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It seems that the iPhone family tree could have looked much different, as in 2011 there were rumours Apple would be working on the iPhone ‘nano’, which would have been a smaller and cheaper alternative to the iPhone 4, the flagship Apple phone at the time.
According to a recent report by The Verge, despite the fact the iPhone nano never saw the light of day, old emails were uncovered that proved Steve Jobs was looking into the possibility of a nano phone at one point.
The email, unfortunately, doesn’t give us much information on what the aforementioned phone would have looked like, but there is a sub-section for the ‘iPhone nano plan’ and ‘cost goal’, so it seems that the idea was likely still in very early development.
Looking at the email above, it seems that there was a possibility of an “iPhone model based on iPod touch to replace 3GS,” though it’s not totally clear what iPhone model they were referencing.