The phone will debut in China around the middle of the year. But no word on whether it will expand to other countries.
One in every four smartphones now sold in urban China is an iPhone, according to research firm Kantar Worldpanel ComTech.
Google's mobile OS still leads in worldwide smartphone sales, but Apple saw its share rise in virtually all countries surveyed by research firm Kantar Worldpanel ComTech.
The iPhone 6 Plus alone accounted for 41 percent of all phablet sales in the US in the fall, according to research firm Kantar Worldpanel ComTech.
CNET goes over the hits and misses that helped define our year in smartphones.
iOS mobile traffic has inched up across the US after the iPhone 6's launch in mid-September, while Android traffic has dipped, according to Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster.
The release of WatchKit will allow developers to start creating apps for the Apple Watch, which is expected early next year.
CNET has learned that HTC still plans to enter the burgeoning wearables business despite speculation its watch was scratched.
The new device, with a sapphire-crystal display and pulse-tracking sensors, starts at $349 and will be available early next year.
CEO Tim Cook delivers on a promise to move into a new product category, making a foray into wearable devices with the Apple Watch. Plus: Bigger-screen iPhones and a mobile service called Apple Pay.