Lighter-on-the-pocket iPhone to come at half the size, half the price this summer
The rumor about a brand new version of the iPhone - a smaller and less expensive one - has circulated the world with the speed of light. But it is ever more credible now as the Wall Street Journal confirmed the rumor quoting a source close to the matter. The new version of Apple's iPhone will have roughly half the price and half the size of the original iPhone. Yes, you heard it right – this could mean almost a full subsidy from carriers as currently the iPhone 4 is sold to carriers for an average of $625.
The redesigned iPhone is to be sold along the traditional iPhones this summer, but its timing is not yet final and could change. It has been spotted with an edge-to-edge screen and significantly lighter than the iPhone 4. The handset can be controlled by touch as well as by a virtual keyboard and voice. It comes as no surprise that the iPhone 4 was also said to be upgraded.
The source also went on to say that the new line of iPhones is among the top priorities of CEO Steve Jobs, who has kept himself involved in the development process. Will this be enough to respond to a surge of Android handsets storming MWC? Time will tell, but Apple is pushing other fronts as well. The company is considering to transform its MobileMe cloud storage service into a free one. Currently, MobileMe costs $99 a year. The service is important as it could become the core of a new music service that Apple reportedly has in its plans. The best thing about it would be the possibility to have your iTunes tracks synced at all times wirelessly, without the need to manually sync through a cable. The service might roll out as soon as June, so stay tuned. Another key point for Apple is social networking, but there were no details on what exactly will Cupertino change in that aspect.
source: Wall Street Journal
1. guest (unregistered)
does this mean it will have a 1.7" screen? something like ipod nano 5th gen with phone module? I might...
8. Helder (unregistered)
1.7" is not half the size, its less than 1/4 the size.
9. Preetam (unregistered)
Dude, it's half size as in dimensions.
read edge-to-edge screen. This means pretty much the ENTIRE BODY will be the screen, whereas in the current iPhone 4, about 80% of the handset's front surface is screen.
So we can easily expect about a 2.8" range screen.
13. guest (unregistered)
@helder, so what's half of a 3.5'' screen?
14. Preetam (unregistered)
yeah lol yes Helder failed in math.
But remember, this small iPhone WONT HAVE A half sized screen (helder, divide 3.5" by 2 please)
17. giantgnome (Posts: 67; Member since: 11 Feb 2011)
All of you guys have absolutely no f****ing idea what you are talking about.
First off we have no idea how Apple intends to reduce the size of the phone. It could actually have a BIGGER screen being edge-to-edge but be half the size by being half as thick. Remember, the phone is actually a 3D object so it has THREE dimensions.
Since helder is replying to an idiot OP his math isn't actually wrong. A 1.7" screen would have less than 1/4 the SURFACE AREA of a 3.5" screen. But the iPhone is not 100% the screen and it's also 3 dimensional.
21. Lucas777 (Posts: 2115; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)
thank you... these other people are stupid. 1.7 would would only be a quadrant. 4 of those would be a 3.5 diagonal
3. www.thebesthandphone.com (unregistered)
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4. protozeloz (Posts: 5191; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)
so the next iphone may just be a smaller phone? or the rumor about 2 phones may be true this year... will see how things work from now on
5. Hallucinator (Posts: 337; Member since: 24 May 2010)
I am a fan of the Iphone, but I don't get it. I know people have been wanting an Iphone Nano for awhile now, however it's not like the Iphone is huge to begin with. To each their own I guess.
6. Sniggly (Posts: 6222; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
But the phone is already too small for my tastes. At half the size you're talking about a screen like the Motorola Citrus. Blech.
It's almost like when my mom waitressed at a truck stop; a quarter's worth of whipped cream on a trucker's pie was a little spritz; 50 cents got you another. And they called it a "fair product for a fair price."
If you want to make a redesigned, cheaper iPhone, make it more COMFORTABLE in the hand than the iPhone 4, because the way it's designed it cuts into your palm all the time. That's what sharp edges do. No other smartphone I've handled does that but Apple.
22. Lucas777 (Posts: 2115; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)
what are you talking about... how do you hold ur phone... it has never even left an indent in my hand
7. malion (unregistered)
Competitionis good! But a smaller I phone ..... not for me. I'll jump I to the Apple if they ever get a phone with a qwerty keyboard and a edge to edge screen, maybe.
10. BaiGanyo (Posts: 308; Member since: 07 Feb 2011)
Taking what was protrayed as an exclusive product, and moving it down market is not a good signal from Apple. I think they know the iphone 5 is not going to be as competitive as they would have hoped, looking at the competition, and don't want revenue to suffer too much for the year.
12. guest (unregistered)
agreed but there will always be loyal iphone lovers. With the current trend of android devices, I think Apple needs to diversify.
11. BaiGanyo (Posts: 308; Member since: 07 Feb 2011)
Now I have a feeling that we'll be seeing a smaller ipad, after apple made such a stink about "comsumers don't want a 7 or 8 inch tablet." Well, after this news, I think their story will be changing...again.
15. joshanth (Posts: 5; Member since: 10 Aug 2010)
so this question may be stupid.. but are there two different iphones coming out this year? are they dropping the next gen. iphone and this smaller nano iphone?
16. Hallucinator (Posts: 337; Member since: 24 May 2010)
I would think so. I can't see Apple just releasing a smaller Iphone and calling it good.
24. joshanth (Posts: 5; Member since: 10 Aug 2010)
that's what i figured. thanks for clearing that up, lets hope you're right.
18. giantgnome (Posts: 67; Member since: 11 Feb 2011)
You guys do realize that the new iphone could actually have a bigger screen but yet be half as thick and it would still fit the requirement of being half the size? Or keep the screen size the same and just reduce it around the edges a little till it was half in size. Or any combination thereof.
19. ayephoner (Posts: 832; Member since: 09 Jun 2009)
considering there are already plenty of rumors about that they are dropping the home button, i would think this is just news that the new iphone's screen will take up nearly all of the footprint, which will be a bit smaller and the device will also be thinner.
the home button takes up a good deal of surface area and internal volume, so dropping it could be enough to reduce footprint and thickness.
giantnome, thank you so much for educating those first few posters.
20. BaiGanyo (Posts: 308; Member since: 07 Feb 2011)
Or, after a virtual flop on iphone the release on Verizon, they are now building a phone for Net10 and PagePlus lol
23. downphoenix (Posts: 1996; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)
I cant wait for the Iphone shuffle, a bluetooth headset sized phone you wear in your ear that dials a random phone number for you.