Another sketchy rumor was published today, claiming that Apple will be launching a rumored successor to its now discontinued, unapologetically plastic iPhone 5c in February of next year.
Citing supply chain sources familiar with the matter, Chinese publication TechWeb said that the device will feature a metallic enclosure treated with a wide range of colors.
Unnamed insiders from Foxconn, a contract fabricator that assembles many Apple gadgets, reportedly told TechWeb that the so-called iPhone 6c will be formally unveiled in January 2016 before hitting store shelves one month later in February 2016.
Sources speculated that the device might be outfitted with a Touch ID fingerprint scanner, but not 3D Touch as Apple wants to keep the off-contract price between $400 and $500 in the United States.
By comparison, 2013’s iPhone 5c model sold for $549 contract-free for the entry-level model with sixteen gigabytes of storage. However, Foxconn has yet to receive orders to commence mass production of the iPhone 6c, TechWeb cautioned.
Another report published earlier in the morning said Apple has been testing at least five different iPhone 7 prototypes with unique hardware features such as a USB Type-C connector for headphones, wireless charging, multi-touch Force Touch, dual cameras and a Touch ID fingerprint scanner embedded into the display itself.
iPhone 6c concept via 3D artist Martin Hajek.