Report: Evidence of a Low-Cost iPhone 6c Has Disappeared From Apple’s Supply Chain


According to Timothy Arcuri, an analyst with Cowen and Company, Apple originally considered making a version of the iPhone 6 with a 4-inch screen.

The report notes that Apple was set to produce an “iPhone 6-looking version of the iPhone 5C,” which would look exactly like an iPhone 6, run on the same internal components, and come with a 4-inch display just like Apple’s previous iPhones.

Just like the iPhone 5c, Apple was looking to offer a low-cost option for those who wanted a new iPhone but didn’t want to pay for the next model, which will reportedly be called the iPhone 6s.

Arcuri said that there was evidence of a smaller iPhone 6c in Apple’s supply chain between January and March, but traces of the phone have now disappeared. It appears that Apple has either put the project on the shelf or killed it completely. Arcuri said:

“I think one of the reasons is because the iPhone 6 has sold so well. And they said, ‘Look, why would we want to cannibalize? If we came out with an iPhone 6C, we would essentially cannibalize a price-reduced iPhone 6.’”

It is possible that Apple is looking at keeping the current generation iPhone 6 and 6 Plus on the market at a reduced cost. It is important to note that just because the evidence of the device in the supply chain has disappeared, it doesn’t mean that we will never see a smaller 4-inch iPhone with an aluminum body and the latest internal components.

Would you like to see an iPhone 6c? Let us know in the comments below.

[via Business Insider]

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  • Makes sense that they would just sell the iPhone 6 at a discounted rate. Though it would be nice to have a 4-inch screen option, I have to admit that after owning a 4.7-inch iPhone for six months, going back to a 4-inch screen is so tiny.

    I think the main reason that Apple came out with the 5c when they did, instead of just selling the 4s, was because they wanted a lower-cost option with the bigger screen, but more importantly, they wanted to get everyone using Lightning connectors as soon as possible.

    Neither of those reasons exist for needing an iPhone 6c.

  • xxxJDxxx

    Kind of ironic to have this story right after one showing a suspected iPhone 6C battery.

  • ShaBi

    My thoughts exactly.

  • Zeke

    Hey Gary. Sorry to hijack the comments but I wanted to thank you for fixing the app redirect issue. I have been here a lot today and nothing, not one redirect, no App Store. Just great articles, as always! Thanks Gary!

  • Hi Zeke, this is good to hear. It may creep back, please let us know if it does! We were only able to temporarily solve this thanks to you guys so email anytime.