Apple planning a ‘Mac nano?’

“A Chinese company says it’s producing a case for an upcoming iPhone Nano. Bits of code inside the latest version of OS X suggest a new Mac Mini,” Chris Dannen blogs for Fast Company. “Are they one in the same?”

Dannen writes, “Apple has been mum about both rumors. But XSKN, a manufacturer of rubberized protective cases, has been right about forthcoming Apple gadgets before; the company’s product line successfully predicted both the iPhone 3G and the iPod Touch. Now XSKN is selling a case for an ‘iPhone Nano’ that it says will have a 2.75-inch screen and no 3G wireless. Judging by XSKN’s image, the iPhone Nano would look like a thicker, broader version of the current iPod Nano.”

Dannen writes, “The other big Apple rumor this week is concerned with a new Mac Mini, Apple’s long-neglected bare-bones computer… Could the new Mac Mini and the ‘iPhone Nano’ be the same device?”

Full article here.

25 Comments

  1. so so so dumb, oh lets create or whole new revolutionary platform then through away the whole 1 size / 1 app store / 1 dev environment, a smaller touch screen would also be awful, people complain about the keyboard now imagine a nano one, youd be an idiot to believe this.

  2. i just remembered a picture from a patent with a round cornered rectagonal shape being inserted into an imac looking device…anyway after reading the article i looked over at my ipod touch and asked in a real cute voice that you reserve fer pets and babies. and i asked it picking it up in the silhouette of my macbook it said yes and it really seems possible to imagine a tiny device running a keyboard and monitor…..

  3. A new Mini? Long overdue, so quite credible. An iPhone Nano? Not a chance. It would have to lose a lot of functionality in that smaller screen. (As one who owns a Touch 2, it’s size is “just right”.) And why give up 3G when one has made such a big deal about it?

  4. Stupid stupid stupid.

    His initial arguments as to why the rumoured device is *not* an iPhone nano are full of crap and based on nothing. Then he goes on to speculate about a “Mac nano” based on the same pile of crap.

    There is a “Mac nano” coming, it’s called the “Mac mini” though. there is no need to speculate about a new product at all. We all know the Mac mini is being refreshed in January, we all know it’s a substantial re-design. These rumours have been all but confirmed for months and months now.

    A Mac mini with a screen (his “Mac nano”), would be a completely different product and take sales *away* from the current mini if it had any reason to exist at all.

    If he’s talking about a tablet, then there is no reason to include the Mac mini in the equation at all. To repeat, … these are completely separate product categories.

  5. I’d buy it instantly. iPhone 3G is too big + I don’t need 90% of the features.
    I only need the ability to call, text, a bit of music and a basic calendar.
    I don’t need a big screen for that, neither 3G, nor web browsing, etc, that’s too much…
    I want a device that fits my pocket, a simple phone!!! The Nano makes sense.

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