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We did hear multiple rumors earlier this year that Apple will release a 4 inch iPhone but that didn’t happen when the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus were unveiled a couple of months back. The company didn’t even hint if it had such a device in the pipeline but over the past few weeks there have been rumors again that a 4 inch iPhone is on the cards for a release in mid-2016. As per a recent rumor this handset may be powered by Apple’s A8 processor and not the A9.

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This according to a Japanese blog which claims to have received the information from “credible sources.” It claims that this particular iPhone features an A8 processor with a 4 inch display, FaceTime HD camera, rear camera with f/2.2 aperture, 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.1.

It’s essentially the same spec list as the new iPod touch which was launched earlier this year in July, and happens to be slightly better than the iPhone 6s, which is currently being sold for $449 and features 802.11n Wi-Fi as well as an A7 processor.

This does contradict what other rumors have suggested in the recent past, it was claimed that the 4 inch iPhone will have the A9 processor that also powers the new iPhone 6 models, and that it will have 2GB RAM, twice of what’s coupled with the A8.

It’s also claimed that this handset is ready for production and that Apple could start shipments at “anytime,” obviously it will have to announce the 4 inch iPhone first, which some believe might have by mid-2016.

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