Apple iPhone Nano Readying to Go: Report
Apple is working on an iPhone Nano, a smaller and cheaper competitor to Google Android, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal.The iPad isn't the only Apple device subject to frenzied scuttlebutt: just as rivals such as Microsoft and Samsung are using this week's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona to debut their own smartphone and tablet features, rumors sprung up on this side of the Atlantic that Cupertino is prepping a smaller, cheaper version of the iPhone. "One of the people, who saw a prototype of the phone late last year, said it is intended for sale alongside Apple's existing line," reads the Feb. 14 Wall Street Journal report that helped ignite the rumor mill. "The new device would be about half the size of the iPhone 4, which is the current model." The new iPhone will appear this summer, apparently, along with a tweaked version of MobileMe that will store users' "photos, music and videos" in the cloud.
The article declined to detail whether "half the size of the iPhone 4" referred to the screen or the thickness. The current iPhone's screen measures 3.5 inches on the diagonal, meaning a halved screen would measure 1.75 inches-only slightly larger than the current iPod Nano's 1.54 inches. With the music player, Apple sidesteps the potential difficulties of finger-tapping that small space by presenting a limited number of icons on the screen at a time; if the "iPhone Nano" rumors prove accurate, then presumably Apple will retool the user interface to accommodate dialing numbers and using apps on reduced screen real estate.