The iPhone nano hoax

The iPhone nano hoax

Summary: The other day I couldn't help but notice Reuters reporting that JP Morgan’s Kevin Chang was predicting the imminent of an "iPhone nano." Come on, seriously, how was that going to work?

TOPICS: iPhone, Apple, Mobility

The other day I couldn't help but notice Reuters reporting that JP Morgan’s Kevin Chang was predicting the imminent of an "iPhone nano."  Come on, seriously, how was that going to work?

Here's the quote that struck me as peculiar:

"We believe that iPod Nano will be converted into a phone because it's probably the only way for Apple to launch a lower end phone without severely cannibalizing iPod Nano," he said noting that the new phone could have "rather limited functionality."

Seriously, how was Apple going to pull off that trick?  Anyone who has taken a look at any of the iPhone autopsy galleries on the web (there's one here for you if you want to take a look inside the iPhone) will see the space problems that Apple are up against.  There's hardly space inside the iPhone for more than a few air molecules.  The idea of taking the iPhone and compressing that into a form factor similar to that of the iPod nano is just crazy (unless Apple has come up with TARDIS technology).  Yeah, sure, it would be cool, but if Apple had the capability of making the iPhone smaller and simpler (and therefore, cheaper to make), it would have done thins already and maybe packed a bigger battery or more memory into the current iPhone.

Sure, a nano-sized iPhone would be cool, and we might see one eventually, but it's not going to happen just yet.


Topics: iPhone, Apple, Mobility

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  • Disagree with you

    While I think the analyst is guilty of poor reasoning, I do think Apple is going to come up with a simpler and cheaper iPhone within the next year. It won't be as stupid as a Nano phone with a rotary dial, and it won't come before demand for the $600 phone has really peaked.

    Suppose you take an iPhone and remove the internet and email capability, leaving only iPod, phone and some simple PDA capabilities. Accordingly, you reduce the screen size, remove Wifi, and reduce the size of the battery (you'll need less without the internet and email). You could have a decent, small, and cheaper iPhone without relying on any miracles.
    • For the iPhone to to be truly successful the next one will have to be...

      "The iPhone Affordable"
  • Apple does typically offer a high & low end

    version of almost all of their products. I think a iPhone basic is possible. But I think it would just be a normal phone and iPod. No gigantic touch screen, no wifi, no smart phone like capabilities. Scrolling through an address book should be no different than scrolling through a playlist with the standard iPod controls. They'd just have to squeeze a numeric keypad on there somehow. They could probably pull it off if they made it a slider type phone.

    Why should this be any harder to pull off than any of the hundreds of other mp3 capable non-smart phones out there?
    • Next iProduct

      will most likely be a video iPod that uses the new iPhone touchscreen interface, rather than an iPhone with the older iPod interface.

      People want the big touchscreen as much or more than they want the phone functionality. There really is no business case for a "nano" iPhone, since the current iPhone only has a "nano" storage capability now!
      • One more thing

        taking out the phone innards will make more room for more storage for more video on the big screen, which means more revenue through movie sales through iTMS.
      • Depends on size/battery life

        Not all people want the big touchscreen. Many people who choose standard cell phones over smart phones do so because they are more concerned about size and battery life than they are about additional functionality like web browsing/video capabilities.

        I can see a video iPod with a touchscreen replacing the current generation of standard iPods, but I don't see them replacing the Nano or the Shuffle. People buy the Nano and Shuffle because of size and price. They willingly forego the larger screen and increased storage for greater portability and lower price.

        I agree that the business case for a "Nano" iPhone would certainly not be reduced storage size. I would think an iPhone Nano would keep the current 8GB size, but be available in a smaller package.
  • But, It's not a hoax Adrian...

    ...I even saw a prototype of it on TV.

    See [url=]here[/url]

    It can even be used as a breath mint.
    Now that's really cool.

    Thank youz
    D T Schmitz
  • Anybody tired of iPhone stories?

    I am.
    So much so that I have frequented this website demo of another iPhone use[1]

    [url=]Will it Blend?[/url]

    There. I feel better now.
    Thanks Adrian

    [1] DON'T DO THIS AT HOME!--It will most likely void your warranty and you can't return the phone (14 day return policy) for refund!
    D T Schmitz
  • Retracted

    JP Morgan has since retracted the statement saying it will be ?unusual and highly risky? to release an iPhone nano this soon.

    That retraction just proves that these "analysts" know just as much as anyone else reading the same patent. A patent that was most likely filed to protect their click-wheel from being used on a competitor phone.

    ?We believe that iPod Nano will be converted into a phone because it?s probably the only way for Apple to launch a lower end phone without severely cannibalizing iPod Nano.?

    This guy truly knows nothing about Apple and it shows. Forget the nano, just launching a lower end phone this soon (4th Quarter) would surely cannibalize the higher end iPhone, so why would Apple do so? If they do decide to release a "nano-like" phone it would be years from now once the iPhone has run its course. But I don't see the point; the iPhone is not that large to begin with, anything smaller and the multi-touch UI will be a waste.

    Look for updated iPods with multi-touch next.
  • Will iPhone 2 go smaller or larger?

    Some might bet on a slightly thicker version with a HD inside - in
    the 40 - 60 gig range. That seems an easier approach now, with
    the "nano" version down the line at bit.

    A HD version would address the needs of those that need more
    storage (I use my iPod as an emergency back up drive) and give the
    market a bump. The nano may come later, but I think the
    technology has to shrink a bit first.
  • There always were rumors about the iPhone...

    ... see my small cartoon:

  • goo

    There's no denying that the Apple iPod is the most popular MP3 player in the world. It's so popular, in fact, that it has bordered on becoming the generic term for MP3 player