"iPhone Nano. See? It's smaller, and it clips onto your ear…like this."
Ever wanted a small iPhone (well a smaller iPhone)? We heard a report last week from Bloomberg saying that Apple was developing a smaller iPhone. While those rumors can't yet be confirmed, they are gaining some traction. This week with information from the Wall Street Journal.
Of the result of that report is a ton of information coming from all directions. It can be a bit hard to keep up with everything that's going on, so let's take a look at some of what we know about the small iPhone based on the current rumors.
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1) We May Not See it This Year
It's unclear whether or not we will see the small iPhone model this year. It's possible that the handset will be relesed this year. Still, we've also read that there is a chance that it won't be released with this iPhone refresh. In that case, the new handset may be more than a year away.
2) It's Going to be an Alternative to the Larger iPhone
This is not going to be the only iPhone you can pick up. You will be able to choose between this new small iPhone model and the larger iPhone be it the iPhone 5 or a model that comes after it. This will be a relief to those who have larger hands and fingers and do not think that a smaller screen would be ideal for their use.
3) It's Going to be Less Expensive than Current Models
Here's the real kicker. The idea behind this newer iPhone model is to release something thats much more consumer-friendly. This is in order to compete with the wide range of Android devices available, many of which are more affordable than Apple's popular smartphone. One of the rumors says that the device will be about $200 without a contract. That's roughly half the price of current models. Whether or not that's true is yet to be seen, but if in fact lower-priced, you can be sure that it will be lower-spec than the other models.
4) MobileMe Will be Free
This may not be directly connected to the smaller iPhone, but it's good news for Mac and iOS users. We don't know how much server space will be offered for free, but it will be interesting to see if they offer some sort of tiered system with more storage capacity being offered at a price. This certainly doesn't sound unreasonable given that there are services like DropBox offering free cloud storage.
5) No Home Button
Much like the rumors we've heard in the past about the iPhone 5 and the iPad 2, it's said that the smaller iPhone won't have a Home button. This can make sense if the correct gesture controls are used. This may also help keep the screen size reasonable while making the phone itself smaller.
Fact or Fiction?
As with any rumor, it's impossible to determine whether it's true or just a bunch of talk. Let's pretend that the phone is real right now, and the Bloomberg sources did see a new iPhone prototype. Even then, it's impossible to say whether or not the device will ever see the light of day. It's entirely possible that Apple is playing with the idea of such a device, but may never release it.