More iPhone “Nano” Details: Voice Navigation; iTunes Libraries From the Cloud

As promised, the Wall Street Journal has provided more details of the next smaller iPhone, along with MobileMe and iTunes. Here’s what Yukari Itawani Kane added:

The person who saw the prototype of the new iPhone said the device was significantly lighter than the iPhone 4 and had an edge-to-edge screen that could be manipulated by touch, as well as a virtual keyboard and voice-based navigation. The person said Apple, based in Cupertino, Calif., also plans to upgrade the iPhone 4.

The new MobileMe file-storage and music service could be available as early as June, depending on the progress of licensing talks that are in their preliminary stages, the people familiar with the situation said. Apple had planned for the service to be available a year earlier.

The new service would give users access to their iTunes libraries from, say an iPhone or iPad, instead of requiring that the devices be synced by cable with a computer and use space to store the actual files, the people said. The new service likely would be compatible with the iPhone 4, one of the people said.

It’s obvious the next iPhone “Nano” would not have a physical keyboard. Steve jobs hates buttons. Could the Home button be eliminated via an “edge to edge screen”? We’ve heard these rumours of saying good bye to the Home button before.

What’s interesting is to see the details of voice navigation. This is one feature that has never caught on, mainly because it’s been poorly done, and people don’t like talking to themselves in public. Could Apple be ‘reinventing’ voice navigation?

It looks like a cloud-based iTunes service is imminent. Is Apple going to start providing a quick and easy way for you to download your entire iTunes collection? It sounds like it. Apple has been working on increasing their capacity with a new data centre in North Carolina.

Would you like an iTunes cloud service? What about an iPhone ‘Nano’?

[WSJ]

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  • GC

    Cloud… right. And how is Canada and their measly little mobile data limits (or aggressive UBB at home) suppose to have reasonable access to an iTunes media cloud?

  • Cyrus

    I dont think it would make sense what so ever to have 2 model iPhones.

  • http://twitter.com/Chrome262 Chrome262

    well with a 6gig data plan cloud would be fine for me. as for smaller phone, maybe. No home button, looks like a good possibility

  • AnonymousGuy

    What they need to do is bring down the cost of the full blown iPhone 4 and up coming 5, instead of releasing a cheap “half-assed” iPhone.

  • Anonymous

    I disagree. I would be willing to pay MORE if the iphone 5 were made out of better materials (like even stronger glass, more drop resistance, etc)…

    Also, don’t underestimate the selling power of a $0 with contract phone…

  • Anonymous

    Some of us don’t live off our parents and have disposable income out the wazoo! MORE for an iphone? It’s already the most expensive widely used phone on the market as is…….Pay more…….. pfffftttt………..give your head a shake. Oh and as production costs have dropped for the manufacturing of said iphone I’ve noticed Apple hasn’t dropped the price! It’s general practice for tech companies to reduce the price of their products as the costs to produce them declines EXCEPT Apple!

  • Anonymous

    You’ve got to pay to play.

    I think the $200 with contract price is standard cost in the smartphone game, and as you said, they are not having any trouble moving them at that price. Apple will lower the pice on the iphone4 when the iphone 5 comes out, just as they did with the 3GS and 3G. Which is pretty standard practice in the tech industry.

    Certainly not living with parents here, and if you are, then perhaps you should have other priorities besides owning the latest and greatest smartphone…

    Apple products have always catered to the high end market. All I’m saying is that I would be willing to pay a bit more if it meant I was getting a phone that was that much better. If apple were to introduce an entry level device this would make more sense….

  • Ash

    I like the idea of cloud iTunes and the ease of use that would bring. As for a nano iPhone!!! I need to sleep on this idea b4 I comment.

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  • L Laurent

    People, use your heads for a minute. Why the hell would apple want to manufacture something lesser than its iconic iPhone? What market could it possibly hope for? The best smartphone is already ‘ok’ priced at 199/299$ on contract (most people won’t care about switching carriers). And why the hell would u want to stream your music everytime u wanna listen to it? Take into account the lag for music to start playing and the massive data charges ull incurs for constantly having to stream music from the Internet when your not on wifi. And what happens when ur in a place where there’s no signal (ie subway station, or travel overseas without a data plan)…streaming music from your library over the Internet just introduces SOO MANY MORE PROBLEMS. If you think apple would do that, or introduce a dinky version of the best phone in the world, youre all idiots. WS journalists are all idiots they don’t know what the apple culture is, they just think in numbers and money, anything to get the rumor mill going to increase their apple stock value…idiots. People, trust yourselves and stop listen to WSJ morons. Ask your self…why would Steve Job want to possibly make things more complicated?

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