3rd Generation iPod nano

In September 2006, Apple completely changed the configuration of the iPod nano, giving it a wider, larger screen so it could display video content. The iPod nano also got a new range of colors.

3G iPod nano colorsThe low-end 4 GB version was available only in silver, and the 8 GB in silver, turquois blue, mint green, and black. There was also a Product (RED) 8 GB version, and Apple added a pink 8 GB model on 2008.01.22.

3G iPod nano

The 2″ QVGA (320 x 240 pixels) display made for a wider, heavier device, and battery life remains at 24 hours for music – or 5 hours for video.

Hardware Overview


  • Announced 2007.09.05 at US$149 (4 GB) and $199 (8 GB). 4 GB Product (RED) edition released 2008.01.22.
  • Included accessories: earbuds, USB 2.0 30-pin dock cable, dock adapter
  • Code name:
  • Model number: A1236
  • Product numbers:
    • 4 GB: MA978
    • 8 GB: MA980 (silver), MB249 (blue), MB253 (green), MB261 (black)


  • CPUs: Samsung ARM
  • Audio chip: Wolfson WM8975G
  • Display: 2.0″ 320 x 240 pixel 16-bit LED-backlit color LCD.
  • Battery: lithium ion
  • Charge time: about 3 hours max. (1.5 hour fast charge to 80% capacity)
  • Play time: up to 24 hours for audio, 5 hours of video


  • Original OS: iPod nano 3G OS 1.0
  • Maximum OS: iPod nano 3G OS 1.1.3
  • iTunes Versions: iTunes 7.4 and later.
  • Mac OS Required: OS X 10.4.8 or later.
  • Windows Versions Supported: Vista, XP Home or Professional SP2

Dimensions and Weight

  • Dimensions: 2.75″ x 2.06″ x 0.26″
  • Weight: 1.74 oz.

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