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Apple considered an all-screen iPad nano more than a decade before it launched an iPhone with an edge-to-edge display — and years before even the first iPhone was released.
Tony Fadell, the former senior vice president of Apple’s iPod division, posted an image of several different iPod mockups to this Twitter on Monday. Fadell shared the images ahead of the launch of his new book, “Build: An Unorthodox Guide to Making Things Worth Making.”
According to the former Apple SVP, the mockups were 3D printed dummies that allowed staff to have “something to hold in your hand.”
These are various mockups of the iPod Nano, we explored every possibility – what if the screen was this big? What if the wheel was that big? What if there was no wheel? #BUILD #BUILDtreasurechest #Buildbook will be officially released tmrw May 3rd! https://t.co/NKMxGjoEgg pic.twitter.com/XMUHztyj2E
“Creating a model is a way to trick your brain, to jumpstart your imagination – once you make it physical, once you see & feel it, you can start to picture how it will become part of your life or your customers’ lives,” he wrote.
The team behind the iPod nano explored virtually every possibility, Fadell added — “what if the screen was this big? What if the wheel was that big? What if there was no wheel?”
Apple released the first iPod nano in 2005, three years before the first iPhone and 13 years before the edge-to-edge iPhone X. Although it never released an edge-to-edge display model of its popular music player, Fadell’s images show that it at least considered the possibility.
Fadell said his book contains an entire chapter about the design of the iPod nano. The book goes on sale on May 3.

I know it’s 2022 but I’ve wanted an all screen square Nano for some time. With iOSlite and it’s own App Store, I think it would be a crazy little gaming device and super popular amongst kids as a holiday hit.

Some fun ideas I have written in my notes:

iPod Nano
A14 chip
2.5×2.5 square screen
FaceID in bezel
iPodOS (mini versions of games and apps)
8MP outer camera for ARKit
MagSafe charging, no lightning port
MagSafe accessories
Taptic Engine

64GB $199
128GB $299


Would be a hit for kids at Christmas time and could launch a new era of mobile gaming.

Beats said:
I know it’s 2022 but I’ve wanted an all screen square Nano for some time. With iOSlite and it’s own App Store, I think it would be a crazy little gaming device and super popular amongst kids as a holiday hit.

Some fun ideas I have written in my notes:

iPod Nano

A14 chip

2.5×2.5 square screen

FaceID in bezel

iPodOS (mini versions of games and apps)

8MP outer camera for ARKit

MagSafe charging, no lightning port

MagSafe accessories

Taptic Engine

64GB $199

128GB $299

Would be a hit for kids at Christmas time and could launch a new era of mobile gaming.

I’d buy that. 

iPod Nano
A14 chip
2.5×2.5 square screen
FaceID in bezel
iPodOS (mini versions of games and apps)
8MP outer camera for ARKit
MagSafe charging, no lightning port
MagSafe accessories
Taptic Engine

64GB $199
128GB $299

Would be a hit for kids at Christmas time and could launch a new era of mobile gaming.
I’d buy that. 

Japhey said:
Beats said:
I know it’s 2022 but I’ve wanted an all screen square Nano for some time. With iOSlite and it’s own App Store, I think it would be a crazy little gaming device and super popular amongst kids as a holiday hit.

Some fun ideas I have written in my notes:

iPod Nano

A14 chip

2.5×2.5 square screen

FaceID in bezel

iPodOS (mini versions of games and apps)

8MP outer camera for ARKit

MagSafe charging, no lightning port

MagSafe accessories

Taptic Engine

64GB $199

128GB $299

Would be a hit for kids at Christmas time and could launch a new era of mobile gaming.

I’d buy that. 

Here’s a cheap drawing. Imagine the cameras hidden and rounded corners like a smooth iPhone 6. 

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The iPhone 7 is actual size. The 3.0” square is too big so I crossed it out. 

iPod Nano
A14 chip
2.5×2.5 square screen
FaceID in bezel
iPodOS (mini versions of games and apps)
8MP outer camera for ARKit
MagSafe charging, no lightning port
MagSafe accessories
Taptic Engine

64GB $199
128GB $299

Would be a hit for kids at Christmas time and could launch a new era of mobile gaming.
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