Yet More iPhone Nano Rumors

iPhone Nano Concept

A week ago we linked to a story that brought fresh iPhone Nano rumors to the foreground. Today those rumors are picking up a tiny bit of speed. Seems the folks who brought us leaked iPhone 3G and 4th gen iPod Nano cases are listing an iPhone Nano case.

Of course, an iPhone Nano presents certain problems. Would Apple just stuff a standard 320x480 iPhone screen into a tighter package, like the iPod Nano? (Or BlackBerry Bold for that matter). They'd need to do something to avoid fracturing the mobile WiFi platform they've taken so much trouble to establish. And capacitive touch screens, for all their responsiveness, require beefy enough targets to hit with a finger. Would certain features be cut that just couldn't scale down effectively? Or would this truly be phone-and-iPod only (see mock up, above), leaving the "breakthrough internet device" space for the full featured, full sized model?

But we're getting ahead of ourselves. Could just be the lack of Macworld hype making the intertubes all crazy. Macrumors, for their part, says:

To add more uncertainty into the mix, we've heard that some of Apple's initial plans for Macworld may have been delayed. So, even if an iPhone Nano was originally in the works, we're not sure when we'd actually see one.

At a special event, on Apple's schedule, on Apple's terms, with Steve Jobs on a stage maybe?

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Usman says:

interesting. but with the nano will we se smaller memory sizes also? a la 2gb 4gb?

Zach says:

Has anyone thought of this though?
same height and screen size as the current iPhone but just with less to offer.
I could see it being smaller in memory like Usman said above but also without 3G and GPS.
Everyone is thinking Nano in the terms of physical size but what about what it can offer? Apple would love to have more of their product out there but not everyone needs the features that it has.
Basically think of an iPod Touch with a phone added and with less memory than normal.

Steve says:

@Zach:
Yes... we've been over all of this already.

Keil Miller says:

Why don't they just get rid of the nano? My iPhone gets lost in my pocket as it is!

iphonemilk says:

Huuuuuuge iPhone fan here... I think the Nano is a horrible idea.
~Milk

frog says:

An iPhone nano would sell well. Perhaps outright though.

WatersWest says:

How about a flip phone with a nano-sized screen, capable of syncing music & videos, but no touch screen & less focus on web and e-mail, but rather just a music-on-the-go phone as opposed to a PDA-like smartphone? I would buy one for my wife in a heartbeat!

Kiriakos says:

great move from apple ;)

shon says:

Theres no way that Apple would announce an iphone nano without Steve Jobs, and he wont be at Macworld. So, if its coming, its a ways down the road.

Mercer says:

It's actually going to be the iPhone shuffle, no screen just a couple of buttons, who's it gonna call? No one knows

GadgetBoy says:

I've been hearing the same things. If I were to guess, any iPhone Nano should include a full keyboard that slides out like some of the LG Products. Keep the same cool factor, but adds some functionality that might be lost by a smaller size.

frog says:

They could always add a t9 type keyboard on an iPhone nano.