Apple has announced September 9 media event to unveil iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, but a successor of the 4-inch iPhone model, mostly referred to as “iPhone 6c“, won’t be joining the big stage, claims 9to5mac. In a new report, citing their sources, 9to5mac claims that while Apple has been working on a 4-inch iPhone model with internal specs similar to the current iPhone 6, the device is not yet ready for the prime time.
The report also claims that the company has also been testing a 3.5-inch display device internally, the same size the first-generation through iPhone 4s models were launched with. However, the company does not plan on releasing such as device, the report adds.
Apple is also said to discontinue the iPhone 5c, the 4-inch iPhone model with a plastic body, along with the launch of iPhone 6s and the 6s Plus. iPhone 5c was launched back in 2013 alongside iPhone 5s with aging hardware specs, including as A6 processor of 2012 iPhone model and older camera module. The device could not become popular among masses like its other siblings and resulted in underwhelming sales figure.
The report suggests that in order to keep serving the 4-inch screen size overs, Apple will keep offering a 2013 iPhone 5s by dropping its price to zero on-contract. The company is also believed to keep offering iPhone 5c in select budget conscious countries even after its discontinuation in the U.S. Apple will obviously keep offering the current iPhone 6 and the 6 Plus after the launch of new devices with an expected $100 price drop on a single unit.
In short, it appears that Apple will have the following iPhone lineup to offer this fall: iPhone 5s will become entry level device, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s Plus in the middle, and the upcoming iPhone 6s and the 6s Plus will become the new flagship devices from Apple.
iPhone 6s is widely expected to feature Apple’s new A9 chip, 12MP camera with 4K video support, pressure sensitive Force Touch display, a faster modem from Qualcomm, and Apple Watch like wallpapers.