Forget the rumored iPhone mini/nano reports that have been floating around the web this week. “The New York Times” (http://macte.ch/TfiKu) says Apple isn’t planning on making a smaller iPhone, but is planning to make a less expensive version — and one that works with voice commands.

Quoting “people briefed on Appleā€™s plans who requested anonymity because the plans are confidential,” the article says Apple won’t not make a smaller iPhone because: 1) a smaller device would not necessarily be much cheaper to make 2) it would be more difficult to operate, and 3) a phone with a smaller screen would force many developers to rewrite their apps.

The “Times” says ass part of its effort to find new customers for the iPhone, Apple plans to make it easier to operate the device through voice commands, removing an obstacle for people who do not like using a virtual keyboard. The company is also purportedly considering changing internal components of the device to bring costs down.