iPod Nano Hack Lets You Remove Apps; World Eagerly Awaits Jailbreak

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Hacked iPod Nano is missing a homescreen icon. [Photo: James Whelton, nanohack.me]

Up until now, the closest we've seen to iPod Nano hacking are the various iPod Nano wristwatch concepts floating around. But one intrepid, brave soul figured out a way to remove apps from Apple's current touchscreen iPod Nano. Mind you, this isn't a jailbreak; James Whelton, the hack creator, stresses that you can't add apps to the Nano (yet).

To achieve this hack, James edited a plist file--also known as a "property list"--which in Apple parlance is a file that stores information on various app settings. By making a change to this one file, James removed an app's icon from Springboard, the Nano's homescreen app, and added a blank space in its place. While it appears as though this hack simply hides apps from appearing in Springboard as opposed to outright deleting it, this point isn't entirely clear at the moment.

Check out the the video of James showing the hacked Nano:

James also discovered some additional technical tidbits about the Nano, including the fact that it "seems like the OS is a rehashed version of the previous Nano’s OS." Want to learn more? Follow along with James's hacking progress over at nanohack.me.

[via Engadget]

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