NYT Apple considering cheaper but not smaller iPhone

first_imgIn the last few days we’ve heard rumors about both small and large iPhones, with the rumored iPhone nano creating the most buzz. A smaller, more affordable iPhone would make the handset available to untapped parts of the mobile phone market and greatly expand the potential footprint of iOS. Now the NY Times has weighed in with their findings stating that Apple is considering a cheaper iPhone but not a smaller one.The article notes that Apple is not developing a smaller phone as a smaller device won’t necessarily be cheaper to produce, plus it would potentially be more difficult to control via touchscreen. Finally, as noted with every possible iPhone change, any split from the primary model would mean developers have to program their apps to be compatible with an additional size.From the article:Apple is also considering changing internal components of the device to bring costs down. “Although the innards of the phone, including memory size or camera quality, could change to offer a less expensive model, the size of the device would not vary,” said the person, who has worked on multiple versions of the device. A consistent size means the 3.5-inch display will remain, but costs will have to be cut from components. This means, compared to the iPhone 4, display quality (including resolution) could drop, a slower processor could be used, or storage amounts could decrease. There are only a limited number of changes that can be made without fragmenting the platform, so those would presumably be the focus. Other possible options would be the build materials and graphics processing, but regardless of what happens monthly carriers fees will be the most expensive part of any package.The article went on to mention that Apple is working on a free variant of MobileMe that allows for cloud storage and easy syncing of files across multiple Apple devices. Flash storage, being one of the most expensive components in a phone (aside from the display), could be decreased if a phone was to use more online storage, though transfer speeds become that much more important. We have no proposed timeline for this, but once the phones go 4G transfer speeds might not be a factor. The article says the cheaper iPhone won’t be arriving “any time soon” so don’t rule this out just yet.Read more at the NYT.last_img read more