While the holiday shopping season may have wrapped up a bit of time ago, for anyone looking to get their hands on a new iPod shuffle around this time may be running into some issues.
A former iTunes engineer at Apple has testified in court that he worked on a project that “intended to block 100% of non-iTunes clients.” It was only earlier this week that that the two plaintiffs in the iPod DRM lawsuit against Apple were found to be illegitimate, but Judge Rogers decided to continue with the case provided the plaintiff lawyers were able to find a new plaintiff.
Back in September, when Apple announced the new iPhones, it did not unveil a new iPod Classic, which led many to believe that the company had discontinued it. A month later, Tim Cook confirmed that Apple had to stop making the iPod Classic because certain components required to manufacture it where no longer available, and the cost of engineering a new version was not worth it due to its tapering demand.
Apple was on stage at Flint Center to unveil two brand new iPhones, a smartwatch and an all-new mobile payments initiative this afternoon, so we’ll forgive you if you didn’t realize that the Cupertino-based company appears to have quietly discontinued the iPod classic from its portable media player lineup. Apple officially no longer sells a device with a click wheel.
According to a research note from Christopher Caso, an analyst with Susquehanna, the iPod lineup will not be refreshed this year, which means that there won’t be a new iPod Touch to accompany the iPhone 6 launch in September. The report also states that Apple could be looking to replace the iPod line with the upcoming iWatch sometime in the future, indicating that the iPods are on their death beds now.
The big news today was Apple’s new iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c, but those weren’t the only changes Apple made to its product lineup. Rather than a cut like we saw with the iPhone 5, Apple decided to add something colorful to its iPods. Namely, a new color option Space Gray.