Along with the launch of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, Apple actually removed a device from the lineup completely: the iPod Classic. With the device’s discontinuation, it marks the end of an era, and a future without a click wheel.
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.
When you push the limits, boundaries, and conventional wisdom with a device, you’re bound to hit a few snags—even if the idea is really awesome. FreedomPop’s iPhone case/data device they have been showing off at CES is stuck in the FCC approval process because nothing like it has ever been done before.
At the iPhone media event this morning, Greg Joswiak, Apple’s VP of marketing, unveiled the latest line of iPods, featuring a whole new 4 inch iPod touch and a redesigned iPod nano.
Strafach had earlier revealed that iPhone 5 and the new iPhone will allow users to take panoramic photos using the native Camera app.