Further to a report earlier today that Apple is producing a slimmer, cheaper version of its popular iPhone the Wall Street Journal has claimed its sources had seen a prototype of a new device about half the size – and half the price – of the iPhone 4.
In an effort to capture a wider share of the smartphone market, the ‘iPhone Nano’ – codenamed N97 – would go onsale alongside a successor to the iPhone 4. It’s also said to be ‘significantly lighter’ and feature an ‘edge-to-edge screen that can be manipulated by touch.’ The smaller phone would also include an improved voice-activated navigation system.
Along with reports of a tiny iPhone, ‘persons familiar with the matter’ suggested Apple is planning a ‘major revamp’ of MobileMe, doing away with the annual subscription fee in favour of a free service that could become the ‘focal point for a new online music service that Apple has been developing for more than a year.’ It could be launched as early as June.
Steve Jobs declined to comment about the claims.