The above picture comes courtesy of a Chinese case manufacturer called XSKN. And no, you are not hallucinating: they're announcing a skin for an upcoming "Nano iPhone."
Everybody, in your best Samuel L. Jackson voice: Say what?
Mind you, this same company unleashed a case for a curved-back handset that kinda looked like the iPhone 3G prior to that phone's official unveiling. They've also got the iDealsChina site hyping said NanoPhone:
is the same height as the just release Nano but wider and thicker and
with the same iPhone 3G contours. It has 3 sensors, camera, mirror
screen but no 3G. Production will start on the 20th with 60,000 to
80,000/day pieces coming off the assembly line. Steve Jobs will be
announcing it during the January MacWorld Show and you will find it in
the stores shortly afterwards. I am putting my money on this as the
final new iPhone rumor."
I'm calling shenanigans. First of all, what are the odds of the same company that leaked the last iPhone leaking the next one as well? That would assume that the House of Jobs would just throw away all its traditional secrecy and security measures on behalf of a company that molds silicon. Yeah, that sounds likely.
Even less likely is the entire CONCEPT of a "Nano iPhone." An attempt to corner the market, a la the iPod Nano and Shuffle? Hmm. Compact and subcompact iPods, sure — you're not holding them up to your head, trying to make a phone call. And some people have enough trouble controlling the regular-size touch screen with their fingers — you shrink that visual real estate any smaller, you'll need Barbie-size hands to use it.
More believable is one of the commenters on the iDeals story, who attended a Kuala Lumpur computer fair where vendors were selling fake iPhones, full-size and Nano.
A real case for a fake phone? Even SEINFELD would pass on that story line…