New 'iPhone 6c' Concept Teases Future of Apple's Budget Smartphone

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    While it remains unknown if Apple will ever release a new budget smartphone to succeed the iPhone 5c, which was a plastic-backed carbon copy of the iPhone 5, a new gallery of renders from 3D Future provides an early look at what the so-called "iPhone 6c" could look like. The concept smartphone essentially combines an iPhone 5c and iPhone 6 into one, which would seem like a logical move if Apple ever releases an iPhone 6c.

    The concept iPhone 6c features several design attributes adopted from the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, including a slimmer design, rounded edges, pill-shaped volume buttons, circular speaker grilles and a slightly protruding rear-facing camera. The smartphone also appears to have a 4.7-inch display and is pictured alongside the iPhone 6 for a side-by-side comparison.

    It is important to note that these mockups are not based on any leaked specifications, design attributes or other information. Apple did not release an iPhone 6c alongside the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus last September, prompting debate as to whether the company will hold off until the iPhone 6s next September or eventually phase out the mid-tier model from its lineup entirely.

    Apple is expected to release its flagship iPhone 6s next September. It was reported in November that the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus could have the "biggest camera jump ever" with a dual-lens, DSLR-quality system. The smartphone is still expected to retain an 8-megapixel rear camera and is rumored to feature an improved Touch ID fingerprint scanner with reduced errors. At this point, it remains unclear if an iPhone 6c is also in the works, but these artistic renditions provide a teaser of what could be.

    Article Link: New 'iPhone 6c' Concept Teases Future of Apple's Budget Smartphone
  2. aaronvan Suspended


    Dec 21, 2011
    República Cascadia
  3. BeSweeet macrumors 68000


    Apr 2, 2009
    San Antonio, TX
    Is the use of "budget" in the title and article referring to when it's subsidized? Otherwise, it's still not really a "budget" device.
  4. JonneyGee macrumors 6502


    Jun 8, 2011
    Nashville, TN
    This makes a lot of sense. Even though the 5c got mixed reviews on its success due to awful analyst predictions, I know a lot of people who have the phone and really like it. A 6c created in similar fashion would make a lot of sense and be a good way for Apple to relegate the iPhone 6 to mid-tier status as it did with the iPhone 5 in 2013.
  5. William Gates macrumors 6502

    William Gates

    Oct 26, 2007
    I see them keeping the 4" colored form factor at the traditional $0 on contract tier. It will have updated (always 2 generations behind the newest) internals, this year it would be the current 5S internals. I see the $99 phone being 4.7" only with the last gen internals. Then the truly new phones being 4.7" and 5.5". At least for a few years.
  6. Menel macrumors 603


    Aug 4, 2011
    See the new $649 iPhone.

    Now that the cheapo Nexus devices are encroaching on Apples premium pricing scheme. Expect Apple to raise prices to a new premium.
  7. Spectrum Abuser, Feb 23, 2015
    Last edited: Feb 23, 2015

    Spectrum Abuser macrumors 65816

    Spectrum Abuser

    Aug 27, 2011
    To be fair, a $449.00 phone is not 'budget' at all. A true to the root meaning of a budget phone would be the Nokia Lumia 635. $49.00 with free shipping directly from the Microsoft store. The actual mockup is outstanding, though!
  8. tuslaw12 macrumors newbie

    Sep 24, 2014
    Akron Ohio
    Deja Vu

    It might just be me but I thought the iPhone 5c was a bit of a failure. I don't see why they would bring it back
  9. kolax macrumors G3

    Mar 20, 2007
    Does look really quite nice. The flat screen would be a welcome addition too - I hope Apple drops the curved glass finish. The glare you get forming on the curve is irritating.
  10. quackers82 macrumors 6502

    Mar 13, 2014
    Why does the title call it a budget phone ? The iPhone 5c is not budget , it's a lower cost premium handset . It's just an iPhone 5 in a plastic case and the iPhone 5 was not a budget phone .

    I hope there is a 6c , I think the 5c has sold well judging by how many I see in the wild .
  11. CmdrLaForge macrumors 68040


    Feb 26, 2003
    around the world
    White front and at least 16 GB ! The current 8 GB are a joke.
  12. Ventilatedbrain macrumors regular

    Nov 22, 2012
    I see a lot of them and I'm kinda envious of the colors :)

    I wouldn't mind a blue 6 plus :)
  13. iPadDad macrumors 6502


    Sep 8, 2014
    I can't see this happening, I don't think the market responded well to the 5c at all
  14. Jazper macrumors 6502a

    Jun 16, 2012
    That concepts looks like an iPhone 6 with a plastic back though.
  15. Edd.Dantes macrumors 6502

    Dec 5, 2007
  16. rwilliams macrumors 68040


    Apr 8, 2009
    Durham, NC
  17. illegalprelude macrumors 68000


    Mar 10, 2005
    Los Angeles, California
    Calling the iPhone 6C or whatever it may be called (and really therefor calling the iPhone 5C) a budget phone is from the outside perspective which doesn't understand Apple. The 5C was simply a different phone but it was never intended to be budget. Apple has time and time again shown its not interested yet everybody ran with the idea that the 5C would be a budget and was shocked/disappointed when Apple revealed its price tag.

    If there is a 6 version, it will not be a budget device. Apple has said many times, they don't care about market shares and why should they? Look at their earnings report.
  18. H2SO4 macrumors 68040

    Nov 4, 2008
    But much cleaner. I’d have bought that instead of staying with my 5S. The ugly protrusion isn’t so pronounced. The grey bands have gone.
    Shame the home button ring couldn’t be body coloured for the production model.
  19. LordQ macrumors 68040


    Sep 22, 2012
  20. Kar98 macrumors 6502a

    Feb 20, 2007
    Looks just like my orange Nokia Lumia 1320. I only paid $264 for that one though. You know, "budget" phone and all.
  21. Shaun, UK macrumors 68030

    Mar 23, 2006
    Seems logical to make a 6c with coloured plastic but I think they'll stick with the 4" screen to differentiate it from the other models. I wouldn't be surprised if they extended the coloured plastic into the next iPad mini and iPod touch to create a range of cheaper more colourful products.
  22. jayducharme macrumors 68030


    Jun 22, 2006
    The thick of it
    I thought of Nokia, too. But what's with that orange home button?

    I really liked the design of the 5c and would have gotten one if it had more storage. The overall specs weren't as important to me. But I really liked the way it felt in my hand, the most comfortable iPhone to hold since the 3G.

    That said, the 6 has many of the design attributes of the 5c, just in a metal body. I'm not sure if Apple would bother with a 6c. I imagine they'll just use the older models as the "cheap" phones.
  23. AppleTecFan macrumors 6502


    Jul 7, 2009
    I work at a carrier store and we sell quite a bit of 5C's to people who are entry level users or people who want an iPhone and cannot afford an iPhone
  24. mojolicious macrumors 68000


    Mar 18, 2014
    Sarf London
    The 5c isn't an iPhone?
  25. Gusjasso macrumors member

    Dec 19, 2013
    They should release an iPhone 5cs based in the iPhone 5s, so we can choose an small iPhone.

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