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iPod nano (5th generation) - Technical Specifications

Size and weight

Height:
3.6 inches (90.7 mm)
Width:
1.5 inches (38.7 mm)
Depth:
0.24 inch (6.2 mm)
Weight:
1.28 ounces (36.4 grams)1

Capacity

  • 8GB or 16GB flash drive2
  • Holds up to 2,000 or 4,000 songs in 128-Kbps AAC format3
  • Holds up to 7,000 or 14,000 iPod-viewable photos4
  • Holds up to 8 hours or 16 hours of video5
  • Stores data via USB flash drive

Accessibility

  • Spoken menus allow listeners to hear many of the names of menus, song titles, and artists without viewing the screen.
  • An alternative large font can make menus easier to read.
  • A high-resolution LCD display with adjustable contrast and backlight settings makes it easier to read in low light.
  • Captions in video are displayed when they are present using a legible, high-contrast white-on-black font.

Environmental requirements

  • Operating temperature: 32° to 95° F (0° to 35° C)
  • Nonoperating temperature: -4° to 113° F (-20° to 45° C)
  • Relative humidity: 5% to 95% noncondensing
  • Maximum operating altitude: 10,000 feet (3000 m)

Environmental Status Report

iPod nano embodies Apple’s continuing environmental progress. It is designed with the following features to reduce environmental impact:

  • Arsenic-free glass
  • BFR-free
  • Mercury-free
  • PVC-free
  • Highly recyclable

Display

  • 2.2-inch (diagonal) TFT display
  • 240-by-376-pixel resolution at 204 pixels per inch

VoiceOver Kit

  • Chinese (Cantonese)
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Czech
  • Danish
  • Dutch
  • English
  • Finnish
  • French
  • German
  • Greek
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Norwegian
  • Polish
  • Portuguese
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Swedish
  • Turkish

Audio

  • Frequency response: 20Hz to 20,000Hz
  • Audio formats supported: 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
  • User-configurable maximum volume limit

Headphones

  • Earphones
  • Frequency response: 20Hz to 20,000Hz
  • Impedance: 32 ohms

Languages

  • Arabic, Brazilian Portuguese, Cantonese (Traditional Chinese), Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Traditional Chinese, Turkish, and UK English
  • Additional language support for display of song, album, and artist information: Bulgarian, Serbian, Slovenian, Ukrainian, and Vietnamese
  • iPod nano supports 20 VoiceOver languages:
    Chinese (Cantonese), Chinese (Mandarin), Czech, Danish, Dutch, English (U.S.), Finnish, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, and Turkish; other languages are available with the purchase of a supported third-party text-to-speech engine
  • iPod nano supports 20 spoken menu languages:
    Chinese (Cantonese), Chinese (Mandarin), Czech, Danish, Dutch, English (U.S.), Finnish, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, and Turkish; other languages are available with the purchase of a supported third-party text-to-speech engine

Video Capture

  • H.264 VGA video, 640 by 480 pixels, up to 30 frames per second with AAC audio
  • 15 real-time special effects: Sepia, Black and White, X-Ray, Film Grain, Thermal, Security Cam, Cyborg, Bulge, Kaleido, Motion Blur, Mirror, Light Tunnel, Dent, Stretch, and Twirl

External buttons and controls

  • Hold switch
  • Click Wheel

Input and output

  • Dock connector
  • 3.5-mm stereo headphone jack

Battery and power6

  • Built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery
  • Playback time
    • Music playback time: Up to 24 hours when fully charged
    • Video playback time: Up to 5 hours when fully charged
  • Charging via USB to computer system or power adapter (sold separately)
    • Fast-charge time: about 1.5 hours (charges up to 80% of battery capacity)
    • Full-charge time: about 3 hours

Mac system requirements

  • Mac computer with USB 2.0 port
  • Mac OS X v10.4.11 or later
  • iTunes 9 or later7
  • iPhoto 6.0.6 or later recommended for use with Mac OS X Tiger8
  • iPhoto ’09 recommended for use with Mac OS X Leopard or Snow Leopard8

Windows system requirements

  • PC with USB 2.0 port
  • Windows Vista or Windows XP Home or Professional with Service Pack 3 or later
  • iTunes 9 or later7

In the box

  • iPod nano
  • Earphones
  • USB 2.0 cable
  • Dock adapter
  • Quick Start guide

Accessories

  • In-Ear Headphones with Remote and Mic
    Engineered for extreme clarity and audio accuracy, these headphones let you hear musical details you’ve been missing.
  • USB Power Adapter
    Use this ultracompact USB-based adapter to charge your iPhone or iPod whenever it’s not connected to a computer.
  • Earphones with Remote and Mic
    These earbud headphones have convenient buttons that let you adjust volume and control music and video playback.
  • Universal Dock with Remote
    Get easy access to a USB port for charging and syncing your iPod or for connecting to a TV or speakers.
  • Apple Composite AV Cable
  • Apple Component AV Cable
  • Apple Dock Connector to USB Cable
  • iPod Universal Dock Adapter 3-Pack

  1. Weight varies by configuration and manufacturing process.
  2. 1GB = 1 billion bytes; actual formatted capacity less.
  3. Song capacity is based on 4 minutes per song and 128-Kbps AAC encoding; in 256-Kbps AAC format, song capacity is up to 1,000 songs (8GB) or 2,000 songs (16GB); actual capacity varies by encoding method and bit rate.
  4. Photo capacity is based on iPod-viewable photos transferred from iTunes.
  5. Video capacity is based on H.264 1.5-Mbps video at 640-by-480 resolution combined with 128-Kbps audio; actual capacity varies by content.
  6. Testing conducted by Apple in August 2009 using preproduction hardware and software. The playlist contained 358 unique audio tracks consisting of content imported from CDs using iTunes (128-Kbps AAC) and content purchased from the iTunes Store (128-Kbps AAC). Video content was purchased from the iTunes Store. Battery tests are conducted with specific iPod units; actual results may vary. Rechargeable batteries have a limited number of charge cycles and may eventually need to be replaced (see www.apple.com/support/ipod/service/battery). Battery life and number of charge cycles vary by use and settings. See www.apple.com/batteries for more information.
  7. iPod and iTunes are for legal or rightholder-authorized copying only. Don’t steal music.
  8. iPhoto 6.0.6 or later for importing video; iPhoto ’09 v8.1 or later for Faces support.
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