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iPod Nano
7th Generation iPod Nano.svg
Black 5th Generation iPod Touch
DeveloperApple Inc.
TypePortable media player
Release date
  • October 12, 2012 (2012-10-12) – July 27, 2017 (2017-07-27)
ConnectivityLightning connector, 3.5 mm headphone jack (TRS connector), Bluetooth 4.0
PredecessoriPod Mini
Related articlesiPod Shuffle
iPod Nano
iPod Touch

The iPod nano is a MP3 player made by Apple Inc. It is available in 8GB and 16GB memory, in nine colours: silver, grey, purple, blue, green, yellow, orange, red, and pink.

The iPod Nano was discontinued by Apple on July 27, 2017.[2]

Features (5th Generation)[change | change source]

FM radio[change | change source]

There is a built-in FM receiver inside the iPod nano, and with the radio app, radio from the FM channels can be listened to. There is also a feature called Live Pause which allows listeners to pause the radio stream, and resume it at the same place later.[3]

VoiceOver[change | change source]

The iPod nano can 'talk to you',[4] using a feature called VoiceOver. When the button on the headphones or the Click Wheel is held down, VoiceOver will speak the song currently playing and its artist. This feature is available in 20 languages.[5]

Fitness[change | change source]

Pedometer[change | change source]

The iPod nano has a built-in pedometer.[6] You can create a Daily Step goal, or use the 'Always On' setting so it counts all of your steps.[6]

Nike+iPod[change | change source]

The iPod nano 5th generation's video camera

Using the Nike+iPod sport kit, the iPod nano can be used as a fitness aid. It can measure your run by fitting into the insole Nike+ shoe pocket, then it can sync it to nikeplus.com.[6] Nike+ is also compatible with some exercise machines.[6]

Video camera[change | change source]

The iPod nano includes a video camera which can be used to capture video. You can add fifteen video effects, then upload it to YouTube, MobileMe, or Facebook with your computer.[7]

Models[change | change source]

Generation and Appearance Capacity Colors Connection Original release date Minimum OS to sync Rated battery life (hours) Screen (pixels) Audio processor On-board RAM Physical size Weight
1 first generation iPod Nano 1 GB Black
(FireWire for
charging only)
February 7, 2006 Mac: 10.3.4
Windows: 2000[8]

iTunes 5 or later
Audio: 14
Slideshow: 4
0.168 mm dot pitch
32 MB 89 mm
41 mm
6.9 mm
42.5 g
(1.5 oz)
2 GB September 7, 2005
4 GB
Replaced Mini. Color screen for picture viewing; 1 GB version released later.
2 Ipod nano.JPG 2 GB Silver USB
(FireWire for
charging only)
12 September 2006 Mac: 10.3.9
Windows: 2000[9]

iTunes 7 or later
Audio: 24
Slideshow: 5
0.168 mm dot pitch.
32 MB 89 mm
41 mm
6.6 mm
40 g
(1.41 oz)
4 GB Silver
(Product) Red Special Edition [note 1] October 13, 2006
8 GB Black September 12, 2006
(Product) Red Special Edition [note 1] November 3, 2006
Anodized aluminium casing with plastic top and bottom; 6 colors available.
3 4 GB third generation iPod Nano 4 GB Silver USB
(FireWire for
charging only)
September 5, 2007 Mac: 10.4.8
Windows: XP

iTunes 7.4 or later
Audio: 24
Video: 5
204 PPI
32 MB 70 mm
52 mm
6.6 mm
49.3 g
(1.74 oz)
8 GB Silver
Light Blue
Light Green
(Product) Red Special Edition [note 1]
Pink January 22, 2008
51 mm QVGA screen; lighter color shades and chrome back; new interface; video-playing capability.
4 4th generation iPod Nano (black model pictured) 8 GB Silver
(Product) Red Special Edition [note 1]
USB September 9, 2008 Mac: 10.4.11
Windows: XP

iTunes 8 or later
Audio: 24
Video: 4[10]
204 PPI
Cirrus Logic CS42L58[11] 32 MB 91 mm
38 mm
6.1 mm
36.8 g
(1.3 oz)
16 GB
Curved enclosure and new colors; revised interface; voice recording features; "shake to shuffle"; accelerometer; limited 4 GB models[12]
5 Purple iPod Nano 5G with camera, front and back views 8 GB Silver
Yellow [note 2]
(Product) Red Special Edition [note 1]
September 13, 2009 Mac: 10.4.11
Windows: XP

iTunes 9 or later
Audio: 24
Video: 5[10]
204 PPI
0.3 megapixel camera
Cirrus Logic CLI1480A[11] 64 MB 91 mm
38 mm
6.1 mm
36.3 g
(1.28 oz)
16 GB
Polished aluminium case including a larger screen, video camera, FM radio tuner, Recorder and a pedometer. Retains entire color line as fourth generation.
6 Silver iPod nano 6G 8 GB Silver
(Product) Red Special Edition [note 1]
September 1, 2010 Mac: 10.5.8
Windows: XP

iTunes 10 or later
Audio: 24[10] 240×240
220 PPI
Cirrus Logic CLI1544C0[11] 64 MB[13] 37.5 mm
41 mm
8.78 mm
21.1 g
(0.74 oz)
16 GB
Multi-touch screen. No click-wheel, camera, or video playback. The 1.1 OS update brought the ability of turning off by holding the wake/sleep button. Same price range as the 5th generation, except in Europe, Japan and Australia. Features iOS-like interface design and still contains "shake to shuffle", FM radio, and pedometer. The 1.2 OS update added built-in accelerometer support which works with Nike+iPod without the need to attach a Nike receiver or shoe sensor.[14]
7 Silver iPod nano 7G 16 GB Slate
(Product) Red Special Edition [note 1]
USB October 12, 2012 Mac: 10.6.8
Windows: XP

iTunes 10.7 or later
Audio: 30
Video: 3.5[10]
202 PPI
76.5 mm
39.6 mm
5.4 mm
31 g
(1.1 oz)
New, larger 2.5 inch Multi-Touch screen. Unibody now made of anodized aluminium. Also, with larger screen, supports video playback.
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 The Product Red iPod Nano is exclusive to the retail Apple Store and its online counterpart.
  2. The yellow fifth-generation iPod Nano was exclusive to the Apple Store. It is currently unavailable for purchase.

History[change | change source]

First Generation[change | change source]

The iPod Nano was first released on September 7, 2005. 1, 2, and 4 GB iPods were available.

Second Generation[change | change source]

The second generation iPod Nano was released on September 25, 2006. Like the second generation iPod Mini it was available in different colors. But unlike the Mini, the click wheel was grey for all colors except for the black iPod which had a black click wheel.

The 1GB iPod was only available in silver, the 4GB iPod was available in green, blue, silver, and pink and the 8GB was only available in black, but red was added later.

On October 13, 2006, a Product Red iPod Nano was released. For each red iPod Nano sold a $10 donation goes to the Product Red brand. On November 3, 2006 a red 8GB iPod Nano was released due to high demand.

Third Generation[change | change source]

The third generation iPod Nano was released on September 5, 2007. It had a new smaller and wider design, video playback ability and a new user interface.

A 4GB iPod was released in silver while an 8GB iPod was released in silver, turquoise, mint green, black, and Product Red. A pink 8GB iPod was also released on January 22, 2008.

On October 6, 2007 Apple released OS 1.0.2 which improved cover flow and made going throw the menu a lot quicker. On November 28, 2007 1.0.3 was released which fixed a couple of bugs. On January 15, 2008 1.1 came out which had support for iTunes movie hiring, music song lyrics and more bug fixes. 1.1.2 and 1.1.3 had bug fixes. They were both released in May and July 2008.

Fourth Generation[change | change source]

The iPod Nano fourth generation was released on September 9, 2008 and changed back to the body shape used in the first and second generation models.

The six old colors (silver, black, mint, turquoise, berry red and rose pink were replaced with silver, black, purple, light blue, green, yellow, orange, red and pink. But the Product Red iPod could only be bought on the Apple website and retail stores. An accelerometer was also added to the iPod Nano. Because of this, you could turn the shuffle songs feature on and off by shaking it, go through the cover flow when you put the iPod on its side and look at pictures portrait or landscape. But videos could only be watched in landscape. Because of the accelerometer feature, the Quiz game was removed and a new Maze game was added.

Fifth Generation[change | change source]

The iPod Nano fifth generation was released on September 9, 2009 and had a smaller price than the last generation. At the time the 8GB Nano was $149 and the 16GB Nano $179. The screen was also bigger and some new colors were introduced: Silver, Black, Purple, Blue, Yellow, Orange, Product Red, Green and Pink though the yellow and Product Red iPods were only available at the Apple Website and retailers.

The fifth generation introduced a number of new things including a microphone, a pedometer, a video camera and an FM radio that had station frequencies coming from North and South America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand and Asia.

The dock connector and the head jack also swapped sides so that the head jack was left of the dock connector.

Sixth Generation[change | change source]

The sixth generation iPod Nano was released on September 1, 2010. It was a combination of the iPod Shuffle by the size and shape and the iPod Touch by the touch screen, a sleep/wake button and the user interface and icons. This iPod Nano however didn't have a video camera, the ability to play back videos, the voice-recorder, (though plugging in the headphones with a microphone would show a voice memos app) built in speaker and games. But it did still have a pedometer and an FM radio. The price for this iPod Nano was also the same GB models for the same prices as the previous generation Nano.

On February 28, 2011, OS 1.1 was released with featured the ability to change song or pause by double clicking the sleep/wake button and on October 4, 2011 OS 1.2 added several new wallpapers and the ability to change the size of icons.

Seventh Generation[change | change source]

The seventh generation iPod Nano was released on October 12, 2012. The shape was again similar to the fifth generation shape but it was still the same size as the sixth generation and still had a touch screen but only a single 16GB iPod Nano was released but video playback was also restored. It was discontinued on July 27, 2017, alongside iPod Shuffle.

Timeline[change | change source]

Timeline of iPod models and related products

Apple Watch Series 7Apple Watch Series 6Apple Watch SEApple Watch Series 5Apple Watch Series 4Apple Watch Series 3Apple Watch Series 2Apple Watch Series 1Apple Watch (1st generation)Apple TV#6th generation (4K)Apple TV#5th generation (4K)Apple TV#4th generation (HD)Apple TV#3rd generationApple TV#2nd generationApple TV#1st generationiPad Pro (5th generation)iPad Pro (4th generation)iPad Pro (3rd generation)iPad Pro (2nd generation)iPad Pro (1st generation)iPad Mini (2021)iPad Mini (2019)iPad Mini 4iPad Mini 3iPad Mini 2iPad Mini (1st generation)iPad Air (2020)iPad Air (2019)iPad Air 2iPad AiriPad (2021)iPad (2020)iPad (2019)iPad (2018)iPad (2017)iPad (4th generation)iPad (3rd generation)iPad 2iPad (1st generation)iPhone 5CiPhone 13 ProiPhone 13iPhone 12 ProiPhone 12iPhone SE (2nd generation)iPhone 11 ProiPhone 11iPhone XRiPhone XSiPhone XiPhone 8iPhone 7iPhone SE (1st generation)iPhone 6SiPhone 6iPhone 5SiPhone 5iPhone 4SiPhone 4iPhone 3GSiPhone 3GiPhone (1st generation)iPod Touch#7th generationiPod Touch#6th generationiPod Touch#5th generationiPod Touch#4th generationiPod Touch#3rd generationiPod Touch#2nd generationiPod Touch#1st generationiPod Classic#6th generationiPod Classic#5th generationiPod Classic#iPod With Color Display)iPod PhotoiPod Classic#4th generationiPod Classic#3rd generationiPod Classic#2nd generationiPod Classic#1st generationiPod Nano#7th generationiPod Nano#6th generationiPod Nano#5th generationiPod Nano#4th generationiPod Nano#3rd generationiPod Nano#2nd generationiPod Nano#1st generationiPod MiniiPod MiniiPod Shuffle#4th generationiPod Shuffle#3rd generationiPod Shuffle#2nd generationiPod Shuffle#1st generation
Sources: Apple press release library,[15] Mactracker Apple Inc. model database[16]

References[change | change source]

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