Previously tipped to be heading for launch alongside the iPhone 5S release date later this year, new iPhone Math rumours have suggested the as yet far from confirmed handset will in fact be formally unveiled in 2014 as a potential iPhone 6 offering.
“Previously it was said that Apple would release a lower-cost version of its iPhone with a bigger screen in 2013,” serial Apple tipsters Digitimes reported. “Sources claimed that Apple is indeed developing an iPhone with a bigger screen, but that will not be among the models to be launched this year.”
Suggesting that the prolonged product cycle has been caused by limited access to Apple’s new in-cell touch panel displays, latest iPhone Math reports have cited unnamed insider sources in claiming “it is still yet to be determined if Apple will have adequate supply of in-cell touch panels in 2013 for a lower-cost version of the iPhone due to mass production issues from the technology in 2012.”
Contradicting the latest claims and adding further backing to reports of an upcoming 4.8-inch iPhone release later this year, industry analysts have suggested an oversized, Samsung Galaxy S3 rivalling, iPhone is indeed on the cards for 2013 but that it will not be dubbed the iPhone Math.
“Our checks agree three different models are scheduled for launch in 2013 but disagree on the details,” Piper Jefferies analyst Peter Misek said in a note to investors. “We believe a lower-cost 4.3″ iPhone and multicolor 4” iPhone 5S will launch in June/July.”
He added: “Additionally, we believe a 4.8″ iPhone model is scheduled for the end of October. We do not know what this phone will be called and think ‘Math’ might be a mistranslation or a code name.”
With the first iPhone Math rumours doing the rounds earlier this week, original reports suggested that the claimed 4.8-inch handset has become “key to Apple’s reproduction” and that the Cupertino based company “must land a big counter-offensive” in order to compete with the wide range of Android handsets.
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