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We don’t know yet whether or not Apple will introduce an ‘iPhone 6c’ when a next-gen model debuts this fall but if it does, it might resemble these curiously looking mockups posted by 3DFuture.net.

For what it’s worth, the prospect of refreshing its plastic handset with a fingerprint sensor, a bigger Retina HD screen, an improved eight-megapixel iSight camera and a speedy processor is certainly tantalizing.

Check out the images after the jump and meet us in comments.

Because there’s literally zero information about an iPhone 6c at the moment, 3DFuture has had to base these mockups on the existing iPhone 6 design combined with the iPhone 5c, which Apple continues to sell.

Should they make the device a little thicker, the back camera could be flush against the casing. According to The New Yorker’s massive profile of Apple’s design head Jony Ive, the iPhone 6’s slightly protruding camera lens was “a really very pragmatic optimization.”

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I’m not sure that I like that color-coded metal ring around the Touch ID sensor, but can certainly see where that’s coming from. As you’ll recall, Apple boasted the fact that differently-colored iPhone 5c models have their sets of color-matched wallpapers.

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If Apple were to ditch the unibody metal frame and give the handset a plastic treatment, I suppose all iPhone 6c models would feature black frontplate for a more seamless appearance.

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If I were to buy one, I’d go with a blue variant.

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Typically, Apple sells past two iPhone generations alongside current models. That being said, it’s going to be interesting seeing what happens to the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus when a next-generation model debuts this fall.

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So, how do you guys like this concept?

And should Apple repackage the existing iPhone 6 into a plastic enclosure akin to the iPhone 5 back in 2013, do you think?

Contrary to popular belief, I think the “unapologetically plastic” iPhone 5c doesn’t get nearly as much credit as it deserves. I bought one for my mom’s birthday and she’s absolutely loving it.

In my mind, it really looks cute and sexy.

The more I think of it, the more I’m convinced that providing a $100 cheaper iPhone 6c with a 4.7-inch or 5.5-inch screen, a faster A8 chip, Touch ID and updated wireless hardware would make lots of sense. And if it looked anything like these renderings, it’d be a commercial success, I’d wager.

Thoughts?

Source: 3DFuture.net

  • Jason Baroni

    I like it!

    • NiggaPLEASE

      I like you 😉

      • Jason Baroni

        Oh… Thank you?

  • rokr9

    It would be so cool if the ring around the touch id button is transparent and it glows when we have unread notifications.

    • Shawn

      That would be awesome but, first they would have to remove its necessity to touch ID.

      • rokr9

        Probably, but apple would never do it i guess. I mean apple took ideas from android and implemented them into iOS why not implement this one!!

      • Shawn

        I think the notification lights are from BlackBerry

      • rokr9

        didn’t know that!!

    • I regularly have unread notifications so this would drain my battery like there’s no tomorrow so thanks but no thanks 😉

      • Shawn

        If it were to use the same amount of power usage it would as a notification light does on android then it would be no problem to the battery.

      • rokr9

        There could be an option in notification settings to enable to selected apps only.

      • NiggaPLEASE

        I regularly have unread notifications so this would drain my battery like there’s no tomorrow so thanks but no thanks 😉

    • leart

      I had that option on my old Nokia e72 years ago, I love it

    • Paresh Bhatia

      it was in HTC diamond

  • Mark

    I wish they would use regular colours instead of the pastel type

    • I kinda like the pastel colors :-/

      To each their own I guess

      • andy

        Im starting to like ios 7=8 a little better than ios 6 now 😛

    • TwinSon

      True, it’s ironic that the draw of the 5c is its color but the color choices are god awful.

  • Stunning

  • Juschan

    I do love my 5c and this would be definetly my next phone if it comes like this!!

  • Sukhpal Singh Bajwa

    I really would have ditched iPhone 6 for 6c!

    • Joshua The-Legend Wiebe

      You would be buying the exact same phone with a color change when you can get your 6s’ changed cheaper.

      • Sukhpal Singh Bajwa

        It’s not the color, it is the backplate without antenna bands!! (Silly argument)
        Btw you are right!

      • Sukhpal Singh Bajwa

        But still, dat finish is more soothing!

  • revivalstore

    Pls.. No camera bump.. Wtf???

  • Brandon

    I wish they could figure out how to get a black version of the iphone back. Im really not a fan of the “space grey”

    • JayDee917

      Exactly, make it like the black iPhone 5. The flat black looked awesome.

  • Heitor Castro 

    Of course it does. It’s just a bigger iPhone 5C with Touch ID and a protruding camera.

  • TwinSon

    Gotta keep it 100 on this one….Apple would absolutely knock this out of the park if they released a 6c that looked like these renderings.

  • Buzz { Light:Year; }

    They wouldn’t give it Touch ID for sure

    • Greg Warren

      I have to disagree with you here. Even more so than trying to push people to the higher end iPhones; Apple wants to get more and more people to be able to use Apple Pay. Without the fingerprint sensor, there is no Apple Pay.

      The margin difference between someone buying a 6c and a 6s is not huge. But if someone buys a non-iPhone due to the cost, then Apple misses out on any chance of the small chunk of change they will get from that person potentially making Apple Pay transactions.

      • Buzz { Light:Year; }

        They would have gave the 5c Touch ID trust me they wouldnt do it

      • George

        Trust you? Apple would be stupid as hell to release any type of phone without touch ID. What would make someone switch to an iPhone if it didn’t offer them something interesting.

      • TwinSon

        EXACTLY. You’re crazy if you think they are releasing any new products without Touch ID. A “6c” like the rendering would be a hit an absolutely increase Apple Pay’s footprint.

      • Buzz { Light:Year; }

        They released 5c with no Touch ID

      • George

        Hey dumbass, they released an iPad mini with touch ID.

      • Buzz { Light:Year; }

        Yes but it wasn’t a cheap phone. Oh yeah I used cheap. Cheap for the built quality design was good but I don’t think they will add a premium hardware to a non premium device

      • George

        Dude I don’t even use an iPhone anymore and I’m defending this shit more than you.

      • Buzz { Light:Year; }

        Didn’t ask if you do your just getting heated for no reason

      • Buzz { Light:Year; }

        And I’m not defending anything it’s my opinion you have yours.

      • Andrew

        The iPhone 5c was a plastic iPhone 5. The iPhone 5 didn’t have TouchID, therefore the iPhone 5c didn’t. If the iPhone 6c DOES come to fruition, it would be a plastic iPhone 6, which DID have TouchID, therefore the iPhone 6c would almost definitely have TouchID.

        Plus, every other iOS device Apple sells has TouchID; development-wise, it would hugely simplify things if they didn’t have to make different versions of iOS: one for TouchID-enabled devices and one for those that aren’t.

      • Buzz { Light:Year; }

        Don’t see it having one sorry.

      • Greg Warren

        When the 5c first came out, Touch ID was the flagship feature of the 5S. There was no way they were going to make it available on the 5C as well. Also, Apple Pay wasn’t even announced/released at that point. There was no way to know how much more useful it would become. By the time this 6c would be released, it would be the third generation of devices with TouchID.

        Continuing down the same path, The “economy” phone is basically the previous year’s device but with limited storage options. Apple wants Apple Pay promoted as widely as possible, and to do that they need more devices with Touch ID. Not less.

      • Buzz { Light:Year; }

        Touch ID had nothing to do with apple pay back when the 5s came out it was only for security apple pay wouldn’t even be considered on the 5s since it has no NFC capability

      • Greg Warren

        At this point I’m not sure if you’re trolling, or just stupid. I’ll address your comment as if it’s the latter.

        Every year Apple has that one big feature that goes on the new phone that doesn’t go on the old one. For the 5S it was Touch ID. The 5C (a re-skinned iPhone 5) was NOT going to get that update, which could poach sales from the 5S.

        The 6 and 6+ already have Touch ID and NFC, so if they turn those into a 6c/6c+ it would be logical for them to still have Touch ID and NFC. They’re not going to take features away from an existing phone (except maybe storage size options).

  • Thomas Gehman

    This looks better than the current iPhone 6, except for the colored TouchID ring…I’d even be happy if it didn’t have TouchID, although that would be nice……..Only thing I’d be worried about is grip. Even tho that’s already kind of a problem with the iPhone 6/6 Plus, it looks like it would be a bigger issues here.
    And I do agree, the iPhone 5c is underrated!

  • Thomas Gehman

    I’m also really digging the black color. That’s sexy.

  • iPodZombie

    These look nice, but the Touch ID ring would probably have to be unpainted metal since it’s used as a capacitive sensor to trigger the fingerprint scanner.

  • rockdude094

    The awkward moment when the iPhone 6c looks better than the 6

    • Then holding one would remind you of a 3G or 3G s without the chrome bezel.

  • Byron C Mayes

    The 5c body foretold the 6/6+ body in many ways. This is not a great stretch at all. Completely feasible.

  • Wolfgang Loss-Wells

    actually might be nice change to the iPhone 6 style with the antenna bands. I doubt they could make it as thin as the 6 and keep it in plastic. The 5c is thicker than the 5 on which it is based, and the 6 is thinner than the 5 was. It’s more likely that there would be no camera protrusion in this case.

  • Mohammed Khaled

    Love the concept more. Especially the colorful ring around touch id

  • john diaz

    I hate plastic!

  • Straw hat

    Hawt. Love that ring around the homebutton.

  • The Fluffy Alpaca

    I love the feel of the 5C in the hand, this would be even better!

  • WiseBlasian

    This is Apple. $ comes first. They will milk the 5C for at least 2 more years. You are kidding yourself if you think they will come up with 3 new models.

  • h4nd0fg0d

    Peeps will eat tht plastique up!

  • h4nd0fg0d

    White is tite! Tho I cld nvr go non-flagship.

  • Andres

    So if aluminum iPhone 6 bends, would this plastic iPhone 6c snap….

  • Bugs Bunnay

    I am definitely getting my parents these.

  • Dante Arellano

    Keep in mine people wants the best no the second shitte alumium thats all

  • jake kneller

    Right now I would use one but once the iPhone 6s/6splus comes out if that’s what they call which prolly will be then I wouldn’t want one of these becuase like the iPhone 5c being an iPhone 5 in a different shell it would be the same but with the 6

  • Andrew

    I think a red 6c (but like a good red; not some pastel guck) sans a coloured TouchID ring would be beautiful.

    Although I’d much rather have a 6s than a 6c.

  • Bernhard Prawer

    I;m not sure if the IPhone 6c is going to be released. According to the worse Sale of IPhone 5c, the C-Series could be stopped in general. In September 2015 we will see, if Apple anyway is going to present the IPhone 6c. I let me surprise.