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With the release of an all-new iPod nano in early September that saw the device gain a tiny, iOS-like interface, many have wondered how easy it might be to expand the device's capabilities through some sort of hacking or jailbreaking process. But while the iPod nano's interface appears very much like a scaled-down iOS, Apple has noted that it is not in fact based on iOS and is merely designed to look like the operating system for Apple's popular mobile devices.

As noted by [i]MacStories[/i], however, the first steps toward hacking the new iPod nano have now been taken, and while more work needs to be done before new capabilities can be unlocked or added, the developments do appear promising.
I've successfully done a basic springboard hack, figured out how to bypass the cache comparison and uncovered some interesting stuff as whats to come on the iPod Nano.

The springboard hack is just the removal of a app and creation of a blank space. Not that amazing, but whats important is the bypass of Nano's cache comparison, which compares any modded SB file and reverts it if it doesn't like it, this opens up the possibility of hacking and modding, while not adding bootloaders or any of that fun stuff.
The hacker, James Whelton, also notes that property list files within the device's operating system make reference to a number of currently-unsupported features, including movies, TV shows, apps, games, vCards, calendar events, and passcode locks. A few hints of these sorts of capabilities were also discovered in the days after the device first became available, although it appears that some of them may simply be carryovers from earlier-generation iPod nanos that offered support for video and some other of these features.

Whelton clarifies in a follow-up post that the hack of removing an application is extremely simple and that there is much to be done to truly open up the device, but that progress is being made.
The hack is simple. It may lead to greater things. I just don't want people getting their hopes up that's it's jailbroken just yet or what I have done to be blown out of proportion.
Whelton and others are continuing to press forward with the efforts to jailbreak the new iPod nano and expose some of the hidden features already in the operating system's code.

Article Link: First Steps Toward Hacking the New iPod Nano
 

JAT

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So....at least 2 people have bought this Nano? Interesting. Actually, no, not that interesting.
 

toomuchrock

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So....at least 2 people have bought this Nano? Interesting. Actually, no, not that interesting.

Really? I thought it was a great little gym device. I don't care what the screen looks like while I'm running, but I do want to access my tunes the way I want to (ie not shuffle). And for gyms that "broadcast" television audio, you've gotta have the FM receiver. The size and the built in clip make it tops IMHO. I don't mind a single-tasker that lives in my gym bag.
 

Small White Car

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Really? I thought it was a great little gym device. I don't care what the screen looks like while I'm running, but...

And this is exactly why hacking the Nano really isn't that interesting.

You sound like the perfect market for a Nano. What would you do with the ability to hack your Nano? What would you need to change? You sound content with what it does now.

This is a neat "I can do it!" kind of experiment, but I doubt it will grow into much more than that.
 

RawBert

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Perhaps it's just me being narrow minded, but I don't see too much potential with the screen being so small and no blue tooth. To me, it's fine as shipped. We'll see.
 

lazyrighteye

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I know it would change the device's dimensions, but it is too bad the Nike+ receiver couldn't be built-in. It's kind of goofy to have to attach the receiver to make Nike+ functional.
Meh, trade offs...
 

HLdan

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What is with this compulsive disorder or even fetish people have for hacking? What's wrong with using the device the way it comes out of the box?
 

DTphonehome

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I gotta say, the tiny size of the nano is really amazing.
 

KnightWRX

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What is with this compulsive disorder or even fetish people have for hacking? What's wrong with using the device the way it comes out of the box?

Maybe with this we'll be able to set a background picture to something other than the Apple provided defaults, which are all plain ugly. The device supports uploading pictures to it already, I had made a background and synced it, why can't Apple let me use it ? What's wrong with giving the user a way to use the device the way they would want to ?
 

KnightWRX

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Work out apps?

There is one. Albeit it is rather limited, but the thing only has a pedometer by default. I don't know how much it integrates to Nike+ because frankly, while the Nano is my workout iPod (the iPhone was kind of getting in the way), I don't use any of that crap anyhow.
 

tigress666

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I love my little Nano. I think the touch screen is a lot easier to navigate than the 5th gen's click wheel (the 3rd gen's clickwheel wasn't so bad cause it wasn't so small. But it's hard to move to just one menu below on the fifth gen cause you have to be really careful not to turn the wheel too far). And I like the square form better than a long stick (preferred the 3rd gen's form as well to the fifth gen's form). It's just more practical for something you would stick in your pocket (and even better having a clip to clip onto things).

Only thing I really dislike about the new Nano is the battery is not all that great. It's definitely worse than the fifth gen's whose battery was worse than the third gen's. My third gen nano really did have a 24 hour battery. Lasted a whole weekend on my motorcycle without charging. My current nano lasts maybe two hours on my motorcycle, something about the helmet, same helmet my third gen was connected to, draining the battery very quickly. Even the fifth gen nano seems to be more prone to that (but I think it still has a better battery than my sixth gen).

Anyways, now that I went off on a tangent, except for a hardware issue that a software hack wouldn't solve (and may make worse), I like the Nano as is. But I'd probably install a "jailbreak" if it was easy to do so just to have extra features to play on such a small device (it would just be amusing to see a small device do different stuff).
 

roland.g

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I'd love to see a software hack with some settings preferences installed. You can choose to wake the Nano to the clock face. But if you are playing music and have that setting turned off, it wakes to album art. This requires an extra step to change tracks by tapping the screen first, then hitting the next track button. Sorry, but if I'm listening to music and I wake it up, it's to change the track, so put me right on that screen. A hardware hack to change the volume buttons to track buttons would be great. I often have it sitting on a dock on my desk at work or in my car. At least in the car I have a iLuv headphone adapter plugged into it, and a double squeeze of the play/pause button changes the track, which is so much better than waking, tapping the screen, hitting the next arrows, all while driving.
 

WestonHarvey1

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What is with this compulsive disorder or even fetish people have for hacking? What's wrong with using the device the way it comes out of the box?

The world would be a very boring place if everyone had exactly the same interests.
 

kirk26

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I like how Apple realized that the shuffle redesign was a complete disaster and made it back the way everyone liked. Let's hope that Apple realizes that the new Nano is a step waaaaaaaay back from the previous version.
 

Virtualball

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What is with this compulsive disorder or even fetish people have for hacking? What's wrong with using the device the way it comes out of the box?

If everyone thought like you, there would be no App Store as it is today. My love of hacking comes with my love of tinkering and messing around with technology. One can't truly love technology if he doesn't understand it.
 

vincenz

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I'm not surprised it's taken this long to get the new nano hacked. What could you possibly do with a small screen like that?
 

smithrh

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I for one would love to see Sleep Cycle ported to the Nano.

Other than that I have no interest in the Nano whatsoever.
 

SeattleMoose

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New Nano Is A Joke

Last generation Nano was the pinnacle of Nano design. I thought that they would bump the memory up to 32GB and then I would buy one. When I saw the new Nano I was in shock:

1) Video camera gone
2) Ability to play movies gone
3) Click wheel gone
4) Nice form factor gone
5) Bigger screen gone
6) Increase in capacity - NOPE

And for all the above the only thing you get in return is a tiny "touch screen"?
No thanks, but I don't have the small hands of a child and don't want to have a device that requires a pair of tweezers or chop sticks to operate.

I think Apple design team is becoming a little too "inbred" and are losing touch with reality. Small and slim can be beneficial if applied with common sense, but Apple has taken these concepts way too far in the Nano. Even more galling is that they realized that taking the click wheel off the shuffle was a mistake so they added it back, but then removed it from the Nano.
 

Islandz

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Dec 28, 2010
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You sound like the perfect market for a Nano. What would you do with the ability to hack your Nano?

More delightful iWatch features!

That's the great thing about a product; not all adopters will use it the same way.

How about we let the market decide whether this is useful?



I like how Apple realized that the shuffle redesign was a complete disaster and made it back the way everyone liked. Let's hope that Apple realizes that the new Nano is a step waaaaaaaay back from the previous version.

No. This design is brilliant. I'd assume the next-gen will keep the formfactor and employ Apple's behind-the-screen camera patent and be enabled for FaceTime. Welcome to Dick Tracy Land!
 
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