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The iPhone Nano rumors are back.
China Times claims that according to their unnamed source, a cheaper entry-level iPhone will be released this year alongside the next generation iPhone.
Apple is looking to expand expand its position in the low-end smartphone market according to China Times, and its $375 iPhone 3GS is too pricey to compete with entry-level Android smartphones.
The purported iPhone Nano would simply be a smaller version of its current counterpart, denoted by the latter part of the name that coordinates with Apple’s small iPod Nano. It would be priced accordingly without the need for a contract with any provider. Currently, the entry-level unlocked iPhone 3GS is available for $375.
If a concept idea for Apple product seems to make legitimate sense, the chances are, the rumor will resurface again and again until – if ever – that idea reaches fruition.
Much like the news last week that the purported iPhone 5 device would have a Liquidmetal outer shell, the murmurs of an iPhone “Nano” device are not exactly original. In a year in which some seem adamant a smaller iPad will, for some reason, be on the fruit company’s to-do list, the talk of a more entry-level iPhone are once again gathering some momentum.
China Times seems to reckon Tim Cook’s Cupertino-based outfit is plotting a cheaper iPhone this year, and although no specific names were named, the report cites sources from within Apple’s supply chain. Despite already being the most sought-after smartphone on the planet, Apple apparently wants to assert more of an authority in the lower-end of the smartphone food chain. Its current system of retailing older devices is still out of the price range of many consumers in the tough economic climate. The 3-year-old iPhone 3GS can still be purchased brand new, but at $375, it’s just too much now for what is very aging technology, and the popular Apple brand can only do so much in reeling in new business.
It’s rather unfortunate that Apple exercises as much control and as many restrictions as humanly possible throughout iOS, and is one of the main reasons why people wind up jailbreaking the device.
Currently, the only things that can be attached via email on the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch are images and video clips from stock photo album along with a few other very minor things such as business cards. Luckily, there is a small tweak available which will let you share any file residing on your phone including any documents, videos and audio files.
AnyAttach, which comes with a price tag of $1.99 at the BigBoss repo, integrates seamlessly with the Mail client. Just install, respring, and tap the paperclip icon in your Mail app to add any attachment. There are a few settings which are changed in the Settings app, and as such there is no SpringBoard icon.
There is a lot of speculation regarding the status of jailbreaking when iOS 5 eventually drops. Some say that because of the many, many amendments made by Apple regarding many consumer gripes within the software, that actually jailbreaking will not really be necessary. In addition, it will probably take a while to achieve an untethered jailbreak, if at all.
The wizkid known as Comex was the first one to expose the security flaws in the iPad 2, and that took months. Now he works for the Cupertino-based company, which has severely upped its game in its efforts to unhinge the hacking community.
Apple may never introduce an iPhone nano, but that’s not keeping the knockoff manufacturers in China from creating them.
The phone was discovered by a writer for Giz-China.com, who was checking out a Lenovo tablet when he spied the mini-iPhone 4 clone. While unable to get exact dimensions of the device, the writer said that it “easily fits in to the palm of my hand,” and the photos show this iPhone nano fake to be about 2/3 the size of a true iPhone 4.
Called the iPhone 4 Nano, this Shenzen-made product doesn’t run iOS — instead, it sports a Java-based OS that looks and acts remarkably like Apple’s mobile operating system. It comes complete with a 1.3 Megapixel back camera and a front-facing camera, has a resistive touch screen, and won’t (of course) work with the App Store.
While this phone retails for about US$58 without a contract, chances are slim that it will make it out of the Chinese market. Still, it would be fun to have a mini-me iPhone 4 to accompany your full-sized Apple smartphone.
Apple’s Chief Operating Officer, Tim Cook, recently spoke with Bernstein Research analyst Toni Sacconaghi about Apple’s possible plans to introduce cheaper or prepaid iPhones. While Sacconaghi didn’t give any exact quotes, he paraphrased a few of Cook’s thoughts.
“Tim stopped short of explicitly stating that Apple would pursue a lower price iPhone,” Sacconaghi said, but Cook said Apple is “working hard to ‘figure out’ the prepaid market.” According to Sacconaghi, Cook and Apple want to dispel the impression that Apple’s products are “just for the rich.” Cook also called China “a classic prepaid market,” which certainly indicates Apple is interested in pursuing that market.
The use of prepaid SIM cards for iPhones isn’t new in some parts of the world — such deals are common in a number of countries in Europe — but you do pay handsomely for the iPhone if you choose this route.
Perhaps rumors about smaller iPhones