By Sam Costello. iPhone/iPod Expert
Sam Costello has been writing about technology since 2000. He has published articles with CNN.com, PC World, InfoWorld, and Computerworld, among others. For those magazines and websites, he covered digital copyright, the rise and fall of Napster, mobile devices, and computer and network security. He has written about PDAs, monitors, and printers for Samsung's consumer websites.
Author of My iPad for Kids (2012), published by Que Publishing.
How Screen Rotation Works On Other Apple Devices
That's because all three have accelerometers that allow the device to detect when it's been turned and automatically adjust the screen to match its new physical orientation. As a result, their screens are tall when held vertically and wide when held horizontally.
How To It Works on the 6th Gen. Nano
The 6th generation iPod nano doesn't have an accelerometer, but its screen can still be rotated to match how you're looking
at it. Here’s how.
Begin by taking two fingers and holding them a bit apart (I find it's easiest to use your thumb and forefinger, but it's up to you).
Then place each finger at a corner of the nano's screen. This can be opposite corners (for instance, one finger at the top right corner of the screen and another finger at the bottom left corner, or vice versa) or on the corners on the same side (top left and bottom left, for example).
When you've done this, twist both fingers at the same time and in the same direction (clockwise or counter clockwise). The screen should rotate 90 degrees with your fingers. If you want to rotate the screen more than 90 degrees, repeat these steps.
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Remove your fingers from the screen when it's oriented the way you want and that orientation will remain until you change it again.