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02-14-2011, 11:03 AM #1Rampant 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?
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.
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02-14-2011, 11:05 AM #2
hmmm..... just maybe!
02-14-2011, 11:05 AM #3
It's never going to happen
02-14-2011, 11:14 AM #4
Horrible idea. Who would want pretty much the exact same phone only smaller, I wouldn't. If they want to create something to compete with android in terms of offering multiple phones with the same os, why not create an entirely different phone, different hardware features. I do like the idea of using cloud based memory storage though.
02-14-2011, 11:15 AM #5
If physically smaller, will the screen have the traditional #pixels?
How many iPhone applications are ready for different dimensions?
02-14-2011, 11:21 AM #6
Ultimate Rumor: White Verizon iPhone Nano!!!! AHHHHHHH MMi writers jizz in their pants!
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02-14-2011, 11:23 AM #7
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02-14-2011, 11:30 AM #9
Boost is next to get iPhone.
02-14-2011, 11:30 AM #10
02-14-2011, 11:38 AM #11
I won't buy one, but this will happen. Makes no sense for Apple not to have a smartphone priced in the low to mid range.
When it does happen I would expect iPod Touch sales to suffer some as they would be competing at a similar price point and surely cannibalize some sales.I thought my carrier was bad til I got a new web host
02-14-2011, 11:39 AM #12
I would actually like for them to go bigger. But thats just my opinion lol
02-14-2011, 11:44 AM #13
i definitely wont be buying the smaller version if they release one
02-14-2011, 11:44 AM #14
I don't buy this. It would clutter up the price points IMO. They are selling MILLIONS of iPhones regardless. If someone wants an iPhone they buy one. With the volume Verizon is going to garner, this, to me seems to make little or no sense at all.
02-14-2011, 11:46 AM #15
Complete non-sense: the idea that there will be no local storage for media would make this a very expensive phone to operate... OTOH, 4-8 GB are cheap enough these days and enough to hold a couple of movies + lots of music and apps.
02-14-2011, 11:47 AM #16
02-14-2011, 11:53 AM #17
I think the idea of a new Apple OS phone is a good idea. Something like a flip phone made from the same aluminum as MacBooks with a black keypad that mimics the keyboard. It's an entertaining thought.
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02-14-2011, 11:55 AM #18
Why have I not heard one person say that they'd but one?
02-14-2011, 11:57 AM #19
02-14-2011, 12:19 PM #20
I was wrong about the design of the iPhone 4, I didn't think Apple would go that direction...but they did. I still want to say that Apple wouldn't make a smaller iPhone but with all this buzz I'm just not sure. I don't see the point of buying one myself, but I can see how others would want to.
If it brings more ppl to Apple and the JB community then awesome.