iPhone "Nano" in the works?

AppleInsider is reporting that Apple is designing a second iPHone for release later this year. While it wouldn't be as powerful as the current iPhone, it will cost less and be similar in size to the iPod Nano.

CNET's Tom Krazit believes it is far more likely that an updated iPhone would incorporate much requested features such as 3G before coming out with a less expensive version, especially since the iPhone's acceptance in Europe, where high speed cell phones are expected, would be hurt without 3G support.

News source: CNET.com

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I for one can't wait for the random callings of the iPhone Shuffle! You don't know who you're gonna be calling, and there's just a call and a disconnect button on it. Yes, I think that could work

I don't think there is much truth to this story. It is much more likely that Apple is gearing up update the current product for the much more advanced European mobile market. The iphone doesn't offer anything particularly new, feature for feature, other than a unique and arguably 'cooler' interface. I'll give Apple credit for being able to reinvent 'snow' and make it much more profitable - they are the King of hype and marketing! However, I'm much more likely to upgrade to a Nokia N95.

For the iphone to even get a foothold in the UK, it better have the minimum:

- 3.5G
- Java support
- GPS
- Much bigger storage space. The 8GB (7.2GB after the OS and data files) is just not enough for somethng claiming to be an ipod with a phone.

I've seen and heard people say that Apple got it right with all those missing features and that nobody wants all that stuff - people just want an ipod which they can make phone calls on. Well, would you be prepared to part with $500 to do just that? Also, when you combine those elements together, are you getting music player that makes phone calls or a phone that plays music?

Why would Apple claim to have the most advanced mobile device on the planet, light years ahead of the competition apparently, with such basic tenants of the modern mobile phone missing? The simple answer is that the US mobile market is way behind ours and they'll lap up anything thrown at them and declare "oooh, aaah!"

Apple will have to do a lot better to win over the average European mobile user who already has an ipod, who's already locked into a contract with a phone that does all of the above and who can send dozens of txt's per hour on a proper keypad.

I think this is a bad idea, at least this soon in the game, I'd wait until next year if I were them, but personally I wouldn't release one at all.

Hm.. i'm not entirely convinced about this.

I just think Apple have learned so badly that they can't afford to neglect their core business.. I feel that the iPod range (not to mention their hardware / deskops!) is being pretty neglected at the minute.. I think hardware refreshes and new iPods need some attention before Apple unveil another iPhone - especially considering you can only (legitmately) get it in the USA on one carrier at the moment!

Do you know what I want? A nice touchscreen iPod that makes calls. I'm thinking there's a lot of people like me. I don't need the internet on my phone, I just want something simple. So, for some people, we just need less features; why pay $600 for a phone when $400 goes towards features you'll never use?

simon360 said,
Do you know what I want? A nice touchscreen iPod that makes calls. I'm thinking there's a lot of people like me. I don't need the internet on my phone, I just want something simple. So, for some people, we just need less features; why pay $600 for a phone when $400 goes towards features you'll never use?

i would disagree with you..Apple having 55% profit on each phone means that you will actually give Apple more money for the features you don't use

People are complaining now that the iPhone doesn't have MMS, an expensive form of e-mail. What would they say when all it did was play music and make calls? People want more features, not less.

Boz said,
i would disagree with you..Apple having 55% profit on each phone means that you will actually give Apple more money for the features you don't use :)
Thats assuming he buys the phone. He may just avoid it completly and get another companies but in which case Apple loses out completly.

Depends how much hell spend on useless to him features.

simon360 said,
Do you know what I want? A nice touchscreen iPod that makes calls. I'm thinking there's a lot of people like me. I don't need the internet on my phone, I just want something simple. So, for some people, we just need less features; why pay $600 for a phone when $400 goes towards features you'll never use?

I'm with this guy. And I'm sure the average Joe is too. I don't want more features that I will never use. I want a decently priced, neat phone that makes calls. Cut the fat that most people don't need, bring down the price and they will definitely make more sales. Not only techy's buy cell phones you know

You guys need to look at it from my point of view: I'm only 15. Text messages, a phone, and an iPod are enough to get me through, and it would be the same for just about anyone my age. Usually we don't use e-mail as much as other people, because there's IM and text messages and Facebook, and I know very few people who use a phone to use the Internet at all. Most of you probably disagree because a) you're older than me or b) you're my age and you "want" more features even though you will never use them.

to name a few.
-unlocked
-mp3 ringtones
-bluetooth profile especially obex (file tranfer)
-a file explorer (copy cut paste)
-3.5G.
-mass storage

when you can do those then i will consider you iphone