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The latest from the perpetual motion machine that is the Apple rumor mill suggests Cupertino is preparing not one, but three new iPhone models for 2013. One phone is even being called the iPhone Math, which we can only hope is either a codename or the brainchild of poor translation from Chinese to English (maybe they meant iPhone Max?).
The rumors come courtesy of Brightwire.com, a site that translated the stories from Taiwan-based Commercial Times and the China Times. According to the publication, the iPhone Math would feature a 4.8-inch display and an 8-megapixel camera although it’s still unclear why Apple would pick such a strange name for the handset.
The idea of three new handsets from Apple seems at least plausible as it would allow the California company to appeal to a wider user base. The rumors suggest Apple would release a 4-inch iPhone 5S and the aforementioned iPhone Math before the end of June – perhaps in time for an unveiling at the Worldwide Developers Conference earlier in the month. A third mystery iPhone with a 12-megapixel camera will hit retail stores in time for the holiday season, we’re told.
If you recall, the last two handsets from Apple – the iPhone 4S and iPhone 5 – were both launched in the third quarter. Before that, however, Cupertino was keen on unveiling new hardware at WWDC in June and releasing it a few weeks later during late spring / early summer. Now that they have shifted things around a bit, we typically see the latest iteration of iOS surface at WWDC instead of new iPhone hardware.
As with most rumors, we recommend you digest this one with a healthy grain of salt – especially the iPhone Math naming convention.
The iPhone 4S looks identical to last year's model but comes in a new 64GB flavor and upgrades the camera to include an 8-megapixel sensor with improved low-light performance and 1080p video capture. In terms of performance the new iPhone is reportedly up to 2x faster and is also capable of running on faster HSPA+ networks, reaching theoretical download speeds of up to 14.4Mbps.
The Apple iPhone 5 features a 4-inch display retains the same 326 PPI density as its predecessor with an effective resolution of 1,126 x 640, and a new Lightning connector. The new handset now features 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi with 802.11n supporting dual-band 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequencies. Bluetooth 4.0 is back in addition to GPS and GLONASS for location services.
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