“The idea that Apple might eventually introduce a family of iPhones of different sizes that sell at different prices is hardly new. A rumor that an iPhone nano would be launched before Christmas 2007 was making the rounds just over a year ago,” Phillip Elmer-Dewitt blogs for Fortune.
“But the timing was wrong last summer and, according to Piper Jaffray’s Gene Munster, this summer’s rumor is also a bit off,” Elmer-Dewitt reports. “‘Just as the company slowly diversified the iPod lineup and entered lower price points with every new version,’ wrote Piper Jaffray’s Gene Munster in May, ‘we expect Apple to launch new models of the iPhone at lower price points in calendar year 2009.'”
“The Daily Mailitem suggests that the phone will be available in British shops by Christmas for 150 pounds (just under $300). It doesn’t offer any supporting evidence beyond an unnamed ‘industry source’ …The London tabloid, which is better known for celebrity gossip than technology reporting, also cites an ‘expert’ who suggests the nano phone would have a touch wheel on the back and a display on the front so that numbers would be dialed from behind. Apple filed a patent last year for a device that resembles this, but nothing came of it.”
Full article here.