Apple has a less expensive, more colorful lineup of iPhones in the works for release early next year, according to a new research memo from KGI Securities’ Ming-Chi Kuo. While their branding isn’t yet clear, the smartphones are expected to essentially be upgraded iPhone 5s devices.
According to Kuo, the new devices will run on A9 microprocessors, metal casing in at least three different color models, a 1.2MP front camera and 8MP back camera, and curved touchscreens similar to those found on the iPhone 6s – though these will be shorter, at 4″. Kuo says they will be priced somewhere between $400 and $500 USD, and that they’ll go into production in Q1 of 2016. They’re also going to support the Apple Pay mPayment platform.
There is good reason to take Kuo’s predictions seriously, as the analyst has a strong track record, having accurately predicted the pressure-sensitive 3D Touch capabilities of the iPhone 6s, among other things. Notably, Kuo has also touched on the subject of the iPhone 7, and in his latest memo he asserts that it is scheduled to go into mass production in Q2 of next year, suggesting an autumn release date.
Of course, none of this has been officially corroborated by Apple, but all of the above makes sense given the company’s recent pattern of product offerings.