iPhone Nano: More Details Revealed

iPhone nano

The iPhone nano rumor mill is working overtime. First we heard that Apple is working on a smaller and cheaper iPhone, which could be priced at $200 without requiring a contract.

Then we heard that the person who saw the iPhone nano prototype claimed that it could come with edge to edge screen.

Now, Cult Of Mac claims that Apple will cut costs on iPhone nano by reducing the on-board memory and will allow users to access their iTunes library wirelessly via the revamped MobileMe service.

Apple decided to lose some of the memory, which is by far the most expensive component of the iPhone (up to one-quarter of the device’s cost, according to iSuppli estimates).

By “some” of the memory, we mean ALL of the memory. The iPhone nano will have no memory for onboard storage of media, our source says. It will have only enough memory to buffer media streamed from the cloud.

“I’m talking strictly storage memory here,” said our source.

Its not too far fetched. Apple has already used this approach with the second generation Apple TV by drastically reducing the on-board storage.

However, Cult of Mac has raised few pertinent questions on how the device would work without on-board memory:

The device cannot surely come without any memory — what about the operating system and critical system data?

And what about pictures and movies taken by the iPhone, assuming it has a camera? No onboard memory means photos and video will have to be streamed UP to the cloud, and presumably in real-time.

The device will also have to stream a bunch of other data in real-time — from email attachments to documents and spreadsheets in users’ Home folders. Such a system must have some local storage, or could each and every piece of data be streamed to the iPhone’s RAM, and quickly swapped in and out depending on the task at hand? And what happens when the iPhone is inevitably offline?

And no more loading up movies for long-haul flights, I guess. Better hope more airlines start offering free WiFi by the summer.

It also means that the device will not support the App Store as apps need on-board memory, which would be a pity as it is one of the major selling points of the iPhone.

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[via Macrumors]