Rumors regarding the mysterious “iPhone Nano” have been surfacing everywhere lately. Speculation started gaining some traction last week, with a report from Bloomberg saying that Apple has been working on a smaller and cheaper version of the iPhone.

The Wall Street Journal recently corroborated and added some details to Bloomberg’s report. According to the WSJ, the “iPhone Nano” will be considerably smaller than the current iPhone and heavily rely on Apple’s MobileMe service.

More rumors have emerged regarding the iPhone Nano…

Cult of Mac reports from an “inside source,”

“Firstly, according to our source (who asked to remain anonymous), Apple has been working on a smaller, mass-market iPhone for a long time. But to do that, Apple had to figure out a way to strip away some of the components to reduce both its size and cost.

Apple decided to lose some of the memory, which is by far the most expensive component of the iPhone. By “some” of the memory, we mean ALL of the memory. The iPhone nano will have no memory for onboard storage of media, our source says. It will have only enough memory to buffer media streamed from the cloud.

“I’m talking strictly storage memory here,” said our source.”

A totally cloud-based iOS is not hard to imagine. Especially considering Apple’s purchase of the Lala.com streaming company. Apple could be waiting for this summer’s WWDC conference to introduce a cloud-based iTunes that words in tandem with MobileMe.

Cult of Mac also had something to say about MobileMe,

“The iPhone nano will pull ALL it’s content from MobileMe. When users buy a movie or TV show on iTunes, it’s available to stream to their iPhone or iPad. The service is based on technology from LaLa.com, a streaming service that Apple bought last spring and then shut down.

“It would be a mostly cloud-based iOS,” said our source.”

If MobileMe does become the backbone of iOS on the iPhone Nano, it would be difficult to imagine that Apple would keep MobileMe at the price it currently costs. Rumors of a free MobileMe have been circulating for quite some time, and perhaps Apple will finally make its cloud-based sync and email service free this summer.

If the iPhone Nano does in fact have no memory storage, pictures and video taken with the camera would have to be auto-uploaded to the cloud immediately. AT&T and Verizon should be shaking in their boots at the prospect of that.

What do you think about a completely cloud-based, smaller version of the iPhone? I doubt Apple would discontinue the regular version of the iPhone, but a smaller and cheaper iPhone “Nano” could help Apple further saturate the mobile market.

[via Cult of Mac]

  • korea jack

    no way .. if it is a cloud base phone … how many country in the world which has good mobile internet service to support this kind of technology … this will not go anywhere ….

  • I don’t like clouds. I like to keep my data in my pockets.

  • Age

    And if you have no network coverage you will not be able to upload to the cloud? Hence wouldnt be able to take the picture? Also a smaller iPhone sounds cool but if you can’t put a few songs on it to listen while on to work then no good really. Imagine trying to listen to your music via the cloud, the data charges would out weigh the point in listening to them lol

  • Tibor

    Why would you think the nano iPhone would have a camera?

    • Joe

      I can honestly image no scenario that it wouldn’t have a camera. It would be device suicide.

  • Pete

    DOA… This would never work on current infrastructure.

    And I agree with stuzzy.. I like to safeguard my own data.

  • Jason Masters

    To the cloud !!!! Lol!!!

  • Telejeesus

    Not bad, but with little memory (say 1Gb)
    In here carriers works fine for that.

  • Aiden

    And what about apps? Will the iPhone nano even have an app store?

    • G

      Only apps that are capable and Are on the phone to start with. I’ve read that there may be no app store on the phones.

  • Jason Masters

    It will have a cloud store

  • iKing

    Without unlimited data this phone will be senseless with out onboard memory

  • Andrew

    All I know is that if I could only use my (AT&T) iphone where I have a healthy data signal, I would be a sad panda. Half the time I want to stream music, I wind up having to just listen to the ipod because it keeps stopping to buffer (shaky signal), and the other half it works perfectly. If music capability was completely impossible during these shaky signal times, I would have to choose a different device for my music playing needs.

    On the other hand, if the device had some internal storage AND allowed a great version of intuitive streaming, well that would be awesome. I can’t see this possibily working any other way. Especially not for a device whose main purpose is to play music — it needs to perform this function reliably, or who will buy it?

  • Jacek

    memory is so cheap now; mass production of 2GB will cost them probably $2!, so this is totally for control over what you have and use on your iPhone 🙁 I love my apple products but I start to be really annoyed with Apple politics on controlling their loyal customers 🙁 this is wrong!!!

  • Érico

    what is the problem with memory cards? i don’t understand… no memory at all is a problem, imo.

    • Selcuk

      Agreed +1

  • Kuipo

    I think the iPhone nano will have some memory perhaps 2 gigs just for your most important files. The rest could be accessible via the cloud. This is the only way I see this work. Or… make the iPhone nano “flash drive” compatible 

  • Joe

    So my “pocket computer” is rendered completely useless without a cell/network connection of some sort? I can’t take a picture, I can’t play a game, listen to a song, browse emails, use it as a calculator…. I think I’ll pass, thank you very much.

    And for those asking, how often do I go places with no connection? Almost daily. My desk at work has spotty coverage (building construction) and no wifi. Several places in the school I attend also have no cell or wifi due to building construction and proximity of APs.

  • Joe

    Oh, and don’t forget the necessity of a truly unlimited data plan from cell provider.

    “I’m sorry, you’ve reached your monthly data cap. You can’t take a picture.” Either that, or it will cost you an extra $10 this month because it pushes you into the next tier of data. This for using built-in hardware.

    Again, I’ll pass.

  • Trenton

    Well it seems possible.. I mean look at the psp go (even though it has on-board memory)

  • brent

    I agree with some of the above comments. I like the idea, but the fact that the wireless providers seem to prefer their customers to be on limited data plans doesn’t jive with the whole no storage/cloud based concept. Users just do not want to have data limits sitting in the back of their minds all the time. This will just make it worse.

  • JoBerlin

    Streaming only is b*llsh*t. On the underground in Berlin it’s EDGE only and no cellular coverage at all in the London tube. Cloud-only just won’t work. And now imagine you take your neat device to another country. You can’t use it during the flight and as long as it’s locked to your carrier it’ll be useless until you return home or the roaming fees will exceed any reasonable amount.
    I’m from Germany and I like to travel a lot to other countries in Europe. So I’ll stick to my big iPhone.

  • Me

    Apple is just trying to get a way so that you have to get AT&T plan. If everything is stored on the cloud, you can only use it in a WiFi area without a data plan.

  • I think this might be publicity stunt.. And if they will launch this phone with cloud base tech then they have to be ready for loss.

  • static

    purchases from itunes like movies and song can be cloud base. but it will be totally useless if all your files will be send through the cloud. not everyone has a data plan. so the phone will be cheaper but you have to have a data plan to be able to maximize the phone.which i think will be costly.

  • Lucky

    this cant be right. to prove myself, check image again.1) instead of home button there is camera. W/O Home button how can one avail multitasking facility or can switch to another app? 2) No volume control buttons. in iOS4.2.1 there is option in settings to enable/disable to use volume controller to increase/decrease ringer volume. W/O this buttons it can not be possible and Apple is not so stupid that it will remove volume buttons anyway.

    So i believe this is completely useless rumors.