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Apple Will Launch 'iPhone nano' For Christmas

Gordon Kelly


Apple Will Launch 'iPhone nano' For Christmas

These rumours first popped over over one year ago but now they're back with a vengeance...

According to the Daily Mail (I know, I know, I know...) the long talked about 'nano' version of the iPhone will be launching this year in time for Christmas. Available on either monthly or PAYG contracts (the latter will apparently result in a £150 RRP) the paper's source explains:

"This will be the big one. The iPhone 3G has been the fastest-selling phone ever in the UK, but it is too expensive to be a realistic proposition in the pay-as-you-go market. However, a cut down version, with the candy bar shape of iPod nano music players, would be a huge hit as a Christmas gift."

Of course a design patent for such a device did hit the FFC last year (snap above) showing a device with a physical Click Wheel on the back and seemingly context sensitive touchscreen keypads and keyboards (which begs the question: why do you need a physical Click Wheel?).

Still, I severely doubt what we're seeing above is a final device and much as I question the Daily Mail's ability to be right about, well... anything I do hope this is true. Besides, Apple hardly follows the Asus Eee PC system of product convolution so I suspect to it could handle a whole two iPhone models.

Naturally questions about 3G, WiFi, web browsing, multi-touch, the camera and so on and so forth are all raised by this, but a big one in my mind is more straightforward: would such a handset still be locked to O2 or even locked at all?


via The Daily Mail (You don't really need to click on it. That way lies celebrity gossip, reality TV news and plagues of locusts)


August 4, 2008, 7:26 pm

This is gonna be cutesy

and could be massive for the teenage market and keep fit enthusiasts


August 4, 2008, 8:59 pm

Lies, damn lies and sta... the Daily Mail.


August 4, 2008, 10:22 pm

I'm confident that we will indeed see an iPhone Nano... but not by Christmas. Having a choice of varied iPhone styles would fit the trend in Apple's long-standing business model - like the multiple-choice Mac's and iPod's we see today.

The Daily Mail are very brave to publish an article such as this, because I'm sure there's barely a shred of evidence to back-up their claims, they're just taking a shot and hoping they hit the mark. They've probably just pieced together a whole bunch of rumours, found the trend in these rumours, and taken a wild guess.

But the iPhone isn't exactly a great product to promote for Christmas considering the purchase procedure - ie credit check, person buying is considered person using, contacts etc etc. So this wouldn't be the kinda of thing you'd buy for someone else, right? If a PAYG iPhone Nano came to light then if it came at an attractive price point and a less thorough purchase procedure then it might work... hmm


August 5, 2008, 12:35 am

Errr "The Daily Mail are very brave to publish an article such as this, because I'm sure there's barely a shred of evidence to back-up their claims" - isn't that what they always do in their tabloid-disguised-as-a-broadsheet-style?


August 5, 2008, 2:19 am

... and here i was thinking posh and becks really did name their child "Brooklyn"...

i'll never trust a tabloid newspaper


August 5, 2008, 2:44 am

"According to the Daily Mail"

AAA-HA-HA-HA! AAA-HA-HA-HA! HOO-HOO-HOO! (Best opening ever. I mean, I believe you, I just think you'd be better off going with generic journalistic filler like, "Sources say".)

mike 3

August 5, 2008, 5:49 am

Let me guess they heard there was a new phone coming, slightly different, but didnt want to risk calling it the iPhone nazi?


August 5, 2008, 12:56 pm

LOL to Mike!

Seriously Gordon this is one of the rare cases where you'd have more journalistic integrity if you just flat out lied. Like, "The Guradian says", or "The Independent says", etc.. I'll tell you what I'll do, I'll settle for Telegraph - one time deal - can't say fairer than that.


August 5, 2008, 1:51 pm

Lets put this into perspective...I'ts not going to happen!

1) The iPhone itself is selling extremely well at the moment, why canibalise the sales of the iPhone 3G with a cheaper product?

2) The iPhone itself cannot possibly get smaller, at least with the current interface. It's intended to be used with finger and a smaller screen means less room for said fingers and a vast reduction in ease of use, something I'm damn sure apple wouldn't go for.

3)The app store and developers are only just learning how to program and utilise the current iphone hardware/software its highly doubtful that they would introduce a new form factor with different requirements when they havent even got the first one down yet!

So the only way I see this happening is if it is an extrememly cut down version of the iphone, i.e no app store, wifi, 3g etc, and with a simpler interface/OS (most likely a bastardised version of the ipod OS), not sure about touch on it, small screen and touch is a big no no...

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