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Apple plotting iPhone 6C launch alongside September flagships

Will they, won’t they? There’s seemingly no end to the debate over whether Apple is really planning an iPhone 6C.

The latest word is that Apple will launch an iPhone 6C together with the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus.

Apple is expected to launch the latter two handsets at a special event on September 9, and the iPhone 6C could also be appearing.

That’s according to prolific leaker Evan Blass, who tweeted the following:

The iPhone 6C would land as a successor to the iPhone 5C, and would see Apple returning to a 4-inch form factor – that’s down on the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus.

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Unfortunately, the iPhone 6C rumour mill has been fickle of late, with leakers seemingly unable to make up their mind about the handset.

Back in July, we heard from a top analyst that Apple had scrapped a next-gen 4-inch handset completely.

However, just one week later, a separate report suggested that the iPhone 6C hadn’t been killed off after all.

The prospect of a new 4-inch Apple handset has been peddled in leaks for a while now, but what would an iPhone 6C look like?

For starters, it would be smaller than the iPhone 6, and there’s a good chance it would be slightly thicker too.

Like the iPhone 5C, we’d expect the 6C to ship in a rainbow-fondling range of colours, and probably feature an upgrade to Touch ID. Don’t expect Force Touch, mind.

Instead, it was tipped for a delayed release, purportedly planned for Q2 2016.

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