Apple Rumored to Release Three iPhone Variants Including Unlikely "iPhone Math"
The latest rumors from abroad are claiming that Apple will launch three new smartphones in 2013 including: a next-generation iPhone, a cheaper model handset, and a surprise large-format device with a 4.8-inch screen tentatively dubbed the “iPhone Math.” The China Times
, citing upstream supply chain sources, reports that Apple will be unveiling the three iPhones at staggered launches throughout the year, with the first two being the next-generation iPhone and the 4.8 “phablet” (phone/tablet) device. The sources are claiming a third model with a 12-megapixel camera will debut before the holiday season, though not much is known about the product at this time.
The next-generation iPhone seems inevitable and many recent reports have suggested Apple may be debuting a more affordable handset this year. This report was the first time the “iPhone Math” was mentioned and truth be told, it seems highly unlikely that Apple would release such a device. While details of the mystery device’s specifications remain scarce, sources claim it will feature a large display measuring at least 4.8 inches diagonally. Specs such as the form-factor and screen resolution remain unknown but the device is said to be sporting a 12-megapixel camera with lenses built by Largan Precision. The name doesn’t seem very logical, neither does the June launch date the device is said to have, especially given the issues that Apple seems to be having with the iPhone 5’s 4-inch display.
The cheaper more cost-effective iPhone, albeit leaving many skeptical, seems to be a possibility as many are pointing towards Apple needing to make a presence in the emerging markets such as China. Reports have been pointing towards specific parts and manufacturer deadlines for said device as well as the next-generation iPhone. It should be noted that rumors, especially ones from overseas, should all be taken with a grain of salt as very few of them come to fruition.
Ultimately, we’ll need to be patient and see what Apple announces and releases by being patient.
Source: China Times