Since the plastic iPhone experiment failed miserably in the fall of 2013, it made perfect sense for Cupertino to hold off and ultimately rethink the otherwise inevitable 5c sequel. Increasingly credible rumors now hint at a spring 2016 iPhone 6c release with a compact 4-inch form factor, premium metal body, and wide palette of colors.
If you had trouble imagining such a provocative new handheld, 3D artist and fan photographer Ferry Passchier just put together a high-resolution gallery of mockups starring a handsome, robust and stylish little iPhone that takes design cues from the 5s, 6 and 6s, as well as the latest iPod Touch.
Like the iPhone 5c, the 6c is expected to be sold in at least five different coats of paint, but this time around, they should exude class and distinction rather than low-cost staleness. Get ready to bid adieu to chintzy yellow or green finishes, and say hi to elegant dark pink and dark blue in addition to all four of the iPhone 6s shades: space gray, silver, gold, and rose gold.
It’s hard to imagine why Cupertino would need to keep iPods around once the iPhone 6c goes official, though the price gap may remain substantial if the latter indeed adopts an aluminum construction, A9 chip, 2GB RAM, NFC, Touch ID technology, 16GB+ internal storage space, and 1,600 mAh or so battery.
The diminutive, possibly sub-720p 4-inch screen alone can’t keep the retail cost bar very low, even if it goes without saying none of the above info is set in stone just yet, and the concept drawings are merely the figment of an Apple enthusiast’s imagination.