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As expected, Apple has added the seventh-generation iPod nano to its list of Vintage and Obsolete products, officially designating the last iPod in the iconic nano lineup as "vintage."

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The vintage products list features devices that have not been updated for more than five years and less than seven years. After products pass the seven year mark, they are considered obsolete.

Apple debuted a refreshed version of the seventh-generation iPod nano in mid-2015, and that was the final iPod nano that came out. Now that the device is five years old, it is being added to the vintage list.

Apple launched the first iPod nano in September 2005, and over the course of the nano's lifetime, it got several redesigns. The first iPod nano model was similar in design to a standard iPod but with a slimmer, easier to pocket shape.

Fast forward seven years to October 2020 and the seventh-generation iPod nano, which ended up being the final model that was introduced. It had an iPod touch-style multi-touch display and a Home button, but the nano and touch product lines were ultimately so similar that Apple did away with the iPod nano.


Apple refreshed the seventh-generation iPod nano in 2015 to add new colors, but the design remained the same. The iPod nano was discontinued along with the iPod shuffle in mid-2017, leaving the iPod touch as the only iPod Apple sells.

Devices on Apple's vintage list are able to receive hardware service from Apple and Apple service providers, but it is subject to the availability of repair components and where required by law. Obsolete products have no hardware service available with no exceptions.

In addition to the seventh-generation iPod nano, the 5th-generation ‌iPod touch‌, which was originally released on October 11, 2012, has also been added to the Vintage and Obsolete list.

Article Link: Apple Officially Obsoletes Last iPod Nano Model
 
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mtrm

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Just out of curiosity. If vintage products are products that haven’t been sold in the past 5 years, and the iPod Nano has been sold up until mid-2017 (according to the this article), why is it being classified as vintage already? It hasn’t yet been 5 years since it was last sold. Or am I understanding it wrong?
 

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Just out of curiosity. If vintage products are products that haven’t been sold in the past 5 years, and the iPod Nano has been sold up until mid-2017 (according to the this article), why is it being classified as vintage already? It hasn’t yet been 5 years since it was last sold. Or am I understanding it wrong?

It's when they were last updated not sold.
 

mtrm

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So the trash can Mac Pro should be considered vintage then... right?
That’s a good point indeed. Did not think about that. Following that logic, all iPhones and iPads released up to 2015 would be considered vintage (even though they are still officially supported, such as the 6s). Maybe Apple has different timelines depending on the type of product? Or maybe they have a shorter timeline if the product lineup has disappeared (in this case the iPod Nano lineup). I honestly have no clue. But would certainly like to know their reasoning!
 
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I absolutely loved my first-generation iPod nano. It was such a nifty little device.I bought the Nike+iPod Sports Kit to go along with it, and have been using Nike+ in its various incarnations ever since.
 

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That’s a good point indeed. Did not think about that. Following that logic, all iPhones and iPads released up to 2015 would be considered vintage (even though they are still officially supported, such as the 6s). Maybe Apple has different timelines depending on the type of product? Or maybe they have a shorter timeline if the product lineup has disappeared (in this case the iPod Nano lineup). I honestly have no clue. But would certainly like to know their reasoning!

Apple’s website says

Vintage products are those that have not been sold for more than 5 and less than 7 years ago. Mac, iPhone, iPad, iPod, and Apple TV vintage products continue to receive hardware service from Apple service providers, including Apple Retail Stores, subject to availability of inventory, or as required by law.

Obsolete products are those whose sales were discontinued more than 7 years ago. Monster-branded Beats products are considered obsolete regardless of when they were purchased. Apple has discontinued all hardware service for obsolete products, with no exceptions. Service providers cannot order parts for obsolete products.

I guess they don’t follow their own rules?
 
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I got the original iPod Nano, and I still think it was the best Apple product I have ever bought. For the time the tech was fantastic, and it still holds dear in my heart. I mourn the loss of the click wheel.
 

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It’s funny... the other day i was cleaning out a cupboard - and I found an old 4GB iPod Mini, still in the box (must’ve been a prize or something). I’d forgotten how much I liked the click wheel. For navigating through a list of songs, I much prefer that to my iPhone‘s interface.
You could have probably made a fortune selling a sealed iPod on eBay.
 

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As expected, Apple has added the seventh-generation iPod nano to its list of Vintage and Obsolete products, officially designating the last iPod in the iconic nano lineup as "vintage."
The vintage products list features devices that have not been updated for more than five years and less than seven years. After products pass the seven year mark, they are considered obsolete.

Apple debuted a refreshed version of the seventh-generation iPod nano in mid-2015, and that was the final iPod nano that came out. Now that the device is five years old, it is being added to the vintage list.

Apple launched the first iPod nano in September 2005, and over the course of the nano's lifetime, it got several redesigns. The first iPod nano model was similar in design to a standard iPod but with a slimmer, easier to pocket shape.

Fast forward seven years to October 2020 and the seventh-generation iPod nano, which ended up being the final model that was introduced. It had an iPod touch-style multi-touch display and a Home button, but the nano and touch product lines were ultimately so similar that Apple did away with the iPod nano.

Apple refreshed the seventh-generation iPod nano in 2015 to add new colors, but the design remained the same. The iPod nano was discontinued along with the iPod shuffle in mid-2017, leaving the iPod touch as the only iPod Apple sells.

Devices on Apple's vintage list are able to receive hardware service from Apple and Apple service providers, but it is subject to the availability of repair components and where required by law. Obsolete products have no hardware service available with no exceptions.

In addition to the seventh-generation iPod nano, the 5th-generation ‌iPod touch‌, which was originally released on October 11, 2012, has also been added to the Vintage and Obsolete list.

Article Link: Apple Officially Obsoletes Last iPod Nano Model
Fast forward seven years to October 2020 meaning something happened in 2013, right?
Am I the only one that did not see a direct reference to 2013 in the article?
The 7th gen nano was launched in September 2012 and refreshed in 2015.
 

sracer

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Best one was the square one with a clip that was basically the first apple watch
Here's my 6th gen Nano that I still wear on occasion as a watch... next to it my 7th gen Nano. Love 'em both, still use 'em both. If the current Apple Watch could do what this 6th gen Nano could do, I'd own one today.

Yes, I know that the Watch does far more but it doesn't do the basics that this Nano could. :)

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