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  • iPod nano has a Secret Diagnostic Mode


    It would seem the latest iPod nano models have a secret diagnostic screen dubbed “iTerm.” This screen allows users to test various features of the iPod nano, such as: the power, audio, remote, TV Out, LCD, IO, FM receiver, memory, the touch panel and accelerometer. You navigate this screen using the Sleep/Wake and Volume buttons.

    There is also a Disk Mode that when activated allows the nano to appear as an external USB disk when connected to a computer. You’ll know you are in Disk Mode when the nano’s screen turns from its usual color to a retro-looking black and white screen reminiscent of earlier-model iPods.

    It is quite easy to activate either the diagnostic or the disc mode: First, reset the iPod nano by holding down the Sleep/Wake button and Volume Down button until the Apple logo appears. Then:
    • To enter Diagnostic Mode: Reset iPod and continue to hold down all three buttons. “iTerm: iPod Display Console” will flash briefly on screen.
    • To enter Disk Mode: Reset iPod and hold down both Volume buttons.



    The sixth generation iPod nano carries a new codename that appears at the top of the “iTerm” screen, N20 Snowfox. The last generation iPod nano had a similar codename: N33 GreatDane. Also held over from the last iPod nano model is a hibernation mode that puts the device into a low-power mode after 14 hours of inactivity.

    These diagnostic screens are nothing new for iPods, but it does give users a closer look at the way Apple designs and tests its iconic products. This new information is not terribly useful for the average iPod nano user, but it is rather cool to see a little bit of what’s under the hood.

    Source: iLounge
    This article was originally published in forum thread: iPod nano has a Secret Diagnostic Mode started by Wiley John Wright View original post
    Comments 48 Comments
    1. christopherjason's Avatar
      christopherjason -
      do the same thing....

      Hold Center button and top one then hold the left button when the Apple logo shows up.
    1. baRRy boRRis's Avatar
      baRRy boRRis -
      Not to sound like a douche or anything, but as far as I am aware; pretty much every iPod has got a diagnostic mode like this. My calculator has a diagnostic mode :/
    1. tudtran's Avatar
      tudtran -
      How do i get there?
    1. brbortscheller's Avatar
      brbortscheller -
      Quote Originally Posted by GellBrake'rrrr View Post
      What could the TVout be used for???
      For connecting it to a TV. Duh smart one.
    1. mvhurlburt's Avatar
      mvhurlburt -
      Quote Originally Posted by GellBrake'rrrr View Post
      Thanks for a simple answer without a lot of poor grammar and sarcasm, like the rest of these idiots. I appreciate the information. Like I said. I've never owned an iPod. Just didn't see how it would be possible.



      It's so GREAT to see someone post something, who thinks they know it all. However their post doesn't even make sense. PLEASE read what you write before you post!!! It makes you look a LOT more intelligent than you try to appear.
      You think there are a bunch of idiots here? Try going over to BGR and posting an apple question!

      Anyhow on a more serious note you did ask a fairly simple question, where as unfortunate as it may be, invites a simple(and often times sarcastic) answer from the interwebs. Keep your online-expectations low if you don't want to appear as a disgruntled webizen. On the other hand if a detailed, thorough and professional reply is what your after you could always check apples website or take a few seconds and perform a google sense. Eitherway your response came across as a flame to some which is to be expected. The one thing you will find is that there are less idiots and trolls here by comparison to other popular tech sites. Just keep it civil.
    1. awesomeSlayer's Avatar
      awesomeSlayer -
      Sounds cool. Now, Apple needs to build one for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
    1. whereswaldo's Avatar
      whereswaldo -
      Quote Originally Posted by Thelongamer View Post
      Jailbreakable?!
      doubt it
    1. one1's Avatar
      one1 -
      Quote Originally Posted by GellBrake'rrrr View Post
      I'm a little tea pot
      Yes you are.
    1. mikerlx's Avatar
      mikerlx -
      So, new iPod nano doesn't play video anymore?
    1. donkeykongking's Avatar
      donkeykongking -
      Quote Originally Posted by sdjmchattie View Post
      Yes, there's a cable to connect you iPod touch, iPhone or iPad to the TV. I use it all the time to watch films. Don't are what use it would be on an iPod that can only play music, but maybe it's just for the audio.

      Now stop flaming!
      hes a an obvious mac lover, give him a break
    1. iPodNerd12's Avatar
      iPodNerd12 -
      This proves that the nano doesn't run iOS
    1. DisneyRicky's Avatar
      DisneyRicky -
      I like how it says SnowFox at the top! xD
    1. robertr1's Avatar
      robertr1 -
      I don't understand why people keep asking if it's jailbreakable. What could you do on a nano with a jailbreak?
    1. iNT3Rv3NTiONZz's Avatar
      iNT3Rv3NTiONZz -
      Quote Originally Posted by robertr1 View Post
      I don't understand why people keep asking if it's jailbreakable. What could you do on a nano with a jailbreak?
      Well the main thing would be theming
      Also with the right know how you could make some smart little games etc.
    1. h2a's Avatar
      h2a -
      Quote Originally Posted by robertr1 View Post
      I don't understand why people keep asking if it's jailbreakable. What could you do on a nano with a jailbreak?
      yeah. with the exception of maybe a game of Simon, i'm with you. i don't see jailbreak really doing any good on an iPod nano. the fact that it doesn't even run iOS might also be an issue.
    1. iNT3Rv3NTiONZz's Avatar
      iNT3Rv3NTiONZz -
      The fact it doesnt run iOS is hardly an issue, that could even make it easier to jb, there is so much you could do with it, theming, allow it to be used as a usb mass storage device... Um thats about it lol
    1. CZroe's Avatar
      CZroe -
      Quote Originally Posted by sdjmchattie View Post
      Quote Originally Posted by dale2 View Post
      wait, so the new nano lost video capability and its just pics?
      Got it in one
      WTF does THAT mean? Does the new Nano have video playback abilities or what?! It's been asked several times now and this is the only "reply" anyone has received.

      If old iPod Nano versions could playback video, I don't see them removing the functionality.
    1. one1's Avatar
      one1 -
      Quote Originally Posted by CZroe View Post
      WTF does THAT mean? Does the new Nano have video playback abilities or what?! It's been asked several times now and this is the only "reply" anyone has received.

      If old iPod Nano versions could playback video, I don't see them removing the functionality.
      How big a flashing neon sign you need, he just answered it.
    1. Silencer_0's Avatar
      Silencer_0 -
      Yes, the new iPod Nano lost it's video playback.
    1. CZroe's Avatar
      CZroe -
      Quote Originally Posted by one1 View Post
      How big a flashing neon sign you need, he just answered it.
      No he didn't. "Got it in one" does not mean "The current-gen iPod nano does not have video playback."

      Let's look at that again...
      "Got it in one"
      WHAT has got WHAT in one WHAT? Without answering any of those NECESSARY questions, it is completely *meaningless*

      You must not be speaking English because, using the only assumptions one could possibly make, this is the most sense it can possibly make and it STILL doesn't answer the damn question:
      "[The iPod nano has] got [video playback] in one"

      Even then, WHICH iPod nano has video playback in WHAT? We already know now, thanks to someone more eloquent and helpful than sdjmchattie could ever be (thanks, Silencer_0), that it DOES NOT have video playback, yet there is not a negative to be found in the "Got it in one" statement.

      If you intend to insult me, you really need to explain how you got the illogical answer, "the current-gen iPod nano no longer supports video playback" from some guy saying "Got it in one."