iPhone 5 (black, two-up, flat, front, back)

The somewhat reliable DigiTimes reports this morning that Apple will this year release two new iPhone models, not three as one analyst predicted. Citing industry sources, the trade publication claims Apple is planning two four-inch iPhone models due around summer, one of them being targeted at the midrange market segment (budget iPhone, anyone?).

Interestingly, both these devices are said to use in-cell display technology featured on the iPhone 5. This last tidbit contradicts yesterday’s report out of Japan suggesting Apple asked Sharp to cut orders of iPhone 5 in-cell panels in half for the next quarter. Additionally, past reports asserted Apple is moving away from in-cell tech and evaluating a new display technology for 2013 iOS devices called Touch-On-Display

According to DigiTimes:

Previously it was said that Apple would release a lower-cost version of its iPhone with a bigger screen in 2013. 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 report goes on to note that “mass production issues” from in-cell technology in 2012 may prevent Apple from securing adequate supply of these panels in 2013. The site expects about 37 iPhones in Q1 2013, 20 million of which are expected to be for the iPhone 5.

The iPhone 5 shipments are expected to drop even further to approximately 18 million units in Q2 2013 as Apple ramps up production of the next-gen model.

It is worth remembering that DigiTimes has a mixed track record, though they’re usually good with supply chain news.

The jumbo-sized iPhone with a 4.8-inch display, per the rumor-mill, was supposed to come in June, dubbed iPhone Math (we also explained why that moniker won’t stick).

Do you buy this latest rumor?

  • i dont’t care about a bigger or smaller iPhone as long as Apple sells a small one (3.5 or 4 inch) too. Apple should sell 4-5 6 inch iPhones so the people may chose there prefered size 😛

  • pauleebe

    I’m happy with the thinness and lightness of the iPhone. Let’s work on making an LTE world iPhone and improving battery life while opening up iOS, or at least improving it. Apple has always had solid hardware, but their software is what gives their devices an edge. I hope iOS is revamped to maintain this falling reputation.

    • we are all hoping for more but will probably get less…

  • Johnathan Jennings

    I think I’d like a 5.5 inch iPhone

  • samdchuck

    I you were to believe all these rumours then Apple will soon sell the same amount of phone models as Samsung does. It won’t happen.

    • Looks like you are one of the few people who can use their brain. Congrats and my respect.

  • jilex

    if it happens (and i don’t think so) they will have to be the same size, otherwise it will create fragmentation

  • jose castro

    lol watch android going to sue because the screen to big.

  • 4p0c4lyps3

    4.8 sounds cool. I’d buy one.

    • An iphone Note …hm.With a 3000mah battery…..would be perfect for me…and a small jailybreaky.They will do something like this…I feel it in my bones…the iphone maxi…….

  • I reckon I’d love an iPhone the size of the Galaxy S3

  • Kurt

    what does rene from imoreon say about the 4.8inch screen? he’s often rude to his readers so i don’t read news from his site, but he does have some good contacts

    • macboy74

      So because he was rude to you that makes him an overall rude person? I followed imore when it was The iPhone blog in ’08 and even met Rene at the Apple store in Canada and he’s not a bad dude at all. He’s just really into what he likes and does.

      • Kurt

        Has nothing to do with me. I’ve never written a comment on his site.

  • heck a budget iphone could be one with only 4GB or 8GB instead of 16GB for basse model

  • Bigger iPhone this year? It’s too early for Apple to do that, I wouldn’t mind it though. The thing is iOS needs a REVOLUTIONARY change and as soon as possible!