It was the year 2010, Apple had the iPhone 4 on the market, and Steve Jobs came up with an interesting idea, to shape an iPhone Nano , a smartphone that was emerging as the replacement for the iPhone 3GS . That is what can be read from the documentation that has been extracted from the trial that Apple and Epic Games are fighting, and the truth is that it is very interesting.
It is not specified what design that iPhone Nano could have had, but it is clear that, being a replacement for the iPhone 3GS, it should have had more things in common with it than with the iPhone 4 . On the other hand, we are talking about a compact smartphone that would be smaller than said terminal, whose screen was, as our readers will recall, 3.5 inches. This means that the iPhone Nano would have had a screen between 2 and 3 inches.
Regarding the specifications, nothing has transpired either, but again we can take logic and think that it would have been a model halfway between the iPhone 3GS and the iPhone 4 . To contextualize a bit, I remind you that the latter had an Apple A4 SoC with a 1 GHz single-core CPU, a PowerVR SGX535 GPU, 512 MB of RAM and 8 GB of storage capacity.
Would it have been a good idea to launch an iPhone Nano?
At that moment I don’t dare say no. The orientation of the smartphone as a multimedia device, and the importance of the size and the screen resolution, was something evident and it had more and more weight, but yet the large terminals had not finished taking off , and the debut of the Galaxy Note as a niche product confirmed that there was still room in the market for small smartphones.
With that in mind, I don’t understand why Apple ultimately chose to abandon this project. On a personal note, part of me believes that the company believed it was more profitable to keep the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S as smaller alternatives to the iPhone 5, rather than investing in the development of a new smartphone that, in the end, might not have had the expected success.
There also is the possibility that Apple did not work out the accounts, or that he was simply not convinced by the final design of that iPhone nano. We will never know, for sure, what motivated the abandonment of the iPhone Nano, but we can safely say that the iPhone 12 Mini is, in a way, its “spiritual successor”, in quotes because it never existed.
According to the most recent information, Apple will launch an iPhone 13 (or iPhone 12s) Mini, but it could abandon this series with the generation of 2022 if sales do not finish good . This has an explanation, and that is that, although the iPhone 12 Mini is cheaper than the iPhone 12, its smaller screen size makes it less attractive for the average buyer, who consumes a considerable amount of multimedia content on their smartphone, and that prefer a bigger screen to enjoy them to another level.