From the moment KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo shared details about an iPhone 7 Mini in the works, expected to be released early next year, the rumors about the 4-inch handset haven’t ceased.
The latest speculations surrounding this entry level device which is being unofficially called by various names including the iPhone 7 Mini and the iPhone 6C, indicate that the handset may be seen sporting a sapphire display. As noted by CNET, even the current higher range Apple Watch models boast of sapphire displays which is said to be better than the Gorilla Glass in terms of scratch and shatter-resistance.
Besides details on the display, particular rumors about the internals of the device have also surfaced. An earlier report on 9to5Mac pointing at the note from Kuo, suggested that the 4-inch iPhone in question may arrive powered by an A9 chip, but the device will not boast of the 3D Touch technology.
However, the recent report on CNET suggests that the lower end model from Apple may house the A8 chip found on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. This probably seems more likely as it completely rules out the possibility of the device arriving with Live Photos or 3D Touch. The handset, if and when it makes an appearance, is expected to feature an 8MP primary camera. As for the storage, it should most likely be made available with 16GB and 32GB capacities.
Fans may already have an idea as to what this lower-end model might bring and many may wonder why Apple would decide to make the move of unveiling a 4-inch model. According to Kuo, there is still a good market out there for 4-inch handsets. He is of the opinion that the Cupertino tech giant may witness selling 20 million and 30 million units of the iPhone 7 Mini by next year end.
The iPhone 7 Mini may launch in the first half of 2016, while the other flagship models are expected to be released at Apple’s annual event during the fall season.