A new entry-level iPhone 6c model is slated for release in November, according to reports
A new iPhone 6c model will not be launched alongside the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, but in a separate event in November, according to reports.
Apple’s suppliers are working towards a November launch date for a new 4-inch model, according to China Times.
In May rumours circulated that Apple had accidentally uploaded an imageof what appeared to be the iPhone 5c sporting a Touch ID fingerprint sensor in its home button – a feature only the iPhones 5s, 6 and 6 Plus currently have.
The picture was quickly replaced with a standard photo of an iPhone 5c, suggesting the original was merely poorly rendered.
Rumours site Digitimes has speculated that the 6c will debut some time in spring 2016, featuring 14/16nm FinFET chips manufactured by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company.
Images purporting to be of a newly pink iPhone 6s have been doing the rounds online, though the credibility of the pictures is unknown.
The launch of Apple’s latest iPhone is always one of the most hyped events in the technology calendar and, this year, rumours suggest the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus will launch on September 9.
Updates and features include Siri becoming more proactive in recognising your behaviour, longer battery life and improvements to existing apps including Maps and Notes.
The iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus are expected to look very similar to the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, and come in the same 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch size variants.
One of the most significant features of the new model could be the addition of Force Touch technology, which is used in the Apple Watch and latest Macbook to enable users to more easily navigate the device.
Reports suggest that this would allow users to press down hard on the iPhone’s touchscreen to provide a different response to a usual tap. For example, it could make navigating menus more quickly, with something previously requiring two or three button taps now requiring just one Force Touch press.
Other rumoured features include a DSLR-quality camera, a new processor – the A9 – produced by Samsung, and a scratch-resistant sapphire glass screen.
The iPhone 6s’ sale date has been given away in a leaked internal email from Vodafone. The email reveals the newest handset will go on sale on September 25, with pre-orders being accepted from September 18. The memo, seen by Mobile News, does not clarify the exact name of the model, called simply ‘the new iPhone’.
If it is announced on September 8 or 9, this release date would tally with the usual pattern of an announcement in the second week of September, followed by a release two weeks later.
According to the Wall Street Journal, Apple has asked its suppliers to produce a record number of new models – between 85 million and 90 million compared to last year’s 70-80 million, suggesting strong faith the new generation of iPhones will outsell its predecessors.