Apple may announce a new iPhone in 2016 that is smaller than the iPhone 6S Plus but bigger than the current iPhone 6S.
According to a report from MacRumors, some customers have complained that the 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhones are too difficult to use with one hand or to fit inside a pocket
KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who is more often right than wrong with his Apple predictions, has forecast that Apple will release a new, four-inch iPhone in 2016.
“As there is still demand for a four-inch iPhone, we believe Apple will upgrade this product line,” he said in an analyst note this week. “We predict Apple will mass-produce this new four-inch iPhone in the first half of 2016.”
Apple is still selling the iPhone 5S, which debuted in 2013, but that device is slated to be phased out in 2016, leaving open space for a 4-inch predecessor to debut.
If Apple failed to debut a new 4-inch replacement in 2016, the company could be reducing the size options for its customers.
Kuo said Apple could ship between 20 million and 30 million of the new, smaller iPhones through the end of 2016 if it debuts. He predicts that the smaller iPhone likely won’t have some features of the bigger phones, including 3D Touch. But it would include the latest A9 chip to make the new version of iOS run smoothly.