As predicted, Apple revealed the iPod Nano 4G today, and there's not many surprises in the design here after the consistent leaks of the past weeks: rounded, curved and elongated... the old squat form of the old Nano flung into the bin after one generation.
Coming in a chromatismic panoply — Black, purple, blue, green, yellow, orange, red and violet — the new Nanos come in 8GB and 16GB varieties, at $149 and $199 respectively.
The most interesting development is the new UI, which is decidedly more Touch-like. The Nano also now has a built-in accelerometere. Want to enter Shuffle mode? Just shake the Nano. Want to enter Coverflow? Just flip the Nano horizontally. There's new menu pop-ups: for example, on-the-go, browse album and browse artist. The new Genius mode (introduced in iTunes 8) of song recommendation is a pop-up.
Take a good look: this is the evolutionary link between old iPods and the future of uniform touchscreen iPods of 2010.
iPod Nano [Apple]