Apple adds video to new iPod nano
Despite a number of rumors that Apple's "Rock & Roll" media event would feature a camera-equipped iPod touch, the highlight of Steve Jobs' keynote was actually a new iPod nano outfitted with a video camera. The fifth-generation device is in no way a complete redesign, but rather a refinement of its predecessor. Along with the new camera, the Nano also sports a larger display, FM tuner, gloss finish, and more. Read the full review.
New display and camera, overall form unchanged
MacNN has captured a variety of hi-res unboxing pictures showing Apple's fifth-generation iPod nano (gallery available in a new viewer, below). The updated device retains the same overall form-factor as its predecessor, but with a larger 240x376 pixel display on the front panel. On the back, Apple has integrated a camera capable of recording 640x480 video and AAC audio. The microphone is visible beside the camera lens, although the new speaker is hidden inside the case. The 5G Nano is shown with an orange case, while the 4G device is wearing red.
Bluetooth 5G iPod video
iPodHackers.net today announced the completion of a Bluetooth-enabled fifth generation iPod with video, allowing it to function with streaming Bluetooth audio devices. The hack requires the use of soldering, so enthusiast Fstedie recommends that users be comfortable taking such an action. He also recommends performing a Compact Flash modification or using a thicker backing, giving the user extra space inside the slender unit to pull off the hack.
iPod software updates
Apple today released a software update for its newly release iPod classic and "3G" iPod nano as well as the 5G iPods. iPod Software 1.2.3 resolves a problem with the iPod (5th generation) where songs and other content do not appear after updating to software version 1.2.2. According to Apple, the iPod v1.03 update for the iPod nano/classic offers "bug fixes;" however, reports indicate that it resolves general issues with games affecting song play counts, the iPod nano's clock, problems with Cover Flow and a spinning hard drive issue (on the Classic). The 58.2MB available via iTunes.