A nextgen cheaper iPhone with an A9 chip and is set for release in the 2nd quarter of 2016.
Following the launch of the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, rumors of a new smaller four inch iPhone has surfaced, with Apple reportedly aiming to launch in the 2nd quarter of 2016
Apple’s plastic iPhone 5c, released in September 2013, was not updated with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus leading to speculation that the cheaper model c range might be discontinued. Apple continued selling the iPhone 5c until September of this year, when it was discontinued and replaced by the iPhone 5s as the affordable option.
The first rumors about the iPhone 6c suggested it would use a plastic casing like the iPhone 5c, but more recent rumors indicate it will instead resemble the iPhone 5s, with an aluminum casing with Touch ID. Sources day the iPhone 6c will be offered in “at least two to three color options”. One unreliable rumor out of a Chinese supply chain says the iPhone 6c will feature a colorful aluminum case.
Conflicting rumors speculate the 6c will feature an A9 processor, while other state it will have a previous-generation A8 chip so it varies from Apple’s premium phones.
As a cheaper device, it will likely not have 3D Touch, which is the pressure-sensing function featured on the iPhone 6s and the iPhone 6s Plus, but it is likely to gain NFC to enable Apple Pay functionality. Other speculative features include better Wi-Fi with AC support, Bluetooth 4.1, an 8-MP rear camera, a 1.2-MP front-facing camera, and A 2.5D curved edge front glass (like the iPhone 6/6s) and should be made by Corning (Gorilla Glass).
At this stage all indications are suggesting iPhone 6c release date during the second quarter of 2016, which interestingly puts the new phone on a different release schedule than the flagship / premium iPhones.