A Chinese report (via GforGames) citing “Foxconn insiders” and other unnamed sources claims that the iPhone 6c, Apple’s rumored 4-inch entry-level phone to replace the 5c, is due to be announced by Apple in January and go on sale in February.

Apple may have used the term “unapologetically plastic” to describe the iPhone 5c, but the latest report about its 6c successor repeats earlier rumors that Apple will be switching to metal this time around.

There have been mixed rumors on the spec of the iPhone 6c … 

Unsurprisingly, it’s not expected that the device will support 3D Touch – a feature Apple will likely want to reserve for its flagship handsets for some time – but it has been suggested that the 6c will get Touch ID and an NFC chip to support Apple Pay.

The claimed release date would be unusual for Apple, but entirely possible given that the company didn’t launch it alongside its flagship phones. Back in the summer, there were sketchy reports of a November launch, though KGI’s Ming-Chi Kuo had earlier said that was unlikely and that it would instead be the first half of 2016.

The thinking goes that the 6c would replace the iPhone 5s as the entry-level handset in Apple’s line-up. Perhaps Apple is winding down the 5s production now.

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