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Seventh-gen iPod touch released in 2019.

The iPod is finally dead as Apple discontinues the iPod touch

May 10th, 2022

More than 20 years after introducing the original iPod, Apple is retiring the product line. On Tuesday, Apple announced in a post on its website that the seventh-generation iPod touch is the last iPod. Apple will continue selling iPod touch models while supplies last on, in Apple Store locations, and at Apple Authorized Resellers.

iPod Top Secret

Apple in 2005 helped the Department of Energy build a top secret iPod

August 18th, 2020

Apple in 2005 helped two contractors for the U.S. Department of Energy build a modified iPod capable of housing specialized hardware. An Apple engineer who worked on the project speculates that the government wanted to create an undercover Geiger counter to covertly record radiation levels. In a fascinating story posted to TidBITS this week, former …

Original iPod

Original iPod hits eBay at insane $20,000 list price

May 9th, 2019

When Apple unveiled the original iPod back in 2001, the reactions weren’t universally positive. Indeed, some fan reactions on a MacRumors message board at the time have since taken on a life of their own. As an illustrative example, one outraged Apple fan wrote the following nearly 18 years ago: “I still can’t believe this! …

Original iPhone P1 and P2 Prototypes

Video: The iPhone revolution started with two horrendous prototypes

January 11th, 2017

The iPhone turned 10 this week, although the phone was in development more than two years before Steve Jobs felt comfortable enough with the product to actually announce it. A video last week showed us an original iPhone prototype that ran iPod-based software complete with a digital click wheel. Thankfully, that idea was killed during …