Contrary to popular belief, there are actually three things pretty much guaranteed in life: death, taxes, and new iPods dropping every September. And while Apple did indeed drop new incrementally better iPod Shuffles, Touches, and Classics, the standout is the new fifth generation iPod Nano. What’s new? Unlike its predecesosr, the iPod Nano now sports a camera on the lower left side as well as a speaker and microphone that you can use to record video using any number of special effects filters (including, but not limited to, sepia, black and white, thermal, and cyborg) and then later on upload to Youtube (but it doesn’t shoot still images, shockingly enough). Apple has also seen fit to finally include a built-in FM tuner with Live Pause and iTunes tagging, VoiceOver (which allows for voice control of the Nano), support for voice memos, a pedometer with Nike+ support, and an upgraded 2.2-inch screen (up from 2.0-inches). Despite all of these improvements, the one thing that hasn’t changed is the Nano’s design: other than the camera, the only way to differentiate between it and the 4G Nano that dropped last year is its polished anodized aluminum finish (so shiny).
The new Nanos are available right now in a rainbow’s worth of colors (yellow and red being Apple Store exclusives), with the 8GB version at $149.99 and the 16GB one at $179.99.
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