First we heard rumors about Apple producing a cheaper, low-end iPhone that would help the company do well in emerging markets. Now there’s a rumor saying that Apple will launch a larger iPhone with a 4.8-inch display in June. Whoa, that’s almost phablet territory.
According to China Times, Apple will launch two phones with different screen sizes in June. The first one will have a 4.8-inch or larger screen and will be called ‘iPhone Math’, which is so not Apple. The second one will be an updated version of the iPhone 5. Both would come with an 8 megapixel camera. China Times also believes that Apple will launch another iPhone with a 12 megapixel camera later this year. That seems very unlikely of Apple, let alone the 4.8-inch iPhone called iPhone Math.
Various rumors and reports have suggested that Apple will be releasing a smaller, cheaper iPhone, which seems likely. And an updated iPhone 5S also seems legitimate. BrightWire did a good job with translating the report, which suggests that Apple will start production of these iPhones in April and that there will be a sudden rise in component orders in March.
The report also claims that Apple will launch about 7-8 new products in 2013, including an iTV.
Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. Ltd. will undertake 90% of the manufacturing orders, and Largan has received orders for 8 million camera lenses. Fujikura, Flexium and Zhen Ding will share production orders for printed circuit boards.
Foxconn Technology and Coxon will provide molding parts for Apple’s new models; Foxlink will continue to offer connectors; Hon Hai Precision’s Microelectronics Technology will start designing 4G network solutions for Apple.
We’re not sure how much of this is true, but a cheaper iPhone has also been reported by the Wall Street Journal and others. An updated iPhone, probably called the iPhone 5S is also something that Apple may announce. iPhone Math is something that Apple would never release, I mean, the name itself is a disaster. We’ll have to wait for more reports and leaks to see what Apple is up to this year. What do you think Apple is doing?