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Apple Said To Be Working On Smaller iPhone

by Sean P. Aune | February 13, 2011February 13, 2011 12:48 pm PST

Reports indicate that Apple is working on a smaller iPhone that could be as little as half the size of the current iPhone 4.

According to a report from The Wall Street Journal, Apple is readying a new version of the iPhone that will be smaller and cheaper than its current iPhone 4 model and could launch as soon as this summer.  According to an unnamed source that spoke with the paper:

One of the people, who saw a prototype of the phone late last year, said the device is intended for sale alongside Apple’s existing line. The new device would be about half the size of the iPhone 4, which is the current model.

The prevailing theory is that the new model would retail for $200, meaning that carriers in the United States could give it away for free with a two-year contract. This would be a quick way for Apple to regain some of the market share it has lost to Google’s Android operating system.  As always the company is declining to comment on the rumors, but the speculation is that the new model would be introduced along side the iPhone 5 this summer.

MobileMe, Apple’s $99 a year subscription service for syncing and storing data, is also supposedly in the midst of getting an overhaul.  Apparently Apple is re-imagining the service as a sort of digital locker for your assets, and is also contemplating making the service free.  Apparently this is being viewed as a way to expand the memory of the company’s devices without having to do it via hardware.  If true, this announcement is also expected this summer.

What say you?  Any interest in a smaller iPhone?

[via The Wall Street Journal]

Sean P. Aune

Sean P. Aune has been a professional technology blogger since July 2007, but his love of tech dates back to at least 1976 when his parents bought...