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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.

iPod nano Stories September 3

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Apple moves sixth-generation iPod nano to obsolete status, dropping repair & service

Apple this week has added another product to its obsolete category: the sixth-generation, Apple Watch-esque iPod nano. In being obsolete, the device is no longer supported by Apple customer service for repair or servicing.

iPod nano Stories August 12, 2015

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Apple releases 1.0.4 software for iPod nano (7th-gen)

With little fanfare and no accompanying information on what’s changed, Apple’s seventh-generation iPod nano has received a software update to version 1.0.4. The new software follows the release of updated iPod nano colors last month, but does not appear to change any major functionality with the small touchscreen device.

iPod nano software version 1.0.4 can be downloaded through iTunes after connecting the nano using a Lightning cable. Note that a bug in the current beta release of OS X El Capitan can cause iTunes to crash after downloading the update but before it begins to install; we would recommend using OS X Yosemite for the update. As expected, the update does not support syncing Apple Music offline.

iPod nano Stories July 17, 2015

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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.

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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 Store goes down ahead of new iPods coming later today

The Apple Store has gone down ahead of new iPods expected later today, which 9to5Mac exclusively reported on this morning. The new iPod touch will feature a faster 64-bit processor with an 8 megapixel camera. The other iPod updates to the Nano and Shuffle are likely purely cosmetic, with new dark blue, pink and gold colors available across the lineup.

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