Anyone who's shown even a passing interest in pre-launch rumours of a forthcoming phone will know that there does tend to be a fair bit of back-and-forth, see-sawing, if you will, over specific details. One source says a phone will have a certain display tech, then another completely contradicts that, for example. Apple's iPhone devices are no exception to this, indeed in many ways they're far MORE susceptible as every analyst and tipster wants to give their two pence on the subject.
So despite elsewhere on our site there being new articles describing the rumoured 4in iPhone "C" reboot as the iPhone 6c, there's also a fair bit about it being the iPhone 7c, and that latter allegation is the way the wind is blowing today with the latest rumour too. It's also contradictory in another way - some of the latest iPhone 7c rumours have said we can expect to see the new 4in device as early as January. Well this new rumour says that's all baloney and instead implies we'll have to wait until Apple's usual Autumnal launch bracket of September 2016.
This latest report comes via MicGadget.com, which states that its sources are insiders from tech firms in China that supply Apple's main manufacturing partner there; Foxconn. The details claim September 2016 is the date to watch and that the iPhone 7c will be launched ahead of the full-blown iPhone 7 (as well as, presumably, an iPhone 7 Plus).
The source also quotes an approximate price bracket for the iPhone 7c as being between $400-$500, once again showing that Apple's "C" category devices are not technically "budget" phones even if they're priced cheaper than the flagship.