So, MSNBC and JP Morgan think that Apple is going to turn the iPod Nano into a phone and charge $300 for it.
Does that sound completely insane to anyone else?
You know “analysts” are getting worse than us bloggers when it comes to just making crap up. Here’s what JP Morgan’s Kevin Chang had to say to MSNBC. â€œWe believe that iPod Nano will be converted into a phone because itâ€™s probably the only way for Apple to launch a lower end phone without severely cannibalizing iPod Nano,â€ he said noting that the new phone could have â€œrather limited functionality.â€
Let me ask you this…what would be the point of:
A) Eliminating the best selling iPod brand, style, and price point?
B) Making an Apple phone that can’t do any of the amazing stuff that the iPhone does except play music?
I’m still not sure why the entire world seems to think that Apple has to do a nano-styled iPhone. If you make the screen any slimmer the iPhone would be pretty much unusable in my opinion. The most compelling features, like the web, on the phone would be completely useless on a significantly smaller screen.
An iPod Nano that was turned into a phone would be a glorified Rokr. The only real difference would be the number of tracks it could hold. That would basically take Apple from making a completely revolutionary convergence device in the iPhone, and following that up with a pretty normal candy bar syled cell phone. What would be the point in that?
Patents, especially from Apple, are no way to actually tell what the company is going to release, and “unnamed sources in the supply chain” are not especially credible sources to begin with, but the concept here seems about as flawed as any analyst “report” I’ve ever read…what do you think?