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The elusive ‘iPhone 6c,’ or whatever it will be called assuming it exists at all, is launching next month alongside the widely expected ‘iPhone 6s’ and ‘iPhone 6s Plus’ smartphones, reliable leaker Evan Blass wrote Tuesday on his @evleaks handle on Twitter.

“Sounds like iPhone 6s, 6s Plus, and 6c will all arrive concurrently,” reads his post. We normally wouldn’t even be telling you about such a cryptic message if it weren’t for Blass, who has leaked reliable details and accurate images of several unreleased smartphones.

What happens to iPhone 6 models in October?

He did not name his source nor did he accompany the tweet with an image, but if history is anything to go by the iPhone 6c should be a mid-range device like the “unapologetically plastic” iPhone 5c, which sells SIM-free for $450.

If you’re still confused, you’re not alone.

For starters, the iPhone 5c was supposed to be discontinued and make room for discounted iPhone 6 models as soon as the lineup refreshes next month. But with the iPhone 6c supposedly releasing alongside the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, do the current iPhone 6 models even exist in October?

The elusive iPhone 6c

Undeniably, the iPhone 6c has become the topic of some confusing reporting.

DigiTimes, a hit-and-miss Taiwanese trade publication, originally said the device will launch this fall alongside the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus models. But the DigiTimes backtracked on that claim and said last week supply chain chatter suggested the iPhone 6c will be launching next summer.

iPhone 6c hardware

The publication added the iPhone 6c will be powered by a 16nm processor built by TSMC and Samsung for faster performance and improved power efficiency. By comparison, the current iPhone 5c runs essentially the same hardware as the iPhone 5, which was introduced nearly three years ago back in the fall of 2012.

Contributing to the overall confusion surrounding the iPhone 6c, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said he heard Apple has been developing a brand new four-inch iPhone model for introduction next year.

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Jefferies analyst Ange Wu added the iPhone 6c will drop the current “unapologetically plastic” casing  for an all-metal enclosure based on the iPhone 6 style.

It’s also unclear if the iPhone 6c will break away from the four-inch form factor of the current iPhone 5c, if it will have Touch ID, feature better cameras or run the upcoming Apple-designed ‘A9’ processor or the “old” ‘A8’ chip ticking inside the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

The wait will soon be over

We will find soon enough if this rumor will pan out as Apple is apparently holding a media event on September 9, Wednesday, to officially announce new iPhones, iPads and update the aging Apple TV hardware.

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What are your feelings about the mythical iPhone 6c?

Should Apple drop “c” iPhones from the lineup or keep those models as a mid-range option for cash-strapped customers, do you think?

Sound off in the comments below.

Images represent an artist’s rendition of the iPhone 6c.

Source: Evan Blass

  • Justice and Malice

    It’s a good low and version of the device to get people on board. I think it’s a good idea

    • A 4in phone is always a good idea because everyone doesn’t want a phablet..

  • Bugs Bunnay

    Wouldnt make sense to have 6c out next year anyways.

  • Roger Rodriguez

    It’ll be like the new iPod touch 6 internals. With 4 inch display.
    The new line up will be.:
    Iphone 6c 4 inch 16gb.
    Iphone 6s 4,7 inch 32gb 64gb 128gb
    iPhone 6s plus 5.5 inch 32gb 64bd 128gb

  • Anthony Aguilar

    This would be a good idea i think, because i would buy it lol I’m still running with an iPhone 5 and the price on the iPhone 6c should be around my range to buy.
    Also if the iPhone 6c does come out it should be exactly like the iPhone6 with an improved front facing camera and maybe back camera I’m calling it let see what we get in september.

  • Vince Reedy

    Why don’t they just make the C the same sizes as 6 and 6+, but with color options? I know my wife and my kids would buy a color in a 6 or 6+ size.

  • Buck

    Not only would I buy it – the iPhone 6C is literally the only phone I will consider buying this fall (I’m 4″ or nothing).

    I think it’s a really bad idea to never again have a somewhat modern 4″ iPhone.

    I personally know at least 6 people who still purposely rock an iPhone 5s as none of us want larger devices for our pockets. It’s simply how we actually use the phones.

  • Gary le

    I think they will have both 4 and 4.7 6c I phones.

  • rockdude094

    They need to square off the corners a bit. The roundness is making it very similar to samsung’s phone and with that plastic back id be confused too

    • igorsky

      No Apple logo = not an iPhone.

      You’re welcome.

  • PGHTransitHelp

    I and my coworkers feel they should release the 6C this year but NOT Retire ANY Models yet

    The more options the better consumers tend to like having choices,options, selection, variety

    And unfortunately it seems to work for Android devices so maybe Apple should hang onto its lineup longer while introducing as much as realistically/reasonably possible maybe go on the offensive as a competitor and boast a wider range of phones than it has now just lower prices on older 5S 5C 6 6+ devices slightly but not excessively plug in the 6C somewhere in mid tier

    6 6+ 6S 6S+ would still be the upper end or top tiers and keeping a smaller options than 6/6+/6S/6S+ lines would continue the appeal to non phablet seekers whilst older and or cheaper models could appeal to lower income users, gift givers, families, etc.

    Granted some will argue Apple isn’t in the low end business ideally but play it smart Apple

    5C and 5S were well played cards and the 6 series afterward opened the door to boost iOS adoption rates and even upgraders remaining loyal Apple can and should continue to capitalize and maybe even gain the momentum needed to overtake Junkdroid and widen gaps with its other competitors

  • Mr_Coldharbour

    If only it’ll look like the rendering concept at the top of this article with the coloured ring around the home button. That would be nice.