There are many who claim that the iPhone 5c, Apple’s plastic-backed “budget” iPhone, was a disappointment, especially compared to the sales of iPhone 6/6s/Plus. Yet rumors continue to circulate that the iPhone 6c will be released next year.
Here’s another rumor to throw on that fire: Supply chain sources within Foxconn are allegedly saying the iPhone 6c is on track for a February 2016 debut.
Chinese site TechWeb, a source that is probably a little sketchy, cites unnamed “insiders” who claim the iPhone 6c will still be colorful when it comes out early next year, but will have an anodized aluminum enclosure instead of its predecessor’s plastic back.
They go on to say that the device will still come in at 4 inches, and will be outfitted with Touch ID — but not 3D Touch. Apple is aiming to keep the price of the handset between $400 and $500 in the United States, compared to the original iPhone 5c’s retail price of $549, unlocked.
Take this all with a grain of salt, though. According to TechWeb, Foxconn has not yet received any orders for this device from Apple … something that needs to happen soon, if a February 2016 launch date is going to be achieved.
I know some people are down on the iPhone 5c, but I hope this new rumor is true. My wife, who has small hands, is due for an iPhone update soon, and she hates the comparatively gigantic iPhone 6. Time will tell, but even if this rumor isn’t true, I still think there’s a place for a 4-inch iPhone in Apple’s lineup.