KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo today shared a note with investors in which he lays down his expectations from Apple’s new smartphones that will be released in 2016.
The analyst believes that Apple is working on a 4-inch iPhone that “resembles an upgraded iPhone 5s.” He notes that since the iPhone 5s was more popular than the iPhone 5c, Apple has a greater chance of launching an upgraded version of the former. The upgraded iPhone 5s will come with a metal chassis, feature an A9 chip, and will be released sometime in the first half of 2016. This new iPhone will not come with 3D touch though — probably to keep its price down.
As for the iPhone 7, Kuo expects it to be launched sometime in Q3 of 2016. The handset will come with a faster A10 chip, and Apple will likely differentiate between the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus by equipping them with different amount of RAM. While the iPhone 7 will come with 2GB RAM, the iPhone 7 Plus will feature 3GB RAM due to its higher resolution screen. The lower amount of RAM on the iPhone 7 will not affect its performance though, since it will also feature a lower resolution screen.
Lastly, the analyst notes that TSMC will be the sole supplier of the A9 and A10 chip used inside the upgraded iPhone 5s and iPhone 7 from Apple, with Foxconn being the exclusive supplier for building the 4-inch “upgraded” iPhone 5s.