updated 11:10 am EST, Tue January 22, 2013
Site dismisses chances of bigger phone this year
Apple is working on two phones for 2013 that should both have 4-inch displays with in-cell touchscreen technology, like the iPhone 5, say industry sources for DigiTimes. The site previously claimed that one phone would be a cheaper version that nevertheless had a bigger screen. Now though sources suggest that while Apple is developing an iPhone with a larger screen, it won't be ready this year.
One of the new 2013 phones is expected to target a midrange market. The sources say, however, that it's still uncertain if Apple will have enough in-cell panels for a lower-cost iPhone, since suppliers ran into production issues in 2012. That may have actually hampered sales at the time, but production yields are thought to be improving.
In recent weeks numerous reports of a low-cost iPhone have surfaced, including one from the Wall Street Journal. Such stories have emerged in previous years as well though, and the most Apple has done so far is keep older iPhones on sale at lower prices. Increasing competition from Android devices could be putting pressure on Apple to offer cheap newer hardware.