China Mobile Roadmap Claims New 4-Inch iPhone Coming in April 2016

Chinese cellular carrier China Mobile recently held an event discussing its upcoming plans for 2016, in which it hinted at an April 2016 release date for Apple's rumored 4-inch iPhone, reports MyDrivers [Google Translate] (via Gadgetz Arena).

An April 2016 release date for the device is in line with previous rumors that have suggested it will launch during the first months of 2016. Apple is rumored to be holding a March event where it will introduce a second-generation Apple Watch, and it's possible the 4-inch iPhone will also be unveiled at that time.

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Today's report from MyDrivers refers to the 4-inch iPhone as the "iPhone 7c," but Apple is unlikely to use that nomenclature for a device that launches ahead of the "iPhone 7," the name most probable for the 2016 flagship iPhone coming in September. All previous rumors have instead referred to the 4-inch iPhone as the "iPhone 6c."

The iPhone 6c is rumored to feature an aluminum casing like the iPhone 5s, with at least two to three color options available and a 2.5D curved edge cover glass like the glass used on the iPhone 6 and later. It may also include the same A9 processor used in the iPhone 6s and the iPhone 6s Plus, along with an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera, a 1.2-megapixel front-facing camera, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth 4.1.

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Top Rated Comments

.max Avatar
64 months ago
I'd switch from my iPhone 6 to this one in a heartbeat.

Of all previous iPhone form factors that I owned, iPhone 6 is the only one that frustrates me. Even after a year of daily usage it's still awkward to use with one hand on the go. I can feel it in my pocket when walking upstairs or sitting down to tie shoe laces. Makes me regret upgrading - Every - Single - Time - this happens. Ugh. 5S had perfect size for me.
Score: 31 Votes (Like | Disagree)
lunarworks Avatar
64 months ago

If it's not as powerful as the upcoming iPhone 7 why bother? If size is all you care about just get a 5S.

Because they can make it as powerful as the 6 or 6S?

I swear, if this forum ran Apple, they'd be out of business in two weeks.
Score: 16 Votes (Like | Disagree)
mcarling Avatar
64 months ago

Why wouldn't it? My 5S is only a few months old and it's very fast on iOS 9. I personally see no need to upgrade yet.

I plan to upgrade my iPhone 5S with an iPhone 6C mainly because I want Apple Pay support. I very much hope it will also support 3D Touch but I'll buy it just to get Apple Pay support, 801.11ac, LTE Advanced, the A9 chip, the motion coprocessor, and improved cameras.

I have absolutely no use, need, or desire to get a 4.7" phablet. I already have an iPad Air for when I want a two-handed device.
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)
lunarworks Avatar
64 months ago

4 inch phones are useless for modern life and technology.

"I have no use for a 4 inch phone, therefore 4 inch phones are objectively useless."

Gotta love nerd blinders.
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)
lunarworks Avatar
64 months ago
I'm still amazed by the people in this thread who can't seem to comprehend that this phone isn't for them.

No one's making you buy it. No one's taking away your bigger models. Its existence isn't a threat to your existence.
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
mbh1976 Avatar
64 months ago
YES. Hoping my 5S will make it till then....
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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