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Was Apple’s iPhone 6C tease simply a Photoshop fail?

Yesterday saw the much mooted iPhone 6C seemingly pop up on Apple’s own website. New reports, however, have claimed that the supposed leak was nothing more than a Photoshop fail.

The image, which accompanied the sales spot for the new Lightning port charging dock showed a handset markedly similar to the iPhone 5C, albeit with a Touch ID incorporating home button in tow.

Given that the 5C lacks this biometric security measure, the internet jumped on the speculation bandwagon to cast questions over Apple’s future handset plans.

It turns out, however, that the supposed leak was nothing more than a high-profile art department faux pas.

According to 9to5Mac, anonymous sources have “confirmed that the image was just an incorrect render”.

The unnamed insiders reportedly added that the purported leak “doesn’t reflect any plans Apple may or may not have for an upcoming device.”

The render was missing the home button square which donates its Touch ID-free nature. The mistake has since been rectified.

Related: iPhone 6S release date

A number of iPhone 6C rumours have circled in recent weeks, with the plastic-clad handset expected to debut alongside the high-end iPhone 6 follow-on this September.

One of the improvements expected to be bestowed on the entry-level iPhone is Apple’s hugely popular Touch ID fingerprint scanner.