As I am sure you are all aware by now, during the keynote the other day, it was announced that there was indeed a 7th generation iPod Nano. While this wasn’t exactly news (it’s basically the same device with some VERY minor changes /via. iFixit), it came bundled with brand new software!
At this point, I was bummed. They showed off this pretty neat (dare I say awesome) software upgrade, but by seemingly purposeful omission, they neglected to state whether the update would be available for the now 1 year old generation 6 model (that I for one have grown a fond attachment too). I actually spent the rest of the day sulking about. Wondering how it was that I was going to come up with the needed funds to buy yet another nano, just for the sake of some (then unknown to me) watch faces. Oh what a fantastic surprise when I arrived home and plugged my iWatch in to charge and saw that I had a software update! Apple had graced me with the glory of iPod Nano OS 1.2.
Here are some highlights for you in case you were unaware.
1.You now have the option to make the icons ridiculously huge. I have to wonder why anyone would choose to have this option on… It’s just repulsive. Never mind that the 4 icon grid view looks like a mini version of iOS (and thus looks awesome), the giant icons make for a very crowded interface.
2. All the music icons are now under one Music icon (just like iPod Touch and IPhone). There is just one thing to say about this… Hurray! If for some reason you like clutter though, you can reenable the old way in settings.
3. The ability to turn icons off (hide) that you don’t use! That’s right MORE clutter management! HAZZAAA!
4. More Watch faces! 18 of them to be exact. So many to chose from and change out. Finally a digital read out! Heck there is even a Micky Mouse, Mini Mouse face. Even Kermit got the nod. Certainly a nod to those who took a bit of humor and turned it into the most awesome geek watch ever.
All in all a pretty solid update for Apple’s smallest multitouch device. The watch faces alone might of driven some of us to journey out and aquire a new device. Three cheers for Apple for making the update free.