New iPod nano dumps scroll wheel and video for square screen


It's hip to be square. Announced today, the newly introduced iPod nano finally dispenses with the wheel as a control surface -- because now the control surface is the iPod touch. The new model is so small that like the newly announced iPod shuffle, it has a clip that allows it to be worn and has a 24-hour battery life.

What isn't there: the video camera that was included in the last release of the nano a year ago.

Other features include:
  • VoiceOver
  • FM radio
  • Nike+ and pedometer

It comes in six colors, two more than the shuffle. It will cost $149 for 8GB and $179 for 16GB.

The new nano can be preordered today, and will be released next week.

Edit: The just-released tech specs show that not only is the camera gone, so is video playback entirely.

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