Piper Jaffray survey: 20 percent of consumers like a 4-inch smartphone

A new survey of 1,077 U.S. smartphone users by the Piper Jaffray investment firm — as noted by AppleInsider — says that 20 percent of consumers prefer a smaller handset in the 4-inch range (such as the iPhone 5s), which could bode well for the rumored iPhone 6c.

However, bigger smartphones were more popular in Piper Jaffray’s poll;  31.2 percent said Apple's 4.7-inch form factor found in the iPhone 6s is ideal, while 27.2 percent said they prefer the larger 5.5-inch size of the iPhone 6s Plus. The remaining 21.2 percent said they would like a different screen size outside of 4, 4.7 and 5.5 inches.

KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has told clients that a new 4-inch iPhone (expected to be called the 6c) will launch next year. The phone, which could replace the 5s as Apple's entry-level model and appeal to those who prefer the smaller form factors of older iPhones, is said to feature an A9 CPU (like the 6s/6sS+), a metal case (unlike the plastic 5c), an NFC radio/Apple Pay support, and a camera similar to the iPhone 5s. 3D Touch support isn't expected.