iPod Nano loses click wheel for square multi-touch display; starts at $149

iPod Nano loses click wheel for square multi-touch display; starts at $149

Summary: There is a new member of the iPod Nano family, with a new design that somewhat blends previous generations but truly stands apart altogether.

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There is a new member of the iPod Nano family, with a new design that somewhat blends previous generations but truly stands apart altogether.

Looking slightly reminiscent of the third-gen iPod Nano with its wider display, the sixth-generation iPod Nano has a new square, multi-touch display, but it lost the click wheel altogether. Such a squarish display was previous spotted and rumored about earlier this summer, and now it is for real.

The latest Nano is 46% smaller and 42% lighter than the previous generation, with a clip (rather than an armband) and hard volume buttons.

The user interface is like a squeezed down version what you'd see on the iPhone 4 and the new iPod touch, but with only four icons on the screen at a time. It's sure to be a useful exercise companion with a pedometer, Nike+ and FM radio. Users can also expect VoiceOver technology (like on the iPod Shuffle), support for 29 languages, and a battery life for up to 24 hours of audio playback.

The new iPod Nano is available for pre-order today, and it should be ready for shipping by next week. Pricing starts at $149 for 8GB and jumps to $179 for the 16GB variant. Traditionally, the iPod Nano has always been a colorful product (just like its predecessor, the iPod Mini), and this generation is no exception with seven color options to choose from: black, pink, blue, silver, green, orange and a Product: Red version.

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  • RE: iPod Nano loses click wheel for square multi-touch display; starts at $149

    Apple went from the candy bar form factor to a square one before only to return to the original shape. Remove video? Remove the camera? For the same price? Are you kidding? The Nano was taking innovative steps forward. Now it's being dismantled! Apple should be adding capacity instead of stripping down the Nano and adding a gimmicky touch screen. Why take the most popular iPod in the world and ruin it? Ill pass on this misstep wait for the next generation!
    Mdogger
  • RE: iPod Nano loses click wheel for square multi-touch display; starts at $149

    "$149 for 8GB and jumps to $179 for the 16GB variant." waaay too pricey, and for less features!
    explodingwalrus
  • NNNOOOOOOOOOO

    This is the worst step in the history of the much-loved Nano! What where they thinking? No camera? No video? <br><br>I will skip this abomination...nice, but not for me...
    grillomalta@...