Miguel Helft and Nick Bilton, for the NYT:
Apple has been exploring ways to broaden the appeal of the iPhone
by making the popular device less expensive and allowing users to
control it with voice commands.
But contrary to published reports, Apple is not currently
developing a smaller iPhone, according to people briefed on
Apple’s plans who requested anonymity because the plans are
Translation: Suck it, Yukari Kane, you got it wrong. See, there’s this gentlemen’s agreement where major newspapers like The New York Times and Wall Street Journal will go out of their way not to name each other. “Contrary to published reports”? They know damn well where the “small iPhone” rumor came from: the WSJ.
Anyway, a smaller iPhone would be stupid, if by “smaller” you mean a screen that measures less than 3.5 or so inches. The physical size of the UI matters more than anything else:
More important, a phone with a smaller screen would force many
developers to rewrite their apps, which Apple wants to avoid, the
★ Sunday, 20 February 2011