Not so long ago, Digitimes reported that Apple was working on a low-cost iPhone with a 5-inch display for release this year. However, today this statement has been replaced by a new claim from the site saying that Apple is instead working on two 4-inch iPhones for 2013, with plans to release the larger device sometime in the future.
This statement is from Digitimes’ updated rumor:
“Previously it was (Digitimes) 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 denied statement means that Digitimes now agrees with the likes of Bloomberg and The Wall Street Journal, and the site now believes that this year Apple will release another new iPhone alongside the iPhone 5S. This device is thought to be the widely speculated low-cost iPhone, and is expected to feature a 4-inch non-Retina display and specs that are ‘worse’ than the current iPhone 5, and targeted at the mid-range market:
“One of the two versions to be introduced this year will target the midrange market segment, but both will adopt in-cell touch technology…However, the sources noted 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. The iPhone 5 took a hit in sales during 2012 as a result of poor yields for in-cell technology, but the sources are now saying those yields are improving.”