Rumor: Apple to launch 4-inch iPhone 6c with colorful metal cases in February 2016

“Apple will be launching a rumored successor to its now discontinued, unapologetically plastic iPhone 5c in February of next year,” Christian Zibreg reports for iDownloadBlog. “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.”

Zibreg reports, “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,” Zibreg reports, “but not 3D Touch as Apple wants to keep the off-contract price between $400 and $500 in the United States.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Rumors of specs for a new 4-inch iPhone, and even of a new 4-inch iPhone itself, are all over the map, so take all of this with many grains of salt.

There is definitely a market for a 4-inch iPhone – made the right way. In March, we ran the following poll and found:

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KGI: Apple to release new 4-inch iPhone in early 2016; A9-powered, but no 3D Touch – November 4, 2015
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No 4-inch ‘iPhone 6c’ at Apple’s September 9 event, iPhone 5c to be discontinued – August 27, 2015
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Analyst: Apple has scrapped plans for a 4-inch iPhone 6c – July 27, 2015
Analyst: No 4-inch iPhone coming – May 12, 2015
If Apple makes a next-gen 4-inch iPhone, they should do it right, not make it a second class device – March 26, 2015

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Dan K.” for the heads up.]


  1. The C model iPhones are all about colours, not so much about which tech would be included. Colour is a buying point too often pooh-poohed by knowledgeable industry commenters who see consumer tech as no different from patio tables and can openers. Commodities do not have identical consumer draw; clothing, jewelry, and art for instance sell on features considered “superficial” by tech-minded cynics. Automobiles sell on aesthetics as much as anything on the tech sheet. And everything sells on brandedness.

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