Rumors of a new, 4-inch iPhone have been circulating the web for over a year now. With “leaked” photos claiming to show the case of the new device, most commonly referred to as the “iPhone 6c”, surfacing last March, and rumors of a September 2015 release alongside the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus gaining traction, talk of the device has repeatedly heated up and cooled down over the past year.
The rumors are back, now more prevalent than ever, with a dizzying array of reports all claiming that the device will see the light of day in early 2016.
KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo made several predictions about the iPhone 6c this past November, citing an early 2016 release date, and predicting that the phone will feature a metal casing and will be powered by an A9 chip. 9To5Mac‘s Mark Gurman followed with a report earlier this month claiming that the iPhone 6c will likely be released during a March event, which will also see the debut of the Apple Watch 2. A report released yesterday from Chinese blog MyDrivers reiterates the early 2016 launch, and also leaks details about the phone’s specs.
According to the report, the iPhone 6c will go into production in January, once again reinforcing previous claims of an early 2016 debut. However, the report goes into more detail regarding the specifications of the phone than any other report we’ve seen thus far. As Ming-Chi Kuo predicted, the phone will likely look very similar to the iPhone 5s, with metal casing available in space grey, gold, and silver.
As previous reports have also stated, MyDrivers claims that the phone will be powered by the A9 chip – the same chip found in the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. The report also states that the device will feature a 1,642 mAh battery, beefed up from the 1,570 mAh battery found in the 5s. The slightly-curved “2.5D” glass edges found in the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus will also appear on the 6c.
The MyDrivers report states that the phone will likely retail for 4,000 yuan, or roughly $617 for the 16GB model, although Ming-Chi Kuo puts that price closer to the $400 or $500 mark.
Most reports seem to agree that the phone will launch during a March event featuring the debut of the Apple Watch 2, but some reports put the launch of the 6c in February, and some expect a later launch, possibly into April.
Whenever the launch is, release of the smaller device will likely appease the many iPhone 5, 5s, and 5c users who have put off upgrading their phones due to their preference for the 4” form factor. The release will also likely extend Apple’s momentum into the beginning of 2016 after a 2015 year that saw the release of a host of new Apple products.