Cheap and simple iPhone Nano for your Grandma

With more then half a million iPhones sold in the first few days after launch we know that it’s a great device. It’s a revolutionary phone, it’s a full screen video iPod, it’s an internet browsing device, it’s an e-mail messaging device, it’s a….. Well, it’s a small computer that you can put in your pocket and do almost anything you want with it.

But what if you actually do not need all this stuff? What if you are overhelmed with all the available options? After all the success of the original iPod was based on it’s simplicity. It did just one thing – made your whole music library portable. But it did it real well.

So what if a simple iPod with lots of storage is enough? And what if Apple just added a simple phone capability to it, so you don’t have to carry two gadgets anywhere you go.


Yes. Nothing fancy or revolutionary. Just a simple iPod music player and a simple phone to make calls. Wouldn’t that be a great device?

Apple thinks so too and may just have such a device soon in an iPhone Nano form factor, as it’s recent patent filing called “Touch pad with symbols based mode” indicates.

It describes a simple touchpad that can display different symbols for different modes of the device and the ways to operate such a device. These different symbols are illuminated as different modes of the device are selected and are used to operate iPhone Nano in that mode.

And while the patent application talks about many great ways such a device might be used, the real drawings and examples boil down to a very simple thing. A portable device with just two functions – iPod music player and a simple phone.

I think Apple might be on to something here. While there is a huge market and a lots of happy potential iPhone users, the market for a cheap and simple device like iPhone Nano, that just makes calls, plays your music and does it really well, may be just as big.

Of course, if Apple introduced such a device before the iPhone, there would have been a huge outcry of dissapointment among Apple fans. But now, that Apple proved to the world at large that it can revolutionize the cellphone, it might just go and make the iPhone Nano phone/music player that your grandma will be comfortable with.

Author: Stasys Bielinis

While I like to play with the latest gadgets, I am even more interested in broad technology trends. With mobile now taking over the world - following the latest technology news, looking for insights, sharing and discussing them with passionate audience - it's hard to imagine a better place for me to be. You can find me on Twitter as @UVStaska'

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  • JL

    Next in line is the iPhone shuffle with just one button, calling a random person from your contact list 🙂 seriously, I wouldn’t count on the iPhone nano being an upcoming apple product…

  • Seth

    Hmm, great device? Revolutionary phone? I think not, the iPhone as well as all the iPod products are the most overrated things I’ve ever seen, check out this article and I’m sure you’ll change your mind…

    And if you’re looking for a phone that will work in North America, the Nokia n95 would be an excellent choice, far better than the pithy iPhone

  • Joshua

    This is rediculous. IF Apple is to make an iPhone Nano it would employ the same rechnology as the iPhone does. It will be touch screen based and will likely include a camera with photos, music and of course the phone. No Internet. But it CERTAINLY won’t look like this.

  • stace

    We’ll just have to wait and see. My bet is that Apple will have something along these iPhone nano lines within a year.

    Touch technology and maybe even some multi-touch features will be in it, but not necessarily a touchscreen. It will be much cheaper then iPhone and very simple. Phone for calls, sms and an iPod functionality as well.

    Camera? Maybe, but I doubt it

  • sdf

    gay, not gonna happen

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