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Original poster
Apr 12, 2001

Apple today added the 16GB fifth-generation iPod touch, released in 2013, to its list of obsolete products.


This specific variation of the iPod touch was released as a lower-end option to the fifth-generation iPod touch released a year earlier. Compared to its 32GB and 64GB companions, the 16GB model was only offered in a single silver color and lacked a rear camera or loop.

Apple followed up the fifth-generation iPod touch with the sixth-generation in the summer of 2015. Compared to the previous generation, the newer model featured improved performance and the removal of the wrist strap. Since the seventh-generation iPod touch released in 2019, Apple has not yet updated its iconic product.

Apple classifies products that have been discontinued for at least seven years as "obsolete," meaning that they cannot receive any hardware service from Apple or its service providers.

Article Link: Apple Obsoletes 16GB Fifth-Generation iPod touch


macrumors 68040
Nov 11, 2020
Mexico City living in Berlin
not surprised, with 16 GB it must be full before even putting many apps on it. At least that's the case on my old 6S nowadays. I have literally 1 3rd party App on it and there is not enough room to install a OTA Update. Blows my mind that the first iPhone had like 4GB?

Grifer Pittin

macrumors newbie
Jan 2, 2010
My 32 Gb blue iPod Touch 5G from 2013 keeps rocking with extreme good battery life!!!
This is one of the best devices I've ever purchased from Apple. It was before I purchased the iPhone, and I'm still using it with downloaded maps, good music, streaming and even the video cameras are great for side recording. What a beautiful device!

And it has one thing that Apple seems to have forgotten: when I leave the device idle for weeks, it still has some battery after a month without touching it. That's something I miss from most current devices.


macrumors member
Jan 28, 2010
The 5th and 6th generation models are so nice to hold and are great for smaller hands, children or a more pocketable device. Its a shame the 5th only goes to iOS 9.3.5 - hardly any apps support that now.
My kids have the 6th Gen and will be receiving 7th Gen models this Christmas from me, much easier for them to carry around and keep in their pockets then their iPads.


macrumors G5
May 16, 2015
This reminds me I need to check if my 11” MacBook Air is close to be obsolete. Need to get a battery replaced sooner than later.


macrumors 6502a
Jul 16, 2020
This reminds me I need to check if my 11” MacBook Air is close to be obsolete. Need to get a battery replaced sooner than later.

You probably able to find battery on Amazon or Aliexpress for your 11” MacBook Air


Oct 22, 2013
Meh. It’s an iPhone without cellular, or an iPads extra mini.

Apple keeps it around because it’s the end of the product line that brought Apple devices to consumers that were not Apple computer owners.

I miss the simplicity of the old click wheel iPods. You could intuitively scroll through selections without even looking at the device, and the shake to shuffle music feature was great. They also sounded better than anything short of a 11/12 paired with AirPod pros.

Breaking Good

macrumors 65816
Sep 28, 2012
I don’t know about the consumer market but it’s definitely an important product for businesses to use has a handheld device for their internal systems that don’t require cellular. We have many of them at my work.
I'm very curious to know the type of business and how you use them. Also, what was the pull towards an Apple product versus something else?
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