Respected analyst says rumoured 4-inch Apple iPhone 6C ‘unlikely’ to be launched this year

We’ve been hearing a lot reports claiming that Apple is cooking up a smaller 4-inch iPhone for this year. Dubbed by media as the iPhone 6C, the device is said to be a more affordable version of the premium iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus. A renowned analyst, however, is saying that the smaller iPhone is less likely to happen this year, AppleInsider reports.

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The analyst in question is KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, renowned for accurately predicting Apple’s plans before they happen. In a note to investors, he said Apple is less likely to launch a 4-inch iPhone this year. Instead, Apple is said to continue selling the iPhone 5S at a lower price. He also said that the Cupertino firm would no longer make the iPhone 5C by the end of 2015.

So will we ever see the 4-inch iPhone? According to Kuo, Apple is planning to launch the smaller iPhone in 2016 instead. Although it will be more affordable, it will support Apple Pay, which is something the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C do not offer.

So what does the 4-inch iPhone have to offer? Past reports have said that the smaller iPhone will sport the same hardware as the iPhone 5S, but clad in plastic instead of metal.

Of course, since this is anything but official, take this with a pinch of salt.

Do you agree with Kuo when he says Apple will launch a 4-inch iPhone next year, or do you believe the iPhone 6C will make its debut this year? Share your opinion through a comment on our Phones LTD Facebook page.

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