Well, you won't be wearing this one on your wrist. The new iPod nano 7 ($150) mixes the touch controls of the last version with the candybar-style body of the originals. Dropping in October, it features a 2.5-inch multi-touch display, a Home button, Bluetooth, physical controls running down the side of its 5.4mm-thick body, the new Lightning connector, built-in fitness and pedometer, 16GB of storage, and comes in seven colors. Beware of the jelly bean icons.
As goes the iPhone, so goes the iPod touch. The iPod touch 5 ($300-400) is the first major upgrade for the line in two years, and features a 6.1mm anodized aluminum body, an A5 processor, improved battery life, a 5 megapixel iSight camera, a hidden Loop that pops up to let you connect the included wrist strap, Bluetooth 4.0, 802.11n 5GHz support, a FaceTime HD camera, Siri, the all-new EarPod headphones, 32 or 64GB of storage, a variety of color choices (!) and — most importantly — the same 4-inch widescreen Retina display found in the iPhone 5. Arriving in October.
Sure, it's likely to be replaced in the next few months, but if you plan on hanging on to your touchscreen nano and need a way to slap it on your wrist, the Loop Nano Watch Band ($20) is a good choice. Available in a variety of colors and made from comfortable silicone, if offers full access to all ports and controls, a sleek, low-profile design, and a stainless steel buckle.