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The current version of the iPod Nano looks a lot like it is running the iOS. Is it actually running a scaled-down version of the software on the iPhones, or is it just a themed version of the classic iPod software?

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Does not, and has not. Though the familiarity is quite remarkable for a completely different OS, no? – Jason Salaz Jan 18 '12 at 7:25
That it is. I was trying to figure out if there was any chance of Apple ever letting developers port apps over to the device. Checking my email on a watch would be awesome. – Synesthetic Symphony Jan 18 '12 at 15:03
No it wouldn't. Reading song information is not bad. Reading an e-mail of any length is absurdly bad on a screen that small. – Jason Salaz Jan 18 '12 at 17:01
up vote 6 down vote accepted

According to this article, an Apple spokesman stated that the touch-screen iPod Nano does not run iOS.

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