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Two New iPhones Spotted in Analytics Data Cast Doubt on Possible iPhone 6c Launch

Ahead of the launch of the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, mobile app marketing platform Fiksu saw just two new iPhones in its data logs in July, casting doubt on this morning's rumors suggesting an iPhone 6c launch is still a possibility.

Last month, Fisku began seeing two unknown iPhone models in its logs, with the identifiers "iphone8,1" and "iphone8,2," which likely correspond to the next-generation 4.7-inch iPhone and the next-generation larger-screened 5.5-inch iPhone, expected to be called the "iPhone 6s" and the "iPhone 6s Plus," respectively. The current iPhone 6 Plus is "iphone7,1," while the iPhone 6 "iphone 7,2."

Fiksu's data includes 87 unique "iphone 8,1" devices and 67 unique "iPhone 8,2" devices, with no hints of a third unidentified model that might represent the rumored smaller-screened iPhone 6c, suggesting such a device is not being tested. While the absence of a third iPhone model in Fiksu's data does not entirely rule out the possibility of an iPhone 6c launch, when combined with previous rumors, the release of such a device alongside the iPhone 6s and the 6s Plus seems unlikely.

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Rumors indicate that while Apple did initially consider launching a 4-inch iPhone 6c in 2015, those plans were scrapped due to concerns the device could cannibalize sales of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, which Apple wants to offer as a lower-cost solution when the next-generation iPhones are released. Other rumors have suggested the iPhone 6c was never intended for 2015, with Apple perhaps planning to launch a smaller-screened phone in 2016.

Despite rumors that have seemingly ruled out an iPhone 6c launch, well-known mobile phone leaker Evan Blass or @evleaks sent out a tweet last night hinting that Apple might still release an iPhone 6c. "Sounds like iPhone 6s, 6s Plus, and 6c will all arrive concurrently," he wrote, without providing additional information.

According to Fiksu's data, the "iphone8,1" and "iphone8,2" in its logs are using a wide range of apps, including travel, games, and lifestyle apps. While the majority of usage is coming from the US, the site has also seen hits from Germany and Brazil.

Apple is expected to launch its next-generation iPhones in September, likely on September 9. The iPhone event may also see the debut of new iPads and it is said to include the new Apple TV.

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17 months ago

I am almost positive most everyone said that about the 5c.......

Anyways. So does this CONFIRM THE APPLE TV OMG?!?!?

No. It does, however, confirm Half Life 3.
Rating: 20 Votes
17 months ago
I guess Apple is not "bringing 6c back" if you knowwhatimean.
Rating: 19 Votes
17 months ago
Aesthetically, I prefer the uniform rear shell to the fragmented and antenna-banded iP6; it would be really nice if they could make a plastic back similar in size to the 6 and in less garish colors. A completely black iP6-sized phone with a plastic back would be interesting:



Rating: 16 Votes
17 months ago

6c isn't happening , it cheapens the Apple brand

Well if that were the case the 5c wouldn't have happened in the first place.
Rating: 12 Votes
17 months ago

Another TC failure. 5C, maps, the Forstall debacle, Beats aquisition, Ahrendts, Apple Watch, Apple Music and now shares taking a nosedive. RIP Steve


Maps isn't a failure. Apple Maps is great, I use it all the time. iPhone 5C wasn't a failure. iPhone 5C sold millions. Apple Watch isn't a failure, it has 80% of the market in 90 days. Forstall left, but how is it a failure? Executives come and go all the time at big corporations. Ahrendts is a failure? How so?

Your post is trollish and fails to intersect with reality.
Rating: 8 Votes
17 months ago

Rumors indicate that while Apple did initially consider ('//www.macrumors.com/2015/07/27/iphone-6c-plans-scrapped-cowen-company/') launching a 4-inch iPhone 6c in 2015, those plans were scrapped due to concerns the device could cannibalize sales of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus


It wouldn't matter if it was a full priced iPhone and had the same specs and design as the other ones! If they just make it smaller but the same quality they can charge full price and cannibalization is not an issue.
Rating: 7 Votes
17 months ago
It's my humble opinion that losing the 4" flagship iPhone is a grave mistake, despite the huge iPhone 6 sales.

I maintain that the bulk of the 6 and 6 Plus sales is due to new markets (particularly Asian with their need for big screens due to their language) and demand from those who can't afford an iPad and see the large iPhone as a compromise.

If Apple get rid of the bezels, they can put a 4.5" or so screen on the 5s body, which would make the iPhone sweet. But I think the 5s is the largest optimal form factor; any wider, and it becomes tricky reaching to the corners.

I think Apple should currently offer a 4", 4.7" and 5.5" iPhone, a 7.9", 9.7" and 13" iPad, an 11", 13", 15" and 17" laptop and a 21", 24", 27" and 34" iMac, as well as a 34" Thunderbolt Retina display for the Mac Pro.
Rating: 6 Votes
17 months ago

Aside from the plastic body, a 6C would be, spec-for-spec, exactly like the 6 just as the 5C was, spec-for-spec, exactly like the 5. This was done to cut down on costs and improve margins. And in keeping with Apple tradition, it will only be offered with 8GB of storage because if you need more storage, there's iCloud.


Huh? Surely you jest, at least in looking back at 5c options. My 5c has 32GB. More than ample, even before considering how the cloud can now reduce some local storage requirements.

So I'm keeping my green 5c if there's no 6c. That steel skeleton and the 4" screen were big selling points for me (plus I was tired of the metal look and I like the silky plastic).

I'll watch the keynote in September but I'll buy my 5c a new case for its 2nd birthday, update my iPad and tether that to the phone if I need some app that stretches capability of the 5c.

If they bring something the size of a 5c sometime, call me. Otherwise it's dumbphone city for me when the 5c finally gives it up. I'm starting to think back fondly on that tiny no-frills Verizon clamshell phone I had sometime back in the 90s. Keep yer laptop-sized "mobile phones" :)
Rating: 6 Votes
17 months ago

...could cannibalize sales of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, which Apple wants to offer as a lower-cost solution...


Low cost, mon cul...
Rating: 5 Votes
17 months ago

6c isn't happening , it cheapens the Apple brand


I am almost positive most everyone said that about the 5c.......

Anyways. So does this CONFIRM THE APPLE TV OMG?!?!?
Rating: 5 Votes

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