Earlier today Apple issued a software update for the iPod Nano 6th generation, which brings a useful feature to the device: you can now control music and radio playback using the Sleep / Wake button without looking at the screen.
With iPod software update version 1.1 for iPod nano (6th generation), you will be able to:
Completely turn off the iPod, rather than just put the device to sleep.
Control music or radio playback using the Sleep/Wake button without having to look at the device.
Another notes provided by Apple on the iPod Nano 1.1 update:
- When the iPod nano is off, you will not hear or be alerted to any alarm or reminder set on the iPod. When you turn iPod nano back on, alarms or reminders that haven’t yet expired will occur as scheduled.
- If you turn iPod nano back on within five minutes of when it was turned off, it will remember your music playlist and what was playing. However, if you turn iPod nano back on more than five minutes after it was turned off, the device will not remember what you were doing on the device or which application was active.
More information about the update available here.
World’s Smallest Instagram Gallery
We had an idea, so we quickly gave it a go.
That’s right, an iPod nano. How long before Instagram photos end up on iPad walls? Or the New York Times?
Following James Whelton’s discovery of the possibility to bypass the iPod Nano 6G cache comparison to install blank spaces on the device and remove apps from its Springboard, well-known developer Steven Troughton-Smith has figured out a way to put the Nano in DFU mode (which, in iTunes, will return the device to its default factory settings) and send custom firmware files to it. This is the same method of installing custom firmware on jailbroken iPhones and iPads and make those devices recognize the files as signed and valid, although the Nano method is still a concept and needs some more hacking and work before it becomes a real “jailbreak”.
Troughton-Smith, however, managed to get two encrypted files, send them to the device and have them executed on the unit’s reboot. Using a modified version of popular jailbreak utility iRecovery and the extract2g tool to get the files from Nano’s OS, he believes this will certainly inspire other devs to start tinkering with the Nano 6G and start creating proof-of-concept apps.
Check out the demo video below. I don’t know what kind of “apps” it’d be cool to have on the Nano, but a mini Instapaper would be great. I think. Or Angry Birds. [9to5 via Steven Troughton-Smith]
It looks like the iPod nano has been hacked. Developer and hacker James Whelton managed to bypass the device’s cache comparison and install a rather simple Springboard hack that allows for blank space creation – something that’s possible on jailbroken iPhones and iPads. As Whelton notes this is a very simple hack which will likely enable other devs to play around with the iPod nano and install bootloaders on it.
Most of all, Whelton discovered some hidden strings in the nano’s OS:
Next is the discovery in some of the device’s plists of reference to support of Movies, TV Shows, Apps, Games, vCards, Calender events and so on, with a few other cool things like a passcode lock. With the bypass I figured out, I hope to enable these pretty soon. It seems like the OS is a rehashed version of the previous Nano’s OS.
Details on how to bypass the iPod nano’s OS will be posted in the next days. While we’re pretty that Apple won’t open up the nano to 3rd party apps anytime soon, it will be interesting to see what the hacker community (or should we call it a “jailbreak” for the iPod nano?) will come up with. Check out the video below. Read more
We’ll never, ever grow tired of covering weird Chinese knock-offs of Apple products. What we have here today, though, can’t exactly be described as a knock-off: it’s something that doesn’t really exist to start with. It’s an “iPhone nano watch”, a strange combination of those iPod nano watches people have been wearing since September and the more popular iPhone with its distinctive UI. The iPhone nano watch has got a wristband and some clock functionalities I assume, but it also lets you “slide to unlock” and comes with a SIM slot, FM radio tuner, Bluetooth, USB, camera sensor and a speaker.
Don’t ask me how it’s even possible to make calls with this thing. I guess that’s why it’s still labelled as “engineering prototype” – hey, everyone deserves to be deeply tested, right? The iPhone nano watch will also get a headphone jack come the final release.
On a side note, I can’t wait to find a prototype of this one in a shady Shanzhai bar. Hit the source links for more photos. [Engadget via M.I.C. Gadget]
I try not to rehash the day’s explosive nature of unhinging Gizmodo news, but perhaps you’re still upset over that whole iPhone 4 thing or maybe their recent security breach. But thank heavens someone somewhere has finally unveiled an iPod nano wristband that’s actually decent. I say decent not because those other rubbery straps aren’t nice, but because really - the last thing I want on my wrist is an iPod nano and a synthetic band. At least try to class it up instead of looking like you bought something out of a slot machine.
TikTok & LunaTik For iPod Nano Raise $300,000 In One Week
Initially, Wilson was hoping to raise $15,000 in 30 days, to get the watchbands into production. But guess what? The watch has become a bona fide Internet sensation, raising over $275,000 on Kickstarter in just a week, from 3,700 backers – and $180,000 in the first three days alone.
Remember the TikTok+LunaTik project? It has become one of KickStarter’s most successful campaigns ever. Even better than The Glif. I guess there is a market for well-realized iPod Nano wristbands, after all.
TikTok+LunaTik: Multi-Touch Watch
Speaking of cool iPod Nano watch mods:
TikTok and LunaTik simply transform the iPod Nano into the world’s coolest multi-touch watches. The idea to use the Nano as a watch was an obvious one ever since the product was announced. But we wanted to create a collection that was well designed, engineered and manufactured from premium materials and that complemented the impeccable quality of Apple products. Not just clipped on a cheap strap as an afterthought.
Designed by MINIMAL, I suggest you watch the video with the explanation of the concept. This is serious design work.
Slap The Nano
Griffin’s latest accessory for the iPod Nano looks like an interesting alternative to those Nano wristbands that have been floating around on eBay. Available at $24.99 here.