Steve Jobs email confirms Apple considered launching an ‘iPhone nano’ in 2011

By Chance Miller

August 19, 2021

For 2011, Jobs references the iPhone 4s with improvements to things like the camera, antenna design, and processor. Jobs also suggested that Apple should “create low-cost iPhone model based on iPod touch to replace 3GS.”

The final bullet on the agenda simply reads “iPhone nano plan” with a sub bullets reading “cost goal” and suggesting that Jony Ive would be there to show a model or rendering of the device. It’s unclear whether this would have been the same device as the one based on the iPod touch, or another one completely.

Unfortunately, Jobs’ October 2010 email, which is an agenda for a strategy meeting, doesn’t reveal much about the device. There’s a bullet for an “iPhone nano plan,” a sub-bullet for its “cost goal,” and another sub-bullet indicating that “Jony,” presumably Apple’s former design chief Jony Ive, would “show model (and/or renderings).” A “2011 Strategy” bullet earlier in the agenda has a sub-bullet that says “create low cost iPhone model based on iPod touch to replace 3GS,” but it’s unclear if that is referring to the iPhone nano or a different device entirely.