Apple Working on a Smaller and Cheaper iPhone Model?

By , Feb 10, 2011

It had been a while since we’d heard rumors of an iPhone nano. But today, the rumor mill is back on. According to Bloomberg, Apple is currently working on a smaller and cheaper version of the iPhone.

This smaller iPhone would be sold $200 without a contract. The goal here would obviously be to gain market shares against Google’s Android who comes with dozens of various devices priced differently, aiming at a larger population…

The prototype was about one-third smaller than the iPhone 4, said the person, who saw it last year.

Apple can sell it at a low price mainly because the smartphone will use a processor, display and other components similar to those used in the current model, rather than pricier, more advanced parts that will be in the next iPhone, the person said. Component prices typically drop over time.

What if this was the big “surprise” Apple is preparing for us? That would definitely make more sense than an iPad 3 being released this year, as some insane speculations suggested.

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  • brent

    Hmmm….I don’t see this happening, although stranger things have happened.

  • http://about.me/chrisfink TattoozNTech

    somehow i just doubt this… the article also mentioned the plan to release them w/ built-in SIM’s so people could move from carrier to carrier… this was shot down a while back i believe… unless i’m mistaken…

    • http://www.iphonedownloadblog.com Sebastien

      This was not “shut down”. We just haven’t heard more rumors about it until today.

      • Blubber

        No, apple had a Talk with the Chairmen of Some big mobile companies all over the World when i remember right…

  • Joeyjojo

    That small thing looks very very much like an u2 orbit windows mobile device with White tape on the front of it and an iPhone emulator application called ifonz on the screen. I know because I have one I ain’t used in a long time and looks very similar to that phone.

  • William

    that smaller and cheaper one on the photo looks exactly like those Chinese copycats, lol

    • http://www.iphonedownloadblog.com Sebastien

      It is a Chinese copycat!

  • John

    love your blog but macrumors.com always has the same article a couple hours earlier

  • vip_nino

    FAKE!!!…

  • http://www.iphonedownloadblog.com Alex

    @John – Most of the Apple-related blogs out there repost a MacRumors article after it comes out. Sites like MacRumors break the news and get the scoops, and if we feel that it’s worthy news, we pass it on to the readers here.

    • John

      I always constantly check both sites and always this is my favorite site when it comes to jailbraiking/unlocking news.

  • manuel

    I guess we will wait and see on this one. I’m assuming this would be good, but what makes me say, screw this I might as well get an iTouch or iPhone if mini iPhone is going to be 200. Contract or no contract, I think maybe around 150 or 175 would market it.

  • luis

    my girlfriend have one of those, are chinese copy for about 50 bucks from ebay

  • luis

    maybe give me one chaper with less capacities, but having it small its way too stupid

  • chborz1

    Scrooo The Small Ones

  • Joel

    Doubtful. Look close – that picture is back from the 3G days.

  • http://www.twitter.com/MrMBerman MrMBerman

    Apple don’t do cheap. Period.

    • 2meu

      Agree

    • Selcuk

      Agreed

  • icyhotonmynuts

    Hey Apple, instead of making a smaller cheaper version of the iPhone, keep up the same tech and charge less than an arm and a leg for the current and future iPhone. That’s how you compete with Android.

    Oh, and you already have a “smaller and cheaper” version of the iPhone, it’s called an iPod touch.

  • Bishal

    hooo i will buy this……….

  • http://mysms.bz/pro/1290158530 whyeyeschoice

    An IPhone Nano with NO 2 YEAR CONTRACT…I will believe this Apple Phone when I see it. We all want to save cash on our phone bills… but yet have the ultimate service. This Smaller IPhone might just do it.

  • http://mmplas.com arampe

    Apple is a state of the art company , None of their products are cheap or will ever be cheap , if soo they would have drop there mac prices to compete with the pc prices, get it ! Cheap is not a would that they use .
    Suprises this year well, ipad 2 for sure and iphone 4s ( iphone 5) …only in Black …lol

    • icyhotonmynuts

      God bless underboobs

  • MALdito

    eh, this doesn’t seem likely.

  • http://touchlanguage.com cacs_023

    Holy cow!
    when will that be released?

  • John

    Chinese copycat dual-sim, not at all a iphone mini. Crappy stuff, in brazil flee markets have dozens of those.