Rumors are swirling* that Canon, which had originally intended to introduce a 6D Mark II in 2016, might be killing off the model altogether.
Why? Well, it's speculation still, but there have been indications of an all-new Canon camera model on the way, and the rumor mill has quickly spun that into a full-frame mirrorless. This is unsubstantiated, although it does seem relatively logical. And the Canon 6D is Canon's entry-level full-frame SLR, and a full-frame mirrorless to compete with Sony's very successful A7[x] series would presumably cross-cannibalize with the 6D. So Canon might put the 6D update on the shelf on order to give the new camera a better chance.
The Canon 6D "Mark I," introduced in the Fall of 2012 and still current
It's also possible that Canon will make its mirrorless camera larger-than-FF, AKA "medium format," to join the Hasselblad and Fuji medium-format mirrorless models...and prevent those brands from making inroads from that front.
Rumors have circulated regularly of a Canon medium-format camera for many decades now. The first one I heard about was in the mid-to-later 1980s, when it would have been a film camera. And no doubt Canon has done due diligence over the years with mock-ups and prototypes; the details would mostly be proprietary, though, so full disclosure is impossible.
Another unsubstantiated rumor...an industry legend, who is gone now, once told me that his friends at Canon privately confessed to him that Canon was only afraid of one company, and it was "not Nikon, and not Leica." That company was Fuji. That was surprising at the time, because that was way back when Fuji essentially just dabbled in the camera market. As we all know, Fuji isn't dabbling any more. So that might support the idea of a FF+ sensor mirrorless camera from Canon, as it would answer Fuji. Japanese companies traditionally pay the most attention to what their Japanese competitors are doing...and not what we consider their Japanese competitors, but what they consider their Japanese competitors.
This is probably pretty far out yet, in any event—if there's one thing that seems fair to generalize, it's that Canon does not move as fast as some more nimble companies...such as...er, well, Fuji. But either a full-frame or medium-format mirrorless model from Canon, if either proves to be true, would be very big news indeed in our little corner of the World.
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Speed: "A Canon medium format camera would require a whole new set of lenses. Lenses that wouldn't work on their APS-C cameras, their full frame cameras or their cinema cameras. I think you need to analyze Canon based on the markets that they serve such as professional wedding/portrait/school, studio, advertising, architecture/real estate, video advertising/marketing, broadcast (news, feature, documentary), on-line video and so forth. When Canon moved into cinema it was priced right, their existing lenses were a powerful feature, and the 5D Mark II had put their foot in the door. By the way, there is a big price gap between the 6D to the 5D Mark IV. Plenty of room for something new and different."
Jack: "One thing that mitigates against the notion of a Canon digital medium format is the question of where the sensors are going to come from. Canon has pretty much used exclusively its own sensors in its DSLRs. Furthermore, Canon's dual-pixel sensor technology is fundamental to PDAF on Canon mirrorless (at the moment). The thing is, as far as I know Canon's never made a chip-making machine (stepper) capable of making chips that large. Few steppers are—about the only option is Nikon's venerable NSR-4425i stepper from the late 20th century, only available pre-owned. Either way, whether buying Sony sensors like everyone else is doing, or buying used Nikon steppers, Canon would have to go out-of-house for digital medium-format sensors. Well, unless they've decided it's worthwhile to build their own wide-format stepper, which I really doubt."
ADDENDUM from Jack: "I've learned that Canon does indeed make steppers that can produce medium-format-sized chips. Their new FPA-5510iX can go up to 56x52 mm. That's big enough for a 645-sized frame (56x42).
"So I'm going to go way out on a limb and suggest that if Canon ever does go medium format, it might be 645, not the 'almost 127' of current medium-format sensors (excluding Phase One)."
Verve: "The 6D is so good and so reasonably priced that I bought two of them, and they have serve me well. I sincerely doubt that Canon will kill the 6D. I fully expect a 6D version II will follow the original."