is “possible” for Apple to launch three new iPhones next year with the “iPhone 6s mini” being the surprise package with a 4-inch screen. Arcuri sources suggest that this smaller iPhone will sport the same specs as the iPhone 5s, but will sport a new design and curved screen edges as seen on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

He also suggests that Apple might possibly use “purpose-built low cost components” from Qualcomm to keep the price of the handset down. Apple probably intends to replace the iPhone 5c, which currently caters to its ‘low-end’ market, with the “iPhone 6s mini.”

Earlier this week, Arcuri also said that Apple is preparing to launch a larger iPad with a 12.2 or 12.9-inch display that will be unveiled in spring next year. The product is expected to “reinvigorate” the tablet category, and Apple could ship at least 15-20 million units of the device in the first year of its launch.

Rumors about Apple working on a 4-inch iPhone model for 2015 started making their way to the Internet from earlier this month.

[Via Apple Insider]