I don't want an iPod nano camera -- I want an iPod nano smart watch

iPod nano watch

There are some alleged 7th-generation iPod nano prototypes floating around the internet that show it just might be getting a camera this fall, something the 5th generation had but the current iPod nano lacks. Aside from Apple having to modify the clip so as not to interfere with the camera, is this really something we want?

What I'd much rather see is an alleged prototype floating around that shows a Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, NFC or some other type of short-range radio. Because I don't want my iPod nano to be just another crappy camera (looking at you iPod touch and iPad 2!) -- I want it to be a really smart watch.

We've been talking about this since the current nano launched and Steve Jobs "joked" that an Apple board member wanted to wear it as a watch. I did too. So did many others. It's create a whole cottage industry of iPod nano watch band adapters and accessories. But really the current nano isn't optimized for the job. It's not finished.

If it had Bluetooth we wouldn't have to use wired headsets (especially the hateful Apple earbuds). Sure, we'd lose FM radio (the wire serves as the antenna) but we'd also lose a cable running up our arm as well. More than that, we'd gain the ability for a nano watch to interface with our iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.

Instead of reaching into my purse or pocket every time I get a text message, event reminder or notification, I could just glance at my iPod nano smart watch, which seamlessly received the transmission and echoed it from my iPhone. And once the connectivity is there, who knows what else Apple -- and developers! -- could come up with.

One day I fully expect my iPhone and iPad to seamlessly integrate with my entertainment center, my fridge, my car -- my entire home and life. Things like Apple TV and AirPlay, and the accessory program started with iOS 3 show bits and pieces of what needs to be a cleaner, more organized, more well rounded solution.

Google is hard at work on this, and HP has shown off notification transfer on webOS, so Apple can't afford to fall behind. Maybe the iOS 5 preview at WWDC this June will give us some hints?

In this context, an iPod nano smart watch is just another bit or piece in the puzzle, but darn if it isn't one I want this year!

[Alleged iPod nano 7 with camera via AppleInsider]

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I don't want an iPod nano camera -- I want an iPod nano smart watch


I agree! Excellent article Georgia!!! I really would love to gave the watch with the notification system that you described! You need to be in product development at Apple! YESTERDAY!

What about the inpulse watch that blackberry has. I don't see why your idea is that far off from what they have. I think that a nano smart watch would be awesome.

I'd buy a Bluetooth-enabled Nano on day one- make one that my iPhone can push text and twitter messages to, and I'll be lined up the night before- and I already own one of the current Nanos.
I already use the 6th gen with my Bluetooth headphones, but it requires using my old iPod Bluetooth adaptor on the Nano. Being able to leave the iPhone in my pocket and just look at the Nano-watch to see who was calling, read the text message that just arrived, or see what the calendar reminder that just popped up was would be absolutely perfect.

Yep. I thought this a long time ago. I'd own one and wear it on my wrist if it had bluetooth. Super fast access to your music. No pulling my iPhone out of my pocket to change songs or playlists. And the aforementioned text/twitter and I'll add facebook message push from iPhone to Nano would be the icing on the cake. That would be awesome-sauce.

I'd vote for the smart watch over a camera (unless they put the camera on the side so you could take pictures while wearing it as a watch). However, I stopped wearing watches years ago and one as big as a Nano wouldn't fly for a lot of people. It would be OK for casual wear, in warm weather, I guess.

It would be awesome enough if they JUST gave it wifi, ONLY for wifi syncing with iTunes. Zune did it, and it was awesome, I left my zune in my car all the time, and it would sync my music from there and go to sleep after until I got up the next day to jam to my new playlist on the way to work.
Honestly that feature is so long overdue. So long.

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This is what I want too. I want my facebook feed, sms, and other notifications on my watch. When something like this comes out, I will buy a watch.

EXACTLY! Push all notifications (system, sms, fb, tw, etc...) to the watch. Put the IOS Remote (the ability to control other IOS devices media functions) on the watch. Give developers significant latitude to develop for cross connected devices. And simple access disk-mode... I'd probably buy 2 on day-1!

Agree Georgia. A screen that small can't tell you whether you "got the shot" or not. Yes, you can see if your subjects blinked when the photo was snapped. No, you can't judge focus or see motion blur very well.
And, as we all know by now, Steve Jobs hates wires. Wireless sync to a Mac or pee cee or the cloud has got to be in the pipeline. I also like what you said about NFC. You could buy things at the Apple Store or Starsucks (not a typo) by waving your "Apple watch." No need to fish the iPhone out of your pocket.

Just thought of something: if the camera were on the upper edge of the "watch" pointing out the "top" then it would make sense. You could take pix with the iPod nano still in its wristband (if the band the right-shaped cutout.)
Just a crazy idea.

I'm a big watch fan but it has never appealed to me to have a ipod watch. Maybe an Apple watch would be cool but oh well.

Got to agree. The iPod Nano is so nearly a watch I can't believe they aren't thinking the same thing as us. The only thing that bothers me is battery life. Recharging devices is a constant bore and would spoil a watch.

Zune looks beettr. I own a Cowon J3, ZuneHD, Ipod 3rd Gen touch. All are great. just depends what you like. but OVERALL. zune is beettr.

The idea intrigues me, but I just know that the first time I went to wash my hands I'd fry my little 150 dollar toy. Watches are water-resistant, I don't think the same could be said for the nano.

Thanks for the link Mike... :-)
Yep... I'd buy an iWatch in a heartbeat too....... I'm using my nano 6g with LunaTik band, jaybird isport micro bluetooth and sony HBH-is800 bluetooth headphones while running and at the gym....... battery really sucks, I get a max of 3 an a half hours of continuous playback, but I make do an use / charge 4 to 5 times a week......
I'd love to see Apple or some other company do this properly.......

I like the idea of transferring caller ID, texts, email, etc from the iPhone to really any iDevice. If they make a nano into a full watch then Apple needs a little more fashion sense. The new nano as a watch is hideous and I'm not even a "fashionable" person. I think Apple needs to hook up with Oakley sunglasses and put a heads up display in the glasses. Some of them already have headphones w/ Blue Tooth and flash drives. That would be the future there!

An interesting idea. I would be interested if the watch is fashionable and functional in the way you describe.

What is the rasoen flash isn't supported? I'm saying it's better in terms of these specific features, which it is! I personally do own an iPad 2, and yes I do wish it had flash, I also wish the browser supported tabs. (among other things) But it's a good device because it's a good compromise between slim sleek design and other devices that have more features but are slightly bigger. I do think it's held back by Apple, but most of the time there is an App that can get around this.

I want a smart watch, too. In fact, I want to be able to speak voice commands into it, so that my talking car comes driving around and gets me out of dicey situations that I might find myself in. Might come in useful and then there's the coolness factor... :D

I will totally buy one of these if the next gen has bluetooth. I really don't want to strap a little gadget to my wrist and then have to use wired headphones with it.

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