iPhone 7: '7C' leaked in Chinese presentation
China Mobile, China's state owned mobile phone network, and the largest mobile network in the world with over 800 million users, has revealed the biggest hint so far that a small, likely 4-inch iPhone is coming early next year.
The mobile operator was hosting a presentation laying out their product schedule in 2016, when an attendee took a photograph of a slide showing that they will be handling the launch of an iPhone "7C" in April.
The 7C name suggested for the product goes against what is currently expected of Apple's nomenclature, as most rumours so far regarding the device have touted the name iPhone 6C over using the 7 moniker.
While the presentation all but confirms the suspicion that a new entry level iPhone is going to launch in early 2016, some critics feel that the "7C" name listed on the slide will not be the final product name. Trustedreviews says that it is unlikely that Apple will introduce their 7 model line with a 'C' variant, and that an iPhone using the 7 designation still isn't coming until September.
The leak comes against a tide of rumours suggesting the 6C name will be used, although Micgadget did report that the phone would be called the 7C earlier this month.
The same rumours have also strongly suggested that the phone will launch in early 2016 before a full iPhone 7 reveal later on in the year. However, Ubergizmo points out that Apple usually reserves Q1/Q2 for products other than iPhones. It is rumoured that an Apple Watch 2 reveal will happen in early 2016, and if the new 4-inch iPhone is coming, it will have to tag onto the launch of Apple's next smartwatch.