Apple reportedly cooking up the 4-inch metal-clad iPhone 7C with A9 chip – expected in 2016

KGI Securities Ming-Chi Kuo is renowned for making accurate predictions on anything Apple, based on his sources within the Cupertino firm’s vast supply chain in Asia. Now the analyst has more to share on the rumoured iPhone 7C.

Rumoured iPhone 7C according to Ming-Chi Kuo

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Kuo previously predicted that Apple will not unveil the iPhone 6C alongside the iPhone 6S and the iPhone 6S Plus. This prediction came true as the former was missing in action when the Cupertino firm lifted the lid on its new iPhones. Kuo is now saying, according to a note to investors obtained by AppleInsider, the device will make its official debut not this year but next year.

Not only does Kuo say that the iPhone 7C (or whatever Apple ends up calling the device) will make its official debut next year, he also has a few details to share about the device. He says that it will feature a 4-inch screen and will enter into mass production in the first half of 2016, and will likely make its official debut alongside the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus in the usual fall time frame. Unlike what past reports have revealed, Kuo believes that the device will be clad in metal and not in plastic like the infamous iPhone 5C. He also says that the smartphone will feature the A9 chip, which is currently found under the hood of the iPhone 6S and the iPhone 6S Plus. The iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus are expected to rock the upcoming A10 chip under the hood.

Although clad in metal, the rumoured iPhone 7C, Kuo suggests, will not be a high-end offering but an affordable alternative instead. It will also cater to iPhone fans who prefer an iPhone with a smaller screen, since today’s iPhones sport 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch screens. So what else makes us think that the iPhone 7C will be a budget iPhone instead of a high-end smartphone? According to Kuo, the 4-inch iPhone will not feature Apple’s new 3D Touch tech, which was first seen on board the Apple Watch. He also says that Foxconn will be tasked to mass produce the iPhone 7C.

Despite Kuo’s reputation for accurately predicting anything Apple-related, since this is anything but official, take this with a pinch of salt.

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