Apple on Thursday added the 16GB fifth-generation iPod touch, which was released in 2013, to its obsolete products list.
This version of the iPod touch was released as a lower-end option to the fifth-generation iPod touch, which had been released one year earlier. Unlike its 32GB and 64GB brethren, the 16GB model was available only in a single silver color option and lacked a rear camera or loop.
Apple released the sixth-generation iPod touch in the summer of 2015. The newer model featured improved performance and no wrist strap. The touch has not been updated since the seventh-generation iPod touch was released in 2019.
What’s Vintage, and What’s Obsolete?
Apple’s website explains the difference:
Vintage products are those that have not been manufactured for more than 5 and less than 7 years ago. Apple has discontinued hardware service for vintage products with the following exceptions:
- Mac products purchased in the country of Turkey. Owners of vintage Mac products may obtain service and parts from Apple service providers within the country of Turkey.
- Products purchased in the state of California, United States, as required by statute
- Owners of vintage Mac products may obtain service and parts from Apple service providers within the state of California, United States.
- Owners of vintage iPod products in the state of California may obtain service from Apple Retail Stores or by contacting AppleCare at 1-800-APL-CARE.
- Owners of vintage iPhone products in the state of California may obtain service from Apple Retail Stores or by contacting AppleCare at 1-800-APL-CARE.
For products purchased in France, see Statutory Warranties of Seller and Spare Parts.
Obsolete products are those that were discontinued more than 7 years ago. Monster-branded Beats products are considered obsolete regardless of when they were purchased. Apple has discontinued all hardware service for obsolete products with no exceptions. Service providers cannot order parts for obsolete products. All Apple Retail Stores and the Canadian, European, Latin American, and Asia-Pacific operating regions follow the U.S. product list, but make no distinction between vintage and obsolete. When applied to Apple Retail Stores and these operating regions, products on the U.S. vintage list (all models) are considered obsolete.
Since the 16GB fifth-generation iPod touch has been declared “obsolete” by Apple, it cannot receive any hardware service from Apple or its service providers.