At this point, we’re not sure if the long-rumoured 4in iPhone 6c is a real product or a figment of our imaginations, but the rumour mill continues to churn with new details about Apple’s petite ‘budget’ phone. The latest: Apple plans to announce the 6c in January and release it in February.
According to Chinese site G for Games, which cites a Chinese website with information from unnamed sources (including, apparently, Foxconn insiders), the pint-sized iPhone 6c won’t be wrapped in candy-coloured plastic like the 5c. Instead, Apple is reportedly designing a metal body that will come in various colours. The 6c will also be cheaper than the 6s and 6s Plus at around US$400 to US$500, which means it will ship without the new iPhones’ flagship feature, 3D Touch.
The 6c will reportedly include Touch ID and support Apple Pay, which is consistent with past rumours.
The story behind the story: We’ve been hearing about a new, more affordable 4in iPhone for months now – some rumours pegged its release to the September iPhone 6s launch event, which obviously didn’t happen. Are these rumours the result of wishful thinking or actual manufacturing intel? That remains unclear. However, it would be unusual for Apple to release a new iPhone in February after the holiday shopping blitz. But perhaps the company is hoping to keep iPhone sales at peak levels in the post-holiday slowdown by releasing a new device for 4in phone fans. Apple has proved in the past, most recently with the iPad Pro, that various device sizes appeal to different markets. Like iPads, iPhones aren’t one-size-fits-all.
Would you pick up a 4in iPhone 6c if it launches in February? Let us know in the comments.