In his latest note issued to investors, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claims that Apple’s upcoming 4-inch iPhone will come with a 12MP rear camera, compared to the 8MP that previous reports have claimed.
The analyst also claims that the 4-inch iPhone, rumored to be called iPhone SE or iPhone 5SE, will sport specs similar to the iPhone 6s, including the powerful A9 chipset and Apple Pay. The handset will feature a form factor similar to the iPhone 5/5s, though it will come with a slightly curved 2.5D glass as seen on the iPhone 6 and later. Other features that will likely be present on the phone include ac Wi-Fi support, Bluetooth 4.2, Live Photos, and a 1,642mAh battery.
Kuo believes that Apple will be pricing the iPhone SE anywhere between $400 to $500, with the handset being offered in 16GB and 64GB storage capacities.
The analyst believes that the introduction of a new 4-inch iPhone will help in shipments of 4-inch iPhones to increase by more than 31 percent on a yearly basis, with Apple shipping around 37 million units in 2016. Alongside the launch of a new 4-inch iPhone, a staggering 50 percent price cut on the iPhone 5s will help in increasing shipments as well. However, the price cut on the iPhone 5s will affect the shipments of the new 4-inch iPhone 5SE, which the analyst has now lowered from 18-20 million units to only 12 million units in 2016.
Lastly, in his note, Kuo mentioned that Apple will be offering two variants of the iPhone 7 Plus: one with a single camera lens setup and another with a dual camera lens setup. This, however, seems highly unlike to me as this will complicate Apple’s iPhone lineup further, which the company might not want to do
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