Is an iPod Nano hardware refresh imminent?

It’s shaping up to be a very nice September for Apple. Although unconfirmed, the new iPhone is expected to be revealed along with the debut of the iPad Mini; all at Apple’s iPhone event on September 12th.

Major retailers, including Amazon, Walmart and Best Buy, are seemingly running low on stock (or in some cases out of stock completely) of the current Nano, prompting rumours that the device will get a refresh, taking it to its 7th generation.

There’s two ways to look at this. Firstly, Apple will tell retailers to hold off on buying an existing device if a newer one is about to be released. Alternatively, there could be a problem in the production line, causing a stock shortage. Both arguments are plausible, but with the upcoming iPhone event, it would be the ideal place for any new or refreshed hardware to be showcased.

The current Nano was released on the 1st of September 2010 and comes in 8GB and 16GB varieties. A refresh may well add more storage, a camera, or video playback, all of which were absent from the current range of devices. Could a redesign be on the table, or an update to the hardware and software? Only Apple can say for definite.

So mark September 12th in your calendars, if you haven’t already. It may be shaping up to be the day of the iPhone, and possibly the iPad Mini, but just maybe the iPod Nano can spring a surprise of its own.

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The current nano is a great piece to wear as a watch. There a lots of nice wristbands available at the moment. However, the current Nano isn't ideal as a watch. There is no Bluetooth(4.0), so no wireless music which basically kills the usefulness of the Nano for me.

I hope the new Nano to have the same design-principles so it can act as a watch. With Bluetooth 4.0 it'll be a very nice piece of hardware to own. I would wear it as a watch for sure

My guess is that it will be a redesign and will compete directly with the pebble watch and link up with your iphone / ipad etc.

grayscale said,
Why, oh why, would anyone want a camera on a Nano?

They had it on the previous ones, but if I recall, it only did video for some reason known only to Apple.

Please do refresh this. I've lost two of these at my gym already. I want something slightly bigger... but still clippable to my shirt.

Oh and Brent3000... I use an MP3 player when i'm running because this nano can clip onto my shirt or pants and a cell phone weighs down my pocket or feels funky in an arm band.

giantsnyy said,
Oh and Brent3000... I use an MP3 player when i'm running because this nano can clip onto my shirt or pants and a cell phone weighs down my pocket or feels funky in an arm band.

Im not having a go at the logic (personally the arm band suites me while running but when i work out i find a phone too chuncky and gets annoying) just why people would spend soo much for an MP3 only player.

The nano has always been a higher end MP3 player, but back then it had a place along side other MP3 players cuz of its screen size... But converting the shell of a shuffle into the new nanno... I dont see why anyone would hand over so much $ for a device with such limited functions...

Thats how i see it all

The form-factor has a place... This device does not...

WHY!!!!!

I dont see why anyone would spend soo much on an MP3 player for any reason (unless they don't own a phone but they are soo cheap these days)

IMHO MP3 players are dead, or at least costly ones like this... Why spend the money when most people will have a phone with the same capabilities +

brent3000 said,
WHY!!!!!

I dont see why anyone would spend soo much on an MP3 player for any reason (unless they don't own a phone but they are soo cheap these days)

IMHO MP3 players are dead, or at least costly ones like this... Why spend the money when most people will have a phone with the same capabilities +

MP3 players still hold their place because of their dedicated battery and storage. More functionality sometimes just isn't necessary.

brent3000 said,
WHY!!!!!

I dont see why anyone would spend soo much on an MP3 player for any reason (unless they don't own a phone but they are soo cheap these days)

IMHO MP3 players are dead, or at least costly ones like this... Why spend the money when most people will have a phone with the same capabilities +

Kids who have parents who won't give them a smart phone? entire large market there... I wouldn't pay for a smart phone contract for my kids... way to much of a data rate risk there

Neobond said,
Plus they are smaller and lighter to jog with (not that I jog)

Personally, i would never fork out such $$$ for a 'jog' device...

I have my old creativeZenMX (Something like that) or any other $10 mp3 branded player for when i go to the Gym but now i have since started using my mobile all the time (Mainly due to the fact i use Bluetooth headphones and most MP3 players dont have this function)

I see their place in the world, but for what the nano is offering, i dont see how one of these devices is a 'justified' cost

Thats me tho... Seeing value for what it is not for what logo is printed on it

Also if the weight of our phone/mp3 player is too heavy for you and your jogging... Theres something wrong there

brent3000 said,
WHY!!!!!

I dont see why anyone would spend soo much on an MP3 player for any reason (unless they don't own a phone but they are soo cheap these days)

IMHO MP3 players are dead, or at least costly ones like this... Why spend the money when most people will have a phone with the same capabilities +

I still use my 8gb 3rd gen nano at the gym ALL the time. My iPhone is just not practical to use as an mp3 player whilst working out.

You're right in that there are cheaper alternatives. I personally don't like the new nano's - the best design has got to be the one I use at the moment.

neufuse said,

Kids who have parents who won't give them a smart phone? entire large market there... I wouldn't pay for a smart phone contract for my kids... way to much of a data rate risk there


$140 for an MP3 player with 1 function
or
$150-$200 for a mobile locked into prepaid to allow you to have a contactable kid while out and about.

I may not be a parent, but i know alot of mums and dads who give their kids a pre-paid phone just to allow them to be contacted or contact them.

Thats my logic anyway

brent3000 said,

$140 for an MP3 player with 1 function
or
$150-$200 for a mobile locked into prepaid to allow you to have a contactable kid while out and about.

I may not be a parent, but i know alot of mums and dads who give their kids a pre-paid phone just to allow them to be contacted or contact them.

Thats my logic anyway

I don't know one kid with a prepaid phone that is an iPhone... and prepaid you generally have to pay full price for the phone since you are not on a contract... I know all the ones you can get around the USA right now you have to put out $650 for the phone up front PLUS the prepaid bill

I like to have a dedicated MP3 when I'm work and doing a lot of lifting and handling of heavy equipment. Basically in incidents where I'm worried I might break my phone but still want to listen to music.

neufuse said,

I don't know one kid with a prepaid phone that is an iPhone... and prepaid you generally have to pay full price for the phone since you are not on a contract... I know all the ones you can get around the USA right now you have to put out $650 for the phone up front PLUS the prepaid bill

Well, to be fair even the cheap $15-$45 feature phones that come with a pre-pay starter package can play music. The interface is ****... but you can use it as an MP3 player none-the-less.

brent3000 said,
WHY!!!!!

I dont see why anyone would spend soo much on an MP3 player for any reason (unless they don't own a phone but they are soo cheap these days)

IMHO MP3 players are dead, or at least costly ones like this... Why spend the money when most people will have a phone with the same capabilities +

for one my Sansa mp3 player has a better interface than my phone
and 2nd it has a million more features, such as a video player, voice recorder
replay gain, eg, radio etc etc etc etc
Almost none of which my phone has..
My mp3 player was way cheaper than my phone.
Kids may not have a phone either.
Control of the device will often be easier to use in pocket.

Did you think before you posted at all ?

Any way i am not defending Nano's
I had bought one at wallmart because they stopped stocking Creative MP3 players and quickly returned it for a refund because of numerous reasons.
They are over priced crap as far as i'm concerned. You can get more for your money by picking something with out a fruit logo on it.
And no drag and drop onto the device is a deal breaker !

brent3000 said,

Personally, i would never fork out such $$$ for a 'jog' device...

I have my old creativeZenMX (Something like that) or any other $10 mp3 branded player for when i go to the Gym but now i have since started using my mobile all the time (Mainly due to the fact i use Bluetooth headphones and most MP3 players dont have this function)

I see their place in the world, but for what the nano is offering, i dont see how one of these devices is a 'justified' cost

Thats me tho... Seeing value for what it is not for what logo is printed on it

Also if the weight of our phone/mp3 player is too heavy for you and your jogging... Theres something wrong there

But what of those that don't want lower quality bluetooth sound? and the hassle of charging the set. And if you don't have headphone controls how do you control a touch screen in your pocket? Sure you can usually use some keys available to skip track but what about other controls like volume. And yeah if you're doing rigorous activity a 4-5" smartphone is going to be jumping all over the place unless you have a big holder.

torrentthief said,
not being able to change track without taking it out of your pocket makes the latest nano pointless.

To be fair, that functionality came with the $40 earphones

torrentthief said,
not being able to change track without taking it out of your pocket makes the latest nano pointless.

Double click the hold button and it goes to next track...