Don’t you just love rumors that won’t die? This time, The Wall Street Journal is reporting they have a source who has actually seen a prototype mini iPhone, code name N97. Supposedly, this phone would be half the size of a regular iPhone and half the price to compete with other mass-market priced smartphones. But is there any truth to this rumor?
I’m inclined to believe rumors that make their way to the WSJ, but this one seems a bit shaky. The description of the iPhone mini is basically that of the iPhone 4, only smaller. Useful, isn’t it? And then there’s this quote following the description of the iPhone mini talking about the source:
The person said Apple, based in Cupertino, Calif., also plans to upgrade the iPhone 4.
While I think a cheaper iPhone might be a logical next step for Apple, I’m not sure that a “mini” version is the answer. I won’t rule it out completely, but I think Apple intends to make iPhone 5 a true global phone that supports nearly all networks before doing anything else. I’ve heard that the Verizon iPhone 4 actually has most of the hardware required to do this, so I wouldn’t be surprised if iPhone 5 had all the required antennae and other hardware to work on most networks around the world. Then, Apple would really be in a place to start expanding their lineup with more than just different capacities.
But then again, do you really want an iPhone with a smaller screen?
Via [The Wall Street Journal]