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Wednesday, November 12, 2008, 08:00 am PT (11:00 am ET)

Apple releases big bug fix patch for 4th gen iPod nano

Apple on Tuesday evening released a significant bug fix update for its recently released fourth-generation iPod nano digital media players, which adds support for a couple of the company's new headphone offerings, and introduces a toggle to turn off Cover Flow, among other things.

Fourth-gen iPod nano owners can obtain the update by connecting their iPod to their computer, selecting the iPod from the left-side device list in iTunes, and then selecting the "Check for update" option.

Specifically, the 57.8MB update, labeled "iPod nano (4th generation) Software Version 1.0.3," delivers:
  • Support for Apple In-Ear Headphones with Remote and Mic

  • Support for Apple Earphones with Remote and Mic

  • Fixed instability issues when using Nike + iPod Sport Kit

  • Added a setting to turn off Cover Flow when rotating iPod nano and a Cover Flow menu item under the Music menu

  • When Shuffle setting is set to Songs, pressing play on a song in a saved Genius playlist will now follow the Shuffle setting

  • After playing a slideshow with TV out, Cover Flow album art is no longer distorted

  • Waking iPod nano after hibernating no longer distorts photos

  • Other minor bug fixes

Unfortunately, the two new Apple headphone options: the $79.00 Apple In-Ear Headphones with Remote and Mic, as well as the $29.00 Apple Earphones with Remote and Mic, have remained unavailable for purchase since their introduction alongside the new iPods in early September,

As is the case with the company new 24-inch LED Cinema Display, the Apple online store continues to list the accessories as "Coming Soon."