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Digitimes is reporting that manufacturers in the Apple supply chain are preparing for a successor to the 4-inch iPhone 5c, but it isn’t coming this year which matches current expectations from the rumor mill. Many have wondered if the iPhone 5c will be killed off entirely, but Digitimes believes that the product will actually go into production in the second quarter of 2016.

As usual, treat Digitimes reports with skepticism as their track record of accuracy is very muddy — especially when it comes to release dates — but they are usually on point with supply chain comments.

The report is giving some substance by the fact that the much-more-reliable Ming-Chi Kuo from from KGI said something similar in April. In that report, KGI ruled out a new 4-inch iPhone this year but said one was in the cards for 2016.

Digitimes claims that Apple is using FinFET chips for the new ‘cheap’ iPhone which will allow for 16 nanometer fabrication. Apple’s use of FinFET has been circling though Chinese media channels for several months.

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