Apple iPhone 6C rumors lean back towards more powerful hardware, earlier launch

As time goes on, more and more sources are stepping forward to attempt to confirm rumors that Apple’s planning to introduce a new pint-sized iPhone option in 2016. Whether it will be called the iPhone 6C or not remains to be seen, but the general suggestion that a new four-inch iPhone model is on the way is suddenly far less controversial than it might have been just a few months earlier. And while there may agreement that this phone is nearing launch, the specifics have been a bit more difficult to nail down, and from the phone’s hardware, to a launch window, some of the latest reports have failed to come to a consensus. Now a new analyst research note tries its own hand at thingss, rejecting rumors of lower-tier hardware in the process.

While a theory from last month suggested that Apple would give the iPhone 6C an A8 SoC, this new analysis instead returns to the idea of a more powerful A9 chip. It also claims that Apple Pay will be a selling point of the new handset, which will support tap-and-pay NFC-based transactions. Look for the handset to be metal-bodied and available in a variety of colors.

As for pricing, we’re told to expect the iPhone 6C to sell in the $400 to $500 range – a good $150 or more cheaper than the full-sized iPhone 6S.

Finally, so far as release plans are concerned, we don’t get anything too specific, but do hear that Apple’s likely looking to start selling the new iPhone in the early part of 2016. While we’d prefer something a little more specific, this information is still useful as a counter to recent reports of a launch falling closer to the middle of the year.

Source: Mac Rumors

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