iDealChina is reportingthat an iPhone nano is in the works, and it supposedly has images of its silicone case design to prove it.
It 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’m gonna have to call B.S. on this one. The whole point of the iPhone is its large display that allows users to comfortably browse the web, watch movies, and use applications. I’m not sure what appeal an iPhone lacking these features would have for users. And on that note, a smaller iPhone of that size wouln’t be able to accomodate any applications, which is fast becoming a major selling point of the device. Steve Jobs has even noted that the iPhone provides a superior development platform for coders precisely because they don’t need to code for a variety of different phone specs.
It’s also worth noting that some reports have suggested that Tony Fadell, the recently departed Vice President of the iPod division at Apple, had a fundamental disagreement with Steve Jobs as to what the iPhone should be when it was still in development. Fadell, according to sources, envisioned the iPhone as simply being an iPod with phone capabilities, while Jobs was angling the iPhone to be a internet communication device all its own. Clearly, and not surprisingly, Jobs’ vision was the path Apple chose to take, and Fadell’s position now belongs (sort of) to Mark Papermaster of I.B.M.
Take a look at what the “iPhone Nano” looks like below: