‘iPhone nano’ On Its Way As Apple's Steve Jobs email confirms

The existence of a ‘iPhone Nano' has been confirmed by a meeting agenda.
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‘iPhone nano’ On Its Way As Apple's Steve Jobs email confirms

Apple was said to be working on a "iPhone nano" in 2011, a new iPhone that would be smaller and less expensive than the top-of-the-line device at the time, the iPhone 4.

While Apple never released the rumored super-small phone, an email from Steve Jobs discovered while compiling the best emails from the Epic v. Apple litigation confirms the company was working on one at one point.


Unfortunately, Jobs' agenda for a strategy meeting in October 2010 doesn't reveal anything about the device.

There's a bullet for a "iPhone mini plan," a sub-bullet for its "cost objective," and still another sub-bullet for "Jony," likely Apple's former design chief Jony Ive, to "present model (and/or renderings)."

A sub-bullet in the agenda's "2011 Strategy" section states "develop low-cost iPhone model based on iPod touch to replace 3GS," although it's unclear whether that's referring to the iPhone nano or something else entirely.

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2010 october - steve jobs tie all projects together lock in p1 large
2010 october - steve jobs tie all projects together lock in p1 large

While Apple no longer uses the “nano” name for any of its physically smaller devices, when Jobs sent this email, Apple had recently released its sixth edition of the enormously popular iPod nano, so the branding still had some clout.

The iPhone nano isn't the first time a mysterious "nano" Apple product has been mentioned in a meeting agenda discovered as part of the Epic v. Apple lawsuit.

The Internal Tech Emails Twitter account published a Jobs email from August 5th, 2007 that mentions a “Super nano,” which appears to be an enhanced version of the iPod nano, that was set to be released in the first half of 2008.

Apple didn't introduce an iPod nano in that timeframe, and while the tall fourth-generation iPod nano was released in September 2008, we're not sure if this was the "Super nano" Jobs was referring to.

Apple has moved on from the nano label, retiring the iPod nano in 2017, and instead using the “Mini” designation for the iPhone 12 Mini and the HomePod Mini that are presently available.

Even still, it's entertaining to picture what an extra-small iPhone nano may have looked like, especially in 2010/2011, when the iPhone 4 sported a now-miniscule 3.5-inch screen.

Jobs might have been able to repeat one of his most famous reveal tactics if Apple had debuted the iPhone nano.