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Posted at 11:41 AM ET, 02/14/2011

iPhone Nano rumors continue to swirl

By Hayley Tsukayama

The Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg News have both reported that a smaller version of the iPhone is in the works and could be slated for release as soon as mid-year.

The Wall Street Journal article, published Monday, cites the paper's usual unnamed "people familiar with the matter" as saying that the new model will be about half the size of the current iPhone. Bloomberg's unnamed sources said the phone will be even smaller, about one-third the size of the current handset, and will have no home button. The iPhone 4 is 4.5 inches tall, 2.31 inches wide and .37 inches thick.

Both sources reportedly saw a prototype of the new phone last year and said it will be about half the price of the current model.

With stories from two major news outlets with a solid history of reporting leaks from the notoriously tight-lipped company, it seems all but certain that a smaller iPhone is in the works. It's worth noting, however, that Apple doesn't bring every concept from its labs to the marketplace.

The report from the Wall Street Journal also indicates that Apple's MobileMe service will be free as a personal "locker" for photos, videos and maybe music.

Apple has yet to comment on either story.

By Hayley Tsukayama  | February 14, 2011; 11:41 AM ET
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hopefully it comes out soon---i'll be needing a small phone to go along with my bigger droid x.

Posted by: Isocrates | February 15, 2011 12:25 AM | Report abuse

what is time iphome of cdma to china?

Posted by: 13304160003 | February 15, 2011 6:13 AM | Report abuse

Battery technology hasn't changed. In order to make an iphone nano, they would have to downsize the battery-less talk time, less surfing time, less standby.

Just about every other aspect has advanced further, except the battery. If they do come out with one, it will probably be bigger then an ipod nano, but smaller then an iphone.

Posted by: fonboy3d | February 15, 2011 9:04 PM | Report abuse

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