According to a report from Apple Insider, Apple may be working to expand the iPhone line in early 2011 with larger and smaller models, a Wall Street analyst has said.
Shaw Wu with Kaufman Bros. also said the new iDevices could be on new carriers other than AT&T - Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint for example.
Our sources believe these likely represent new high-end and low-end iPhone models to complement its current iPhone 4,” Wu wrote in a note to investors. “One possibility we are picking up is a “mini” or “nano” iPhone with a smaller candybar form factor leveraging technology in its new mini touchscreen iPod nano. We believe Apple moving to a more complete iPhone product line makes strategic sense in that its iPhone 4 addresses only the high-end of the market,” he said. “We think Apple should take a page out of its iPod playbook where it has had a lot (of) success with a 3-tier strategy addressing entry-level, mid-range and high-end, making it difficult for competitors.
The progress being made on these new iDevices is far enough along that Apple could introduce them as soon as the first half of 2011.
There have been rumors of an iPhone Nano for some time, maybe it’s time to start that one up again!
One note - the same analyst also suggested that the new iPod nano runs iOS, which is wrong.
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