According to some rumors, the next iPhone could come in different colors and sizes.
The China Times via global investment news service BrightWire now reports that Apple could launch three iPhone models in 2013: the first one the next generation iPhone dubbed iPhone 5S, the second model with a 4.8-inch display and the third model with a 12-megapixel camera.
If the possibility of Apple launching three iPhone models isn’t crazy enough, the report claims that the iPhone with 4.8-inch display is dubbed “iPhone Math”, which doesn’t make any sense (or probably a mistranslation of iPhone+).
The report notes that the 4.8-inch iPhone will enable Apple to compete with rivals who have been offering phablet devices. Phones with screens larger than 5 inches (diagonal) are often called “phablets” as they’re larger than phones, but smaller than tablets. While it seems quite awkward to use the device as a phone, they seem to be quite popular with consumers lately. In fact, analysts predict over 60 million phablets will ship this year alone. 60 million might not sound like a lot, but it’s 136% more than 2012. Analysts at IHS iSuppli predict that phablet demand isn’t a fad either with double digit growth predicted through 2016.
The report claims that the bigger iPhone will come with 4.8-inch screen and an 8-megapixel camera with lenses built by Largan Precision. The Chinese firm has apparently been contracted to supply 8 million camera lenses for “iPhone 5S” and the so-called “iPhone Math” device.
The report notes that the shipment of components for the iPhone 5S and the 4.8-inch iPhone will begin in March ahead of the late-April production. China Times claims that Apple will launch iPhone 5S and the 4.8-inch iPhone in June and the third iPhone model before the holiday season.
The report also claims that Apple will launch its rumored Television set before the end of the year.
This is not the first time, Apple has been rumored to be working on a bigger iPhone. Last year, Japanese blog – Macotakara had claimed that Apple could launch a new iPhone with 5-inch Retina Display in 2013.
I would take the report with a pinch of salt, but I would definitely like to see Apple launch an iPhone with a bigger screen, though the odds of that happening seem to be very low.
HT: Apple Insider