Apple could sell an updated iPhone 5s with better internals

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There have been plenty of reports about a possible new 4-inch iPhone in the works. A new report, however, claims that the device is essentially an “iPhone 5s Mark II,” and even runs through the supposed internal components of the handset.

Best of all, it’s reportedly ready for production and can be shipped any time from now.

A report from Macotakara suggests that the rejigged iPhone 5s will feature a form factor similar to its predecessor, but will boast an A8 chip, 802.11ac Wi‑Fi, and Bluetooth 4.1, while the FaceTime HD camera is changed to a higher quality ƒ/2.2 aperture similar to that used in the sixth-generation iPod touch.

These specs run counter to a report from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. Kuo suggests that a 4-inch handset from Apple would boast an A9 processor, rather than the A8 mentioned in today’s report.

Personally, I’d like to see a 4-inch handset that rivals Apple’s larger-size iPhones, since there are many users like my wife who would prefer the smaller size handset but would appreciate up-to-date technology. If Apple does continue its push into markets like India, though, it could definitely be good to have another lower-cost iPhone to sell.