Physical evidence of a 4-inch Apple smartphone is starting to make its way out into the wild. Not just a rear shell, but purportedly a fully assembled non-working model of the “iPhone 6C,” according to video obtained by MIC Gadget.
The device seen in the clip looks a whole lot like its larger aluminum siblings, with the same white antenna bands and even the camera bump found in the larger iPhones. But without another device side-by-side, it’s hard to give a definitive comparison between Apple’s anticipated device and its current lineup.
That’s just about all the video shows. While it gives a detailed look at the device’s exterior it’s never actually powered on. That being said, it’s also entirely possible that this is one of many 4-inch prototype iPhones, as Apple is known to test multiple device designs simultaneously, as seen in a December 60 Minutes segment inside the company’s design lab.
Apple’s 4-inch smartphone is expected to be a step up from the iPhone 5S with an upgraded processor and the addition of features such as wireless near-field communication (NFC) technology to support the Apple Pay mobile payment system. But it isn’t expected to receive some of the more cutting edge features of Apple's iPhone lineup, such as the pressure-sensitive 3D Touch screen found on the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus.
Apple is expected to reveal the iPhone 6C during an event in March, followed by an April release. At the same time it also may unveil an “Apple Watch 2,” the expected successor to the Apple Watch launched in April 2015.
Later in 2016, Apple is also expected to launch a completely redesigned “iPhone 7,” which may come with water resistance features, wireless charging and a number of other additions.