If you have a 6G iPod nano and you have a hankering to turn the thing into a watch you can wear on your wrist, there is no shortage of watchbands on the market today. There might be a shortage of bands that you can walk into a local retail store and buy though.
For workout enthusiasts that need their iPods attached at all times, a new fashionable tech accessory may be your next must-have. Hex has just announced its latest HEX Sport Watch Band designed for the iPod Nano Generation 6. The sport watch band protects and stores the iPod Nano and features a Nike Plus port for added functionality. Available in April 2011.
At CES, iWatchz unveiled a couple new series of watchbands for the new iPod nano. The new bands include the Carbon and Jelly lines. The Jelly collection comes in multiple colors that are translucent with pink, orange, red, blue, white, and grey colors offered. They are set to launch in early February for $24.95 each.
An Apple patent covering the touchscreen interface for the iPod nano has surfaced, suggesting that the company is considering alternative ways to control the compact PMP even when the display is out of sight in your pocket or bag. According to patent 20100328224, "Playback Control using a Touch Interface", the nano touchscreen could be used to recognize taps and gestures even if the display itself is switched off.
Ohh! Pretty Colors! Just when you thought there couldn't possibly be any more iterations of the idea that the iPod Nano acting as a watch face, here comes along HEX with a super awesome (and super inexpensive!) version in not one, not two, but NINE different colors. This band has a "Pop-in, Pop-out" design that lets you toss your iPod Nano in and out of it with what we can only assume is ease, and majority of the watch being made of premium silicone. There's integrated control buttons and a fancy pattern around the edge so you'll be sporty and fully functional.
Apple's latest iPod nano hasn't inspired quite the frenzied hack atmosphere as its iPod touch and iPhone siblings, but that doesn't mean the tiny touchscreen PMP is completely devoid of modification. James Whelton won a nano and spent little time in cooking up an app hack; while so far he can't add software to the PMP, he's figured out how to modify the Springboard UI to remove apps.
iPod nano watches are perhaps one of the more surprising trends of 2010, and probably near the top of the list of those overwhelmed by their popularity are TikTok and LunaTik. Since project lead Scott Wilson put the multi-touch watch kits on fund crowd-sourcing site Kickstarter, he's raised almost $1m - well in excess of the $15,000 Wilson originally hoped for.
Apple has kicked off its Black Friday deals, with both the US and UK online stores - among others - offering discounts across the Mac, MacBook Pro, iPad, iPod and accessory lines. In the US store, you can save $101 off a new iMac, MacBook Pro or 13-inch MacBook Air, while there's $41 off an iPad.