Sources say that while Apple has been working on a new 4-inch iPhone with the capabilities of last years iPhone 6, thedevice is not yet ready to ship. Interestingly, Apple has also internally prototyped a new, smaller iPhone with a 3.5-inch display, the same size of the iPhones screen from the first model in 2007to the iPhone 4S in 2011, but it does not appear that the companyplans to move forward with actually releasingsuch a device.
The sites reliable Mark Gurman also talked to sources who said that the iPhone 5c will be officially discontinued after the event, which is not exactly a huge surprise. The 5c doesnt offer Touch ID technology or a 64-bit chip – both of which are standard on any modern iOS device.
And the iPhone lineup is. . .
But there is a bit of good news for fans of a smaller Apple handset. The iPhone 5s will apparently stick around in the lineup and occupy the free (with a two-year contract) tier that was previously held by the 5c.
While the new iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus will take their place in the top tier of Apples handsets, the site says that the current-generation iPhone models will also remain in the middle of the lineup with a $100 price cut for each configuration.
No parts from the rumored handset ever leaked. And thats a huge difference from the lead up to the iPhone 5c in 2013. If you dont remember, we basically saw images of each and every model of the colorful handset before it was officially announced.
And I definitely agree with analyst Timothy Acruri atCowen and Company. Earlier this summer, he said Apple shelved plans for the lower-margin handset because of spectacular sales of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus that will more than likely to continue with a price cut. Why mess with success?
But no matter what, we will find out in a little less than two weeks.