iPhone Nano in June, But Not In The US
January 19, 2009 by Ryan Ray
I promise you this may be the last thing that I write on the iPhone nano, atleast for now. Perhaps one day the iPhone nano will appear, and be a real product. But until then, we’ll all sit on our butts and speculate. This will be my official third post on this rumored device, and it comes across as quite peculiar to me so I wanted to give you my thoughts on this rumor and put it to rest!
This rumor has been around for about a week now, I first read of it on Macrumors.com. They posted their rumor on January 13th and since then I’ve done a lot of thinking about how credible this rumor could be. First let’s round up the rumor and just get that out of the way. It’s rumored that two chip manufacturing plants have/will receive orders from Apple. Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company and United Microelectronics Corporation are the two companies to be exact. These are supposedly for the iPhone nano. A research analyst believes the iPhone nano won’t be launched in the United States, atleast initially. The device has yet to be tested on AT&T networks, and they speculate that China will be an ideal market while the U.S. may wait indefinitely for the iPhone nano.
China has upwards of 600 million wireless subscribers, but they have no definite knowledge of the launch. The chips are to be delivered by March which makes a June launch in time with their product cycle. So what makes this so impossible to me? A lot of things actually. The first thing is that the iPhone is already small enough, making it smaller would mean it slips out of my hand easier. Is easily lost, stepped on, etc… Think of how hard it would be to talk into the thing. My current iPhone doesn’t reach all the way to my mouth I wonder how far a smaller one would reach? What about other very important issues like the screen size. Developers have already worked very hard on getting their apps right on the current screen, throwing in a new screen would make it harder on them to fix their apps. Consider the battery life on a device that small, the chips will still be the same in the iPhone nano. I don’t think Apple would take out the Blue-tooh, or Wifi, or 3G. That makes it either a crippled phone, a slow phone, or very similar to the iPod Touch. So with it having the same chips as it’s big brother the battery life will suffer immensely. Obviously because the same battery can’t fit in a smaller phone.
With those reasons and many more I’m sure others have the iPhone nano just seems like a bad idea. It will confuse Apple’s product line even further, and Apple won’t stand for that. If you have any reasons to tell me why you think the nano is a good idea please leave me a comment. I’d love to hear other’s opinions on the matter. Thanks for reading!
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