iPhone Nano resurfaces: Apple working on smaller, cheaper model

Rumors of the elusive iPhone "nano" circulated almost two years ago and seemed to die quietly then, unlike Verizon iPhone rumors which continued until the device actually came into existence and launched this week. The same fate might be taking its toll on the iPhone nano as rumors, with actual weight, have begun resurfacing claiming Apple is indeed working on a smaller, cheaper model of its phone.

Bloomberg is reporting that the company is currently working on new iterations of the iPhone that will hopefully target, and dominate, Google's Android operating system (which took the reigns as the number one mobile OS recently). One of those new iterations is one-third smaller than the size of the iPhone 4, has no home button, and will be priced cheaper than the current iPhone, said a person who has seen the prototype but was asked to not be named. Bloomberg says that Steve Jobs, who is still involved in strategic decisions despite his medical leave, will use lower prices to gain some of Android's ground; in fact, they claim that Apple is considering pricing the iPhone Nano at $200 without a contract.

Two other people said that Apple is working on a new technology that will help make it easier for the phone to connect to multiple mobile networks. That should not be too surprising seeing as a recent tear-down of the CDMA iPhone 4 showed that it was using a GSM/CDMA and HSPA+ chipset.

The person said that Apple plans to reveal the new device mid-year, which makes sense with usual iPhone announcement dates, but could delay it or scrap the idea altogether.

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Without a home button, i dont see the viability of proper apps on this thing, and that alone is where it'll fail against similar priced Androids.

Ummm Ipod Touch, is effectively Iphone nano, they just need to put some more features in.
Ipad 2 is the larger Iphone4...
I don't think they need to start selling another Iphone. They have enough.

Buttus said,
they should just build the whole phone into a bluetooth-like earpiece...

No one would buy it, because all the kiddies wouldn't be able to run their precious apps.

All I can think is a standalone, device like the current nano, that looks like a touch screen ios device but isn't

so it has set apps, 4 a screen

mentalindustries said,
Fragmentation?

It might be possible to get that size display at the same resolution.
Apple wouldn't release it if it creates fragmentation so we'll see...

Leonick said,

It might be possible to get that size display at the same resolution.
Apple wouldn't release it if it creates fragmentation so we'll see...

Huh? There was and still ARE fragmentaiton issues with apps. I remember it took forever to get updates to my apps that allowed for a retina res. Granted they still worked, but looked like garbage. Some still aren't at a retina res.

Blasius said,

Huh? There was and still ARE fragmentaiton issues with apps. I remember it took forever to get updates to my apps that allowed for a retina res. Granted they still worked, but looked like garbage. Some still aren't at a retina res.

Yes, but how are they meant to advance their products without causing a little disruption, it's not that much harder to double the image size. It's no where near as bad as the android.

Leonick said,

It might be possible to get that size display at the same resolution.
Apple wouldn't release it if it creates fragmentation so we'll see...

At 1/3 the screen size how could there NOT be fragmentation though? Peoples fingers won't magically get smaller for touch.

thommcg said,

At 1/3 the screen size how could there NOT be fragmentation though? Peoples fingers won't magically get smaller for touch.

My bad, 2/3 the size, misread the article! Points remain though I think.

Singh400 said,
AFAIK apple hate fragmentation..

but you can't install the latest operating system in the first and second generation of iphone even when technically is possible.

Blasius said,

Huh? There was and still ARE fragmentaiton issues with apps. I remember it took forever to get updates to my apps that allowed for a retina res. Granted they still worked, but looked like garbage. Some still aren't at a retina res.

But you can still install and run the apps and most don't look that bad. When people normaly talk about fragmentation (for android for example) it's simply that some apps run on one phone but not another and so on, you'll never get that with apple, all current devices will be able to run all apps, the older ones might not be able to run the newest apps but that's hardly something one should expect either.
thommcg said,

At 1/3 the screen size how could there NOT be fragmentation though? Peoples fingers won't magically get smaller for touch.

no, correct the no ones fingers will get smaller, but here is a thought, if your fingers are to big to handle the device maybe you should consider a larger one

MaSx said,
iPhone Nano? I was hoping iPhone would have a little larger screen but Nano? Pass!

I've seen some pictures out there, and I'm pretty sure that it looks just like the iPhone but with a bit smaller screen. Not like an iPod Nano, that would just be ridiculous.

Greatbigdragon said,

I've seen some pictures out there, and I'm pretty sure that it looks just like the iPhone but with a bit smaller screen. Not like an iPod Nano, that would just be ridiculous.

First iPhone, made it larger into an iPad, now to iPhone Nano? Blahh! I'd rather have Apple take their time on improving iPhone than working on a new line up.

One of those new iterations is one-third the size of the iPhone 4

I saw this reported elsewhere as one third smaller than the current iPhone, which makes more sense than one third the size which would be quite small and certainly not worth $200.

tmaxxtigger said,

I saw this reported elsewhere as one third smaller than the current iPhone, which makes more sense than one third the size which would be quite small and certainly not worth $200.

Whoops, had a typo there /: Thanks!!!

Don't see this being hard at all since they sell 8GB ipod touches @ $229 and still make a profit off of it.