Steve Jobs must be smiling up there. The legendary Apple CEO was never in favour of designing larger iPhones, and recent claims that Apple will release a 4-inch iPhone early next year must be pretty news indeed.
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However, this doesn't mean Apple won't release the larger iPhone 7 as per the usual cycle of iPhone releases. Ming-Chi Kuo, analyst at KGI Securities, believes that the 4-inch iPhone Mini, which is slated for release early nexy year, may be powered by the A9 chip and will run iOS 9 operating system. The iPhone will also have metal casing but its display will not feature 3D Touch.
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Kuo adds that since there is still demand for 4-inch phones, Apple may end up selling up to 20-30 million units of the new iPhone. In terms of specifications, the new iPhone will be an upgrade of the popular iPhone 5S.
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Placing a specific finger on the iPhone's fingerprint sensor will activate this mode, said the patent. The emergency setting will turn on the camera and microphone and may also send the iPhone's location to authorities. It is possible that Apple may add this feature in the iPhone 7 which will be released in September next year.