Apple declares 2013 iPod touch obsolete

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Apple has added its 16GB iPod touch to the list of products that are now officially obsolete worldwide, meaning it will no longer service the device, nor can third-party repair firms order replacement parts.

The 2013 iPod touch dropped the rear camera to lower costs
The 2013 iPod touch dropped the rear camera to lower costs


Apple's 16Gb iPod touch was a significant release in May 2013, as it sought to lower the entry price for users to get an iOS device. It was a variation on the then-current fifth generation iPod touch, and dropped that model's rear iSight camera.

Dropping the camera helped Apple reduce the price of the 16GB iPod touch to $229. The previous lowest price model was the 32GB fifth generation iPod touch, which retailed for $299.

The 16GB model came with a 4-inch Retina display, ran on the dual-core A5 processor, and was shipped with Apple EarPods. There was no option for a wrist strap, as there had been before, and it was solely available at launch in black with a silver back.

The whole fifth-generation iPod touch range was discontinued in July 2015. It was then replaced by the sixth generation iPod touch, which again included a camera

That model was itself replaced by a seventh generation iPod touch in 2019.

After Apple stops selling a device, it eventually becomes officially listed first as vintage, then as obsolete. There have been exceptions, but in principle a vintage Apple device is one that has not been sold by the company for more than five years, but less than seven.

Vintage products can still get service and parts. After seven years, however, they become listed as obsolete and while, again, there have been exceptions, usually Apple ceases all repair and servicing.

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Comments

  • Reply 1 of 5
    R.I.P. iPod touch (2013)
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 2 of 5
    davgregdavgreg Posts: 1,039member
    Always wondered why Apple did not market these to parents because they can serve as a WiFi phone that does not require a plan for your kids.

    Most places your kids will be these days has WiFi and with parental controls limited to approved contacts, this is a way to let your kids have a phone without getting tagged for a plan.
    edited September 2021 watto_cobracincytee
  • Reply 3 of 5
    dewmedewme Posts: 5,549member
    I’d like to see Apple come out with a cost reduced iPad mini, e.g., iPad mini SE, and never do another iPod Touch. Ever.
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 4 of 5
    davgreg said:
    Always wondered why Apple did not market these to parents because they can serve as a WiFi phone that does not require a plan for your kids.

    Also perfect for retail point-of-sale systems.
  • Reply 5 of 5
    crowleycrowley Posts: 10,453member
    davgreg said:
    Always wondered why Apple did not market these to parents because they can serve as a WiFi phone that does not require a plan for your kids.

    Most places your kids will be these days has WiFi and with parental controls limited to approved contacts, this is a way to let your kids have a phone without getting tagged for a plan.
    Why do that when they can sell you an iPhone instead, which doesn't have major coverage limitations?
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