iPhone 6c concept 3D Future teaser

In addition to this year’s S-upgrade to the iPhone in the form of an ‘iPhone 6s’ and ‘iPhone 6s Plus’, Apple is also expected to release a third iPhone model, a four-inch ‘iPhone 6c’, according to a sketchy rumor last night by DigiTimes, a Taiwan-based trade publication.

Citing industry sources, the hit-and-miss publication claims the three devices will release in the second half of 2015.

All of the handsets will come equipped with LTPS panels, NFC, Touch ID fingerprint scanning and Corning’s Gorilla Glass, the sources said. Screens for the iPhone 6s Plus and iPhone 6c will come from Japan Display, Sharp and LG Display while that for the iPhone 6s will come from Japan Display and LG, the report adds.

DigiTimes doesn’t say whether the displays for the new iPhones incorporate pressure-sensitive Force Touch technology from the Apple Watch, as previously rumored.

As for the cover glass technology, the current iPhone uses Gorilla Glass to protect its screen from scratches and dings while making it stronger. The same goes for LTPS, or low-temperature polycrystalline silicon, a premium display backplane technology which delivers better image quality, so no surprises there either.

The report adds that the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus will be powered by Apple’s in-house designed processor, the A9. The four-inch iPhone 6c, on the other hand, should run the current-generation A8 processor which powers the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

“Wistron is expected to manufacture the iPhone 6C while the 6S series will be assembled by Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) and Pegatron,” the sources added.

I’ve long maintained that Apple will keep the “c” brand of the iPhone on the market for years to come. It doesn’t make much sense to invest corporate resources into producing a one-off handset with an all-new plastic casing only to send it to the technology graveyard a year or two later.

The existing iPhone 5c is positioned as a mid-tier handset for price-sensitive people who don’t need the latest devices. It also allows Apple to go creative with the iPhone brand in terms of different casing and colorful appearance, which is especially important in Asian countries.

What say you?

Will the plasticky iPhone see a refresh this year?

Source: DigiTimes

  • Linton Findlay

    So it’s essentially gonna be a plastic 5s? Surely it would be the same size as the normal 6?

    • No, How would that be possible. A 4-inch screen would make it the size of a 5/5S/5C.. Basically how the 5C is a 5 with a plastic housing. But this time the article is assuming the 6c will be a 5S in a plastic housing.

      • Linton Findlay

        That’s what I’m saying. Surely it would be 4.6 inches not 4, so it would make it would be a noticeable improvement

      • no it would be 4 inch like the articles title states.

      • Jeffrey

        It will be 4 inches because some people don’t like ‘big’ phones like the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus but still want an iPhone, so they want a 4 inch iPhone, which Apple will make for them.

  • Onaje Perry

    Sounds like a good idea. Apple needs better colors though. Less feminine colors.

    • igorsky

      Or you could adjust your preconceived notions as to what is masculine and feminine.

      • Juschan

        Well i see pink babyblue and bright yellow as feminin but i guess that depends on your pov but u still should’nt get agressive because of it

      • True but they should add more darker colors. darker red and green and blue maybe orange.

      • Chinch07

        Or how about you calm down. He didn’t say feminine in a derogatory way. Light colors tend to be favored by woman and darker colors tend to be favored by men. This isn’t always true but more than not it is. Deal with it.

      • George

        Women *

      • Chinch07

        Lol, I typed that fast and made a mistake.

      • George

        I’m just kidding 😀

    • Guest

      Real men only get Space Gray

      • Franklin Richards

        Real men gives no toss about what anyone else thinks.

      • Ali G

        Yeah I have the gold 6 plus. Who’s the real man now? XD

  • Jason Baroni

    iPhone 6c would never bend. Think about that and stop complaining. If you don’t want, you just don’t buy it, simple like that. And for what is worth noting, I really loved my 5c.

    • Dan

      cool story bro

      • Jason Baroni

        It’s a preview of my biography.

    • The plastic 5C bends. Just not as much as the others.

    • Jeffrey

      Why did you mention the bending..?

      • Jason Baroni

        Because I have a bent iPhone 6 Plus. I know, it is not a big deal because of Unbox Therapy fake video, but the issue is real for a few…

      • Jeffrey

        Hmm okay… But nobody mentioned bending in the article or in the comments so it wasn’t really relevant…

      • Jason Baroni

        Arguments and discussion is relevant. If you read the comments too you will Se we are talking about references given in the article. So yes, it is relevant.

      • Jeffrey

        Okay sure

  • mahe

    the hardware should be the same like the s has …
    I don’t want a bigger phone, I want better hardware in it.

  • Why didnt they just do this last year?

  • Derp

    These names have been getting too ridiclous. iPhone 6s Plus? C’mon now… I can already see it. iPad Air 3 Pro… in 2 years – The New Macbook: Air…Pro

    • Sam Draper

      With you on this, i thought the 6 would become an ‘air’ product.

  • Anmol Malhotra

    F**** new iPhones. My 4S is still a beast!!! Give me iOS 9 on it. Period.

    • Sam Draper

      If it had the capability of actually running it….

    • Ahmed Karoui

      New profile picture bro 😀 I’ve seen it on Twitter, too 😛

      • Anmol Malhotra

        Haha! How’s it? Hot sexy and handsome? :p 😀
        Sorry, i can’t resist myself from describing me. Lol.
        FirstWorldProblems. :p

      • Ahmed Karoui

        Well, that escalated quickly! Haha 😀 nice picture! we’re used to the other one, though.

      • Anmol Malhotra

        Hehehe. :p I got a mail about reply and then you can expect what happened. :p

      • George

        Im going to ship u both now

  • LWFalcon

    Why is Apple going Samsung Way ?

    • Jason Baroni

      Because it’s Marketing. Apple is keeping different size options because the market demands it. I am sure if it was for them, they would only stick with the 4 inches screen around, but since we are demand different sizes, they need to feed us to keep suviving.

      • LWFalcon

        I want to say why Apple has to take out so many model. At Jobs time he only bring out only One iPhone a year and that was become sensation whole year. At that times samsung was doing the same marketing technique. Apple doesn’t follow any other company footstep.

      • Jason Baroni

        Yes, I understand, but it’s like colored iPods, for example, or the white iPhone. If the customer demands something that creates a purchase condition, then it’s inevitable for the company not to change.

  • Nathan

    I can’t wait for what apple has in store. I just now got a job and it’s nice to have money for a new phone.

  • Chindavon

    Not a chance Apple releases another plastic phone after the disaster that is the 5C.

    • Sam Draper

      How can you say the 5c was a disaster? It was one of the best selling phones last year, and was a huge success in getting Apple a massive new customer base!

      • Jason Baroni

        Finally someone said this

    • leart

      yeah i was skeptic to before i used one for a week, it was really nice in hand, no case obviously , at last this was my sensation

    • LWFalcon

      Exact Thought. Tim never gonna take lesson from his mistake.

  • DIesel

    Please make this phone Apple. A “small” next gen iPhone is EXACTLY what I want.

  • Kevin Stuckey

    It won’t be like a plastic iPhone 5s because it will have NFC and the A8 processor.

  • rockdude094

    A phone this thin should be made from plastic. This may solve the bend gate problem. A matt-black iPhone 6c would be so cool tho ! who else agrees ?