iPod Nano 2010--Where's it Headed?

Discussion in 'iPod' started by puma1552, May 5, 2010.

  1. puma1552 macrumors 603

    Nov 20, 2008
    Alright, let's do one of these for the nano. The iPod forum gets a bit dull about this time of year, so let's speculate.

    I think this year for the nano we will see pretty tame updates.

    I think we will get:

    --Same exact form factor and colors
    --Maybe a slightly brighter screen
    --30 hour battery
    --32 GB (guaranteed after a 16 GB cap for two years)

    Other than that I really think it will stay the same; there's not a lot they can do with the form factor, and given a lot of updates to the line last year, this year will probably be a relatively tame year for the nano, with mainly just the capacity bump and battery life bump (and possibly a little better screen but doubtful). I think you will see 8 and 32 GB versions; Apple likes to hang onto that 8 GB slot to keep the price low, but I can't see them offering three capacities for the nano--hence, the 16 GB will get dropped. Price points will remain the same.

    What do you think?

    Personally I think the current nano is perfection, I just think it needs 32 GB and it would be perfect (and better battery life is never a bad thing).
  2. Atomike macrumors member

    Oct 19, 2008
    Hardware - different colors. That's about it.
    Software - maybe remove podcasting altogether, since they seem to be moving in that direction. They seem to be slowing adding bugs to the podcasting aspect of the ipods - likely in an attempt to slowly eliminate this feature. I think Steve Jobs must really, really hate podcasts or something.
    Maybe some podcaster once said something negative about Apple or something - who knows.
  3. longball11 macrumors 6502a


    Feb 3, 2009
    They gotta change the form factor on the iPod Nano now. It's been the same for what? 2-3 years? It's gotta change. They change it every now and then, don't they?

    I am more interested in the iPod Classic though.
  4. instaxgirl macrumors 65816


    Mar 11, 2009
    Edinburgh, UK
    If nothing else they'll at least change the colours.

    The capacity'll still have to reach 64GB before it'll work for me :( I think they'll need to move on from 8GB though, 8GB is nothing. Even my listen in any crappy format and only listen to singles brother has surpassed 8GB.
  5. Dekimasu macrumors regular

    Jan 17, 2008
    32 and they've got themselves a sale. I'd even pay a bit more for it. Any chance that some sort of Flash price problem is going to keep them at 16?

    I mean, they've got to start upping the Nano capacity now that all the Touch users are going to be buying iPads, right?
  6. BlizzardBomb macrumors 68030


    Jun 15, 2005
    Apple would miss a trick if they don't do a 32 GB model this time around. It's definitely possible now.
  7. puma1552 thread starter macrumors 603

    Nov 20, 2008
  8. Chundles macrumors G4


    Jul 4, 2005
    720p recording
    Support for HD iTunes content
    Slight changes to the colours, possibly a return to less, matte, colours
    16:9 Display (240 x 426 = ~16:9)
    Fix the click wheel so it feels as solid as the 4G rather than the super-flimsy 5G.
  9. SactoGuy18 macrumors 68030


    Sep 11, 2006
    Sacramento, CA USA
    Here's my "three day wild guess" on what the new nano will be like:

    16 or 32 GB of storage.
    Slightly "thicker" to accommodate a larger battery to extend battery life per charge from a projected 24 hours to 40 hours.
    True 16:9 aspect ratio LCD display.
    Will include non-camera version (mostly because many public places ban the possession of any type of camera).
    Will still incorporate podcast capability (it's still a popular feature).
  10. speedyraf macrumors member

    Oct 10, 2007
    Better battery life, more storage, and keep the podcast feature. I listen to a number of podcasts, myself, along with audiobooks on the go. If a non-camera option (limited color/s fine with me) were offered on the 6th gen iPod nano, that would make my decision easier. The 5th gen iPod nano's features strongly tempt me, but there are places I'd have to leave it home (if I bought it) due to the camera.
  11. OGDaniel macrumors 6502a


    Dec 24, 2009
    Better camera, more space. What else can they do? They're not changing the form factor either, that wouldn't be wise at all.
  12. SactoGuy18 macrumors 68030


    Sep 11, 2006
    Sacramento, CA USA
    If Apple releases a 6G nano with a slightly "thicker" case to accommodate a bigger battery for longer battery life per charge (up to 36-40 hours), ups the storage capacity to 32 GB maximum, and make the camera an optional item, they could have a huge winner! A lot of people would buy the non-camera version, to say the least (I'd be first in line to get one).
  13. bniu macrumors 6502a

    Mar 21, 2010
    how bout give the dang thing OS X? Classic is likely dead.
  14. jona2d macrumors member

    Aug 28, 2008
    Nashville, TN
    Am i the only one that thinks an iPod Touch Nano would be a good next step?

    Small and sleek form factor, not as bulky as the iPod Touch itself...? Keep the display the same size, and perhaps have the touch interface where the click wheel is now? OR make the full screen the interface just like the touch?
  15. ajones46 macrumors 6502

    Feb 9, 2009
    Monroe, Michigan
    No. Just as the iPad is eating into iPod touch sales, that'll eat it from the lower end. And I think it'll just be way too small.
  16. teairra macrumors newbie


    May 21, 2010
    "Technology doesn't get enough of what's on hand..."
    Particulary with Apple, so I guess something is always cooking in Cupertino. :apple:

    and for the iPod Touch Nano ?... Its not way too far be materialize thou. Everyone's into this touch screen thing right?...:p
  17. instaxgirl macrumors 65816


    Mar 11, 2009
    Edinburgh, UK
    I hate the touch screen for navigating music.

    I'd rather buy another brand of mp3 player and have to move away from iTunes than buy an iPod without a clickwheel.
  18. puma1552 thread starter macrumors 603

    Nov 20, 2008
    I can't stand touch screens either; back in early 2008 I bought a 32 GB iPod touch when they finally came out, and thought it was the coolest thing ever for a while. Then I realized how much touch screens suck for practicality.

    I sold it after months of not using it, and now the Classic/nano are the only ones I have, and the only ones I'd use.

    Touch screens are so...1995.
  19. macchiato2009 macrumors 65816

    Aug 14, 2009
    if the cap was 16 Gb for the last 2 years, it's mainly because flash memory is costly and because Apple wants to keep the ipods "affordable"

    you can always get a 32 or 64, chips are available

    but the price of your ipod then would be very different from what you are paying now
  20. shingi70 macrumors regular

    Mar 14, 2010
    Wi-Fi Itunes music store.

    Im mean the non touch zunes can do it and we need it.

    a social networking feature.
  21. instaxgirl macrumors 65816


    Mar 11, 2009
    Edinburgh, UK
    Of what kind?

    I really don't see why a nano of all things needs social networking.
  22. QAZWSXEDCRFV macrumors newbie

    May 31, 2010
    I think wifi should be built into the 6th generation because you wouldnt need to connect to itunes everytime you wanted to buy a son. They should also include a camera AND recorder with longer battery life/new design and more memory.
  23. shingi70 macrumors regular

    Mar 14, 2010
    a camera that can take still pics.

    also HD video. I mean i have a couple of videos from vimeo that can't be put on my ipod or don't show video if i make an ipod version.
  24. No ice please macrumors 6502

    Nov 21, 2009
    Wifi sync
    More like the 3rd gen nano and make it thicker.
    2 Mp camera maybe 3?????
    32GB is a plus
    Itunes remote function
    Durability!! My little brother has had 2 nanos and the screens and body had been battered to hell and back.
    Better sound quality
  25. Blondie :) macrumors 6502a

    Blondie :)

    May 12, 2010
    Prescott, AZ
    Wifi sync would be a good idea (much like the zune's do). Although I personally don't need it, 32GB seems like it would be nice for a lot of people. I also saw someone mention 720p recording. That would be totally intense! The camera is perfect for the really actiony/outdoorsy people, such as myself, and 720p would be very cool. A bigger battery would probably be necessary in order to support the higher end video recording and such.

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