It’s unclear whether “c” stands for compact, cheap or colorful (or all of the above), and if the smaller new iPhone will be constructed out of robust aluminum or chintzy plastic.
Without even looking at sales numbers, it was easy to predict the iPhone 5c would fall well behind the popularity of the 5s. No “low-cost” sequel came to light last year, which also seemed predictable. But a 180-degree turn in company strategy could see Apple reboot the poorly received mid-ranger this fall.
Several market analysts and tipsters anticipated the coming of the iPhone 6c in recent months, some convinced the rollout would be delayed until 2016 to let the 6s and 6s Plus do their thing during the holiday season.
Probably the most respected name in the leaking game contradicts the distant timetable, tweeting that the “iPhone 6s, 6s Plus, and 6c will all arrive concurrently.” Notice how @evleaks, aka Evan Blass, avoids to pinpoint an actual ETA, but obviously, he doesn’t mean next year.
He most definitely means next month, with the 9th our safest bet at the moment, based on unofficial information. Of course, if such a high-profile announcement is less than 30 days away, invitations should start spreading soon, so we may get definitive confirmation before long.
In the meantime, we’re left wondering about the hardware, aesthetic and retail cost differences between the iPhone 6c on one side and 6s/6s Plus on the other. Charging $100 less for a vastly inferior device was clearly an ill-advised tactic, so either the price gap will expand, or the performance discrepancies will shrink.
Why not both? Think about it, Cupertino can simply reduce the footprint of the 4.7 and 5.5-inch iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, shave a few pixels here and there, retain the metallic build, and considerably slash the tariffs without losing their precious margins.