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  • Rampant Rumors of iPhone 'Nano' Appear

    The internet was buzzing the entire weekend it seemed with waves of information regarding rumors of a smaller iPhone that Apple has in the works. The product has been confirmed by some pretty big sources, including the Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg.

    There's been a substantial amount of information about this phone bouncing around the web, so we've taken the time to round-up as much of the info and put it in one place for you.

    Design and Cost:
    The iPhone 'nano' (that's what I'll call it for now) would have a smaller form factor, smaller than current iPhones, and could cost as little as $200, off-contract. That could easily translate to an on-contract price of around $50. That's significantly less than current iPhones that can retail for well over $600 off-contract. The phone may even ditch the home button and feature an edge-to-edge screen Maybe that's when we'll see those nifty multi-touch gestures from the iOS 4.3 Beta (originally for iPad, but ported to iPhone). It's been also rumored that the phone would not utilize a retina display in order to keep costs down.

    The phone could utilize much less on-board storage (the most expensive part of the iPhone is its storage) than the current iPhone. Rumors like this rely on yet another set of rumors of a MobileMe revamp (which we've seen hints of) that could accompany a release of a product like this, that would allow users to access their Media wirelessly with cloud storage. We'd assume, just as 9to5 Mac does, that the phone will feature at least some on-board storage to handle the core OS and allow users to install apps. Because what good is an iPhone without apps to go with it?

    New Feautures:
    Not much in this category yet, other than the previously mentioned edge-to-edge screen, but it's also rumored the iPhone nano will have voice-based navigation built-in, something only currently possible through a 3rd-party app or via Jailbreak. It's also possible that the cloud based media could allow for Apple to roll out a long-rumored music streaming service, requiring even less physical memory onboard.

    All signs point to a summer release for this iPhone. The phone is expected to be a mid-range price point. Many are speculating that the release of this phone could accompany the release of the iPhone 5.

    Some things we haven't heard anything about include any mention of what carriers will offer this phone, although I would speculate Verizon and AT&T would both get it. And of course, Apple isn't confirming anything. As usual, we'll wait and see. We'll keep you all updated if more information comes in regarding the new iPhone.

    image: AppleInsider
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Rampant Rumors of iPhone 'Nano' Appear started by Matt Savoca View original post
    Comments 86 Comments
    1. skizo's Avatar
      skizo -
      LOL.... MMi reporting smaller. Engadget reporting bigger.

      I'm gonna pounce on a 4" iPhone 5 if it's available. I've been dreaming of that ever since I first held an EVO.

      Perhaps all the hype about the nano is that the current size will become the nano and the 4" version will be the norm.
    1. Downloadeous Maximus's Avatar
      Downloadeous Maximus -
      Great. I can imagine trying to theme it with images around .02 x .10 pixels.
    1. bigboyz's Avatar
      bigboyz -
      Is there even a market for a mini iPhone? We all want more power, RAM, bigger screen...blah blah blah. How does this fit any of our WANTS?? Price cut? of course your getting 1/2 the phone. Now that we have it in print, even if its rumor it makes more sense to me now.
    1. moon#pie's Avatar
      moon#pie -
      It's not the price of the phone that deters people, it's the data plan! The data plan is outrageous for what you get!
    1. CynicalDriver's Avatar
      CynicalDriver -
      iPhone Nano
      + Boost Mobile $50 unlimited EVERYTHING prepaid plan
      = MASSIVE WIN!

      Especially if it's supposed to rely on cloud-crap. You'll need that unlimited data. There are a lot of people I know who would get an iPhone, IF they could get it on a pre-paid plan. Contracts are no longer the best deal anymore people.

      ($50 x 24 mo unl all)
      + $200 phone (assuming nano)
      = $1,400 for 2 years of service

      $69.99/mo unl talk
      + $25.00/mo 2GB data
      + $20.00/mo unl text
      X 24 months
      = $2,759.76
      + $199 for 16GB i4
      = $2,958.76

      AT&T costs $1,558.76 more, for less service, only to have the iPhone and a contract.

      Granted, Boost runs on Sprint towers, so there's no talk-n-surf, but for that price difference... I'll deal with it.

      Edit: You could buy a MacBook Air with the money you save by using prepaid service.

      Sent from my iPhone using ModMyi
    1. EskimoRuler's Avatar
      EskimoRuler -
      Might be apples
      Way of getting iOS out there. Android has many phones and apple is probably trying to increase the numbers.