Digitimes had earlier reported Apple was working on a low-cost iPhone with a bigger screen than the 4-inch display of the current iPhone 5, expected to be released in the second half of this year.
The website has backed off that report.
"Previously it was said that Apple would release a lower-cost version of its iPhone with a bigger screen in 2013," Digitimes said Tuesday. "But the sources claimed that Apple is indeed developing an iPhone with a bigger screen, but that will not be among the models to be launched this year."
Yesterday the Commercial Times, a Chinese-language financial newspaper published in Taiwan, had said Apple was developing a lower-cost, 4.8-inch model dubbed the "iPhone Math."
Some experts say "Math" may be a mistranslation of the newspaper report or a code name for another iPhone model in development.
While there are currently three different iPhone models available to consumers, Apple has never introduced more than one new model at a time, after which it offers older models at a reduced price, CNET said.