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Rumors rile up yet again for an entry-level ‘iPhone nano’ for this year

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Rumors rile up yet again for an entry-level ‘iPhone nano’ for this year
Although it’s not something technically new, especially since we’ve been hearing about it since the release of the original iPhone, but rumors regarding a so-called entry-level “iPhone nano” have risen from the depths of the deepest water yet again.

This time around, the juicy tid bits come from China Times, as they’ve been alerted by unnamed sources within Apple’s supply chain about this iPhone nano model. From the sound of it all, Apple is looking to expand its presence in the entry-level market, and seeing that the $375 iPhone 3GS is regarded by some as still being a pricey investment when compared to other low-end Android smartphones, Apple is believed to move swiftly by introducing this nano-sized iPhone soon.

In fact, it’s possible that we will see this new low-end model hitting sometime later this year, which will more than likely be in conjunction with the release of the sixth-generation iPhone. On the other hand, we’ve heard several rumors in the past regarding this magical nano-sized iPhone, but as we’ve constantly seen, they haven’t panned out to be true.

Nevertheless, the most logical result is Apple doing nothing more than tweaking the manufacturing process to help further reduce the cost of the current iPhone model. Still, it would be beneficial to introduce a new size to possibly entice other handset owners to make the switch – even if they feel that the current iPhone is too large for them to handle.

source: China Times via BGR

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posted on 23 Apr 2012, 11:01 10

1. RaKithAPeiRiZ (Posts: 1345; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


just another repeat of last year ,this year it will be the 4S in a 8Gb version ,3gs kicked out and the iphone 4 offered free on contract

posted on 23 Apr 2012, 12:01 5

28. cripton805 (Posts: 920; Member since: 18 Mar 2012)


I think theyll just use the curret iPhone 4s and call it a mini. Then release a larger one that looks the same. LoL

You have to think like apple. New name=new phone

posted on 23 Apr 2012, 13:10

36. saiki4116 (Posts: 351; Member since: 31 Mar 2011)


just like new screen,processor is new tablet...

posted on 23 Apr 2012, 13:26 2

38. JeffdaBeat (unregistered)


I think that's why they are going into generations instead of calling the phone a sequel. The iMac and MacBook Pros have stayed the same for quite some time while Apple put more power into the computers themselves. It only redesigns them after a few years.

I do think it's funny that folks focus so much on the external look of the phone instead of the guts and software. Although I want a redesign this year with a larger screen, I'd like Apple to shift it's focus from the physical features of the phone and focus more on iOS. Although it's a great operating system, they've got to give it a fresh face. Even Mac OS went from OS9 to OSX at some point...

posted on 23 Apr 2012, 15:53 1

44. quryous (banned) (Posts: 106; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


What guts? They are gutless wonders! Come on apple, get with modernization.

posted on 23 Apr 2012, 12:08 2

30. sithman (banned) (Posts: 299; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Apple is the king of big business.

posted on 23 Apr 2012, 11:01 13

2. jmoita2 (Posts: 930; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)


How boring Apple is getting,releasing the same old, repackaged products again and again...
And perfect picture. I vote Mini me the new spokesperson for Apple!!!

posted on 23 Apr 2012, 11:21 6

7. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


It's called smart business. iPhone 3GS is selling for $375 a pop almost 3 years later. Manufacturing and parts costs have dropped drastically for the phone so Apple makes a great profit margin on the phone. When it's all said and done the total 3GS sales will be ridiculous compared to other phones.

posted on 23 Apr 2012, 12:14 2

31. sithman (banned) (Posts: 299; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Well said taco50. Folks need to understand that the bottom line for any business is money. Google, Chevy, coke, and Samsung r no different. Low cost, high profit. I'm not mad at apple for having a successful sales model. Car manufactuers do it all the time. My 05 vette looks just like the 12', but under the hood the 12' destroys it big time. 4,and 4s is the same progression.

posted on 23 Apr 2012, 13:06 4

35. medicci37 (Posts: 627; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)


Actually, it's called taking advantage of stupid people. "There's a sucker born every minute". & most of these suckers will buy iphones.

posted on 23 Apr 2012, 12:48 1

34. stealthd (Posts: 956; Member since: 12 Jun 2011)


Yeah because every new giant touchscreen phone is SO much different from the last one.

posted on 23 Apr 2012, 11:07 16

3. windowsRocks (Posts: 152; Member since: 28 Oct 2011)


New toy for kids......

posted on 23 Apr 2012, 11:18 5

4. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


Wow we're now starting to see windows trolls emerging.

posted on 23 Apr 2012, 11:20 9

5. windowsRocks (Posts: 152; Member since: 28 Oct 2011)


You should see mobile image too

posted on 23 Apr 2012, 11:21 2

8. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


What's mobile image?

posted on 23 Apr 2012, 11:20 10

6. ivanko34 (Posts: 617; Member since: 04 Sep 2011)


You are the biggest troll here

posted on 23 Apr 2012, 11:22 3

9. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


Wrong Ivanko I don't have an unhealthy obsession with a cell phone maker

posted on 23 Apr 2012, 11:27 8

10. RaKithAPeiRiZ (Posts: 1345; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


check your iSight ...its a galaxy s2

posted on 23 Apr 2012, 11:29 2

13. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


I'm referring to his screen name. If you name yourself after a phone it's a sure sign of a fanboy and usually a troll.

posted on 23 Apr 2012, 11:51 8

23. EclipseGSX (limited) (Posts: 1587; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


and having your avatar an outdated mockup doesnt? righttttt

posted on 23 Apr 2012, 11:53 13

25. bbblader (Posts: 579; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)


I'm 14 so I'm still a kid
and I hate apple products
just saying there are some smart kids too

posted on 23 Apr 2012, 18:09 1

47. gp284 (Posts: 120; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)


I'm fourteen so I'm still a kid
I don't care either way what phone i get as long as it fits my needs
just saying there are open minded kids *gasp* too

posted on 23 Apr 2012, 18:10

48. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4010; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


I'm 14 as well (almost 15) and I agree with that. It's sad how the common conception of kids are. I would like to consider myself smart enough to know the difference between a good device, and a sub-par device. I appreciate the iPhone for what it is, I just don't like it because it isn't right for me. And plus I hate how gaudy Apple is and how people flaunt their iPhones around, even though I know it's nothing special. If they buy it because it suits their needs, I have nothing against them, but if they just bought it because 'it's an iPhone' I lose all respect for them.

posted on 24 Apr 2012, 13:02

60. gp284 (Posts: 120; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)


Now imagine a school where you officially more "popular" if you have an iphone and an otterbox (even though lifeproof is less $ and much better), and where only about 10% own an android, and coincidentally those who own an android are the "nerds". I have a sammy stratoshpere that may not be the fastest or have the best specs and is not as good as an iphone, but it does everything i need and then some and has 4G and less money. Wether the next Iphone is better then some androids (NO!!!!), or not, i will get a phone that does everything i need and for a good price.

posted on 23 Apr 2012, 11:29 2

11. mas11 (Posts: 1029; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


My biggest issue with Apple is they take the "one size fits all" approach. They need a larger and smaller iPhone to appeal to more people. These iPhones should have different specs too, with the most expensive boasting a 4.3" screen and the cheapest having a 3.2" screen.

posted on 23 Apr 2012, 12:16 1

32. sithman (banned) (Posts: 299; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Agreed

posted on 23 Apr 2012, 11:29 6

12. frydaexiii (Posts: 1231; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)


And once again, when the New iPhone comes out this year, it'll have that one year old speculated design with hardware that Android already has for 1/2 a year left over from that 4S disappointment, the iPhone 4 taking the 3GS's place as the free useless phone and iOS 6 will come with another bunch of stolen tech which iFans will totally buy into. No iPad Mini or iPhone Nano crap....

posted on 23 Apr 2012, 11:34 4

15. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


Someone sounds mad. iPhone 4s has a top of the line processor and camera. It's screen is still one of the best on the market. Only thing you can complain about is screen size which isn't a tech, but personal preference.

Stolen tech? Android is in court as we speak with Oracle for stealing tech along with stealing heavily from iOS and redesigning their phones completely to be like the iPhone.

posted on 23 Apr 2012, 11:35 5

16. jmoita2 (Posts: 930; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)


Dream on, taco...

posted on 23 Apr 2012, 11:38 5

17. bucky (Posts: 1402; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


Sgs2. Nuff said about stolen tech.

And I own one.

posted on 23 Apr 2012, 11:45 3

20. frydaexiii (Posts: 1231; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)


what part is stolen? The rectangle shape? The black color? The voice assistant which came first? The grid icon app drawer which Windows has been having since Win95? The bigger screen?

posted on 23 Apr 2012, 11:49 2

22. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


Samsung even copies Apple charger and packaging. It's sad really.

posted on 23 Apr 2012, 11:54 2

26. frydaexiii (Posts: 1231; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)


Yeah? My SGS2's box is a pure black box with the words "Galaxy SII" on it. I don't remember seeing the iPhone with this design. As for the charger, my SGS2 came with a charger and a USB cable, if Samsung was really out to copy Apple they would be cheap and only give you a wall adaptor and a single USB cord.

posted on 23 Apr 2012, 11:41 3

18. frydaexiii (Posts: 1231; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)


Top of the line processor and camera. Where'd you read that from? Apple's website? Because I'm sure Apple's website says that Macs don't get viruses too, yet Flashback virus happened.

And I'm not even going to argue that second point. That argument may have been valid like 3 years ago, but now, everyone can see that Android's look nothing like iPhones, unless you still count having a rectangular shape and having 2 different colors copying.

posted on 23 Apr 2012, 11:48 3

21. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


There are no phones on the market with better than a dual core processor and iPhones camera has been rated one of the best.

As far as stealing it's common knowledge that android was being designed to be a blackberry clone until the iPhone came out.

posted on 23 Apr 2012, 12:03 1

29. frydaexiii (Posts: 1231; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)


Better than dual core? Are you seriously living under Apple's rock? Android is already off to quad core, yeah, have fun with your "best dual core".

Yeah, you mad that Google managed to turn it around at the last second and still made it better than iOS?

posted on 23 Apr 2012, 14:25

40. kingpet13 (Posts: 139; Member since: 02 Feb 2012)


Does the htc one x sound familiar taco, also both dual core does not make them equal. 1.2 -1.8 ghz is going to be better than the 1 ghz iphone. Im 14 and even i know that.

posted on 23 Apr 2012, 11:43 2

19. windowsRocks (Posts: 152; Member since: 28 Oct 2011)


Steve Jobs answers your question better way : Good artists copy great artists steal.

posted on 23 Apr 2012, 11:56 3

27. mas11 (Posts: 1029; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


An 800 Mhz dual-core processor isn't top of the line and the screen lacks HD

posted on 23 Apr 2012, 12:17 2

33. sithman (banned) (Posts: 299; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Tell em taco

posted on 23 Apr 2012, 13:26 1

39. GellerDoesDallas (Posts: 50; Member since: 26 Mar 2012)


We don't need cheerleaders. Thank you.

posted on 23 Apr 2012, 18:27

49. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4010; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


Top of the line? Hardly. Sure, it can run iOS, it gets the job done, but you can't call it top of the line, not at all. Camera though, I'll give you that, not the best, but certainly one of the top competitors. As for Android stealing from iOS, no. HTC's, Motorola's, and a lot of other manufacturer's products look nothing like the iPhone except for the obvious things like a black color, glass screen, and being square-ish. All the iPhone is, is a black (or white) rectangle with a metal band around it. It's a bit hard to make a practical smartphone without making it a rectangle, and rounding the sides or edges. However, Samsung's international GS2 and Note do look like stretched out iPhones... Just made from plastic, that's about it from copying designs. As for Android itself, where did that notification bar and those widgets come from? Android. That's about all I can think of that iOS stole from Android. I don't really think Android stole anything from iOS, and if they did it was pretty insignificant, like maybe the icon of an app.

posted on 23 Apr 2012, 18:47

53. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)


You forget to mention that HTC One X and Galaxy Nexus scored 1,772 and 1,985 on Sunspider benchmark compared to iPhone 4S 2,200 which are all better than the 4S.

posted on 23 Apr 2012, 21:06 1

54. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


try pretty much every touch getsture android uses, along with app store, webkit browser. The core of android was all taken from iOS.

I'll give you Apple took the notification bar. Widgets are not an android invention. Apple has been using them for years on their pc's.

posted on 23 Apr 2012, 23:15

55. frydaexiii (Posts: 1231; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)


Arguing with you is like arguing with a wall, so just because it came first it's is better? So I suppose you only use ford cars right, since they were first. Oh and you should probably only start using motorola since they started the mobile phones. You should start wearing grass clothing too since it's the first type of clothes men wore.

posted on 23 Apr 2012, 23:31 1

59. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


All I'm saying is android copied a bunch of stuff from the iPhone.

posted on 23 Apr 2012, 23:18

56. frydaexiii (Posts: 1231; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)


Really, stupid people like you shouldn't be allowed on the internet.

posted on 23 Apr 2012, 23:28 1

57. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)


Apple was the first to implement multi touch to their devices but Apple patented multi touch after acquiring Fingerworks in 2005. Mitsubishi was developing multi touch starting in 2001. Seems to me that Mitsubishi should be the one complaining about theft than Apple, since they developed the technology other than buying it.

posted on 23 Apr 2012, 23:30 1

58. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


Apple is the one that implemented it one phones. They made the gestures intuitive and easy to use for a smartphones

posted on 24 Apr 2012, 13:11 1

61. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)


But the technology did exist/was in development before Apple implemented into phones. We could also say that the technology would eventually make it into phones and tablets whether Apple implemented it first or not.

Apple also copied Psion's idea to make a PDA back in 1984, failed and gave up on the touch gesture technology. US Robotics then acquired Palm Computing and created PDAs that would be used with a stylus and Graffiti handwriting system.

In a way we could also say Apple and Google stole from Psion, US Robotics and Palm computing then?

In other words, nobody stole anything... It's just who got to it first...

posted on 24 Apr 2012, 17:16 1

62. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4010; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


Touch gestures, the technology was already there. Apple just implemented it into products, but your partially correct, they did have it first, it just isn't exactly THEIRS. And what about the app store? Just because Apple has an app store means no one else can have one? I believe that is a common necessity for any smartphone OS, so it isn't really something stolen, just Apple adapted that necessity quicker. And we aren't talking about pc's, we are talking about smartphones. If I'm not mistaken, Android was the first to have widgets on a smartphone. iOS didn't get any until 2011. Though once again, that might be a necessity of sorts that was just later adapted by Apple, so it wasn't really stolen, just like the case about the app store

posted on 24 Apr 2012, 17:33

63. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)


Thumbs up for you! We're on the same page.

posted on 23 Apr 2012, 11:31 2

14. davecann2 (Posts: 460; Member since: 15 Mar 2011)


Maybe we should look back at all the sources who have claimed they have some insider information on the next iProduct and start labeling hem as an un-creditable source. This will stop all the idiotic rumors from emerging.

posted on 23 Apr 2012, 11:52 4

24. GellerDoesDallas (Posts: 50; Member since: 26 Mar 2012)


This is BS there will be no iPhone nano or iPad mini.

posted on 23 Apr 2012, 13:22

37. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)


Apple had never once backed down from their plans and views. Creating a product just to catch entry level smartphone users? If they thought it was necessary, I think Apple would of done that a long time ago. Apple always dictated what it's customers should have, that's what their close-sourceness had always been about. If this rumor is true, I bet Steve Jobs will be very unhappy in whatever world he's in right now.

posted on 23 Apr 2012, 14:51 1

41. Mandroid (Posts: 209; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


"Although it’s not something technically new..."

Is it ever something new with apple and their novelties? All they know how to do is resize the ipod, give it a new iname, add 1 feature to differentiate it from their other novelties, and the sheep bleat and drool and gobble it up.

F*ckin sad yo.

posted on 23 Apr 2012, 15:02 1

42. davecann2 (Posts: 460; Member since: 15 Mar 2011)


Phones that use Android, BBX and Windows do the exact same thing. You change the cheap plastic case and increase the screen size on a turd.... Its still a turd.

posted on 23 Apr 2012, 18:35

52. Mandroid (Posts: 209; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


Yeah except that android and even RIM, hell even feature phones show a noticable improvement from one itteration to the next. Compare the Galaxy S to the Galaxy S2. HUGE leap compared to the iphail 3gs to the 4. Your argument sucks and is invalid, and you should feel sucky and invalid.

posted on 23 Apr 2012, 15:51

43. quryous (banned) (Posts: 106; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


And here I thought that all the iphone models were "nano." I guess what they mean is that some one wants a "pico" model, but that name is already taken by an Android phone.

posted on 23 Apr 2012, 17:44

45. theruleslawyer (Posts: 108; Member since: 23 Apr 2012)


Apple needs to at least attempt to match the screen size of flag ship android devices, That means going over 4". If the iphone does move up in size, it leaves room in the market for a iphone nano closer to the original size. I think it makes sense. Otherwise Apple will have to compromise on its screen size.

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