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Anatomy of the 7th Generation iPod nano

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7th Generation iPod nano Hardware Features
7th Generation iPod nano

7th Generation iPod nano

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The 7th generation iPod nano doesn't look much like the 6th generation model that came before it. For one thing, it's larger and has a bigger screen to go along with its size. For another, there's now a Home button on the face, something that had previously only shown up on iOS devices like the iPhone and iPad. So, just by looking at it, you know that there are major hardware changes here.

The question is, exactly what are all the changes and what do they mean for you? Read on to find out.

  1. Hold Button - This button at the top right edge of the nano is used to lock and unlock the nano's screen. Holding it down turns the nano off or on. It's also used to restart a frozen nano.
  2. Home Button - This button, included on a nano for the first time with this model, takes you back to the home screen (the screen that shows the basic set of apps that come pre-installed on the nano) from any app. It's also used in restarting the nano.
  3. Lightning dock connector - This smaller, thinner port replaces the Dock Connector that had been used on all previous nano models. Plug in the included Lightning cable here to sync the nano with a computer, or connect accessories like speaker docks or car stereo adapters.
  4. Headphone Jack - This jack on the bottom left edge of the nano is where you plug in headphones to listen to music or videos. The 7th generation nano does not have a built-in speaker, so plugging into the headphone jack is the only way to hear audio.
  5. Volume Buttons - On the side of the nano are two buttons, spread a little bit apart from each other (There is a third button between them. More on that momentarily.) that are used to control the volume of the audio playing through the headphone jack. The top button raises the volume, while the bottom button lowers it.
  6. Play/Pause Button - This button, which sits between the volume up and volume down buttons, is used to control music playback on the nano. If no music is playing, clicking this button will start it. If music is already playing, clicking it will pause the music.

There are also a pair of interesting hardware features that are internal to the nano and so can't be shown here:

  1. Bluetooth - The 7th generation nano is the first model in this line to offer Bluetooth, a wireless networking option that lets you stream music to Bluetooth-enabled headphones, speakers, and car stereo adapters. You won't see the Bluetooth chip, but you can turn it on via software when compatible devices that you want to use are nearby.
  2. Nike+ - Nike offers a system called Nike+ that lets users track their workouts using an app, a device, and a receiver that's often inserted into a compatible shoe. With this version of the nano, you can forget about all that because the Nike+ hardware and software are built in. That means no shoe insert. Thanks to the nano's pedometer and Nike+, you can keep track of your exercise. Add in Bluetooth and you can connect to heart rate monitors, too.
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