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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: 1488; 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: 1481; 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: 404; 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: 1329; 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 (unregistered)


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: 155; 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: 155; 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: 1488; 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 (Posts: 1736; 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: 590; 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: 4275; 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: 1034; 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: 1473; 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: 3075; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


Sgs2. Nuff said about stolen tech.

And I own one.

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