There have been talks that Apple is apparently interested in launching a 4-inch iPhone 6c. We’re not sure why they would do that given the popularity of their new large-screened handsets, but maybe, just maybe, Apple might want to try and appeal to emerging markets with a smaller and potentially cheaper device.
However recent rumors have suggested that plans for the launch this year have been scrapped but according to a new report from DigiTimes (via MacRumors) whose track record has been somewhat shoddy, the rumored iPhone 6c is said to be planned for a Q2 2016 launch instead, and that it will come with new 14/16nm FinFET chips manufactured by TSMC and Samsung.
The new chips are said to be offer up better performance and lower power consumption, although we’re not sure why Apple couldn’t just use the upcoming A9. However a recent photo showing off the alleged 1,715mAh battery for the iPhone 6c would make sense, since a smaller battery combined with better power efficiency could lead to better battery life as well.
A release in Q2 2016 is also a bit odd but not unprecedented. Prior to the iPhone 4S, Apple’s iPhone announcement have typically taken place in June during WWDC, so a Q2 2016 launch which might seem odd now would not be such a stretch. In any case take it with a grain of salt for now and we’ll keep our eyes peeled for more info.