iPod classic is dead, and the 30-pin connector along with it

Apple logoWhen apple.com returned after the event announcing Apple's new iPhone 6, 6 Plus, and Apple Watch, one of its longest-standing members was gone: the iPod classic. Along with it goes the 30-pin dock connector, marking a complete transition to the Lightning connector for Apple's entire mobile device fleet in exactly two years.

The iPod classic was part of Apple's lineup starting in October 23, 2001. The product hadn't been updated since the 6th generation version was released in 2009; over the last five years, it has existed as a single solitary $249 160GB model.

Apple iPod Classic

Now that Apple is able to offer iPhones in 128GB solid-state storage options, the iPod classic would have felt particularly redundant as a product. It was also the last existing product not to use the Lightning connector that Apple introduced with the iPhone 5 in 2012.

Ars wrote back in 2011 that the iPod classic couldn't last much longer as a viable product, and most readers agreed in a poll that it wouldn't see 2013. Now it's finally been relegated to the great forgotten junk drawer in the sky, along with all those 30-pin cables we once couldn't believe we'd have to replace.

Source: Ars Technica

Tags: Apple, digital players, iPod

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