Will Apple Add Bluetooth to the iPod Nano this Fall?

By , Aug 13, 2011

We’ve heard several rumors about Apple’s expected smartphone refresh this Fall, and even some gossip that we’ll see a new tablet. Heck, there’s even been some murmurs of a new iPod touch sporting a 3G radio.

All of this speculation has overshadowed Apple’s typical September announcement: new iPods. However, Seth Weintraub of 9to5Mac believes it will still be an eventful Fall for Apple’s MP3 player line — particularly the Nano. The tiny music player got a huge makeover last year, but that could have just been the beginning…

In September of 2010, Apple unveiled a revamped iPod Nano that was rebuilt from head to toe. They ditched the camera, shrunk the body, and added a multitouch display. The classic iPod interface was also traded in for a dumbed-down version of iOS.

Fast forward to this year’s iPod event, and you have to wonder if the Cupertino company has more improvements in store for the MP3 player. Weintraub sure seems to think so, and he points to a couple of reasons to support his claim.

For starters, you might recall a rumor going around regarding Apple using the new Bluetooth 4.0 platform in their next smartphone. The tech is characterized as being a lot more energy efficient than current offerings, and has already been embedded into new Macbook Airs and Mac Minis.

Its energy efficiency makes it a prime candidate for Apple’s iPod Nano. In fact, a lot of folks have wondered why it wasn’t implemented in the first place. Chances are, bluetooth was scrapped as an unnecessary feature that could just be added at a later time. So why not now?

The gadget has already gained a good-sized following thanks to an onslaught of wearable cases. As it turns out, the iPod Nano’s Clock app paired with a watchband-like case make for an interesting wristwatch. Now imagine adding bluetooth to the package.

It would turn the Nano into a wearable iPhone accessory. It could receive text messages, sports scores, and alert users of calendar events. In fact, it’s feasible to think that all of iOS’ push notifications could be streamed to the device. Picture something like this:

So will we see bluetooth-equipped iPod Nanos this Fall? It’s possible. Apple has been able to turn the Apple TV into an iOS accessory, and they could certainly do the same thing with the iPod Nano. The question is, is there a market for it?

Do you see Apple releasing an iPod Nano with bluetooth? Would you buy one?

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  • Burge

    Will Apple ever add complete bluetooth ? Not this only to other iphones.

    • Craig

      +1 .. who cares about bluetooth on a nano, how about being able to send files etc on the iPhone, not being able to do that is pretty pathetic really.

  • Li

    Why don’t they make that like an phone with blue tooth this way we don’t need an iPhone. Just carry that around and we’ll have more space in our pocket for other things!

  • Li

    Why don’t they make that like an phone with bluetooth this way we don’t need an iPhone. Just carry that around and we’ll have more space in our pocket for other things!

  • anon

    I just went to the apple store fully prepared to buy a nano. When I went into settings to look for Bluetooth, I was very surprised to see that it wasn’t there. Apple does everything perfectly (sarcasm), so why wouldn’t this device have the best Bluetooth implementation on the market?

    I put down the nano and walked out of the store. If they add Bluetooth this fall, I will be one of the first in line to get one. Otherwise, there is no way I’m going to spend $150 on an mp3 player, no matter how “sexy” it is.

  • Ray

    Damn, still no bluetooth!

  • Geoff

    I was about to buy too. No bluetooth means no purchase!

  • joseph

    if you’re gonna give it bluetooth (classic 2.0 and low energy 4.0) and make it your idevices alert center then give it a vibrating motor as well because the phone might not be in your pocket..
    everybody scream.. bluetooth nano bluetooth nano apple apple bluetooth nano

  • joseph

    oh.. and add a two finger tap to wake up.. annoying sleep button’s so hard to press :) .. wait wait.. i got another one.. extra two finger tap to resume from clock mode.. i’m flying here

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1260474515 Nikolas Sachs

    I would absolutely buy that i am just waiting for them to come out with it so i can use it as a watch with my bluetooth headphones!

  • allen jaworski

    I would rather have bluetooth than radio function. The ability to use wireless headphones with the iPod Nano seems like a no brainer.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mark.b.cleveland Mark B Cleveland

    I would be first in line. My hearing aid has Bluetooth built in so it would be the best all around!!!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/CW3MMEN564CN75FXKBBWHSREUE Jose M

    the current ipod nano without bluetooth makes absolutely no sense. What’s the point of having a watch / music player if you cannot use wireless headphones? I have sent this request to the apple store since the 6th generation came about.

  • Ozan Dikerler

    I will buy one when they add bluetooth feature to it. I want to use it as a watch and connect it to my iphone

  • Anonymous

    hope so.