Last year, Apple joined the market trend when it finally decided to step out of its comfort zone and manufacture a newer generation of iPhones boasting larger displays (4.7 and 5.5-inch diagonals respectively). This decision seems to have paid off tenfold, but this hasn’t stopped the industry from generating new rumors regarding the company’s alleged plans to re-join the small-screen smartphone market in the foreseeable future.
For those of you who might not know this, there have been several reports to suggest that Apple hasn’t entirely given up on the 4-inch smartphone concept. Others believe the opposite, but whatever the case may be, a new rumor emerged from China not long ago, claiming that AUO will partner up with Apple in order to supply the Cupertino-based giant with 4-inch panels for the so-called “iPhone 7C”. More details below.
AUO to Supply 4-inch Panels for a Future iPhone?
Truth be told, we haven’t heard much of the fabled 4-inch iPhone lately, but it’s not entirely out of the question for Apple to plan the release of a smaller model. After all, several Android smartphone makers have also entertained the “Mini” and “Compact” concepts after joining the phablet market, and Apple used to be all about the benefits of one-hand usage facilitated by smaller screens.
Now, assuming that the manufacturer will indeed go back to its roots with a new series of 4-inch iPhones, rumors have it that AUO will be one of the companies responsible for supplying Apple with the required panels. Some details have been lost in translation but by the sound of it either the 4-inch panels or the 4-inch iPhones themselves will be ready for shipping in Q1 2016.
In addition, sources say that the 4-inch displays will be supplied by a larger number of manufacturers, not only from Taiwan but from China and South Korea as well. They remain unnamed but assuming these rumors are true, more details are bound to emerge in the months to come. Until then keep a proverbial pinch of salt nearby and let us know whether a new 4-inch iPhone would catch tour interest.