The iPhone Math is the latest odd-name rumor from China. Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) is said to be making a phone with a 4.8-inch screen, with release date around June. There's also said to be an iPhone 5S coming (well, duh).
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劉家熙 (Jia-Xi Liu) reports from Taipei:
...the 4-inch iPhone 5S and 4.8-inch iPhone Math...will hit markets before the end of June.
manufacturers will begin production in late April. ... Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. Ltd. will undertake 90% of the manufacturing. MORE
And Juli Clover rolls it over:
Because the iPhone Math name is highly unusual...it is not clear if it is a code name or...mistranslation.
[Both] feature an 8-megapixel camera. An additional iPhone update is [rumored] during the holiday season, with a 12-megapixel camera. ... [But] it is difficult to believe that Apple will produce a bigger iPhone and...will release two iPhones in a six month time frame. MORE
But Mark Gurman says it doesn't add up:
Apple would absolutely never name a new iPhone the “iPhone Math.” The name...sounds completely illogical.
If this “iPhone Math” is launching six months from now, that would mean Apple will ask developers to once-again tweak their iPhone apps [if it is] to remain in Apple’s definition of “Retina”-class. ... The rapid release cycle with aggressive shifts in hardware simply does not make sense. MORE
Illogical indeed, but qpdbqp offers this alternate translation:
Math is a poor translation for Plus... iPhone +. MORE
Or perhaps therealjim is correct?
Maybe...it's iPhone Max (hence the bigger screen)? MORE
Meanwhile, Jonny Evans is looking forward to finally getting an IGZO display:
Apple...decided to deal with the fluctuations in iPhone sales by accelerating introduction of incrementally improved new models.
The company is known to have been in discussion with IGZO inventor, Sharp...but it is thought manufacturing yield problems delayed this plan. ... IGZO is lighter, demands less power and easier to cut.
In conjunction with Liquid Metal...Apple's putting itself into position to introduce devices in innovative new shapes and designs. ... Critics believe it's unlikely Apple would...cannibalize sales of its flagship...however, Apple has shown in recent years that it doesn't mind cannibalizing.
The next year in Apple product releases already looks set to be quite interesting. MORE