It didn’t take long for Apple’s remaining iPod touch to sell out.
Consumers anxious to own what has become part of mobile technology history have stripped out all color and storage options for Apple’s 7th generation portable music and media player.
Some iPod touches are still available on other online sales sites. Best Buy, for example, still has the blue and black 128GB models, but the rest of the color options seem sold out.
In case you missed the news, Apple without much fanfare quietly ended the iPod line on Tuesday by announcing that it was selling the iPod touch “while supplies last.” The company that started a mobile music revolution never explicitly said the iPod line was dead, but the implication was pretty clear.
The purchase of these devices is far from being fooled. The 7th Gen iPod Touch is, for all intents and purposes, an iPhone 7 without cellular capabilities (it even has the same A10 processor).
It has a decent 8MP camera and can record up to 1080p at 60fps. The FaceTime camera is, at 1.2MP, pretty light, but at least you get 720p video. The 4-inch screen is small but has a fairly crisp resolution of 326ppi.
It is also the last Apple handheld device to include a 3.5mm headphone jack.
You can install virtually all of the same App Store apps on the iPod touch as on the iPhone 13.
The iPod touch brought all of these features into a device that, even with 256GB of storage, was, at $399, more affordable than most iPhone models.
What I mean is, there’s a reason people still want the iPod touch, and I’m not surprised they got every last one of them.
As for me, I have a small collection of these classic devices. There’s a little iPod shuffle floating somewhere in a drawer, a thin iPod Nano, and a couple of second- and third-generation iPod touch devices. These latest models are distinguished by their beautiful chrome backs. These were great places to personalize with an engraved message (“Sophie’s iPod”).
All of these older models, even the little shuffle with the iconic scroll wheel (though no longer completely physical) still feature the classic 30-pin connector. Current iPod touch players use the Lightning port.
Most no longer hold a charge, are otherwise damaged beyond repair, or don’t support the latest version of iOS. These portable marvels are now part of my museum of technology: a set of plastic drawers.
Those who buy the 7th generation iPod touch devices will likely get at least a few good years of use out of them until Apple ends software support. Someday Apple will release a version of iOS (maybe iOS 17?) and it won’t include any iPod support.
And that will truly be the end of the line for this iconic product.