A new report is suggesting that the next iteration of the iPod nano will have a WiFi antenna built in to the body of the device, so that it can connect to a wireless network and download new music from iCloud. This is according to Macotakara who are saying that the new iPod Nano will be be WiFi equipped to take full advantage of the biggest music store in the world.
The site points towards sources who have suggested that the new device has a WiFi antenna built into a side panel on the device. If this is hard to imagine in the current form factor, then it may be that the iPod nano is going to receive a massive redesign, going back to the horizontal design of the first and fifth generation iPod nano. This was also reported by Macotakara last month, but dismissed by many as a regression in terms of design, particularly given the popularity of the most recent design.
Here’s the biggest problem with suggesting that the iPod nano will have a WiFi connection with the current form factor. Most of the Wi-Fi networks that you’ll encounter will have a password attached to them to ensure that they are secure. Can you imagine what sort of user interface Apple is going to have to implement to allow for password entry for a secure Wi-Fi network as in, for instance, the one that you have at home. With a screen that size, assuming Apple retain the current form factor, it’s going to have to be an individual letter roll wheel (similar to the one found when you make a calendar appointment on an iOS device).
But you could equally argue that you would only connect the iPod Nano to your home network so that you would only have to go through the process once. This may be true, but then it’s equally easy to sync the device with your Mac since you’ll be at home anyway, rather than implementing battery sucking Wi-Fi in a device the size of an iPod nano. What about Bluetooth 3.0?
If these rumors are true, it sounds like the new iPod nano will be more like an iPod touch mini air.