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Report: iPhone 6C not scrapped, coming 2016

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The rumour mill just can’t make up its mind about whether Apple is building an iPhone 6C.

The latest on the grapevine is that Apple is definitely building a 4-inch smartphone, but it won’t be coming until next year.

That’s according to a Digitimes report that claims the Cupertino, California-based company is targeting a Q2 2016 release for its “C” branded handset.

What’s more, the phone is expected to use chips built using a 14/16nm FinFET manufacturing process, as opposed to the older 20nm process.

The A8 chip that appears in the iPhone 6 uses a 20nm chip, but the upcoming A9 is expected to use a FinFET process instead.

That suggests the iPhone 6C – the successor to 2013's iPhone 5C – will use the A9 chip, which is also set to appear on the iPhone 6S.

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This news comes less than a week after a separate source – analyst Timothy Arcuri – suggested all traces of a 4-inch iPhone have disappeared from Apple’s supply chain.

At the time, it seemed to suggest that Apple had killed the project off.

However, it now appears that Apple may have pushed the device’s release date back.

Instead, the company’s much-rumoured September event is expected to herald just two phones – the iPhone 6S and the iPhone 6S Plus.

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