For a second there, we were almost convinced the state-of-the-art iPhone 6s and 6s Plus would land alongside a smaller, lower-cost 6c model. That obviously wasn’t the case, as Apple isn’t in the business of overcrowding the mobile landscape… yet.
But more and more analysts and insiders vouch for the R&D existence of a 4-inch iPhone, likely constructed out of metal and predominantly in line with the 6s and 6s Plus as far as specifications go, minus 3D Touch support.
The million-dollar question is when might Cupertino be able to squeeze this launch into its no doubt packed 2016 schedule, since it still feels improbable the 6c would debut beside larger and higher-end cousins in the typical fall timeframe.
IHS Technology research director for China Kevin Wang may have a possible answer, taking to Weibo to relay a piece of unofficial information his often reliable sources probably disclosed in confidence. Given the social media account seems to be a personal one, Wang’s mid-2016 rumor might not be backed by his prominent “global information”-specialized employer.
Also, we’d be remiss not to remind you this same tipster got the first ETA wrong, claiming a few months ago the iPhone 6c would roll out by the end of the year. Nonetheless, there’s at least a 50 percent chance he’s right, though it’d clearly make more sense if Apple lifted the veils off the elusive 5s heir in H1 2016. Releasing it around June could prove bad for iPhone 7 business, and especially vice versa.