Apple’s Former iPod SVP Shares Mockups Of iPod Nanos That Never Were

Apple might have killed off the iPod nano some time ago but the miniature iPod was very popular back in the day.

Now, one of the men involved with the iPod from the very beginning has shared a photo of some of the dummy products the company created when planning a future iPod nano.

Promoting his new book called ‘Making The Intangible Tangible,’ former Apple senior vide president of the iPod division Tony Fadell has shared an image of a number of mockup dummy units that were being tested inside Apple a number of years ago. Most of the dummy units feature the familiar click wheel with Apple working to see what would happen with differently sized screens and inputs. But there’s one dummy that stands out from the crowd because it doesn’t have a click wheel at all. Instead, it looks like an iPhone X but without the notch.

While Fadell doesn’t say whether that dummy unit was ever planned to exist or if it would have been a touch-based interface, the device would definitely have made a big impression if it had been announced.

Apple often creates these kinds of 3D-printed dummy units to get a feel for how things could look or feel in the hand, but it’s rare that we get to see them. Especially for products and designs that never shipped.

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