Apple’s rumored 4-inch iPhone 6c apparently won’t run A9 chip after all

By , Nov 17, 2015

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Reliable analyst who have been calling for a refresh to the now discontinued four-inch iPhone 5c may have gotten one detail wrong: it sounds like the device, expected to be branded under the ‘iPhone 6c’ moniker, will run Apple’s A8 processor used in last year’s iPhone 6 rather than the latest A9 chip powering the new iPhone 6s.

That’s what Japanese blog Macotakara, which has a pretty good track record when it comes to Apple leaks, said this morning citing “credible sources” familiar with the device.

If the blog is right, hen the iPhone 6c most likely won’t have two gigabytes of RAM because the previous-generation A8 chip is outfitted with 1GB of RAM.

Other iPhone 6c specs reportedly include three times faster 802.11ac Wi-Fi networking, power-friendlier Bluetooth 4.1, an improved FaceTime high-definition camera on the front and a f/2.2 aperture for the rear iSight camera.

By comparison, the iPhone 5s runs Apple’s A7 processor (Apple’s first mobile chip with 64-bit architecture) and uses slower 802.11n Wi-Fi networking and Bluetooth 4.0.

According to Macotakara, the device is code-named ‘iPhone 5s Mark II’ which seemingly confirms KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo’s claim that the iPhone 6c will actually “resemble an upgraded iPhone 5s”.

“Because the iPhone 5s is more popular than the iPhone 5c, we think Apple is likely to launch an upgraded iPhone 5s,” the analyst wrote in a note to clients. Kuo also said the device will have Touch ID, a metal chassis with iPhone 5s-style design but not 3D Touch, which remains an iPhone 6s-exclusive.

Despite media reports, the iPhone 5c actually sold well across many markets, helping boost Apple’s numbers.

The company’s legendary efficiency in managing its vast network of component suppliers in Asia should come into play with the iPhone 6c, which looks like it’ll reuse many of the same parts found in the revamped sixth-generation iPod touch this summer.

Source: Macotakara (Google Translate)

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  • Dang. A8 chip would be a deal breaker to me as that would mean no 4K as well. Not sure I like 4.7″ tho, it’ll be a tough choice.

    • Kaptivator

      I went from 5s to 6s. It wont be a tough choice once you get used to handling the phone. Go ahead and make the jump, you won’t regret it. Phone size was the only reason I didn’t go with the 6. Wish I would have just went with the 6 from the get go.

  • Stephen Hedger

    An I missing the point here? Of course the 5S is more popular than the 5c, all the 5C was is an iPhone 5 with a coloured back. If the new phone is a 4″ phone then it’s not an iPhone 6, as the 6C would be a 4.7″ 6 with a coloured back.

    • Mr_Coldharbour

      The 5C also had an improved cellular chip where it supports more 4G LTE bands than the iPhone 5. That’s about it, spec-wise.

    • ClaudieX X

      Yes, you are missing the point…

  • Andres

    Should be an iPhone 5s form factor (in a new casing) with upgraded specs like iPhone 6 internals and camera. Needs to differentiate from the more powerful iPhone 6s brother.

  • Buck

    What about NFC for Apple Pay?

    That’s literally the only change I care about

  • TechnoBuff

    I hope this is a rumor and not actually factual.

    Apple should spend more energy focusing on new products instead of releasing iterations of existing products in bigger sizes and colors with beefier specs.

    Apple is looking kind of bland and boring these days.

  • Bugs Bunnay

    Apple’s rumored 4-inch iPhone 6c apparently won’t be out after all

  • iPhoneWINS

    lol.. omg what a waste of energy

  • Sailor_V90

    Off Topic:
    Is anyone else having issues with their iPhone playing offline music? Cause it specifically says “Show Only Music Stored On This iPhone”
    Any ideas?

    • Shinonuke

      My iPhone 6 4.7″ touch screen was not responsive enough so I upgraded to 6s+. The new iPhone is great but every once in a while, it would crash then all of my programs and games would reset to new state. It’s a pain to re-login into each one. The games would t sync with game enter. Had to hard boot to get some of my programs to reappear on my home screen. I am using 9.0.2

  • Robert McCoy

    I am absolutely sorry… but…. DUHHH!!! Look I am NO expert at all this stuff but I know my specs pretty well! And whenever a new addition comes to a line of products with Apple it is usually just “better than before”. Whether it be a huge upgrade, or just a toned down one, it’s always something better than before. So when the iPhone 5 released we were like “Yay”. Then the iPhone 5S and 5C released the next year. Yay. WELL Notice how the 5C is literally (and I mean literally) the same exact phone as the preceded iPhone 5?? Besides the plastic backing its literally the same phone on the inside. In order to give you a cheaper phone Apple has to use last years technology to provide lower prices now. So when the 5C released next to the 5S (2013) it was just a last years iPhone 5 with a plastic backing. And now that the 6C might release, of course it’ll use the iPhone 6 A8 chip! It’s basically a simple pattern (so far). Whatever came out last year will be in the upgraded “C” model.

    • Shinonuke

      Yeah, pretty easy to see the pattern when Apple have only did it once….I am still using my 3c and 4c iPhones

      • Robert McCoy

        Yes me too but I said “so far”.
        Plus this isn’t some crazy new thing from Apple that they might just be testing out, they aren’t really known for that, so it feels justified to say it’s a pattern so far (as long as the 6C has the A8 chip)
        But look it’s the internet so Im going to say you are correct since I know this will go on and on if I don’t. Have a nice day.

  • Cristian B

    What would be the difference? The 5S A7 is barely any slower than the A8 and has 1 gig of ram. It would littlerly be a iPhone 5s with plastic.

    Then again, that’s what the 5c was to the 5 so who knows.

  • Gabriel Anaya

    No surprise. The 5C was just the iPhone 5 reskinned in plastic. So of course the 6C will be the iPhone 6 reskinned in plastic, or whatever material they use this year in the 4″ form factor. I would also predict that it has the 2nd gen touch ID sensor with Apple Pay and NFC, or no touch ID at all, although that’s less likely.

  • (JailbreakQA) King Shoot

    Please no 6C. 5C was just an iPhone 5 with a plasic back, looked ugly and performed bad. No need to add a million iPhone models. The Plus line is more than enough.

    • Shinonuke

      Why not? There are folks out that would want a 6C. Since you don’t want it, no one else can?