iPod touchSource: iMore

What you need to know

  • Apple has made its fifth-generation iPod Touch 16GB obsolete.
  • That's because the device stopped sales more than seven years ago.
  • It means you can no longer get it serviced by Apple.

Apple's 16GB fifth generation iPod Touch is now obsolete, according to Apple.

As noted by MacRumors:

Apple today added the 16GB fifth-generation iPod touch, released in 2013, to its list of obsolete products.

It means that users can no longer get hardware servicing or source parts for the device through service providers, as Apple explains:

Products are considered obsolete when Apple stopped distributing them for sale more than 7 years ago. Monster-branded Beats products are considered obsolete regardless of when they were purchased.

Apple discontinues all hardware service for obsolete products, with the sole exception of Mac notebooks that are eligible for an additional battery-only repair period. Service providers cannot order parts for obsolete products.

Apple's most current iPod Touch is the seventh generation from 2019, and whilst we're big fans, it's clear the iPod has lost much of its shine thanks to the proliferation of the iPhone, which does everything the iPod does and more. Still, the iPod is a nice gift for young children, and even a handy companion for Android users who want some of Apple's services and features iOS but want to retain the flexibility of having an Android handset.

iPod touch 7

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Price: From $199

Bottom line: Not everyone needs an iPod touch, but at the fraction of the cost of a new iPhone, it's the perfect gateway into the Apple ecosystem or for use as a dedicated device.

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