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A completely redesigned iPhone may launch next year in addition to the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus

4-inch iPhone 7c Release Date

It looks like Apple has a few tricks up its sleeve for 2016. According to a new report out of the Far East, the company has plans to launch a new, completely redesigned iPhone next year — and it won’t be the iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus we’re all expecting.

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Rumors earlier this year said Apple will have three new versions of the iPhone 6s in stores this year, including new 4-inch, 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch devices. However, sources familiar with Apple’s plans repeatedly said that Apple will only release iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus successors in 2015.

According to the Economic Daily News, AUO has inked a deal with Apple to supply 4-inch displays for an upcoming “iPhone 7c.” The company will ship the screens starting in the first quarter of 2016, which would suggest that Apple plans to release the iPhone 7c alongside the other two iPhone 7 models later in the year.

A report in April said that AUO was on the verge of signing an agreement with Apple to supply iPhone screens of different sizes, including 4-inch units, but the supplier wasn’t likely to provide iPhone parts earlier than 2016.

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he closely follows the events in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises. Outside of work, you’ll catch him streaming almost every new movie and TV show release as soon as it's available.