China Times, a Taiwan based news outlet claims that Apple is working on three new iPhone models for 2013, two of which will be out by June. The 4-inch iPhone 5S and a new 4.8-inch iPhone Math will hit US markets before the end of June. The anonymous sources who are well connected with Apple’s supply chain added that the third model, with unknown specifications, will be launched before Christmas holiday season and will feature a 12-mega-pixel camera. The report cited that the Cupertino Company will launch iTV before the end of 2013, and in total will unveil seven to eight new products.
According to the report – touch screens and camera component shipments will likely begin in March, and iPhone manufacturers will begin production in late April. Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. Ltd is said to be handling 90 percent of the production, with Largan producing 8 million camera lenses. Fujikura, Flexium and Zhen Ding will share production orders for printed circuit boards.
Foxconn Technology and Coxon will provide molding parts for Apple’s new models; Foxlink will continue to offer connectors; Hon Hai Precision’s Microelectronics Technology will start designing 4G network solutions for Apple.
Analysts Gene Munster and Douglas Clinton of Piper Jaffray already claimed that Apple will launch five new products in the next 12 months, including its highly anticipated iTV set.
If reports are to be believed, a new version of Apple’s iPhone and iPad operating system, iOS 7, and iPhone 5S, an incremental update to the current iPhone iteration, will be announced in June at the annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in San Francisco.