iPhone 5c Blue summer wall splash

According to Jefferies analyst Ange Wu, Apple’s next iteration of the the “unapologetically plastic” iPhone 5c will do away with its polycarbonate shell in favor of a more robust metal casing based on iPhone 6 style.

Wu wrote in yesterday’s note to clients, a copy of which was obtained by Barron’s, that the so-called ‘iPhone 6c’ will be an extended version of the iPhone 5s with a four-inch Retina display and a unibody metal casing.

“Although iPhone 6c is designed as an extended version, it still uses metal casing based on Apple style,” reads Wu’s report to clients.

“The experience gained from iPhone 6/6 Plus rear metal casings will sustain FTC’s position as the main supplier for the iPhone 6S/6S Plus, and this will likely be extended to the iPhone 6C,” reads Jefferies’ note.

The iPhone 5s and the iPhone 5c are the last iPhone models to sport four-inch screens. The iPhone 5c, pictured above, was introduced alongside the iPhone 5s in September of 2013 and has not been refreshed since.

iPhone 6c concept 3D Future 005

However, Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities, who is generally viewed as the most reliable Apple analyst out there, previously said he did not believe that a refresh to the iPhone 5c would materialize before 2016.

A sketchy rumor published earlier this year by Taiwanese trade publication DigiTimes claimed that a four-inch iPhone 6c will release in the second half of 2015, with Wistron expected to manufacture the “C” variant and Foxconn and Megatron sharing responsibility for assembly work on the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus.

If Wu is right, Apple will keep the “C” brand of the iPhone for years to come as a lower-priced alternative to its flagship devices. And if history is anything to go by, these new iPhone 6c devices should come in a range of colors to appeal to customers in Asia.

Supply chain rumor dating back to November of 2014 first asserted that Apple would release a new four-inch iPhone model in 2015, with DigiTimes adding that the iPhone 6c will become a new entry-level model priced between $400 and $500.

iPhone 6c mockup at the top is credited to 3DFuture.net.

Source: Barron’s

  • Bugs Bunnay

    Nice!

  • Yazdan Khazeni

    Is iphone 6c like 5s or it’s look like 5c?
    I mean material of body.

    • Most probably like 5c…
      @yazdankhazeni:disqus

  • Wesh

    Megaton? Didnt it get nuked?

    • Benjamin J Schwartz

      Nope. I spared the town, shot that shady dude, then killed his boss and stole his gun. Now the ghouls rule that awful tower. Talk about an eye sore. Sheesh!

  • Benjamin J Schwartz

    Unapologetically Alluminum. Come on, some one was gonna say it.

  • Guy

    Plastic wasn’t that bad. I rather Apple make the 6c pricing cheaper with plastic. So more people can get into iOS environment.

    • DevXav

      I agree…
      That would expand iOS usage and those who are okey having iPhone 4S or something like could upgrade for a newer model without having to empty the whole bank account for a new SmartPhone..

      They are afraid of those phones not being able to run iOS 9 or X or whatever… but the point is: why dont they just make a “light” version of iOS for those devices without so many visual effects?

      That would turn things way more practical IMO..

  • @dongiuj

    “To appeal to customers in Asia”….

  • mrgerbik

    Gotta love the double-speak. When it comes to marketing, Apple is king of it.

  • iPhoneWINS

    lol at this bullshit..

  • Andrew Roth

    iPhone 6C
    iPhone 6C Plus
    iPhone 6S
    iPhone 6S Plus

    Apple is getting really oversaturated. There’s a fine line between variety and overkill.

    • Joseiscoollike

      There is no “6C Plus”

      It’ll only be
      (iPhone 5C, 5S, and 6 most likely being discontinued)

      iPhone 6C (4″ display)
      iPhone 6S (4.7″ display)
      iPhone 6S Plus (5.5″ display)

      This isn’t even over saturating the market at all.

  • Gary le

    Ill take a anodized red 6c please. Lol