iPhone 5 LTE

Despite the fact that Apple just launched the iPhone 5 in September of last year, talk of the next iteration of the handset has already started to accumulate. It seems like we hear rumors regarding the next-gen iPhone on a weekly basis.

The latest report claims that Apple is actually planning on unveiling three new handsets this year. It says that the first two, the iPhone 5S and the ‘iPhone Math,’ will launch in June, and a third, unknown model, just before Christmas…

China Times, which has been translated by BrightWire, reports:

“Apple will announce three new iPhone models in 2013, and two of them, the 4-inch iPhone 5S and 4.8-inch iPhone Math (both featuring 8-mega-pixel cameras), will hit markets before the end of June, China Times reported citing Taiwan-based Commercial Times.

Citing Apple’s suppliers, the report added that the third model, which has not been exposed, will be launched before Christmas. The model will feature a 12-mega-pixel camera.”

We’ve heard several reports in the past few months alleging that Apple has two separate iPhones in the works — a successor for the iPhone 5 and a so-called ‘budget’ model — but this is the first time we’ve heard anything about a third one.

This is also the first time we’ve heard anything about an ‘iPhone Math.’ But it’s worth noting that the 4.8-inch display part does mesh with a report we saw last December that was based on an investor note by Jefferies analyst Peter Misek:

“Several iPhone 6 prototypes appear to be floating around. The model with a 4.8″ screen is the most interesting. It has a Retina+ IGZO screen, a new A7 quad-core processor variant, and a new form factor with no home button. Full gesture control is also possibly included.

It wouldn’t surprise me if Apple had several iPhone prototypes floating around. For one, to evaluate them and see which models are more efficient to manufacture. And two, to keep analysts and such guessing—which seems to be working.

But if I were a betting man, I’d put my money on the iPhone 5S, and possibly a budget handset. There’s nothing in Apple’s history that suggests it would name a product ‘the iPhone Math,’ and a 4.8-inch display seems almost just as unlikely.

As far as the launch though, I’m starting to think there might actually be something to this June timeframe. Going back through all of the previous next-gen iPhone reports, I noticed that roughly 90% of them all called for a June/July release.

What do you make of all of this?

  • Pixie

    inb4 we only get the iPhone 5S same as iPhone 5 but upgraded specs … We all know thats whats going to happen

    • But what is the new “feature” to it like with 4S got Siri?

      • Kurt

        iphone 5Same?

      • @dongiuj

        Increased front facing camera?

      • JamesR624

        Nothing. Apple is coasting now. Maybe that’s not a bad thing either. Maybe Apple is focusing more of it’s efforts to make iOS 7 really wow people. It would make up for the slight bores that were iOS 5 and 6, and would deter people from waiting for a jailbreak if it has enough compelling features or at least ONE big game changer. (Homescreen widgets, finder app, custom app defaults, etc)

      • dream on

  • Kurt

    iPhone Math? why not iPhone Algebra?

    • RarestName

      It’s the code name.

    • ah yes its about time apple make a nice big phone.. .. i am ready

  • Kurt

    i’d love to see an iphone with a 4.8 in screen. i’d definitely consider staying with apple. i just want a much larger screen, and a good app selection. and the iphone has the best third party apps. but im really intrigued by the galaxy note 2 with split screen. not sure if i would use it but i love the option! but i still want to give the windows phone OS a try

    • Almost got a windows phone but the app selection is horrible and since Google has announced they’re not making apps for that OS, it’s pretty much a game killer for me.

    • wadjj

      with 4-inch I already feel uncomfortable hitting back button on the top left(like most, I’m right-handed), if Apple ever launched a 4.8-inch without changing the OS layout, it’d be the shittiest phone for single hand usage. Andoid phones are big or even huge, but the back button is on the bottom. From my previous experience,4.3-inch is perfect for one hand usage and even 4.8-inch is only equally hard to use with iPhone 5

      • wadjj

        And because android is capable of swype input, one hand input is a breeze. Android’s only problem is their poor app selection.

      • and their glitchy scrolling

      • speedy

        You guys never tried the Nexus 4…smoother than iphone.

    • would u love to get 5.8″ one? want bigger get phablet ^_^

    • iPhone5&sgs2

      my bro boughet the galaxy note 2, I dont like it i think its too big, I prefer ipad mini or nexus 7.

      • Kurt

        just decided to take a look at some vids of the galaxy note 2. wow that thing has amazing features. i was shocked. now i see why the iphone is so popular with grandmothers

    • The windows phone has really no apps at all.

  • haha as much as I’d love for this to be truth I highly doubt it.

  • I think you mean successor to the iPhone 5 there. 😉

  • Lordthree

    According to the internets “math” is a poor translation of “plus”. I doubt Apple would name it iPhone+ tho.

    4 inches really is too big already tho. I have very big hands but even I’m having trouble texting with one hand while holding the phone upside down. Index finger tags the top right corner while thumb is typing for input mistakes. 3.5 is the ideal size, but I suppose they got a little extra room for components this way.

    • Melvco

      +1 for the math-to-plus translation. ‘iPhone+’ sounds weird to me too, but it makes way more sense than the ‘iPhone math.’

      • Lordthree

        And, it wouldn’t be the first time Apple used “+” as a modifier either XD

    • @dongiuj

      Try texting standing up instead. It’s a lot easier than upside down…

      • Lordthree

        Not just texting, but all keyboard input

    • Dan

      Too big? I don’t have big hands and I have no trouble texting with my GS3 (4.8”). You must be doing it wrong =P

  • Todd M

    Perhaps MATH is an acronym. Any guesses?

    • @dongiuj

      More Apple Technical Hogwash.

  • iPhoneCalculator mate…..

  • Sounds cool!

  • RarestName

    Please don’t increase the width size…

  • iPhone 5S could presumably be called iPhone 5Slimmer

    • JamesR624

      NO! I really hope apple focuses on powerful hardware and software again and stops trying to make it thinner and thinner. Many people already complained that the 5 felt TOO light. Hell, I had to put a case on for the sole purpose of making it feel more solid in my hand so I wouldn’t drop it.

      • Mysteroy3k

        But with advanced parts and tech coming smaller , it automatically makes the device open to be smaller, it’s a bonus and not a focus

  • Mohammad Ridwan

    Now I can’t wait for the Macbook Pro Precalculus.,.. 😛

  • I don’t think Apple will Jump on the Quadcore Bandwaggon in 2013.

  • JamesR624

    Well considering that 1) these rumors make NO sense and 2) there have been MANY fake “reports” going around of different things that have been proven multiple times to be the WSJ and other sources manipulating stocks, I am still surprised this garbage still even makes it to the iDB news page.

    People, all this is crap to manipulate the stock prices. This has been proven multiple times. It goes against EVERYTHING both Cook and company have been saying multiple times, and makes no sense as it would cannibalize both sales of the current iPhone 5 as well as the cheaper iPhone 4S and 4. (both of which ALREADY are being sold to budget markets. They’re plenty powerful for budget phones and it would not be profitable at all for Apple to spit manufacturing into separate models when there is NO need to.)

  • How about iPhone english?

  • damn where is Steve Jobs? RIP but apple isnt the same without him

  • Chris Cooper

    Maybe it’s the iPhone Plus and not iPhone Math. Someone misunderstood the plus sign. lol

  • What’s so surprising about a June release? To compete with the android phones, Apple’s going to have to go to a semiannual release schedule. ‘S’ release early in the year and the major new version later in the year – that’s the schedule I’m betting Apple is going to with the iPhones.

  • Liam Mulcahy

    I would like a apple phtablet but not one with a stupid name

  • pauleebe

    Anything over 4.5″ seems silly, as I have big hands and sometimes find the screen on the iPhone 5 awkward. But I think lots of developers would be frustrated by this screen change happening twice within a year.

  • This has got to be the stupidest code name ever “iPhone Math” wtf does that even mean this sounds like a hoax.

  • This is the same hype that surrounded the unveiling of the 4S. In the end, only a 5S will be unleashed.

  • Larger screen and no home button, preponderantly gesture based…. That’s what I’ve been yearning for Apple to produce for two years. Unlikely it’ll be released this year, though. However, it would be perfect for my upgrade time. Lol. Then I’d have to wait 6 months for it to be jailbroken. Might be a tough year. :p