“Once again iPhone rumors are floating in China… Why is China the place where these rumors start? Simple. Thousands of people are involved in building iPhone components and, those that have the means, know how to get inside information. Once it starts, the information spreads. These rumors are used by accessory manufacturers and agents in China to decide what they will produce, when they will start to manufacture it and when they should unload their old stock,” iDealsChina reports.

“No more speculating. The new iPhone is a Nano Phone! We just got these images of a silicone case design by XSKN for the new Nano iPhone. This case is in production. We are not sure when they will release it on their site. The XSKN designs will give you an idea of the shape and size of the new Nano iPhone. We understand that a number of companies are producing cases as of last week,” iDealsChina reports. “If you remember, before iPhone 3G was released, a number of companies including Griffin had advanced information of the size and shape of iPhone 3G. We understand that once one company starts making a mold their information is passed onto other mold companies or accessory companies through a China underground network.”

iDealsChina reports, “It is the same height as the just released Nano but wider and thicker and with the same iPhone 3G contours. It has 3 sensors, camera, mirror screen but no 3G. Production will start on the 20th with 60,000 to 80,000/day pieces coming off the assembly line. Steve Jobs will be announcing it during the January MacWorld Show and you will find it in the stores shortly afterwards

More info and images in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader "Markim" for the heads up.]