Rumour: Nano iPhone to be released January

Though we receive many rumours about Apple products, this rumour comes from iDeals China that previously gave us an accurate description of the iPhone 3G almost two months before its announcement. Using tip-offs given by Chinese manufacturers, iDeals China believes that from December 20 of this year, manufacturing of approximately 60 000 'Nano iPhones' per day will begin.

Apparently the new phone will be the same height as the nano iPod but wider and thicker. Surpringly, they do not believe it will have a 3G chipset but will include three sensors, a mirror screen and a camera. The lack of 3G could be explained by the reduced size of the phone not allowing for a high capacity battery. As previously benchmarked by iPhone Hacks, the 3G chipset reduces battery life considerably.

It is believed an announcement of this phone will come from Steve Jobs in January to coincide with MacWorld. Shortly afterwards it would be available in retailers such as Walmart and sold at a competitive price.

The site claims that images will be available within the next week. For now, there is a mockup:

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im not sure these 'small on screen keyboards are impossible to use' arguments hold water. remember there are plenty of other touch screen phones with a smaller screen than the iphone that are just as usable, im thinking specifically of the htc diamond which i currently use, but im sure there are other examples. however, saying that, i use my thumb-nail to click on my phone, which as we all know doesn't work on the current iphone screen....

I'm gonna have to call "shenanigans" on this story. Why on Earth would you want an iPhone with a smaller screen?

Galley said,
I'm gonna have to call "shenanigans" on this story. Why on Earth would you want an iPhone with a smaller screen?

People who wants a smaller phone...

Not sure what you mean. The iPhone currently has a very low resolution. If you kept the same resolution (so as not to break compatibility with apps) and reduces screen size, it would be optimal DPI. Similar DPI to other phones.

How would you type on the thing? People complain about the current iPhone's keyboard size. That factor alone kills this rumour.

mattrobs said,
How would you type on the thing? People complain about the current iPhone's keyboard size. That factor alone kills this rumour.

Exactly my thoughts. People with small fingers and good eye coordination isn't a very large target market.

The only way I can see this working is with superior voice recognition technology. One of the coolest features that my pocket pc had back in 2003 was the ability for me to say "Play (artist, album, song, playlist, genera)" and it would que up a playlist and start playing. I wish my Zune had that feature. If iphone/itouch did, i may consider it.

lylesback2 said,
I like the big screen though.. Who would want an iPhone Nano?

It's smaller... iPhone now is just a tad too big.

Probably not true, can't see them making the screen smaller and I don't see where it would fit in in the line-up. The current iPhone 3G is already cheap enough, not going to be much room to slot somethin else below it.

Your mock up is wrong. There should be no screen on the shuffle. Press the button and it randomly calls one of your contacts

Lewism said,
Your mock up is wrong. There should be no screen on the shuffle. Press the button and it randomly calls one of your contacts

lol

Lewism said,
Your mock up is wrong. There should be no screen on the shuffle. Press the button and it randomly calls one of your contacts

Haha, that's gold.

Lewism said,
Your mock up is wrong. There should be no screen on the shuffle. Press the button and it randomly calls one of your contacts


LOL good one

Lewism said,
Your mock up is wrong. There should be no screen on the shuffle. Press the button and it randomly calls one of your contacts

Comment of the day! lmfao!

Lewism said,
Your mock up is wrong. There should be no screen on the shuffle. Press the button and it randomly calls one of your contacts

Hahaha! Briliant.

Me: Lets give some one a call. 'Click'
Unknown Contact: Hello
Me: Ahh, who is this?
Unknown Contact: Bob.
Me: I'm sorry, I have the wrong number. 'Click'

Hahaha.

Lewism said,
Your mock up is wrong. There should be no screen on the shuffle. Press the button and it randomly calls one of your contacts

Gold

Lewism said,
Your mock up is wrong. There should be no screen on the shuffle. Press the button and it randomly calls one of your contacts

Not to burst your bubble, but I give credit to this: http://bash.org/?787031.
(shame there's no date, but I read it quite a while ago)

Lewism said,
Your mock up is wrong. There should be no screen on the shuffle. Press the button and it randomly calls one of your contacts

Nice one dude LMAO!

Lewism said,
Your mock up is wrong. There should be no screen on the shuffle. Press the button and it randomly calls one of your contacts

"The lack of 3G could be explained by the reduced size of the phone not allowing for a high capacity battery"
This is bull**** ! There are many small and thin phones with 3g capability and great battery life.

I would hazard a guess that this is purely a rumour. The iPhone screen size can't change, people are developing apps for that screen size and if Apple suddenly throw in a new size it could be a major headache for app developers.

creamhackered said,
I would hazard a guess that this is purely a rumour. The iPhone screen size can't change, people are developing apps for that screen size and if Apple suddenly throw in a new size it could be a major headache for app developers.

What about keeping the same screen resolution, but changing the number of pixels per cm? ...

Thing is, I don't believe this thing. It's already the limit when it comes to typing something on the iPhone and the iPod Touch, why would they continue to shrink it? We don't have fairy fingers or something.

I've heard this objection before and I don't think it holds. Nor do I think that there will be the same amount of pixels in a smaller product.

If you ask me, developers will have a "new" platform to develop for iPhone nano. It's not that confusing, there's already the Mac and the iPhone.

Seems like a silly idea imo. They should just start reproducing iphone 1G's instead of this.

Either way, I'm sure people would rather a thicker iphone minus 3G with increased disk space then a smaller one.

But I guess if they aim this at non or lower contract groups may have a purpose but still not keeping hopes up for anything in terms of cheap price.