Rumor: Apple will launch a 4-inch ‘iPhone 7c’ in 2016

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In late March, a report surfaced that stated Apple would launch three new iPhones in 2015, including a 4-inch “iPhone 6C.”

While Apple’s move to larger iPhone displays was a long-time coming for many customers, both old and new, some were disappointed that Apple did not move forward with an updated smaller handset as well. As such, rumors that the Cupertino-based company will launch a smaller variant of the current iPhone have been swirling since the tail-end of 2014. Most recently, however, an analyst stated that it was “unlikely” Apple would launch a 4-inch iPhone, of any model, in 2015.

Now, according to a new rumor surfaced by GforGames, the Chinese-based AUO will partner with Apple to manufacture the smaller 4-inch screens for the incoming “iPhone 7c,” which would debut in 2016. The report states that, based on a mixed translation, that either the iPhone 7c proper, or just the smaller displays themselves, will be ready to ship by the first quarter of 2016. Which could mean Apple is considering to launch the device later in the year, alongside the larger iPhone 7 lineup.

The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus with their larger displays have been wildly popular for Apple ever since their debut, but it would not be impossible for Apple to launch a smaller option sometime down the road, especially with a (slightly) cheaper price tag and minor changes to the specifications under the hood.

Do you think Apple will launch a new 4-inch iPhone in the near future?

[via GforGames]