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[Representational Image] File photo of Apple's iPhone 5S being displayed at an Apple shop in Tokyo's Ginza shopping districtReuters

The features of Apple's iPhone 7C have surfaced online, revealing the device will boast a bigger battery than its predecessor iPhone 5S.

In 2014, Apple bumped the screen size of their flagship iPhone series from 4.0-inch (iPhone 5S) to 4.7-inch (iPhone 6) and 5.5-inch (iPhone 6 Plus). Many fans were happy to see the change, but there are considerable number of patrons who still crave for the smaller display as its structure supports one-hand operation and it can slip in to the pocket easily.

It was widely reported that Apple might bring back the 4.0-inch model dubbed as iPhone 6C with iPhone 6S series in 2015, but it never materialised. Now, the rumour has re-surfaced online that Apple is actually done with the development of Apple iPhone 7C (aka 6C) and may hit stores in early 2016.

Mass production of the iPhone 7C will commence in January 2016, reported My Drivers, citing an executive of Apple supply chain partner, Foxconn.

The source has revealed that metal-clad iPhone 7C will feature 4.0-inch retina display (1136x640p) with 2.5D glass cover and house Touch ID finger-print sensor, Apple's proprietary A9 CPU, 2GB RAM, 16GB inbuilt storage, 8MP primary camera on the back and a 1642 mAh battery, 72 mAh more than its predecessor iPhone 5S. It comes packed with 1570 mAh cell.

It is learnt that iPhone 7C will be made available in April at least in China for around ¥4000 ($ 616/€564/Rs. 40,923).

Besides iPhone 7C, Apple is also speculated to unveil iPad Air 3 and new Watch as well.

Stay tuned for more updates.