By Stephen Schenck | January 22, 2013 11:37 AM
All the different variations on the rumors for Apple’s iPhone lineup this year can be enough to drive you crazy. First there’s word of a new iPhone by this summer, then talk about a new low-cost version of the iPhone, and yesterday we heard about rumors of a 4.8-inch oversized iPhone – not instead of one of those other models, but in addition to them. Now the rumor mill that is DigiTimes is back with its latest take on the situation, offering an attempt to straighten things out, but introducing a new wave of uncertainty in the process.
From the sound of things yesterday, Apple would have two main iPhones, a 4.0 and 4.8-inch model, and a 4.0-inch low-cost version. Now DigiTimes is saying that the cheap iPhone would have been the large-screen version, except now it’s not going to be ready for a 2013 release, and we’d be more likely to see it next year.
That leaves two 4.0-inch iPhones for this year, with one supposedly aimed at the mid-range market, but it’s not at all clear just what the difference between these models would be. Would one still be the rumored plastic-heavy design? DigiTimes blames the postponement of the big-screen iPhone on expectations that Apple would have trouble securing enough screens with in-cell touch sensors.
Like we said, this seems to add even more confusion to the already mired mess of rumors. This being Apple and all, we can’t expect anyone speaking up to set us straight, but hopefully over the next several months a couple leaks will arrive to start separating the fact from the fiction, and prepare us for whatever Apple really has planned.