Originally Posted by GregAlexander
Now for an odd question...
A little voice in my head keeps nudging me, saying "the iPhone Nano won't have GPRS". So no data except when on Wifi.... but that makes no sense to me. My hunch disagrees but has no evidence in the slightest.
Would Apple have anything to gain by doing that on an iPhone Nano? Perhaps a bigger differentiation from the 3G model? Or phone plans without data allowance? Encourage the use of wifi hotspots and installation in schools and homes?
I don't think they would. This latest rumour of a 2.8" and 3.2" is not only too close in size but all smaller than we currently have. It's a great screen compared to what was available last year but, I think, going smaller is out of the question for me, even if it is 3G.
I can't see Apple having 3 different brands here:
- iPhone Nano — cellphone/PMP
- iPhone — cellphone/PMP/MID
- iPod Touch — PMP/MID
It just doesn't make sense as the App Store and iTunes Store are now useless on the iPhone Nano and without internet for stocks, weather, etc it becomes a pretty stale device that doesn't incorporate any of Apple's strengths. If they wanted to do that they could have come out with this a decade ago. To make it just WiFi is pointless as GPRS/EDGE are common elements of cell networks and important part of a carrier's revenue, as well as Apple's selling position.
THe only way it could work wold be to be EDGE and cheap. But can a 2.8" high-ppi capacitance display with many GB of Flash be that cheap when compared to other phones? Aren't these people already using an iPhone? Would these other want to buy one of the thousands of used iPhones with bigger screens on eBay or Craig's List after the new ones come out?