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iPhone 6c to Launch Q2 2016

News by Luke Jones on Tuesday August 04, 2015.

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Is the iPhone 5c being replaced?
Is the iPhone 5c being replaced?

It has been widely rumored that Apple will launch a new "affordable" iPhone when the company launches the iPhone 6s next month. A replacement for the iPhone 5c, the iPhone 6c will launch in the second quarter (April through June) of 2016. Digitimes suggests the device will be delayed until next year, so does that mean we will not see it next month?

We have said many times on these pages that our sources within Apple say that the company is 100% committed to a fall launch cycle for all major products. In other words, if the iPhone 6c is not arriving until next year, it is certainly going to be revealed next month, if it is not then do not expect it next year before the fall. The Apple Watch was treated in a similar fashion, so while we are not discounting this new report, we still think the iPhone 6c will be announced in September.

Here is out previous view on the handset:

What is Apple's most disappointing product of recent years? No, we are not running a poll as we think it was the iPhone 5c, a solid enough smartphone that was actually a slap in the face. You see, Apple wanted to offer an affordable (we are using the terms as loosely as possible) smartphone so announced the funky and colorful 5c.

All well and good so far, but Cupertino's execution was just a bit cheeky. The iPhone 5c was and is essentially a re-tooled iPhone 5, and by re-tooled we mean Apple ditched the elegant metal body of the 5 to replace it with plastic on the 5c. Sure, this is not a metal vs. plastic debate and the iPhone 5c feels quality in its own right, but essentially we wanted a new device or just the old iPhone 5, not a handset that felt like a compromise of both.

It is a lesson Apple may have learned as the company will apparently launch another "budget" smartphone this year, alongside the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. Analyst Ange Wu of Jefferies updated Apple's chief supplier Foxconn to buy yesterday, believing that the manufacturer is contracted to supply more than 50% of the iPhone 6c's metal chassis.

That's right, Apple's iPhone 6c is imminent and it will sport a metal body. We are extremely interested to see how Apple will differentiate is from its higher spec'd models. Sure, the hardware will be different, but what visual differences will there be?

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