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Trio of iPhones speculated for 2015 launch, including compact new 4-inch model

Referenced on the inside as iPhone 6C, the entry-level Apple handheld should be joined to market by a 6S and 6S Plus with upgraded A9 chips under the hood.

iPhone 5c

Trust them or not, consider them a reputable source of tech dirt or merely semi-skilled industry theorists sans actual contact to people in the know, you have to admit the editorial team behind Taiwanese publication Digitimes makes up a gutsy group.

Their latest comments regarding an unreleased, unannounced and likely distant gadget are the textbook definition of courageous but risky predictions, calling for a further expansion of Apple’s iPhone portfolio “in the second half of 2015” with three distinct variants.

That would be an absolute first for Cupertino, yet even if real, odds are we’re looking at preliminary plans still subject to adjustments. Assuming nothing will change, the big story is hands down the prospective 4-inch form factor comeback.

iPhone 6 6 Plus

Many a Steve Jobs admirer and conservative iFan openly expressed their reserve with respect to the jumbo-sized iPhone 6 and 6 Plus last year, though ultimately, sales numbers more than justified the footprint “upgrade.” Why go back then?

Simple, because as Tim Cook is about to learn, choice is good. Hopefully, the “iPhone 6C” will be significantly cheaper in addition to smaller, lower-end and more colorful than the 6S and 6S Plus. Speaking of low end, the A8 processor should be borrowed by the 6C from the 6 and 6 Plus, and a next-gen A9 will probably find its way inside the 6S/6S Plus. Also, just a wild guess: the lesser version may settle for an old-fashioned 1 GB RAM count, with the top-tier new pair doubling down on memory.

Likely to measure 4.7 and 5.5 inches in diagonal respectively, the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus shall use Foxconn and Pegatron for assembly, whereas Wistron will reportedly put together the 6C. NFC support, fingerprint recognition and Corning Gorilla Glass screen protection are to be offered across the board, with JDI and LG in charge of display production for the 6S, and JDI, Sharp and LG behind the 6S Plus and 6C panel manufacturing.

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