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The iPod shuffle 4th Generation (2012 Edition) models are identical to the previous iPod shuffle 4th Generation models, except for color options and operating system support.
Like its predecessor, it has both "clickable ring buttons" for navigation as well as a "VoiceOver" button on top. The VoiceOver functionality reads the name of songs, artists and playlists as well as "Genius Mixes" out loud.
The housing originally was available in eight colors -- dark gray "slate" and silver (which both have a black "control ring") as well as purple, pink, yellow, green, blue, and red, which have white control rings. However, on September 10, 2013, Apple swapped the "slate" color for a gunmetal "space gray," which also has a black "control ring" like its predecessor.
Regardless of color, all models have 2 GB of internal storage capable of holding approximately 500 songs. Apple estimates "up to" 15 hours of battery life.
Also see: What are the differences between the iPod shuffle 4th Generation and the earlier iPod shuffle 2nd Generation and 3rd Generation?
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|Introduction Date:||September 12, 2012*||Discontinued Date:||July 15, 2015|
|Details:||The "Introduction Date" refers to the date a model was introduced via press release. The "Discontinued Date" refers to the date a model either was replaced by a subsequent system or production otherwise ended.
*On September 10, 2013, Apple discontinued the dark gray "slate" color option and replaced it with a gunmetal "space gray" color.
Also see: All iPhone models introduced in 2012.
|Processor Speed:||N/A||Processor Type:||Samsung ARM*|
|Details:||*Apple provides no information on the processor used in the iPod shuffle 4th Generation models, but it uses an Apple branded processor, believed to be a Samsung ARM.|
|Onboard RAM:||N/A||Storage Capacity:||2 GB|
|Song Capacity:||500*||Photo Capacity:||None|
|Details:||*The iPod shuffle (4th Generation) can hold up to 500 songs "based on 4 minutes per song and 128-Kbps AAC encoding." These models lack a display and consequently do not support photo slideshows or video playback.|
|USB Support:||Sync & Charge||Firewire Support:||None|
|Details:||The fourth generation iPod shuffle models are capable of charging and syncing by USB using the provided cable. Firewire "400" is not supported.|
|Details:||The iPod shuffle (4th Generation) models have a single 3.5-mm stereo headphone jack for both "audio and USB charging."|
|Case Type:||Handheld||Form Factor:||iPod shuffle 4th Gen|
|Details:||*The 2012 version of the iPod shuffle 4th Generation models are offered in dark gray "slate" and silver, both of which have a black "control ring," as well as purple, pink, yellow, green, blue and red, which have white control rings. On September 10, 2013, Apple discontinued the dark gray "slate" color option and replaced it with a gunmetal "space gray" color.
**For navigation, these models have a "ring button" (play, volume up, volume down, next and back) as well as a spoken response dubbed "VoiceOver" where the iPod "speaks" the names of songs, artists, playlists and more.
|Built-in Display:||None||Display Resolution:||N/A|
|Details:||The iPod shuffle (4th Generation) models do not have an integrated display.|
|Battery Type:||Lithium Ion||Battery Life (Music):||15 Hours|
|Details:||Apple reports that the iPod shuffle (4th Generation) models provide "up to" 15 hours of music playback.
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|Battery Life (Photos):||N/A||Battery Life (Video):||N/A|
|Details:||The iPod shuffle (4th Generation) models lack a display and consequently do not support photo slideshows or video playback.|
|Full-Charge Time:||"About 3 Hours"||Apple Order No:||MD779LL/A*|
|Details:||*MD779LL/A is for the dark gray "slate" configuration with a black "control ring". The silver configuration as well as the gunmetal "space gray" configuration -- which replaced the slate option on September 10, 2013 -- also have a black "control ring" and are order numbers MD778LL/A and ME949LL/A, respectively.
All other configurations have a white control ring and a colored housing -- purple is MD777LL/A, pink is MD773LL/A, yellow is MD774LL/A, green is MD776LL/A, blue is MD775LL/A, and (PRODUCT) RED is MD780LL/A. All configurations have 2 GB of storage regardless of color.
|Apple Subfamily:||4th Gen Late 2012||Apple Model No:||A1373 (EMC 2400*)|
|Details:||Please note that these identifiers refer to more than one model.
*The EMC number technically is located externally, but it is so far under the "clip" that it is difficult to see.
Also see: All iPods with the A1373 Model Number and the 2400* EMC Number.
|Dimensions:||1.14 x 1.24 x 0.34||Avg. Weight:||0.44 ounce|
|Details:||In inches - height by width by depth (including clip) -- 29.0 mm x 31.6 mm x 8.7 mm, 12.5 grams. Apple also notes that its "true volume" is 0.35 cubic inches (5668 cubic mm), including the clip.|
|Mac Support:||Mac OS X 10.6.8||Windows Support:||Windows XP SP3/Vista|
|Details:||Apple reports that this iPod is compatible with a "Mac computer with a USB 2.0 port, OS X 10.6.8 or later, and iTunes 10.7 or later."
It is compatible with a "PC with a USB 2.0 port, Windows 7, Vista or XP Home or Professional (SP3) or later, and iTunes 10.7 or later."
|Audio Support:||Apple reports that the iPod shuffle 4th Generation models support "AAC (8 to 320 Kbps), Protected AAC (from iTunes Store), MP3 (8 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 2, 3, 4, Audible Enhanced Audio, AAX, and AAX+), Apple Lossless, AIFF, and WAV."|
|Incl. Accessories:||Shipped with "Apple Earphones and and iPod shuffle USB cable (45 mm)."|
|Original Price:||US$49||Est. Current Retail:||US$30-US$40|
|Details:||Please note that on average the estimated current retail pricing of used systems is updated twice a year (please refer to the date on the bottom of the page for the date last updated).
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Global original prices for the iPod shuffle 4th Gen (Late 2012) in 24 different countries and territories follow; organized alphabetically by region. Please note that prices with an asterisk (*) are bound by carrier contractual obligations.
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Original Prices - North America
Original Prices - Europe
|Sweden:||SEK 449||Switzerland:||CHF 59|
Original Prices - Asia
|China:||RMB 368||Hong Kong:||HK$388|
Original Prices - Australia & New Zealand
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