It has been rumoured previously that Apple were working on a successor to the iPhone 5c. However these rumours were squashed after sales of the iPhone 5c clearly did not meet Apple’s high expectations, leading the project to be abandoned in early 2015.
However new details and rumours have surfaced leading to suggest that Apple will indeed be pressing ahead with its next generation budget phone iPhone 6c.
The image illustrates work in progress for the iPhone 6c before it was eventually abandoned:
Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo who is known for successfully predicting Apple’s plans based on research from supply chains has stated that he believes Apple will be launching a 4 inch iPhone in the first few months of 2016. There are also rumours that state Apple will be holding an event sometime in March – which will also potentially debut the Apple Watch 2.
According to Kuo, the iPhone 6c will be offered in aluminium casing and will support Touch-ID. The iPhone 6c will have at least 2 or 3 colour options. Another claim by a Chinese website TechWeb also supports this claim stating that the iPhone 6c will have a colourful metal design.
In regards to technical spec, Kuo believes the iPhone 6c will use the latest A9 chip. However another Japanese website contradicts this by stating it will use the older A8 chip in order to differentiate the budget model from the flagships. However with that said, we personally believe Kuo’s idea seems more plausible as A9 chips have recently been introducted to the iPod Touch range.
The budget iPhone 6c will not offer 3D touch like the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s plus, but will most likely support NFC for Apple payments. The iPhone 6c is also rumoured to have an 8MP rear camera as well as an 1.2MP front facing camera.
All iPhone 6c rumours do indeed state to claim that it will be released within the first few months of 2016. What do you think? If it does, would it be something of interest? Let us know in the comments section below!