Apple Defuses iPhone nano Rumors?

Also touched on briefly during Apple's Q1 conference call yesterday was the prospect of a low-end iPhone, and Chief Operating Officer Tim Cook was quick to dispel hopes of that (and of an iPhone nano?) as well (text via Macworld):

Tim: We're not going to build a low-end voice phone. Our objective is not to be unit share leader, it's to build the world's best phone.

Interestingly, however, Apple is still pondering what to do about unsubsidized markets (where, unlike AT&T, the carriers don't foot part of the phone cost, making it initially much more expensive for buyers):

Largest example is India. Sales less in non-subsidized markets, obviously. Huge market opportunities and will make adjustments in future to play in a stronger way.

So what does this mean? No iPhone nano or iPod with phone features bolted on, it seems. But how will Apple increase sales in those non-subsidized countries? a 4GB SKU? Or when the iPhone hits 32GB, will the 8GB become a special SKU for those markets? Maybe if we get an iPhone HD this summer, the 3G itself will become that SKU?

The again, Apple is famous for denying (even bashing) things until the moment they release them...

Our forums are weighing in, so head on over there and let us know what you think!

Rene Ritchie

Editor-in-Chief of iMore, co-host of Iterate, Debug, ZEN and TECH, MacBreak Weekly. Cook, grappler, photon wrangler. Follow him on Twitter, App.net, Google+.

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There are 6 comments. Add yours.

LozBlanko says:

Good - iPhone Nano would ruin the whole iPhone concept. More variants = jack of all trades, master of none.

frog says:

Who says the iPhone nano has to be a low end, underpowered, voice only phone?

Ethan says:

I still say a Nano phone is on the way. Apple has been known to lie about things.
It makes sense. It would add another customer to the app store, and I think that's what they're going to focus on. Phone market share, no. More music and app store sales, yes.
At least, it seems like a good idea in my view.

STUstone08 says:

I find it impossible to type on landscape mode on the current iPhone....my sausage fingers wouldn't cut it on a
Nano

max says:

YO!! Any body know if I can use a prepaid Like $20,00 for 200 min with Virgin- go phone 10 cents a min.(virgin,att,t-mobile etc.) with an unblocked iphone. I have an axim for wifi web browsing so I would carry both and keep fees low.
Would be cool to get one and keep it for $20.00 a month.