Well, here goes a counter rumor to spice up future iPhone expectations. A little after we found WSJ reporting on a “confirmed” iPhone Nano/Mini as part of the next generation iPhone plans, along comes The New York Times stating otherwise. It seems Apple is working on a cheaper iPhone to compete at more aggressive price points against Android and Nokia’s future Windows Phone 7 strategy, but the size will remain the same.
Not that we doubted WSJ’s report, since we do have other rumors mentioning a possible future iPhone with a larger 4 inch screen, but history has proven that Apple see’s things differently. The only reason Apple went from HVGA on their past iPhone line-up to the currently popular Retina Display, was because it was exactly double the amount of pixels offered in HVGA. This would make it easy for developers to port their applications to the new resolution. Offering diversity in screen sizes would make developing for iOS devices a nightmare, and NYT confirms that this is the main reason why screen size is most likely not to change. Not really sure what to expect on “cheaper”, but we do hope it doesn’t impact build quality. Do remember Apple’s even gotten into the Liquidmetal business, so we probably could see it debut on the next generation of devices as a cheaper, but still good, design strategy.
Where reports do match is in confirming WSJ’s claims that the next generation iPhone wills port smarter voice recognition services. This does line up with Apple’s recent purchase of Siri, so we do see it a possibility that Apple does cash in on their purchase sooner than later.