Apple iPod nano

Apple iPod Nano
On September 7, 2005, Apple announced the successor to the iPod mini, the iPod nano. Based on flash memory instead of a hard drive, the iPod nano is 0.27 inches (6.9 mm) thick, weighs 1.5 ounces (42 g), and is 62% smaller by volume than its predecessor, available in 1 GB (introduced on February 7, 2006), 2 GB, and 4 GB models. It has a 65,536 color display that can display photographs, and connects to a computer via USB 2.0. The headphone jack is located on the bottom. It retains the standard 30-pin dock connector for compatibility with third-party peripherals. The nano is the first dock connector iPod that cannot sync to any PC (Windows or Mac) via FireWire cable, though it can still be charged via a FireWire connection.

The iPod nano has several features that would later be included into the fifth generation iPod. These features were new to the iPod operating system, including the addition of world clocks, a stopwatch, and a screenlock option. The world clock allows users to set the time in cities around the world, and set alarms for each time zone. The clocks can be set to adjust for Daylight Saving Time. The stopwatch feature allows users to press Start to start the timer, and the Stop button to stop. While the timer is on, the Start button changes to a Lap button that allows the user to time individual laps. The nano saves the user’s stopwatch stats for multiple timing sessions, which is useful for comparing times. The screenlock option lets users set a four-digit passcode for their iPod, and once the screenlock is activated the only buttons that can be pressed are the skip forwards and backwards and the play/pause buttons. The click wheel is used to input the digits to the passcode. In the event that the passcode is forgotten and the user is locked out, the iPod can be plugged into the user’s computer and the iPod will be unlocked.

The iPod nano is available in black and white, in 1 GB (US$149), 2 GB (US$199) and 4 GB (US$249) models. There have been a number of complaints about the nano’s screen being too soft, resulting in it becoming easily scratched or even cracking if put under too much pressure. The iPod body itself was also very delicate and can scratch easily. The surface is a soft plastic and normal use can easily damage the surface (and this seems to be more prominent on the black model than the white model). For this reason, Apple started to package both the nano and the fifth-generation iPods with soft fabric cloth carrying case which should help prevent scratches to the screen and body. The case does not allow access to the screen. Controls can be accessed but only with great difficulty.