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

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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63 Comments

46. Non_Sequitur

Posts: 1111; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

Isn't the current iPhone already a mini?

50. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Stole the thought ride from my mind

45. theruleslawyer

Posts: 108; Member since: Apr 23, 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.

51. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Or perhaps they'll make a bigger iPhone this year (4.3 inches up) and make another one with the original 3.5 inches and call it iPhone Classic :p

43. quryous

Posts: 106; Member since: Mar 07, 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.

41. Mandroid

Posts: 209; Member since: Feb 22, 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.

42. davecann2

Posts: 460; Member since: Mar 15, 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.

52. Mandroid

Posts: 209; Member since: Feb 22, 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.

37. gwuhua1984

Posts: 1237; Member since: Mar 06, 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.

24. GellerDoesDallas

Posts: 50; Member since: Mar 26, 2012

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

14. davecann2

Posts: 460; Member since: Mar 15, 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.

12. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 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....

15. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 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.

16. jmoita2

Posts: 930; Member since: Dec 23, 2011

Dream on, taco...

17. bucky

Posts: 3797; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Sgs2. Nuff said about stolen tech. And I own one.

20. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 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?

22. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

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

26. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 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.

18. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 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.

21. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 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.

29. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 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?

40. kingpet13

Posts: 139; Member since: Feb 02, 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.

19. windowsRocks

Posts: 155; Member since: Oct 28, 2011

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

27. mas11

Posts: 1034; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

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

33. sithman

Posts: 299; Member since: Apr 21, 2012

Tell em taco

39. GellerDoesDallas

Posts: 50; Member since: Mar 26, 2012

We don't need cheerleaders. Thank you.

49. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 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.

53. gwuhua1984

Posts: 1237; Member since: Mar 06, 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.

54. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 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.

55. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 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.

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