It will be two years this September since Apple introduced its last iPhone “c” model, but if you believe a new report coming out of Asia, Apple’s planning on reintroducing its lower-cost colorful iPhone line early next year — with the launch of a brand new iPhone 6c.
But learning from lessons of the past, this one will be a little bit different.
The reputation of the iPhone 5c is a bit of a controversial one among Apple watchers. Some consider the handset to have been a flop, while others argue it fulfilled its expectations. I’d suggest the truth is somewhere in between: the handset sold very well by the standards of any other company, but slightly disappointingly by Apple’s.
One of the most common criticisms of the iPhone 5c was that it showed Apple wasn’t willing to go all the way with a low-end handset. Rather than make something which was cheap and disposable, Apple made a handset which wasn’t much cheaper than the flagship iPhone — but felt cheaper thanks to its “unapologetically plastic” exterior.
If Apple does go back to the “c” well with an iPhone 6c, today’s report suggests that it will do so by using a full unibody metal casing. The device is said to work as “an extended version of the iPhone 5S with a [4-inch] Retina display.”
The report continues that:
Apple’s iPhone 6C will likely be assembled by Hon Hai Technologies while Foxconn Tech will likely get more than half of the iPhone 6C’s metal casing business, according to Jefferies, which upgraded this stock to Buy today. Analyst Ange Wu estimates that this additional metal casing business will contribute 10% of Foxconn Tech’s sales next year and revised up his target price from 115 new Taiwan dollars to NT$150.
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