Apple admits: yes, first-gen iPod nano might be dangerous

Is that a fire in your pocket or are you just happy to see me? Apple has determined that some batches of first-gen iPod nanos did indeed ship with faulty batteries, and have begun offering a replacement programme for those affected. The company states that the batteries "may overheat and pose a safety risk", which is corporate-speak for "I wouldn't put that in your pocket if I were you."

But bad news if you had yours engraved - Apple won't be transferring the engraving onto your new iPod. In some cases, this may be a blessing. Who wants to be reminded of that one relationship a few years ago that quickly turned sour every time you listen to music? Or that deep life motto which you thought was cool at the time but makes you cringe whenever you flip your iPod over?

Local cases have already been brought up about the batteries. Under pressure from authorities, Apple started offering replacements in Japan last year, as well as in South Korea over two years ago. The programme is now global, but doesn't it seem a bit late? Not necessarily, says Apple. "While the possibility of an incident is rare, the likelihood increases as the battery ages," the website states.

You can claim your new iPod nano here.

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WarioTBH said,
Would love to know if you get a brand new nano or a refurb 1st gen

It's a refurbished 1st gen. Whenever they replace any iPod/iPhone it is always with a refurbished device. A friend of mine's iPhone 4 stopped responding to touches after 4 weeks. It was in pristine condition as he had kept it in a case with screen protector since day 1. They sent him a replacement iPhone 4 with scuffs all around the metal border. It's Apple being Apple. They didn't get rich by writing cheques or sending people brand new replacement products. If that had happened to me I would have whipped it at the genius' face right there in the Apple store.

roadwarrior said,
My local pawn shop has lots of that model really cheap. Maybe I'll pick one up and get my nice new replacement for it.

The pawn shop iPods are probably in better shape than the refurbed from Apple

omgben said,

The pawn shop iPods are probably in better shape than the refurbed from Apple


I'm guessing you've never actually seen a refurbished item from Apple (or any major manufacturer for that matter). They almost always replace the casing entirely on smaller items like an iPod, and even sometimes do it on laptops or other items if there are any serious flaws. Nearly every iPod I've seen at the pawn shop is horribly scratched.

This is why everyone prefers Apple, all the extra fit, finish, and quality in a product.
*Exploding batteries, fire, personal injury is a free side effect, and a 'feature'

Next time someone buys a Mac, iPhone, iPad because they believe the marketing of it somehow being better, remember this and the other stories of Apple products being faulty.

I was going to post a link to the default password being left enabled on the Macbook's batteries that malware can access and hide itself in, but trying to do a search with Apple and battery brings back 100 topics from poor battery life issues to other exploding battery stories.

Yeah, but how many other companies would offer a totally free replacement for a 5 year old device? And many of those laptop battery problems affected nearly every laptop battery out there, but the press just focused on the fact that it affected Apple.

roadwarrior said,
Yeah, but how many other companies would offer a totally free replacement for a 5 year old device?

Company's that are afraid of major lawsuits and bad publicity?

thenetavenger said,
Next time someone buys a Mac, iPhone, iPad because they believe the marketing of it somehow being better, remember this and the other stories of Apple products being faulty.

I was going to post a link to the default password being left enabled on the Macbook's batteries that malware can access and hide itself in, but trying to do a search with Apple and battery brings back 100 topics from poor battery life issues to other exploding battery stories.


No point in pretending as if these issues are unique to Apple. Both Sony and Dell recalled thousands of laptops because of faulty batteries.

.Neo said,

No point in pretending as if these issues are unique to Apple. Both Sony and Dell recalled thousands of laptops because of faulty batteries.

They've all contained a Sony battery. It wasn't just Dell that had to recall because of them. Apple, Acer, Dell, Toshiba, HP etc were recalled due to exploding Sony technology.

To be honest, I wouldn't be surprised if the battery in these first gen nano's were also Sony rebranded battery.

thenetavenger said,

Next time someone buys a Mac, iPhone, iPad because they believe the marketing of it somehow being better, remember this and the other stories of Apple products being faulty.

Whenever someone buys anything, they should look into the issues a company's products have, and what programs that company has in place to replace those products IF they fall victim to the fault.

I had a original Xbox 360 that was faulty, and Microsoft replaced it for free because it was faulted within its 3 year since purchased window. If it hadn't, and it broke tomorrow instead, Microsoft will replace it for a fee.

Also, every other company markets their product as the best, or better than what you're currently using. It's marketing 101, not just Apple. Maybe you shouldn't hold Apple up on a pedestal. Has it ever occurred to you that there are people out there that don't make purchasing decision solely on marketing? Nah.


I was going to post a link to the default password being left enabled on the Macbook's batteries that malware can access and hide itself in, but trying to do a search with Apple and battery brings back 100 topics from poor battery life issues to other exploding battery stories.

If you would have Googled, "apple battery vulnerability," your first hit would have been the link you were looking for. You would have also learned that it wasn't an Apple only issue. Again, I apologize for getting in the way of your Anti-Apple crusade.

Here's Neowin's coverage of it.

http://www.neowin.net/news/mac...ld-be-explosively-dangerous

Digitalfox said,

Company's that are afraid of major lawsuits and bad publicity?


And who still apparently staggered a recall? It seems strange to me that they would know about this and start recalls in Japan and other parts of the world years ago and just do it here now... Legal concern maybe?

The big question is: how will they replace it?

How are Apple going to send out replacements for a product that's about 5 years old? Surely they're not going to reboot production for this? It also seems very unlikely that they'll send out the new Nano's for these old ones.

I've just filled in my order. Took me about half an hour to find my old iPod Nano. Glad I still held on to it now.

Now that almost no one has one of these in the US anymore, I guess it's safe for them to admit there was a problem. Oh you silly Apple.

Just put in the details of mine and they are sending out a box so I can ship it back to them, then they will send a new one out to me. Had no problems with heat yet though

Mr Bridger said,
Just put in the details of mine and they are sending out a box so I can ship it back to them, then they will send a new one out to me. Had no problems with heat yet though

Same happened to me. I'm in Canada and filled out the request last night. Today I received an e-mail from Apple telling me they'll send me a box for my nano. I had no problems with it but of course, after all these years the battery barely lasts so can't complain that my nano will get a new boost in life.