New York Times squashes hopes for iPhone nano.
The past days the rumors about a smaller and cheaper iPhone heated up to a boiling point. Rumors of a small iPhone nano are around since years, and according to a new report of the New York Times, the iPhone nano will stay a rumor for the foreseeable future.
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Their sources say that Apple is not developing a smaller iPhone at this time and Apple engineers are focusing on the iPhone 5 right now. The iPhone 5 will look similar to the iPhone 4, but has new features like voice navigation and likely more performance.
The Times brings more arguments to the table why Apple will not release another iPhone model. Jobs criticized Android for its fragmentation and another Apple executive said in a private meeting that it does not make sense for Apple to introduce multiple iPhone models. They rather drop the prices of former models. The iPhone 3GS price recently dropped to $49 with contract.
Apple could offer a less expensive iPhone through component optimization, but the size would stay the same. What could make sense for instance is a new iPhone 5 with 8GB along with the revamped MobileMe that offers iTunes in the cloud.
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When the iPhone nano rumors flared up again, I was very skeptical, but we rolled with it. I still think that a cheaper iPhone is necessary. Apple and its carrier partners need to be able to offer free iPhone deals in the U.S., like they are available for Android phones.