From a new product perspective, possible the most exciting announcement is the new iPod nano. It doesn’t do as much as the iPod touch, but it combines the ease of use of the touch with the portability of the shuffle.
The new iPod nano is simply a roughly 1.5-inch square with a 1.5-inch touchscreen. it has only three buttons: volume control and sleep/wake. Opposite the buttons are the standard 30-pin dock connector and the headphone jack. Behind the touchscreen in a clip, just like the iPod shuffle, making the new nano easier to bring with you for workouts and the like.
The interface is simple, and is based on iOS, even if it doesn’t run apps. It has four home screens with four icons each. Gone is the ability to play video that was present in the last three nanos, but it’s a worthwhile sacrifice for the new form factor. Apple added in an FM tuner for the new nano, and kept the pedometer and Nike+ capabilities. Apple really wants you to use the nano for workouts, it even has an option to turn the screen to orient whichever way you wish so you can clip it anywhere you want.
The new nano comes in 8 and 16 GB varieties for $149 and $179, respectively. They are up for pre-order now, and will start shipping next week.