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  • Apple Working on Smaller, Cheaper iPhone to Compete with Android


    Apple is said to be working on a new smaller, less expensive version of the iPhone, according to a new report from Bloomberg today. This new model would be in the $200 range and be about a third smaller than the current iPhone 4. With a lower price point, cellular providers could then give customers the choice of either paying for the phone at full price without a contract or give the phone away for free with a two-year contract.

    Currently, Apple has 16 percent of the global mobile market share, while rival Googleís market share has more than tripled to 32.9 percent in the fourth quarter. With a new low-cost iPhone, Apple hopes to increase its overall market share worldwide and surpass Google in the process.

    Apple is said to be developing an iPhone that can access multiple wireless networks. This dual-mode iPhone would be compatible with both GSM and CDMA wireless standards and be able to work internationally as well.

    It is also widely believed that Apple is developing a universal SIM card that would give users the option of choosing cellular networks with an app installed the phone. This technology would allow users to switch networks without having to change SIM cards manually. Itís thought that Apple hopes to cut costs associated with the distribution and management of SIM cards worldwide.

    This new mini iPhone is by no means a sure thing, however, as Apple has a history of developing prototype devices then scrapping them along the way. The prototype is also said to be missing the home button according to reports.

    CEO Steve Jobs may be on sick leave at the moment, but that hasnít stopped him from making strategic decisions while heís away. Heís said to be working from home, but he has been seen on the Apple campus now and again. Itís a safe bet that heís keeping a close eye on the latest iPad and iPhone versions due later this year. COO Tim Cook has been handling the day-to-day operations while Steve is away. This may actually give Steve more time to oversee the development of the next couple of iOS devices and iron out any wrinkles before they are released. Hopefully, heís getting some rest and not working too hard while heís recuperating though.

    Source: Bloomberg
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple Working on Smaller, Cheaper iPhone to Compete with Android started by Wiley John Wright View original post
    Comments 98 Comments
    1. CaptainChaos's Avatar
      CaptainChaos -
      I can hear my children now...Can I please have the Mini I?
    1. bmasti's Avatar
      bmasti -
      Quote Originally Posted by CaptainChaos View Post
      I can hear my children now...Can I please have the Mini I?
      hahahahah true
    1. Dayvidpriddy's Avatar
      Dayvidpriddy -
      A smaller iPhone could be kinda cool/cute but only 1/3 of the original size? That's like going from an iPod to a iPod nano...that just seems like it would be way to small. I wouldn't go any smaller then a 3" screen, otherwise you might as well get a BlackBerry then!
    1. ReggieSmith's Avatar
      ReggieSmith -
      This article is misleading at best. Apple's market share is a solid 16% by ONE company for both OS and handset. Google may have 32% by OS, but the devices are scattered across multiple handset makers. I guess that's the benefit of giving your OS away for free.

      Not saying the android OS isn't good, just that this article leaves out that small, but important detail.
    1. TheJailbreakGenius's Avatar
      TheJailbreakGenius -
      Y do you even talk about bloomberg, they are a terrbile source. Last January, they thought the verizon iPhone would come out in the fall. And what are you actually tellin us in this? We already know all these things from previous articles, and in case you didnt know, the verizon iPhone chip can do dualmode.

      A mini iPhone is about the worst idea I ever heard. IT WILL NEVER, EVER HAPPEN.

      You know, sometimes I feel like u ppl just find some trash to talk about that we already know or isn't true, just so u can churn out 4 articles a day. How about a quality report!", modmyi!
    1. The Amazing Atheist's Avatar
      The Amazing Atheist -
      Quote Originally Posted by TheJailbreakGenius View Post
      Y do you even talk about bloomberg, they are a terrbile source. Last January, they thought the verizon iPhone would come out in the fall. And what are you actually tellin us in this? We already know all these things from previous articles, and in case you didnt know, the verizon iPhone chip can do dualmode.

      A mini iPhone is about the worst idea I ever heard. IT WILL NEVER, EVER HAPPEN.

      You know, sometimes I feel like u ppl just find some trash to talk about that we already know or isn't true, just so u can churn out 4 articles a day. How about a quality report!", modmyi!
      They do it just for the lulz.


      Sent from my iPod touch using ModMyi
    1. orozcoj4's Avatar
      orozcoj4 -
      I dont think this mini iPhone would ever be made. Apple would have to take away some features and if that happened, it would cease to be an iPhone. Although, this sounds like it would be perfect for children and Verizon customers who only care about making phone calls 
    1. scottw03's Avatar
      scottw03 -
      A smaller iphone but not a smaller ipad?

      I know that I would probably still go with the 10" ipad regardless since I just looked at one not long ago and it seemed to be small enough to do what I want without being too bulky. But it would be nice for people to have a selection for those that want something smaller like the Galaxy Tab versus ipad. I would have to actually try out a smaller ipad to decide if I could live with it being smaller.

      As for the possiblity of a smaller iphone........I can't really see why. The current one is small enough compared to a lot of the competition that is out there. Most of the competition is 3.5"+ in size. going smaller will kind of limit some of the cool functions of the iphone like web surfing (I already find it hard enough to view my 3.5" screen while reading websites (hurry up ipad 2 and come out!!!)) Or watching a movie. Watching youtube videos. playing games on the phone. Try getting your fingers to fit on a smaller screen and still be able to see the screen enough to play. Typing out text messages on a keyboard that will be smaller on the screen. I am sure there are things I am missing.
    1. buttamix's Avatar
      buttamix -
      I really don't see the need of a smaller iPhone
    1. ikpeni's Avatar
      ikpeni -
      Great.
    1. iAppleHack's Avatar
      iAppleHack -
      It's about time. I mean the iPhone is worth the money (watch a debate develop now), but Apple really did need too consider the people who couldn't afford a $200 phone. It might have took longer than need, but I guess they did it.
    1. iAppleHack's Avatar
      iAppleHack -
      Excuse me, I read it wrong, it seems the new model is $200, I still think that's a little too pricey but at least they give you payment options.
    1. k1dr0ck's Avatar
      k1dr0ck -
      it does not make sense maybe in the US but around the world I think it would
    1. z3r01's Avatar
      z3r01 -
      people who spam will get posts deleted...

      now i can see this not working. how much smaller can an iphone really get....and be hard to use...especially a touch keyboard.
    1. iAppleHack's Avatar
      iAppleHack -
      Maybe it won't be too much smaller, I'm sure Apple would have had that in mine, just watch if it does come out I bet it won't be that much of a difference.
    1. Johnnytucats's Avatar
      Johnnytucats -
      The article says 1/3 smaller, NOT 1/3 the size. I would assume that means the face area would be 66.6% the size of a current iPhone. Which means each side would possibly be .816 as long as the current iPhone. If it was 1/3 smaller by volume that number would be even higher.

      Use your friggin' calculators, people!
    1. javiert30's Avatar
      javiert30 -
      Give me two, to go...
    1. harmycl's Avatar
      harmycl -
      Quote Originally Posted by Dayvidpriddy View Post
      A smaller iPhone could be kinda cool/cute but only 1/3 of the original size? That's like going from an iPod to a iPod nano...that just seems like it would be way to small. I wouldn't go any smaller then a 3" screen, otherwise you might as well get a BlackBerry then!
      No, will be "about a third smaller than the current iPhone 4", so that's 2/3 of the original size.

      I don't think that would be a smart move of apple.
      If they would sell an iPhone 5 and a "iPhone mini", nobody would
      buy the way too expensive iPhone 5 anymore.

      Hmm. Should I wait a bit longer to replace my ancient Nokia mobile...
    1. whereswaldo's Avatar
      whereswaldo -
      I wouldn't want a mini iPhone
    1. The6uest's Avatar
      The6uest -
      Thats stupid. If anything, Apple should release a larger iPhone (maybe with 4" screen) to compete with Android! Most Android phones have larger screens than the iPhone and thats what I would like better. The display could even stay the same resolution as the iPhone 4 because it's already a higher res than Android phones.