New iPod nano Goes Multitouch [Updated]

Along with a new generation iPod shuffle, Apple CEO Steve Jobs also showed off the new iPod nano. The new model dumps the Click Wheel found on earlier versions in favor of a multitouch display.

The new iPod nano includes a clip like the iPod shuffle, and Apple is calling it “instantly wearable.” The new model supports VoiceOver,  rotating the screen orientation, organizing the built-in apps across multiple screens, and is small enough that at least one Apple executive plans on wearing theirs as a watch. It also supports Shake to Shuffle, includes a built-in FM radio, and a built-in pedometer, but drops the video camera found in the previous generation nano.

Apple’s multi-touch iPod nano

Apple’s latest iPod nano is barely bigger than the iPod shuffle at 1.61 x 1.48-inches and weighs 0.74 ounces. Its screen measures 1.54-inches diagonally and sports a 240x240-pixel resolution, and Apple claims it offers 24 hours music playback time.

Like other iPods, the new iPod nano ships with a USB Dock connector cable and earbuds. It will be available next week in blue, pink, green, gold, silver and red, and is priced at US$149 for the 8GB model, and $179 for the 16GB model. Pre-orders are available now.

[Updated with additional iPod nano details.]