After the dust settled down from the Apple event earlier this month, people noticed something quite sad: Apple quietly killed the iPod Classic, the only iPod to still use the "click wheel."
The largest size was 160GB, and could hold 40,000 songs. And fans of the device took the news pretty hard.
But this wasn't the first time that Apple quietly killed older products when new products were announced.Original Apple earbuds
iPod and iPhone owners can be most easily spotted by the white cords coming out of their ears. The iconic white earbuds have been shipping with the company's portable devices since the very first iPod was released in 2001.
The earbuds were updated through the years with slight modifications and additions, such as an inline remote that came with the third-gen Shuffle and an inline remote and mic, which shipped starting with the iPhone 3GS.
But in 2012, with the release of the iPhone 5, Apple completely changed the design, as well as the name with the introduction of the Apple EarPod.
Square-shaped iPod Nano
Apple introduced the iPod Nano in 2005, when Steve Jobs pointed to the watch pocket in his jeans and asked, "Ever wonder what this pocket is for?"
The Nano went through many iterations, but the sixth-generation version, which was released in 2010, was something special. It featured a 1.55-inch touchscreen and, when coupled with a watchband accessory, could be used as a pretty awesome watch.
In 2012, Apple announced the seventh-generation Nano, chucking the square design, going back to the rectangle shape of yesteryear, and leaving all those awesome watchbands in the dust.
Apple's proprietary 30-pin connector cable was used to charge Apple's products, until the Lightning cable was introduced in 2012.
The coolest part about the Lightning cable is that it can fit in the device in any direction, so you don't have to fiddle around with a cord when you need a quick power boost. But with a new proprietary cable, people had to scramble to replace all their accessories that used the 30-pin connector. Not to mention hotels everywhere that provide alarm clocks with built-in 30-pin docks.
The iLife suite of apps available for Apple computers includes iPhoto, iMovie, and GarageBand. With iLife '06, Apple introduced iWeb, an easy-t0-use website- and blog-building app. iWeb included many Apple-made themes and background designs, and offered users templates and ways to integrate with other apps in the iLife suite.
It had a good run, but in 2012, Apple transitioned into iCloud, killing of iWeb in the process. And support for a million Apple-looking websites and blogs were killed in the process.
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