If you’ve been following the online rumor mill about the next set of smartphones to join the Apple lineup this year and if you’ve been assuming that they’ll follow in a predictable pattern, then you’ve likely assumed that the Apple iPhone 6c will get revealed this fall. The assumption is that the current iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus would be updated to the iPhone 6s and the iPhone 6s Plus too. For better or for worse, only part of that may turn out to be true.

According to industry analyst Timothy Arcuri of Cowen and Company, Apple had originally intended on unveiling and launching a total of three new iPhone models this year — the iPhone 6s, the iPhone 6s Plus, and the iPhone 6c — but those plans have since been scrapped. Collecting information from sources within Apple’s supply chain, Arcuri has surmised that the iPhone 6c has been and continues to be in development, but the project is being delayed if not cancelled.

This would fall in line with when the Apple iPhone 6c was “confirmed” a couple months ago. Part of the rationale, according to Arcuri, is that Apple doesn’t want to cannibalize sales of the iPhone 6, which could stay on at a reduced price alongside the new iPhone 6s. Even so, there are people who want a 4-inch iPhone and the iPhone 5c from 2013 is looking a little long in the tooth. A new version with a metal housing and new internals could be really compelling. It could be based on the recently updated 6th-gen iPod touch.

If this indeed holds true, it could mean that the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus will launch as planned this fall, but the Apple iPhone 6c won’t hit store shelves until early next year.


Source: Business Insider

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