Apple rumours crop up all the time but they’re usually about the iPhone 7, the company’s next flagship which is scheduled to launch inside Q3 2016.
Amidst all the iPhone 7 chatter, however, there has been another handset mooted to be making a return in 2016 — a reboot of Apple’s iPhone 5c, the colourful, plastic chappy the company released alongside the iPhone 5s in 2012.
As usual, you’ll want to take this report with a pinch of salt — Apple rumours are ten a penny these days and, more often than not, they turn out to be complete BUNK.
Nevertheless, the idea of a 4in iPhone isn’t all that implausible. There are A LOT of people inside Apple’s ecosystem that do not like Apple’s bigger iPhones. Hell, I even know two of them personally.
Anecdotally, it does sort of make sense. There does appear to be a niche for the iPhone 6c in Apple’s portfolio; people do like smaller smartphones, especially older and less tech savvy types like my dad. But a niche is a niche and it doesn’t automatically mean a new product will be unveiled to fill it. Apple is shifting A LOT of iPhones as it is.
However — sources in China beg to differ. According to multiple reports, Apple will launch the iPhone 6c (yep, that’s what it is apparently called) in January and then release it in stores a month later.
Unlike the iPhone 5c, though, the iPhone 6c WILL NOT be made from plastic. Oh no! That is way too 2012. This handset will be a thoroughly metal affair, similar to the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s, and available in a handful of colours — colours (and price) will be how Apple differentiates it.
So what are we looking at here? Simple: either the iPhone 5s or iPhone 6 repackaged with a 4in display and sold as a brand new phone. This is what Apple did in 2012 and it made a PILE of money in the process and if you know Apple like most people do making money is one of its favourite things to do in the world.
I’m not 100% convinced if I’m honest. But, what the hell, if it’ll make them some money then why wouldn’t they do it?