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iPhone nano Rendered & Looking Increasingly Likely

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iPhone nano Rendered & Looking Increasingly Likely

The idea of an iPhone nano is something of an old chestnut (to use a moderately timely metaphor) having first been mooted in 2007. Since then however all went quiet until August 2008 and now the alarm bells are ringing...

The reason this time around is simple: XSKN is at it again. After being the first site to out and perfectly nail the new iPhone 3G form factor via its line of cases it has done the same thing for the so-called 'iPhone nano'. As before XSKN is so confident in itself that it has already put these iPhone nano cases on sale for $24.95 in no less than 17 different finishes.

Consequently unless it either a) likes wasting money building accessories for vapourware or b) wants to anger, alienate and possibly get sued by all potential purchasers, it would seem this is on the money. Either that or it got so much publicity from the early iPhone 3G cases first time around that it wants to Cry Wolf.

Should XSKN be spot on however we're seeing a device of similar shape and width to the standard model but seemingly a row of icons shorter and with less bezel space reducing its overall height further. Buttons, ports and switches all look identically placed to its bigger brother (why break a winning formula?) and no doubt it will come with a cheaper price tag too.

So could the last ever MacWorld be going out with a bang? I'd say it looks that way... mini iPhones all round!

Link:

XSKN iPhone nano Cases Page

rav

December 27, 2008, 12:08 am

Wonder how finger friendly the UI will be when shrunk to a smaller screen. Hope the price matched the smaller form factor.

Geoff Richards

December 27, 2008, 1:18 am

As one of the few who *haven't* jumped on the iPhone 3G bandwagon, I'm certainly interested in a smaller form-factor. We'll have to see how it compares to its bigger brother; battery life for one could be reduced.





I'd love it if they kept the same resolution but just made the screen smaller but I'd guess that's a pipe dream - they've have to re-engineer the touch interface to handle the higher dot pitch... then again, wouldn't it be useful to iPhone developers if all iPhone / iPod touch devices had the same resolution? Having to cater for different screen real estates would be a bit of a headache when designing UIs.





Let's see if the rumours are true first (not long to go now!), then lets worry about whether it's Success or just Sucks

Stelph

December 29, 2008, 4:46 pm

Will be interesting to see if this is true, I think the smaller form factor would be an interest for a lot of people who think the physical size of the iPhone is too big.





What I am having some difficulty with is the idea that the iPhone Nano would be a cheaper version, I mean obviously it should be cheaper since it would be smaller, but apart from GPS and the nike+ feature I cant really see any other current features of the iPhone that can be cut without ruining the "experience" side of the iPhone (i.e. surfing the web and app store)

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