In a report contradicting the Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg news agency, it was said that the next iPhone might be cheaper but its size will remain the same.
During the last couple of days, reports have been issued that stated that Apple is working on a smaller version of the iPhone. The device, it said, will not contain the famous home button, and will be smaller than the current iPhone and cheaper. However, in a report by the New York Time, it said the device that both the Journal and Bloomberg reported about is not real.
The Times that quotes sourced that were briefed regarding the future plans of Apple and requested to remain anonymous, claims that Apple is working full steam ahead on the next iPhone version that is expected to be the same size as the current iPhone. The current screen size (3.5 inch) and size remained the same since the launch of the first model in 2007. Sources told the Times that the company isnt planning on introducing a smaller iPhone in the near future.
The report also stated that the reason that a mini iPhone is not on Apples agenda is that the cost of manufacturing such as device will not necessarily be cheaper and that this means developers will be forced to make changes to their App Store applications similarly to the process the iPad requires. The Times quotes Apple CEO, Steve Jobs, who said in the past that one of Apples greatest advantages is that unlike the Android it is not fragmented.
An Apple exec is quoted saying that manufacturing additional iPhone models is not logical and that the company will continue its policy to reduce prices of the older versions when a new device is released.
Thus for example, the iPhone 3GS that was released in 2009 was sold in the US for $49 with a two year commitment. Until the launch of the iPhone 3GS the device was sold for $199 like the iPhone 4 today.
Some of the rumors were validated
Even though the NY Times refutes the reports about the mini iPhone, it said that the next device that will be released in the summer will be cheaper than its predecessor due to lowering manufacturing costs by changing internal components. The company, it was also said, is working on a free version of MobileMe. MobileMe allows synchronizing files, contacts, emails, calendar and more and costs $100 per year. The Times corroborates reports and rumors according to which Apple will allow synchronization with iTunes media without a USB cable. In addition, a source in Apple states that if most of the iPhone information is stored via cloud, the company will be able to make models with less storage space one of the factors to the iPhones high costs.
The report is signed with a reference to the report by the Journal, according to which the mini iPhones serial number, N97, is in face the iPhones serial number on Verizon. Apple has recently issued a CDMA version of its smartphone and marketed it through the American network. According to reports in the last few days, Verizon sales are not living up to the provider and Apples expectations.