Apple reportedly working on 4-inch iPhone 5 successor

Apple reportedly working on 4-inch iPhone 5 successor
Apple reportedly working on 4-inch iPhone 5 successor
The rumored smartphone may come as early as Q1 2016 according to sources.

Japanese tech blog Apple Mac Otakara claims that Apple is knee deep in the development process of a smaller 4-inch smartphone not unlike the iPhone 5s. The alleged smartphone has been in the rumor mill for quite some time, but has propped up yet again by another independent source. According to the tech blog, the new iPhone will sport much more powerful compared to the iPhone 5s including the Apple A8 SoC as found on the current iPhone 6 and 6s Plus, 802.11ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.1, and an improved FaceTime HD webcam with a f/2.2 aperture.

This supposed "iPhone 5s Mark II" is expected to come to market by early to mid 2016. What the phone will not offer, however, is 3D Touch as found on the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. The technology would have allowed the touchscreen to respond accordingly depending on how soft or hard the user taps on the display. A similar feature can be found on the Android Huawei Mate S where it is called Force Touch.

The current iPhone 6s and 6s Plus have received very positive reviews from multiple publications. However, it may be hard for most users to go back to a smaller 4-inch screen as 5-inch displays and larger are quickly becoming the norm.


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Andreas Müller/ Allen Ngo, 2015-11-19 (Update: 2015-11-19)
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After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.