Rumor resurfaces: Apple to come out with 3 new iPhones in 2015, one of which a 4-incher


After initially appearing only to be refuted a bit later by the same source, a rumor that has Apple introducing three whole iPhones in 2015, along which a 4-incher, is now back.

Citing industry sources, DigiTimes claims that the Cupertino-based giant is ready to go ahead and revitalize its one-off 'C' line of iPhones and release a 4-inch iPhone 6C alongside an iPhone 6S and 6S Plus. As most of you will remember, Apple introduced the plastic iPhone 5c in 2013, killing off the aluminum iPhone 5 in the process, much to the dismay of the general public. 

The iPhone 6c and iPhone 6s Plus, according to the aforementioned insiders, will come equipped with an LTPS display made by Japan Display, Sharp, and LG, while the iPhone 6s will tout a unit made by either Japan Display or LG. All three devices will, reportedly, feature Gorilla Glass cover for the panels, and have NFC and a fingerprint scanner on board. As for processing might, the iPhone 6c will make use of the current crop of Apple-designed A8 chips, while the 6s and 6s Plus will get a new, improved A9 silicon. Lastly, we're told that the iPhone 6c is expected to be manufactured by Wistron, while the contracts for the 6s series will likely go to Foxconn and Pegatron.

While none of this resembles anything close to official information, we have to point out that Apple likely left fans of previous iPhones' compact form factor unhappy with the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus. Sure, chasing after that particular niche may be seen as watering down the iPhone line-up, but then again – Apple was always adamant about the advantages of smaller screens that can be better used with just one hand. That is, right until Tim Cook took the reins and the company released its largest ever iPhones last year.

source: DigiTimes via AppleInsider

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31 Comments

1. promise7

Posts: 894; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

kinda would like to see all three versions look identical w/ aluminum, obviously just in different sizes. hopefully the c won't look like a cheap toy like the 5c.

5. BLUEBLASTER

Posts: 907; Member since: Feb 23, 2014

I think they need to keep the plastic for the price to stay down.

23. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

Iphone's production cost has never been so high. It's always been around 1/4th of the retail cost.

27. AlikMalix unregistered

Please link to the 1/4th the cost?

30. ILikeBubbles

Posts: 525; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2469089,00.asp you can literally google "iphone 6 production cost" also lol "$200.10 According to a teardown report from research firm IHS, the components and manufacturing cost of a 16GB iPhone 6 cost Apple $200.10. The device is selling for $649 in the U.S. without a contract with a wireless carrier. That gives the device a profit margin of about 69%.Sep 24, 2014"

31. AlikMalix unregistered

Let's see 200.10 x 4 = $800.40 and that's the same as $650 right? Nope! or 650 / 4 = $162 and that's the same as $200 right? Nope! but 650 / 200 = 3.25 and that's the same as 4x right? Nope! But considering that we can handpick our research labs: according to this onehttp://www.androidpit.com/how-much-does-it-cost-to-make-a-smartphone that also provides more in-depth analysis and compares older models as well, iphones 6 is more expensive to make than Samsung counterparts. So which is it? Non of what you posted or I shows that iphone costs 1/4 the price what it sells ..... BUT, considering that Samsung or other andrpid manufacturers do not need to build or update their OS but just skin it, and does not have to update or maintain the App Store, ecosystem, or etc on the same level that Apple does with its own ecosystem - the cost of actually producing an android phone is actually far less when you add software side of things. ON TOP OF THAT: Apple does not go to various developers and carriers to SUBSIDIZE the cost of the device by allowing bloatware and locked down features like Google wallet to promote their own softcard - it really makes you think what exactly are you paying for when you get a phone like Samsung Galaxy. Even by your link - it's not like Samsung s5 costs 500+ to produce - but on contrary even based on your hand-picked link it costs just a tad over the iPhone. But do consider how andrpid is free for android manufacures, but Apple builds its own os. Thank you for playing - for better results next time please get a calculator.

11. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

I do not think the 5c looked like a cheap toy. I think it looked nice and represented what it was. Remember, it was not really a new phone. It was just the iPhone 5 in a cheaper shell and sold as the $99 phone on contract. It sold as good or better than any other last year model.

2. surethom

Posts: 1576; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

Choice is always a good thing, 3 screen size phones will be good for Apple.

3. Scott93274

Posts: 6025; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I know a few people who refuse to upgrade because they prefer the smaller size screen so this could actually be a good thing so long as they have respectable hardware inside all three phones.

4. SaadN unregistered

Just release Iphones with usb c and waterproof cases.

6. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

since the c is plastic and its keeping the A8 chip they should make it waterproof just to give it something unique.

8. NFSHesham

Posts: 297; Member since: Feb 04, 2014

It is going to be cheap, that's how it is going to be unique

10. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

well the 5c wasn't much cheaper than the regular 5 so dont expect the 6c to be that much cheaper than the regular 6 cause your going to be disappointed if you do.

12. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

the 5c 8gb cost 450$ on apples website and the 5s 16gb cost 550$ and the 5s has way better hardware more storage space, and yet there is only a 100$ difference smh. the 5c should be less than 450$. 6c will have the same exact hardware as the regular 6 unlike the 5c/5s and you expect the 6c to be cheap lol not going to happen it will be 600$ at best.

15. buccob

Posts: 2948; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

"cheap" lol Moto G was cheap, and awesome... iPhone 5C was overpriced (off contract)

7. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Good decision.

9. darkkjedii

Posts: 30782; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Smart move, we'll see in September. Won't be long.

13. JonathanAlexander7

Posts: 71; Member since: Jun 20, 2014

well i'm gonna go with iPhone 6,i hate that 5C,cheap looking,if 6C using A8,than i prefer iPhone 6,the price will go down i believe when 6S came out,and 4,7" screen is find for me

14. cncrim

Posts: 1554; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

IPhone 6 is just fine, 4.3-4.7 screen is sweet spot and quite pocketable. I don't mind another 1-2mm thicker for trade of bigger battery and better camera sensor.

16. guil.power

Posts: 45; Member since: Mar 26, 2015

just make the 6+ smaller, damn its so big, bigger than the note4,

17. phonehome

Posts: 812; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

They might make it slightly smaller (at least the overall footprint). However, I think it will feature a stylus in the future, which will really drive sales.

28. AlikMalix unregistered

I know the stylus is a Samsung baby, but I would love an iOS device with a built in pen with the same precision as Note4's... Third-party pens on iPads/iPhones aren't as responsive as Note4's S-pen..

18. phonehome

Posts: 812; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

Just keep the 5S in the lineup for a few years, since it is supposedly future-proof with its 64-bit architecture. Reduce the price to $99 on contract for the 32GB model, and 'rehouse' it in the 'C' case if that price point won't turn a profit. Just consider the non-feminine crowd when choosing colors this time.

20. ishamesung

Posts: 46; Member since: Jan 14, 2015

Por pabor no plastic please...

19. B-power

Posts: 258; Member since: Feb 22, 2014

One small, one middle sized and one big. Sounds like a good plan. Wondering how the smaller one will be called iphone 6 min(i).

21. fonelover

Posts: 255; Member since: Mar 19, 2015

It is difficult to get smartphone functionality from less than 4.5" phones.

22. ishamesung

Posts: 46; Member since: Jan 14, 2015

Ip5s+A8x/9

24. vuyonc

Posts: 1088; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

Predictions: iPhone 6S / 6S Plus with die shrunk 16nm A8 SoC and boosted ISP (people would simply want more speed in an iPhone and not much else) iPhone 5Cs- plastic IPhone 5S. Done.

25. darkkjedii

Posts: 30782; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

K thanx.

26. vuyonc

Posts: 1088; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

Um thank you.

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