iPod nano 6G update adds options to sleep/wake button

Summary:Apple just released software update 1.1 for the iPod nano 6G, but before you get too excited, it doesn't add third-party app support. It does add a couple of nice feature nonetheless.

Apple today released software update 1.1 for the iPod nano 6G -- but before you get too excited, it doesn't enable third-party apps or anything cool like that. It does add a couple of nice feature though:

With iPod software update version 1.1 for iPod nano (6th generation), you will be able to:

Completely turn off the iPod, rather than just put the device to sleep. Control music or radio playback using the Sleep/Wake button without having to look at the device.

With it installed you'll now be able to turn the nano 6G off, instead of just putting it to sleep. This alleviates the problem of finding your nano dead after only being idle for a couple of days. But more interesting are the changes to the Sleep/wake button behavior.

With 1.1 installed a new setting (Settings > Music > Sleep/Wake Button) allows you to enable double-clicking the Sleep/Wake button to advance to the next track, or to play/pause.

And you can finally turn off VoiceOver hints in Settings > General > Accessibility.

I'd like to see the nano 6g get an accelerometer-actived Clock that wakes up when you lift your wrist. And how about some additional clock face options? I guess that we'll have to wait for another update for those...

The 1.1 update is available now by connecting your nano to iTunes and clicking "Check for Update."

Topics: Mobility, Apple, Enterprise Software, Hardware


Jason D. O'Grady developed an affinity for Apple computers after using the original Lisa, and this affinity turned into a bona-fide obsession when he got the original 128 KB Macintosh in 1984. He started writing one of the first Web sites about Apple (O'Grady's PowerPage) in 1995 and is considered to be one of the fathers of blogging.... Full Bio

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