Innovations of iPod and beyond
As Apple continues to release updates to their existing models, we’ve come to expect subtle and often predictable changes. One exception, though has to be the ever-changing iPod nano range. Since its conception, this has been continually reinvented to establish a winning design. We’ve compared the latest 7th generation with its predecessor — it may be their best effort yet and will have you rushing off to your local Tesco to pick one up.
The first thing you’ll notice is the complete overhaul in design. The 7th Gen is a rectangular shape, about 3.01 inches taller than the square 6th Gen. At 5.4mm it is also thinner and remains extremely lightweight, at an impressive 31 grams. Although both models include a touch sensitive display, this latest edition has a larger 2.5″ color LCD display. Below this, you’ll find the home button which has never before been included in the nano series. With its appearance now closer to that of the iPod touch, you can expect a much more user-friendly device, which looks and feels great.
Color and Memory
Both models are offered in a variety of colors. The 6th Gen was available in seven, including orange, red, pink, green, blue, purple and silver. These also included a black trim around the display. This model was released in either 8 GB or 16 GB storage.
With the latest model, you have six colors to choose from space gray, silver, gold, pink, blue, and a special red edition. You can now only purchase the 7th Gen with 16 GB of storage.
Apple chose to run a different iOS inspired operating system on this newest model. However, you still won’t be able to run iOS apps or have any backward compatibility. Both the 6th and 7th Gen include Nike+iPod, VoiceOver and ‘Shake to Shuffle’. You still won’t get a speaker, WiFi or camera with the 7th Gen Nano.
The most impressive change is the addition of H.264 video playback support and Bluetooth 4.0. This enables connection of Bluetooth headphones, speakers, and car stereos. Apple has also made improvements to the battery life which has gone from 24 hours on the old model to 30 hours of music playback on the 7th Gen.
This completely new look won’t impress everyone, especially fans of the older range. However, plenty of people are going to love this latest, more functional model which has a beautifully slender look. If you’re looking for a compact and easy to use media player, this could be the choice for you.