iPod nano Overview Updated June 21, 2016

iPod nano

Introduced in 2012, Apple’s seventh-generation iPod nano ($149 from the Apple Store) offers a compromise between its watch-sized predecessor and the iPod touch. Equipped with a 2.5″ screen capable of displaying videos and photos, as well as performing music, podcasts, and FM radio, the nano is sold only in a 16GB storage capacity. Eight different colors are available (including an Apple Store-exclusive Red), each with Bluetooth built in for wireless streaming — the first time this feature has made it into an iPod nano.

The current iPod nano’s screen is Multi-Touch capable, blending the circular icon-based Home screen later used in the Apple Watch with a tweaked version of iPod OS. A tiny Home button, Sleep/Wake button, and volume controls are built into the nano’s front, side and top, while a headphone port and Lightning port are found on the bottom. Apple also includes a pedometer to measure the steps you’ve taken while carrying the nano, similarly estimating running activity via basic Nike+ support.

Right now, the single biggest reason the iPod nano exists is as a fitness accessory, followed by its value as a basic media player for kids. Significantly smaller than the iPod touch, it cannot run apps but is very easy to place inside an armband or pocket. There are hints that the Apple Watch began life as a sequel to the iPod nano. Even so, the nano’s much lower price point continues to keep it somewhat viable as demand for standalone media players continues to dwindle.

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You might have heard some discussing the state of Apple Music on the iPod nano and shuffle, two products that just got a minor facelift alongside a larger refresh for their bigger brother, the iPod touch. And you might have already guessed that streaming to the devices was a no-go from the lack of Wi-Fi capabilities, but it turns out you won’t even be able to store your offline Apple Music collection on the devices either.

The reason, according to sources, is simply to prevent piracy… expand full story

iPod nano Stories July 15, 2015

Earlier today, Apple released a refreshed iPod touch with a faster processor, improved cameras, and new color and storage options. The iPod shuffle and nano also saw minor refreshes with the two devices now being available in dark blue, pink, and gold variations. Apple’s overdue iPod refresh, however, has prompted many users to wonder if it’s even worth it for Apple to continue investing energy and time into the iPod line of products.

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As we reported this morning, Apple has today launched a new version of the iPod touch, featuring a 64-bit A8 CPU. This breaks a long run of neglect for Apple’s cheapest iOS device, which last received an update way back in 2012. It will be a huge leap in performance over the previous iPod touch which featured an A5 SoC. Both the front and back cameras have been improved, with the back shooter now featuring 8 megapixels of resolution.

The new iPod touch is also available for the first time in gold matching the iPhone and iPad in addition to new dark blue and pink case options. The iPod touch is also getting a storage bump at least at the higher end — there is now a $399 128 GB model. The base $199 iPod touch remains the same with 16 GB of onboard storage, the 32 GB model is $249 and the 64 GB version is $299.

There are also updates to the iPod shuffle and iPod nano, although these are merely cosmetic changes to fascia of the products. The shuffle and nano now come in dark blue, pink and gold variants.

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Apple will be rolling out a refreshed line of iPods today, according to sources. As indicated by new colors recently found in iTunes on the Mac, the new iPod touch, shuffle, and nano will come in new darker blue and pink colors. A gold color will be added as well for all three iPods.

The new Nanos and Shuffles won’t get new features, but the iOS-based iPod touch will see a considerable upgrade. Here’s what we’re hearing is coming to the touch:

  • Major camera upgrade from 5 megapixels to 8, matching the count on the iPhone 6 and iPad Air 2.
  • New 64-bit chip for faster operation and better graphics for gaming. Will also help it plow through future iOS versions beyond iOS 9.
  • “M” chip from the iPhone for fitness, steps, and elevation tracking.
  • Pre-loaded with iOS 8.4 and Apple Music following the June 30th launch.
  • New 128GB model for $399, still starting at $199 for 16GB. There will also be a $299 model with 64GB of space.

As indicated by the references last month in iTunes 12.2, the overall designs and screens of the new iPods will remain the same as their predecessors. These are the first major iPod upgrades since 2012, and with Apple’s focus on the iPhone and iPad, these will likely also be the last for some time. expand full story


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