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Apple not likely to produce a 4in sized iPhone 6C

You may recall that last week, a rumour popped up from DigiTimes that Apple will produce three different iPhone models this year – the iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus and a budget offering, the iPhone 6C, with a 4in screen.

But one phone expert – Michael Oh, president and founder of Apple repair firm Tech Superpowers in the US – has told Information Week that a third budget iPhone model which keeps the 4in display is an unlikely state of affairs.

He reckons it’s “very difficult” to believe that Cupertino would return to a smaller display and form factor, following the move to a minimum 4.7in screen size last autumn – it would look like a step backwards, Oh argued, and he might well have a point.

He told Information Week that this would only be feasible if the handset was substantially altered in some manner: “It could be incredible pixel density, but then you run into legibility issues and so forth. It could be that it serves as some other interface or design, but I can’t think of a way that would work without it being a step back.” He then added that “the other possibility is that it’s super, super cheap.”

In other words, could the iPhone 6C actually be a proper budget iPhone, as opposed to the 5C which, when it first came out, was merely a bit cheaper than the 5S (it was £469 for the base model – that said, you can now get it from £319 with a halved 8GB of storage, but even then it’s not exactly truly budget).

Could we see an iPhone under £300 this year? That goes against Apple’s premium pricing philosophy with its gadgets, of course, so we’re not convinced – plus speculation has it that the iPhone 6C will come with Touch ID this time, which the 5C didn’t have, and that doesn’t exactly point to the idea of a cheaper device.

The iPhone 6C may only be hot air anyway, but if it does pitch up later this year, the price point will be a crucial factor.

Darren Allan

Darran has over 25 years of experience in digital and magazine publishing as a writer and editor. He's also an author, having co-written a novel published by Little, Brown (Hachette UK). He currently writes news, features and buying guides for TechRadar, and occasionally other Future websites such as T3 or Creative Bloq and he's a copy editor for TechRadar Pro. Darrran has written for a large number of tech and gaming websites/magazines in the past, including Web User and ComputerActive. He has also worked at IDG Media, having been the Editor of PC Games Solutions and the Deputy Editor of PC Home.