Apple To Launch ‘iPhone Math’ With Larger 4.8-Inch Display This June [Rumor]

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Apple is said to be preparing three new iPhone handsets for launch during 2013, two of which will appear in June, China Times reports. In addition to a slightly updated iPhone 5S, the Cupertino company is expected to unveil the “iPhone Math,” a larger device with a 4.8-inch display. Both devices are to offer improved internals and an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera.

“iPhone Math” doesn’t sound at all like a name Apple would choose for its iPhone — or any of its products, for that matter. But we must point out that the original report has been translated from Chinese, and may have been misunderstood. Some speculate that the actual name could be “iPhone Plus,” which sounds much more plausible.

This mystery device is expected to launch alongside the iPhone 5S in June. We don’t know much about its hardware, other than it will offer a large 4.8-inch display. And these won’t be the only two iPhones launching this year, according to the report. There is also expected to be a third that will arrive during the holiday season, which will offer a much-improved 12-megapixel rear-facing camera.

While these claims are certainly questionable, the report contains a lot of detailed information on suppliers and production plans. According to BrightWire, which translated the original story, shipments for components, including displays and cameras, will start rising significantly in March, and production for the iPhone 5S and the iPhone Math (I’ll never get used to typing that) will begin in April.

Hon Hai Precision Industry, which owns Foxconn, is expected to undertake 90% of the manufacturing orders, while Largan has received orders for 8 million camera lenses. Microelectrics Technology will start designing 4G network solutions for the devices.

The report also mentions the “iTV,” Apple’s much-anticipated television set, which it claims will launch before the end of this year.

This isn’t the first time we’ve heard reports of a larger iPhone — and it certainly won’t be the last. Jeffries analyst Peter Misek reported back in December that Apple is working on a 4.8-inch iPhone, while DigiTimes has also claimed that a larger device is in the works. However, we’re still not entirely convinced.

Apple has only recently launched the iPhone 5 with a larger 4-inch display, and when it did, the Cupertino company made a big thing about keeping its display small enough for us to use with one hand. Not only that, but developers have had to adapt their apps and games for a larger display once already. Launching another device just nine months later, with yet another screen size, and forcing them to do that again just seems unlikely.

  • daov2a

    I really hope this is a false rumor. Talk about throwing crap at a wall to see if it sticks if this is true.

  • technochick

    When a company that has never been associated with Apple comes up in a rumor by name, one should ask if the rumor is true or just an attempt to push value on said company

  • Alexander530

    I’m really happy with the iPhone5’s 4inch display adding another row of icons. But a 4.5 display to add another column of icons as well would’ve been much better. That said, a 4.8 iPhone would be awesome and I think will do really well.

  • Nick Hansen

    A screen thats 2.4×4.1 inches would be just under 4.8″ diagonally and 16:9.. sounds like something Apple might do.

  • hanhothi

    “the Cupertino company made a big thing about keeping its display small enough for us to use with one hand”. Yes but Jobs also said they would never release an iPad Mini as you would have to sand down your finger tips, yet here it is already.

    The extra length of the iPhone5 is pointless to me and I will not buy it, the screen is still too small. If they kept the original aspect ratio and produced a phone with a bigger screen then I probably would buy it.

    The alternative bigger phone is of course a Samsung. Yes, I know the iSheep hate “Samsuck”, but the fact is they make great kit, and Android is far outstripping tired old iOS that will not let me put short cuts to WiFi and BlueTooth on my home screen or otherwise take control of MY phone. I am pretty tired of iOS, and although we may see a radical (and long overdue) revamp from the British genius Sir Jony, you can bet it will not be available for older Apple iOS devices.

    Now comes the “hate” replies from the iSheep! As if I care! Flame me, go on!!!

  • branjmb

    LOL there’s the iphone 5S and then the iphone “PLUS” and STILL you say there’s aTHIRD iphone that will get a better camera than we already have?!?! if the plus doesnt get a 12mp, that’s just ridiculous.. exactly what type of 3rd iphone would be able to hold a 12mp camera better than a 5S or “PLUS”?!?!

    don’t be afraid to critique the rumors, Killian!

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