Apple replacing overheating first-gen iPod nanos in Japan

Apple replacing overheating first-gen iPod nanos in Japan

Summary: AFP reports that Apple Japan is replacing some first-generation iPod nanos after reports of fires led to criticism from the government in Tokyo.

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AFP reports that Apple Japan is replacing some first-generation iPod nanos after reports of fires led to criticism from the government in Tokyo.

Apple confirmed "very rare cases of overheating" in the battery of the iPod nano sold between September 2005 and December 2006, which distorted the shape of the device or made it unuseable, the company said on its website.

It offered to replace affected units, adding that concerned customers using the first-generation iPod nano can now get the battery replaced, it said on its Japanese-language website.

The company noted the fault had been traced to a particular battery supplier, adding that other iPod nano models had no such recharging problems.

Topics: Mobility, Apple, Hardware

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  • "very rare"?

    First the articles of an Apple product having problems were "very rare".<br><br>Now there are many.<br><br>A number of those discuss overheating.<br><br>Too many to ignore.<br><br>Can't Apple afford QC anymore? Proper testing? For the prices they offer, nobody should be able to find even minor nitpicks, never mind major problems. <br><br>Or is the right hand of Apple blind to the antics of the outsourced factories posing as a left hand? <br><br>There are any number of possibilities, but either which way it's not doing Apple any good.
    HypnoToad72
    • RE: Apple replacing overheating first-gen iPod nanos in Japan

      @HypnoToad72

      61 reports of overheating out of 1.8 million units.

      It's an epidemic.
      msalzberg
      • I saw a handful of overheating iPods when I worked for Apple

        @msalzberg and @HypnoToad72
        This product came out when I was MacGenius. I saw a few units that had overheated. In nearly every one of those cases either the iPod had liquid damage, electrical burning from a shorted out charger, or had been <i>visibly bent</i>. We usually replaced them anyway, with the only exceptions being units where there was abuse too dramatic to disregard.

        I would not go so far as to say that the products could not have been defective, but out of a few dozen replacements for overheating I am only aware of 2 that showed no signs of mistreatment. There is no perfect product, and iPods are certainly not the exception, but this is much more dramatic then it is endemic.
        use_what_works_4_U