Apple Obsoletes 16GB Fifth-Generation iPod touch

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

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This specific variation of the iPod touch was released as a lower-end option to the fifth-generation iPod touch released a year earlier. Compared to its 32GB and 64GB companions, the 16GB model was only offered in a single silver color and lacked a rear camera or loop.

Apple followed up the fifth-generation iPod touch with the sixth-generation in the summer of 2015. Compared to the previous generation, the newer model featured improved performance and the removal of the wrist strap. Since the seventh-generation iPod touch released in 2019, Apple has not yet updated its iconic product.

Apple classifies products that have been discontinued for at least seven years as "obsolete," meaning that they cannot receive any hardware service from Apple or its service providers.

Top Rated Comments

SirAnthonyHopkins Avatar
9 months ago

RIP! Ahead of it's time in 2013.
In what way? Since we’d had six years of iPhones by this point, I don’t really get how basically an iPhone with no cellular capabilities was ahead of its time?
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
leslieg Avatar
9 months ago

Why is this product still around? Who buys it and why?
I don’t know about the consumer market but it’s definitely an important product for businesses to use has a handheld device for their internal systems that don’t require cellular. We have many of them at my work.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
yabeweb Avatar
9 months ago
Time for a new one, may be more focused on music and less on apps..
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
LFC2020 Avatar
9 months ago
7 years support is a fair effort.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Oohara Avatar
9 months ago
Oh man the pang of nostalgia when I saw those good old icons :):apple:
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
shakerstevens Avatar
9 months ago

Expect support for the 6th and 7th editions to be dropped soon too :(
Apple only obsolete a product 7 years after its discontinued to purchase. And since the 7th gen is still available to purchase today - it won't be made obsolete until at least the year 2028
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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