The first generation iPod nano was immensely popular and set the stage for thin and light music players, none of which, however, came close to matching its popularity. Six years and an identical number of iterations later, Apple is now recalling the device.
The reason being given is a faulty battery, which in certain devices can overheat and pose a safety risk. So far no reports have come in from users regarding this issue but Apple clearly does not want to wait till that happens.
This issue only affects devices made in a particular period. Owners can go to Apple’s site and check if their iPod nano is one of the affected ones and then fill out a claim form to confirm eligibility for replacement. Apple will replace the defective devices within six weeks and give you 90-days of warranty.
Here is the statement from Apple regarding the replacement program.
Apple has determined that, in very rare cases, the battery in the iPod nano (1st generation) may overheat and pose a safety risk. Affected iPod nanos were sold between September 2005 and December 2006.
This issue has been traced to a single battery supplier that produced batteries with a manufacturing defect. While the possibility of an incident is rare, the likelihood increases as the battery ages.
Apple recommends that you stop using your iPod nano (1st gen) and follow the process noted below to order a replacement unit, free of charge.
Note: This battery issue is specific to the iPod nano (1st gen) and does not affect any other iPod.
It’s good to see a company care about their products even six years after it was launched when most devices these days don’t even get a software update after about a year of being released.
To check if your device is eligible for the replacement program, click the source link below.