If you're holding out for a 5-inch iPhone, you might have to wait until 2014, a new report claims.
The iPhone 5
In an about-face, DigiTimes — the purveyor of numerous Apple rumours, some of which have been true — has said not to get your hopes up for an even larger version of the iPhone. At least, not this year.
The tech news site said that Apple's still working on one, but that it won't come in the second half of this year, as DigiTimes excitedly reported earlier this month. That report made waves with the claim that Apple is working on a low-cost model with an even larger screen than the 4-inch display found on the iPhone 5.
"Previously it was said that Apple would release a lower-cost version of its iPhone with a bigger screen in 2013," DigiTimes said this morning. "But the 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."
The reasoning behind the time frame, the updated report said, is that the supply of the larger displays could be creating production issues.
The report follows one from the Chinese-language outlet Commercial Times yesterday, which said that Apple has a low-cost, 4.8-inch iPhone model in the hopper, dubbed the "iPhone Math". Jefferies analyst Peter Misek, who watches Apple's supply chain closely, put out a note to investors this morning agreeing with that possibility.
"Our checks agree three different models are scheduled for launch in 2013, but disagree on the details," Misek said. "We believe a lower-cost 4.3-inch iPhone and multicolour 4-inch iPhone 5S will launch in June/July. Additionally, we believe a 4.8-inch 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."
Apple currently sells three different models of the iPhone, but has only ever introduced one model at a time, choosing to sell the older model at a lower price. There were numerous rumours ahead of the iPhone 4S in 2011 that Apple planned to change with the simultaneous release of a 4S and 5, something that proved to be wrong.