KGI: mid-range iPhone 6c with Apple Pay, fast A9 chip and three color options due in early-2016

By , Dec 3, 2015

iPhone 6C concept Martin Hajek 005

According to a research note that KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo sent to clients this morning, a copy of which was obtained by AppleInsider, Apple’s rumored four-inch iPhone refresh will be released in early-2016, possibly in time for the spring.

It will feature an iPhone 5s-like exterior design with an iPhone 6s-like display that’s curved at the edges.

The device apparently sports a colorful metal chassis, runs the A9 system-on-a-chip manufactured by both TSMC and Samsung (which also powers the latest iPhone 6s series) and includes NFC to support Apple Pay transactions.

The handset, which could be marketed as ‘iPhone 6c,’ will have identical camera specifications to the current entry-level iPhone and should cost between $400 and $500 off-contract in the United States, or $149-$249 less than the contract-free 16GB iPhone 6s, the analyst predicted.

Apple will offer that device in two or three casing colors, Kuo said. It will not include 3D Touch, an iPhone 6s-exclusive feature. He did not say whether or not the iPhone 6c might include Touch ID.

The fairly reliable Japanese blog Macotakara recently quoted sources as saying that the forthcoming phone will run the previous-generation A8 chip found inside last year’s iPhone 6 series, not the latest A9 processor. Other analyst are also expecting a new four-inch iPhone model in 2016.

The device should ship around the March-April timeframe, with shipments for the calendar year expected to reach 20 million units, accounting for about 8 to 9 percent of total iPhone sales.

iPhone 6c mockup courtesy of 3D artist Martin Hajek.

Source: AppleInsider

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  • nyangejr

    A9 chip!!!
    Nope they won’t, unless the iPhone 6 is to be discontinued

    • Juschan

      i guess by anymean it would be a mess to not discontinue the iPhone 6 if they really want to bring a 6c. But I really dont see the need for a 6c…

  • Colorful but only in 3 colors same as the ‘Flagship’ model?

    • Juschan

      i guess white blue and i dont know the third best selling color of the 5c. So just more childish colorfull options

  • Heitor Castro 

    Doesn’t make any sense. Same iPhone 6s/Plus A9 chip for a entry-model iPhone, 3 colors option for a 6C where the C stands for “Color”, while the 6s/Plus already have 4 options. Why it would be released just now if the 6s/Plus are on the market for about 2 months? This “analyst” gotta be kidding trying to turn this rumor into a truth.

    • Julio M.

      Maybe the C stands for “Cheap” 😛

  • Cristian B

    I hope it has at least 2gb of ram

  • Tarek Al Shawi

    My bet is A8 with 1 gig of ram and Touch ID , same specs as the 6 ! Similar to what happened with the 5c

  • Buck

    Lmao.

    How could it include NFC & Apple Pay…and then have the author ponder if it will have Touch ID or not?

  • Buck

    I am THRILLED about this.

    3D touch is gimmicky nonsense on the 6s I have and I’m dying to go back to a 4″ iPhone. I hate my 6s and only have it due to Apple Pay which I love.

    • Rowan09

      Why didn’t you buy a 6 or 5s then?

      • Buck

        You really can’t figure it out?

        The 6 is a 4.7 inch screen and the 5S doesn’t have Apple Pay

      • Rowan09

        Oh forgot about that one for the 5s.

    • Shadowelite123

      Why did you even get the 6S?

      • Buck

        If I’m going to have a big phone I’m not fond of, might as well have the best tech & camera, etc

      • Liggerstuxin

        Your a silly bitch.

      • Buck

        Hey – How about being nice?

      • Liggerstuxin

        No offense. Not being rude. I suppose I listen to the Joe Rogan experience podcast too much.

      • Shadowelite123

        Learn to spell before you insult people.

      • Shadowelite123

        Oh ok makes sense. Another option could have been the 5S paired with an Apple Watch. That’s what I did and I had Apple Pay there. I have the 6S Plus now, but yea I did that lol

  • lack of 3D Touch would lose them sales. But among the older crowd it will be a surefire hit

    • Shadowelite123

      No Touch ID would be strange with NFC for Apple Pay.

  • Shadowelite123

    If it’s going to have NFC for Apple Pay, it’s obviously going to have Touch ID.

  • (JailbreakQA) King Shoot

    Yes! A9. If it gets 2GB of RAM like the 6S Imm definitely getting it.