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Internal email from Steve Jobs reveals Apple's scrapped plans for an iPhone nano

This is how an iPhone nano could have looked like (Image: Information Architects, edited)
This is how an iPhone nano could have looked like (Image: Information Architects, edited)
According to the document that was attached to Job's email, Apple worked on an even smaller iPhone in 2010. These intriguing plans for an iPhone nano have not materialized in the almost ten years since the passing of the tech icon.

Internal documents that have been released over the course of Apple's ongoing court case against Fortnite developer Epic Games have revealed interesting plans for a small iPhone. According to an agenda which Steve Jobs sent via email to the participating employees back in 2010, a mysterious iPhone nano was supposed to be discussed in the ensuing meeting.

Apart from the name, the meeting agenda does not reveal any additional information regarding the iPhone nano. It only states that the cost goal as well as the potential design for the device were to be discussed. Because this meeting took place in October of 2010, it is likely that the iPhone nano's design would have been based on either the then current iPhone 4 or its predecessor, the iPhone 3GS. Unfortunately, Apple apparently scrapped these plans and has yet to release a device named the iPhone nano.

It should be mentioned that even the regular variant of the iPhone 4 was relatively tiny from today's perspective. With a height of just 115m and a width of only 58mm, the iPhone 4 was truly compact and it is somehow bizarre to imagine an even smaller version of Apple's former flagship. Even though Apple discarded its plans for the iPhone nano in 2010, the iPhone maker last year released a device for fans of compact smartphones, but the small form factor of the iPhone 12 mini (from US$570 on Amazon) has reportedly also resulted in lackluster sales numbers.

The iPhone nano appears at the very bottom of the meeting agenda shared by Steve Jobs
The iPhone nano appears at the very bottom of the meeting agenda shared by Steve Jobs

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Enrico Frahn, 2021-08-20 (Update: 2021-08-20)