Even though we aren’t currently in the middle of an Apple product release schedule, history has shown us that it is pretty much impossible to escape the rumor mill that so often surrounds new hardware from the fruit company. Following on from earlier speculation about the potential existence of a new budget iPhone, the latest news coming from Asia is suggesting that Apple is not only planning on announcing the seventh-generation iPhone along with a budget handset, but also a larger 4.8-inch device.
The report seems sketchy due to its insistence that high-level supply chains are claiming that Apple will attempt to compete in the "phablet" market with the launch of the 4.8-inch device. The same sources are suggesting that the new hardware will form part of a staggered launch during the year and will launch under the "iPhone Math" identity, something that seems to suggest the speculation may prove to be just that.
If, by some strange turn of events, the information turns out accurate, then it means we would be seeing three different iPhone models hitting the market this year, all with different release dates. The rumors surrounding the release of a budget iPhone doesn’t want to disperse, with it now being said that the device will launch in the third-quarter of this year and will feature a familiar design to the current hardware but with a polycarbonate outer shell to save on expenses.
While the supply chain sources seem extremely confident that the mysterious ‘iPhone Math’ device will happen, they seem remarkably cagey on the possible specifications of the purported device. The new hardware is said to feature an onboard 8-megapixel camera with advanced lenses built by Largan Precision, a lens which is said to make an appearance in the iPhone 5S when it launches later this year.
Out of all of the reported devices, it seems that the seventh-generation iPhone, or the iPhone 5S as it looks likely to be called, is the only one that we can actually bank on seeing the light of day this year. Attendees of this year’s Worldwide Developer Conference could possibly get the first glimpse of the new hardware and its rumored fingerprint scanner home button as Apple is set to roll back their launch schedule to the original June release.