Since Apple started shipping the new 6th generation iPod Nano there has been several reports and activty on Apple forums with customers complaining about not being able to turn off their new iPod Nano 6G, and that it is affecting battery life.
News! Apple releases software fix version 1.1
After months of customers complaints about the battery issue and not being able to switch off their iPod Nano 6 it looks like Apple has finally listened and released software update version 1.1 for the iPod Nano 6th generation.
With the software upgrade you will be able to turn the iPod Nano completely off using the sleep/wake button, as well as use the same button to control music and radio playback. The software upgrade should appear as an option when you connect your iPod Nano to iTunes.
Here are the instructions for turning your 6th generation iPod Nano completely off:
- Hold down the sleep/wake button for several seconds to turn the device completely off (does not work it the device is shown as charging or attached to a power source)
- Hold down the sleep/wake button for a few seconds to switch the device back on
Apple is also advising that when the iPod Nano is completely turned off the following will stop working:
- Music or audio playing on the device will stop
- Paused radio will be cleared
- Any slideshows will stop
- If you are in the process of recording a voice memo it will stop and save itself
- The pedometer stops working and Nike + workout data stops and saves
- When the iPod Nano is turned off you will not be able to hear or be alerted to any alarm or reminder that you might have set up on the device.
- If you switch the 6th generation iPod Nano back on within 5 minutes of when it was turned off it will remember your playlist and what was playing.
You can read more about this and how to control playback with the sleep/wake button in this Apple article.
The original issue with the iPod Nano 6
When Steve Jobs first launched the new touchscreen iPod Nano it was met with a lot of interest, but following recent reports about battery life issues and not being able to switch it off it seems that many customers are returning their iPod Nano.
So what is the issue with not being able to switch off the 6th generation iPod Nano? The new touchscreen iPod Nano does not come with a on/off button but rather a sleep/wake button that is used to turn the screen off (into sleep mode). You can’t however use the button to completely switch off the iPod Nano.
According to Apple pausing the music and using the sleep button will but the iPod Nano in standby mode for 36 hours, and will quickly return to normal if you then click the sleep/wake button again. If you however don’t use it for 36 hours while your iPod Nano is in standby mode, it will shut down automatically. Hitting the sleep/wake button after that will then start the iPod Nano again and boot up the homescreen.
In short, putting your iPod Nano in standby mode and leaving it will eventually result in it turning off. The problem is that the iPod Nano is still using battery while in standby mode, and many have complained that even leaving the Nano over-night results in iPod Nano needing a charge, even though Apple says that the battery will provide up to 24 hours of play time.
Have you experienced battery life problems with your new 6th generation iPod Nano? if so, please let us know by leaving a comment below.