According to a new report by 9to5Mac, Apple will discontinue the iPhone 5c at its Sept. 9 event, while a new 4-inch ‘iPhone 6c’ is not expected to show up on stage either. It is being said that even though Apple was planning to unveil a new 4-inch iPhone alongside the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus launch at the upcoming special event, the said device is however not yet ready to ship. Interestingly, Apple will retain the iPhone 5s from 2013 and drop the on-contract price to free, the report claims.
Another interesting tidbit from today’s report is that Apple is said to have internally prototyped a new, smaller iPhone with a 3.5-inch display, the same size of the iPhone’s screen from the first model in 2007 to the iPhone 4S in 2011. “However, it does not appear that the company plans to move forward with actually releasing such a device”, adds the source. It is also being speculated that the iPhone 5c may stay on sale in some regions, much like the iPhone 4 remained available in some countries following its discontinuation in the U.S. and Canada.
“While Apple discontinued the iPhone 5 upon the release of the iPhone 5s in 2013, Apple is expected to keep selling the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus after the new 6S and 6S Plus models begin shipping. Of course, the 2014 iPhones will drop in price by $100 a piece, staggered by capacity, at least for carriers offering pricing similar to last year’s. In summary, it appears that this fall’s new iPhone line up will be the following: the 5s as the entry-level device, the 6 and 6 Plus in the middle, and the new 6S and 6S Plus sitting at the top of the lineup”.