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Apple Not Planning To Launch Smaller iPhone

February 18th, 2011 02:32 admin Leave a comment Go to comments

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In the last few weeks, we’ve heard several rumors claiming that Apple is working on a smaller and cheaper iPhone model.

In fact, Wall Street Journal who has a good track record when it comes to Apple related news had also confirmed that Apple is indeed working on a smaller and cheaper iPhone nano that could come with an edge to edge screen, which may be released as early as this summer.

However, New York Times reports that although Apple is exploring ways to reduce the price of the iPhone to make it affordable to a wider audience by changing internal components of the device, it is not working on a smaller iPhone.

But contrary to published reports, Apple is not currently developing a smaller iPhone, according to people briefed on Apple’s plans who requested anonymity because the plans are confidential. [..]

[..]Apple is also considering changing internal components of the device to bring costs down. “Although the innards of the phone, including memory size or camera quality, could change to offer a less expensive model, the size of the device would not vary,†said the person, who has worked on multiple versions of the device.

NYT claim that according to their source, Apple doesn’t want to force developers to re-write their apps for a smaller screen, a concern we had raised as well. Apple’s CEO Steve Jobs had previously praised iPhone’s uniformity:

“We think Android is very, very fragmented and getting more fragmented by the day. We think this is a huge strength of our approach compared to Google’s.â€

This also makes the possibility of iPhone 5 with a 4-inch screen doubtful, which is a pity as many readers have told us that they would be more inclined to buy or upgrade to the next generation iPhone, if it came with a 4-inch screen.

NYT also reports that Apple is working on making it easier to use the iPhone with voice commands, which is currently very limited.

As part of its effort to find new customers for the iPhone, Apple plans to make it easier to operate the device through voice commands, removing an obstacle for people who do not like using a virtual keyboard, said another person with knowledge of Apple’s plans.

NYT has also provided details about the new version of MobileMe service:

The new version of MobileMe is expected to be free and would allow users to synch their files without using a cable. “The goal is that your photos and other media content will eventually just sync across all your Apple devices without people having to do anything,†the person said. If more iPhone users stored files online, Apple could make cheaper devices with less storage. Flash storage is one of the iPhone’s most expensive components.

Are you disappointed that Apple is not planning to launch an iPhone nano? What will convince you to migrate to the new MobileMe service? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below.

[via NYT]

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