Apple now considers final iPod nano model ‘vintage’

Apple on Thursday added the seventh-generation iPod nano to its list of Vintage and Obsolete products, officially limiting active support for the venerable pint-sized music player.

Introduced on Sept. 7, 2005, the iPod nano was touted as the smallest iPod with a screen. Over the course of its nearly 12-year run, the stalwart music player took on a variety of shapes, sizes and formats.

The first generation was a tall, slim take on the traditional iPod design language. Featuring a Click Wheel and a 1.5-inch color screen, the device could be had in 2GB and 4GB configurations priced between the iPod Shuffle and iPod Classic.

Over the years, the nano went from tall and slender to short and squat, back to tall, down to an all-screen square shape, and finally something resembling a miniature iPhone with a home button. Each successive generation included a color screen, on-device controls (on-screen controls in later models), and a bevy of colorways. Apple also used the platform to experiment with new technologies like onboard cameras, unique chassis materials and custom finishes.

The final seventh-generation nano debuted in 2012 with a 2.5-inch, vertically oriented screen and home button. Apple later issued a minor refresh for the device in July 2015 by adding three new color options.

After years of service, and iPod touch taking over a lion’s share of iPod sales, Apple axed the nano line in 2017.

Today’s addition to the “vintage” list means seventh-generation iPod nano devices are eligible for repairs and service at Genius Bars and Apple Authorized Service Providers, but only when required parts are available. In two years the last nano is expected to become “obsolete” and will no longer be eligible for repair.

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