It looked for all the world like a new iPhone. But it wasn't to be.
As part of a render depicting its new Lightning iPhone dock, Apple this week released pictures which appeared to show off its as–yet–unannounced iPhone 6C.
The plastic–backed handset had a Touch ID button, a feature which the current entry level iPhone 5C does not have.
When it was first seen, tech fanatics believed Apple had made a colossal mistake and had leaked an image of the as-yet-unseen phone.
However, it now turns out that this was a Photoshop error. A failure to change layers before posting the rendered image is most likely the cause of the problem, which Apple has now fixed.
The image won’t stop the growing rumours that Apple is plotting an updated 4–inch iPhone, most likely for release this autumn.
The iPhone 6C is thought to have the same specs as 2013’s iPhone 5S, but with a plastic design so Apple can cut costs.
Larger iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus models, reportedly with Apple’s new Force Touch tech, are also said to be making their official appearance at the same time as their new stripped down stablemate.