The iPod nano is Apple's second smallest portable digital media player. Bigger only than the miniscule iPod shuffle, the nano is the smallest full-spec player that Apple sells, and is in its seventh iteration. Here's everything you need to know about the new iPod nano. See also: Apple new iPod touch: What you need to know.

New iPod nano: design

The nano is unique amongst Apple's portable products in that its design has changed dramatically from iteration to iteration. This time Apple has gone for a colourful, slim and petite look. Apple claims that the nano is the thinnest iPod it has ever made. At just 5.4mm thin it's only just more than half the thickness of the iPhone 4S. That's thin. It's also pretty small for a device with a 2.5in touchscreen, at about the size of a credit card. The full dimensions are: 76.5×39.6×5.4mm, and it weighs just 31g.

You can choose between seven different colours - eight if you include the Project Red charity model eavailable only through Apple stores. On the righthand side are volume up and volume down buttons. On the top is an on/off switch. The 3.5mm jack can be found on the bottom of the iPod nano, as well as the new Lightning connector - different to existing iOS device connectors.

Beneath the screen on the bezel is a recessed Home button. Like the new iPhone, as well as various Apple notebooks, the iPod nano is made of anodised aluminium. This makes it feel metallic and textured, but also explains why it is so light.

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New iPad nano: display

The iPod nano has a 2.5-inch Multi-Touch display that is, according to Apple, almost twice as big as the screen on the previous iPod nano. It is a 240x432-pixel resolution display with detail at 202 pixels per inch. An Accelerometer is built in so the screen rotates as you rotate the device.

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iPod nano: audio and video

new iPod nano The iPod nano is a portable media player. You can use it to play music, movies and TV programmes, podcasts and audiobooks. It is both a photo viewer and FM radio. The iPod nano also has Bluetooth 4.0 built in.

As an audio player the nano's frequency response ranges from 20Hz to 20,000Hz. It supports the following audio formats: AAC (8 to 320 Kbps), Protected AAC (from iTunes Store), HE-AAC, MP3 (8 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 2, 3, 4, Audible Enhanced Audio, AAX and AAX+), Apple Lossless, AIFF and WAV. You can also set a maximum volume limit to save your lugs.

The iPod nano will play H.264 video at a resolution of 720x576 pixels, and 30 frames per second framerate; Baseline, Main and High-Profile level 3.0 with AAC-LC audio up to 256 Kbps; 48kHz; stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4 and .mov file formats; MPEG-4 video: up to 2.5 Mbps, 720x576 pixels, 30 frames per second; Simple Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 256 Kbps; 48kHz; stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4 and .mov file formats.

iPod nano: price and capacity

The new iPod nano has 16GB of storage, and costs £129 inc VAT.

iPod nano: battery life

The nano has a built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery. Apple has published claimed battery life times up to 30 hours of music playback, and up to 3.5 hours of video playback. The nano charges via the supplied USB cable, and Apple says it will take an hour and a half to charge it up to 80 percent, and three hours to fully charge.

iPod nano: extras

Included with the iPod nano are a pair of Apple's new EarPods in-ear headphones and a Lightning to USB Cable. Apple sells the EarPods separately for £25, and claims they are superior to other bundled headphones. The 9-pin Lightning connector cable is much smaller than the old 30-pin iPhone and iPod connector, so it reduces the size of the nano. But you will have to get an adaptor in order to use the nano with any existing speaker docks. Apple sells a Lightning adaptor for £25. See also: iPhone 5 Lightning dock connector: what you need to know

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