The iPod shuffle and nano have been around in the same design for many, many years, only seeing a refresh in color options back in 2015.
Which has led many to speculate for quite some time that perhaps Apple would get around to phasing out the products in the near future. And it turns out that this may indeed be the case. As reported by 9to5Mac, Apple has officially removed both the iPod nano and iPod shuffle from its website. While Apple has yet to comment on the removal, it would seem that shutting down the product pages for both items could hint at a discontinuation of both in the near future.
Both products launched in 2012, and, as mentioned above, have remained relatively the same ever since. In 2015 they were injected with a few new color options, but, as far as features and specs go, they’ve been essentially left to their own devices. As noted in the report, Apple had stock of both products in its retail stores recently. Moreover, speaking with an Apple Store retail source told the publication that they have not received any direction from Apple whether or not sales of the devices would be cancelled.
While Apple removed both the nano and shuffle, it has also changed the top banner for the iPod lineup in general on its website, reflecting the removed product pages. Now, when looking for an iPod, customers will only find the iPod touch. The landing page provides details on the device, while also offering the standard buy link.
Update: That didn’t take long. The Verge has gained a direct confirmation from Apple, with the company saying it has officially discontinued both the iPod shuffle and the iPod nano. Here’s the statement:
“Today, we are simplifying our iPod lineup with two models of iPod touch now with double the capacity starting at just $199 and we are discontinuing the iPod shuffle and iPod nano.”
An end of an era. What’s more, Apple has also adjusted the iPod touch pricing and storage capacities, dropping the options to only two from Apple’s website. Here are the new options:
- 32GB: $199
- 128GB: $299
Both variants of the iPod touch are currently in stock, as per Apple’s website.
Do you own an iPod shuffle or nano? Do you still use it?[via 9to5Mac; Apple]