Apple Expected to Deliver 4.8-inch ‘iPhone Math’ Phablet [Rumor]

A new week has yet to officially start, and already we have a new iPhone rumor to sink our teeth into. We already know we should expect a new iPhone this year, which we could safely assume will be the iPhone 5S, and we have heard numerous reports revolving around a cheaper iPhone alternative that could possibly be made of plastic.

It looks like Apple may have more planned this year than just these two new iPhones; a rumor making the rounds today hints at another new iPhone, an endeavor which may be the company’s first foray into the phablet market.

The rumor is being reported by China Times as their supply chain sources believe three iPhones will be released this year.

The first device is expected to be the next-generation iPhone–the iPhone 5S–while the second could be a phablet device, which is expected to sport a 4.8-inch screen. The third model will feature a 12-megapixel camera and is expected to debut in time for the holiday season, although there is very little information regarding this particular iPhone.

The phablet iPhone, which is currently being called the “iPhone Math,” will come with an 8-megapixel camera as well as 4.8-inch display, which is close to one inch larger than the iPhone 5.

The purpose of the iPhone Math is in order to help keep Apple stay competitive in light of the number of companies which are introducing their own phablet device; such devices are expected to sell very well in the coming year.

Components for both the iPhone 5S and iPhone Math are expected to ship in March, with 90 percent of assembly expected to be handled by Foxconn.

Seeing how Apple released its iPad Mini just a few months ago to keep up with the smaller tablet offerings from competitors, we could certainly see the company releasing its own phablet, but of course, we’ll remain somewhat skeptical until Apple makes their official announcements later this year.

[Via AppleInsider]

Written by Daniel Perez; Edited by Mike Crook