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Holiday 'iPhone nano' true after all?

updated 02:35 pm EDT, Thu July 19, 2007

iPhone nano Before Holiday

The initially discredited "iPhone nano" may be real, purportedly very reliable sources have told AppleInsider. Apple is said to have been developing a smaller, lower-priced version of its phone to be ready just months after the June release of the flagship model. Timing has been close enough that engineering efforts for the sister device were already wrapping up as the current, full-size phone began production, according to the report. Appearances are said to represent a cross between the iPhone and the iPod nano and to focus only on media functions, with at least some Internet-based functions limited or removed altogether.

The site also speculates that while the new model will have a "revolutionary" new control scheme, the size of the device may require a new implementation rather than the multi-touch screen used today. Most likely is the click wheel dialing patent that creates virtual segments on the click wheel for dialing functions, saving space on the device while also allowing the iPod's trademark quick scrolling. No mention was made of a related backside touchpad patent which would allow full touch control without obscuring a relatively small screen.

If valid, the smaller iPhone would also ship in time for holiday shopping and would be part of a larger expansion into consumer electronics that would include more products outside of Apple's familiar iPod and Mac product lines, the report said.

While uncorroborated by most sources, the apparently confident declaration by AppleInsider backs JP Morgan analyst Kevin Chang's controversial claim that Apple would produce a smaller iPhone in time for the holidays based on both the click wheel patent and anonymous Taiwanese sources. Senior analysts at JP Morgan's American headquarters quickly issued a response that appeared to downplay the prospects of such a device, calling it "risky" but also exploring the potential effects of a launch so soon after the iPhone's debut.

by MacNN Staff




  1. jdonahoe

    Joined: Dec 1969


    What if?

    What is the possibility that this would be considered a completely different phone that Apple could sell through Verizon or Sprint without violating their contract with AT&T?

  1. chas_m




    jdonahoe, I like the way you think.

    I still don't believe Apple would sabotage their lofty goal for the iPhone by bringing in a cheaper model so quickly, AND I can't imagine how a phone with LESS than 4GB media storage could sell well unless it was music ONLY.

    Still, second-guessing Apple is a fool's game, so who knows?

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: what if?

    And what if it were so different all people did was complain it wasn't any iPhone.

    And we no longer have "purportedly good" rumors, now we get to exclaim about "purportedly reliable" sources.

  1. Mr. Strat

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Unlock it

    Just get the thing off AT&T and into the hands of some decent carriers. I doubt that they'd let Verizon handle it though, given their track record for crippling their phones.

  1. eddd

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I think you're right on. A license usually applies to a specific work, not the entire output of a company. Apple plays this game well since The Steve has been running things. Other carriers are in the wings - even Verizon.

    What Apple did for AT&T in a weekend gives them incredible clout with all carriers. AT&T is enjoying an unbelievable amount of exposure, due to Apple.

  1. MacnnChester

    Joined: Dec 1969


    The question for me ...

    If Apple needs to R&D the power requirements for 3G, this is the time to try it. Why not? AT&T can't stop them from doing so in Europe. Why not try 3G and see how it works?

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