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Apple intros touchscreen iPod nano, shuffle with buttons

updated 02:05 pm EDT, Wed September 1, 2010

Nano switches to iOS

Apple today announced several new iPods, amongst which were the new iPod nano and shuffle. The Nano has seen the most radical changes, as it is now a square touchscreen device based on iOS, having completely jettisoned a clickwheel. It's said to be 46 percent smaller while also incorporating a belt clip, making it possible to use the player during exercise without an armband.

Other features include VoiceOver commands, FM radio, Nike+ support and a pedometer, but the camera appears to have been axed. The internal battery should support roughly 24 hours of audio playback. The Nano should ship next week in 8 and 16GB capacities, costing $149 and $179 respectively. Seven different colors will be available including a special Product (RED) option.

Apple's fourth-generation iPod shuffle has unusually regained a clickwheel, having done without the control option in the last edition. People can also use VoiceOver commands, which now support both regular playlists and Genius mixes. Battery life is rated at 15 hours; five colors are available, though only a 2GB, $49 model will go on sale alongside the Nano next week.

by MacNN Staff





  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    no classic?

    Jobs says he's showing off updates to all iPod lines, then doesn't show a classic.

    Is it dead?

  1. dbpants

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Nano Video

    Wow, video is gone entirely from the new Nano, not just the camera! This seems more like a high end shuffle.

  1. Manhamma

    Joined: Dec 1969



    The 160gb classic is still available in the store, but given that Jobs said they were updating the entire line, and yet the classic was not part of that-- seems the writing may be on the wall.

  1. Loren

    Joined: Dec 1969



    ...earbuds cannot be far behind. The wires, man... the last frontier... get rid of the wires, they suck.

  1. brainiac

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Shuffle buttons

    I am glad they saw the error of their ways and fixed the shuffle.

  1. torpeau

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Lose the "wires" and no radio

    I like my nano with the video, so I guess the new touch is the most interesting to me. Can it use Skype? What about iChat?

  1. facebook_Justin

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    Joined: Sep 2010


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    It's sad to see the iPod clickwheel, which is still amazing to this day, being tossed away like many apps were on Windows 7. There is no reason for a touch screen on an iPod nano, simple as that, it's just stupid and raises the price.

  1. daharrin

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Not iOS

    Ars is reporting that Apple reps at the event indicate that the nano isn't really running iOS. It just looks like iOS.

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  1. JeffHarris

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Square Again?

    I'm just not a fan of the square shape. Square is harder to hold and control. Didn't Apple figure that one out with the iPod nano 3?

    I'd never use Apple earbuds. I've bought quite a few iPods and never even unwrapped the earbuds. I keep them around to give to friends.

    The classic didn't really need a refresh. It's fine as is. It's a capacity device. That's exactly why I'm getting one soon! My old 80GB is jammed full and I' m tired of shunting music off and onto it.

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