WSJ: iPhone mini in the Works

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Apple is apparently working on a new iPhone model that’s about half the size of the current iPhone 4 with a price point to match. The new report comes courtesy of the Wall Street Journal and echos a similar report last week from Bloomberg.

The smaller iPhone model, according to unnamed sources, is “N97,” which could be an insider jab at Nokia and its N97 smartphone. The entire front surface of the phone will make up the display, it will be thinner and lighter than current iPhone models, and it will sport voice-based navigation controls.

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Based on the limited information available, it’s unclear whether or not the rumored smaller iPhone will include a Home button, or exactly what size the display will be. A display that’s smaller than the current iPhone, however, doesn’t seem very likely since that could potentially force developers to code for three screen sizes: the iPhone, iPad and the new iPhone mini.

Apple isn’t commenting on the iPhone mini rumors, but the timing of the WSJ report coincides with the Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona. A well-timed leak from Apple to the WSJ would help keep the company in the spotlight even though it isn’t represented at the mobile device event.

Apple is expected to launch the iPhone 5 this summer.

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13 Comments Leave Your Own

Lee Dronick

It is small enough to be worn as wristwatch and can be set to show the time of day when not on a call. You can also clip to pocket or belt. It is just a phone, no user installed apps. It uses voice recognition software to dial a number:

“Call Adele”

“Dell computers how may I direct your call”

Seriously, I have my doubts about this rumor. However, I have been wrong before and if anyone can pull this off it would be Apple.

RonMacGuy

Sir Harry, I am disappointed.  I thought you would have used this voice dialing example:

You: “Call Penn and Teller Home”

iPhone: “I’m sorry, Apple does not support Pentalobe driver sales…”

grin

Lee Dronick

Call Penn and Teller Home?

“Penn speaking?”

“Come home”

Vern Seward

Actually Harry, that would be a cool phone if they did it. And I’d seriously think about buying one.

Vern

Lee Dronick

Actually Harry, that would be a cool phone if they did it. And I?d seriously think about buying one.

I was only half joking. I have been pondering this rumor since it surfaced, trying to think of how they could make it work. I don’t particularly care for voice recognition software, but that would be just one dialing option.

The screen wouldn’t be big enough for Maps, a browser, games or most apps, but it would be big enough for an address book. You could set up favorites, or scroll through a list much the way we do now. A 12 key dialing pad with characters that zoom larger as you hover over them and then tap to make the selection.

Maybe not even a phone jack, BlueTooth only.

When we hear mini iPhone we are all thinking of apps, maybe it is just a phone.

Vern Seward

I agree, the voice navi would have to be VERY good for me to buy it.

You’re thinking iPod nano size then. That screen is too small for most uses, but the address book would work.

I was thinking that a slimmer glassier model would be it.

I would actually give up my iPhone 4 for such a phone if it had good Bluetooth and did some decent p2p with my iPad.

Vern

ilikeimac

When we hear mini iPhone we are all thinking of apps, maybe it is just a phone.

Surely it would have iPod features at least, so basically an iPod Nano + phone. Such a device shouldn’t need a data connection or wifi, which would keep the monthly bills low. It would be nice if one could do the equivalent of moving a SIM card between it and an iPhone so you could switch between them.

Vern Seward

I think it would need a data connection, but could easily get by on the $15 a month level. You would need to buy songs, ,check restaurants and showtimes, stuff like that. Still think it would be bigger than a nano. I’m thinking 2/3 the size of iPhone 4. With all buttons on the sides, and very thin bezel.

Vern

Lee Dronick

You?re thinking iPod nano size then. That screen is too small for most uses, but the address book would work.

My first cell phone was a candy bar Qualcomm on Sprint. It was maybe 2/3 the width of the iPhone, but taller and a little thicker. The screen was Nano sized, but not a touch screen. Anyway I could work that keyboard one handed much more comfortably than my iPhone, sometimes the thumb is stretching way over there. Maybe that is the direction that they are going.

There is enough of the trickster in me to think that this just a red herring to throw the paparazzi off track from what is really in the works.

What ever is in the works I hope that my iPhone 3GS holds out until it is released. Mine took a quick dunk last year and now it is starting to act up with occasionally squirrelly displays and molasses slow operation at times.

mhikl

Are we safe with SHF thinking outside the box again. Speaking of box, an iChiclet phone in every box of Cheerios. What a rush.
And what’s with the funny numbers for names in ‘quotes’?
And speaking of weird, Dell just broke $14. I thought that was as likely as Hell fixing its air conditioning.

Lee Dronick

And speaking of weird, Dell just broke $14. I thought that was as likely as Hell fixing its air conditioning.

I have been a lot of TV ads for their tablet. Maybe investors think that it is an HP killer.

Peter

Wow.  You mean Apple will do something like this?

mhikl

Wow.  You mean Apple will do something like this?

HP Veer, pretty sweet, Peter, er 1297728165. But what would Apple do instead of the bitty keyboard? A second pull out keyboard screen? Stacking cards rock.

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