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Yesterday, we told you that reliable leaker Evan Blass claimed on his @evleaks Twitter account that it “Sounds like iPhone 6s, 6s Plus and 6c will all arrive concurrently.” Blass has proved himself extremely reliable in the past and has leaked accurate details and images pertaining to unreleased smartphones.

But now research firm Fiksu says it couldn’t find traces of the iPhone 6c in logs, unlike iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus which it captured in web traffic logs and identified as ‘iPhone 8,1’ and ‘iPhone 8,2’.

“Rumors about the fall introduction of new iPhones and iPads are heating up, with indications pointing to a September 9th announcement of the new devices,” Fiksu wrote. “As a result, we did a little digging in our data to see if we could spot any new Apple hardware—and we did indeed.”

In July, they spotted two unreleased iPhone models identified as ‘iPhone 8,1’ and ‘iPhone 8,2’. By comparison, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus’s identifiers are ‘iPhone7,1’ and ‘iPhone7,2’, respectively.

Fiksu web logs new iPHones

The first number in Apple’s hardware designation denotes a major hardware revision and the other number identifies variations within a model so clearly this is an indication that Apple has been testing the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus devices since last month.

The rumored iPhone 6c would bear a major new hardware identifier which doesn’t appear in Fiksu’s web traffic logs. That we’re not seeing a third device being tested doesn’t mean the iPhone 6c is non-existent: maybe Apple began testing it in August or, as others have suggested, the iPhone 6c is not ready for prime time yet and will be released in 2016.

Fiksu’s traffic logs encompass data collected from popular apps, including travel, games and lifestyle apps. “The overwhelming majority of the usage is coming from the US, with a couple of hits from Germany and Brazil,” writes Fiksu.

What’s your opinion on the iPhone 6c? Will Apple release it this year or the next? Or has the firm scrapped plans to market mid-range “c” iPhones, do you think?

Source: Fiksu

  • So….87 individuals with the new iPhone went to a marketing website?

    Sounds like lucrative marketing as a scheme to get more visitors by simply replacing a 7 with an 8.

    People do anything for traffic nowadays…

    • Jeremy

      Not quite, Devin — those individuals used apps that have Fiksu’s SDK installed, so we were able to see the activity. We see hundreds of millions of iPhones per month, so it’s a huge data set we’re drawing from.

      And changing the identifier on a iPhone is not easily done — not even sure it’s possible at all.

      No marketing tricks here – just looking at the data!

      • It’s a table we see online. Something that can be done in under 1 min.

        Only info that is truly accurate and I can believe are those that come directly from Apple.

        All other info is speculation and conversation drivers like this one.

  • Joshua The-Legend Wiebe

    I always get mixed up with the identifiers, I keep thinking that the iPhone4,1 is iPhone 4, 4,2 = 4S, 5,2 = iPhone 5s.. and so fourth.

  • GD Jasuja

    Apple will do itself a big favour by ditching ‘c’ from the product names’ range. ‘C’ is somehow not perceived as a quality symbol. So, no more ‘c’, please.

    • Shinonuke

      Your opinion is well noted. Didn’t sell as much as we expect from an Apple product; However, the 5c was a huge success compare to Android phones with comparable capabilities. I wouldn’t mind buying an iPhone 6c because I don’t mind having the tech from the iPhone 6. Since my iPhone will be in a case, the back plate doesn’t matter to me.

  • AnoNymou5

    I could care less about the “iPhone c ” to be honest .

  • iDude

    Maybe 6c is a stealth phone – designed for terrorist and hackers.

    • George Yfantopoulos

      HAHAHAHA

  • Anthony Aguilar

    Apple will make it