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December 31, 2008 - Dave Hecei
With the 2009 MacWorld Expo scheduled to start within a week, rumors are now flying fast and furiously on the Net. One that has started taking hold is a new iPhone model supposedly to be called the iPhone Nano. Like the iPod Nano, this should be a smaller, less expensive version of the iPhone rumored to be $99.
First, do we need a smaller cheaper iPhone. Considering the price of the very first iPhone that miraculously dropped $200 just a few months after its release, the latest iPhone starts at $199. This price is pretty low for what it is and is insignificant compared to what the operating cost of the iPhone is for the required two year contract (plans start around $70/mo. unlimited texting adds another $20). For the 2-year contract you will likely have spent $2400. Now doesn't that pale to the price of the iPhone.
Second, what will you loose with an iPhone Nano. Since this is only a rumor the form factor can only be guessed at. Would the screen be much smaller? For those who love their iPhones, what could you live without? I find it hard to believe that they could make a cut-down version of the iPhone and still have the same functionality. MacWorld Expo starts next week. Apple's Phil Schiller will give the keynote address on Tuesday the 6th. We'll just have to wait and see what Apple has up its sleeves for the start of 2009.
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