Continue taking your daily dose of salt, but the New York Times has just thrown its hat into the ring of Apple rumors.
According to the NYT, Apple is making a lower-priced version of the iPhone with the same size screen and physical build, but with weaker internals.
Apple is also considering changing internal components of the device to bring costs down. “Although the innards of the phone, including memory size or camera quality, could change to offer a less expensive model, the size of the device would not vary,” said the person, who has worked on multiple versions of the device.
Such a move would make sense as far as keeping applications compatible and the iOS experience uniform. Making the screen smaller would require some serious reworking of the user interface. Their source offered no details on a launch date for the device, so at least one aspect is still up in the air.
The NYT also offers supposed information on a MobileMe overhaul, which would allow the mass storage of files and documents online, allowing you to access anything you have uploaded on an iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, and possibly other Macs. Overall, it sounds like Apple is taking a major leaf out of Dropbox’s book.
They continue by disputing the original reports by Bloomberg of the miniature iPhone by saying that the ‘N97′ codename cited as the ‘iPhone Nano’ is actually the Verizon iPhone.