The iPhone Math Rumor Is Really, Really Dumb, For Real
The latest iPhone rumors from China are just plain stupid.
Thatās right, I said it.
In the name of clarification (and in order to meet my editorās word count) Iāll unpack that statement.
In case you havenāt heard, The China Times is claiming that Apple will release 3, count āem, 3 new iPhones in 2013. The first two will assumedly be unveiled in the same event, but only one of these phones makes sense. According to this report, Apple will release the iPhone 5S this summer alongside the brand new āiPhone Math.ā
If the name alone didnāt cause you to stop in your tracks, just wait.
The āiPhone Mathā (because thatās a name Apple would pick) is said to be 4.8-inch device, likely with its eye towards Samsungās grain-fed Note II. Not much else is said about these two phones, other than their names, size, and camera sizeā8 megapixels.
Letās pause for a second to catch our breath. Thereās already so much hereā¦
According to this report, Apple will release 2 new phones this summer. This move would be significant for 2 reasons: First, Apple would be returning to the original release cycle and breaking from their recent fall schedule.
Secondly, this would be the first time Apple has ever released 2 new iPhones at once. Theyāve got no problem announcing a new one and slashing the price on the previous model, but theyāve never released 2 at once. Furthermore, releasing 2 new phones in June would mean Apple had released a total of 3 new iPhones in the span of 12 months.
This is entirely Un-Apple like.
But wait, thereās more!
These reports claim a third device will arrive in 2013 just in time for the holiday shopping season. All thatās said of this iPhone is that it will boast a 12-megapixel camera.
It can be argued that Apple released the iPhone 5 just in time for the holidays. If you accept this, then this rumor essentially claims Apple could release 4 new iPhonesā totally new iPhonesā in 12 monthās time. And you thought they were crazy for releasing 2 new iPads in a matter of 8 months, a move which pundits are still debating.
Interestingly, these rumors donāt make any mention of that cheap iPhone that analysts and industry insiders have so much wood over. Depending on your thinking, this omission could further reduce the validity of the entire rumor or act as proof that such cheap phone plans have been scrapped.
(Me? I donāt buy the whole ācheap iPhoneā rumor, but you can read more about that here.)
The āiPhone Mathā moniker can be easily dismissed as poor translation, and that makes sense. Itās easy to misinterpret words, but itās impossible to do the same to numbers.
Thereās no misunderstanding ā4.8-inchesā and Iād be willing to bet sums of money incompatible with my income that Apple will never release a 4.8-inch iPhone.
Iād also be willing to bet similar sums that such a device exists somewhere within Appleās storehouses. You donāt get to be as wildly successful as Apple has become on dumb luck. Theyāve worked hard for it, and part of this effort includes trying things out. When they claimed they only increased the size of the iPhone 5 because it was a natural progression in size, they meant it. Given what we know about Appleās R&D process, Apple will spend many sleepless nights at a dining room table before they release a product they can truly be proud of. As such, itās entirely possible Apple has built a 4.8-inch iPhone prototype. They may have even built it when they caught wind Samsung was building the same thing.
Industry insiders may catch wind of such prototypes and incorrectly report them as Appleās future plans.
But to claim that this device not only exists but will also arrive as soon as June?
Thatās just stupid.
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