Apple will release a new 4–inch iPhone early in 2016, according to one of the sector's best connected analysts, after the 'sleeper' success of the initially maligned iPhone 5C.
That’s the word from Ming Chi Kuo, an industry insider with a solid track record of predicting Apple’s next move. He was among the first to break news that Apple was planning the iPad Pro, which was released last month.
Kuo says his sources told him that the new handset, which may be called the iPhone 6C, will feature Near Field Communications (NFC) technology. That means owners will be able to use the Apple Pay mobile payments system and pay for small-ticket goods and services by swiping their phone over a reader.
Support for Apple Pay was notably absent from the iPhone 5C, presumably to help keep costs down and differentiate the cheaper handset from its more premium stablemates.
Kuo also forecasts that unlike the plastic 5C, the 5C will feature an all–steel design and curved edges similar to those on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6S.
And completing the putative spec sheet is the same camera as 2013’s iPhone 5S, meaning it'll sport an eight-megapixel snapper round the back and a 1.2-megapixel effort up front.
Kuo claimed that the iPhone 6C would sell for between $400 and $500 in the US. That ought to equate to a UK price around the £400 mark. Contracts, however, are likely to be substantially more affordable compared with those for Apple’s flagship iPhones.
This isn’t the first time Kuo has talked up the possibility of an iPhone 6C. But the revelations about the planned release date certainly suggest that Apple is looking to change its regular autumn schedule to garner further attention for its bestselling product.