iPod Stories August 18, 2020

Yes, you did read that right: a former senior Apple engineer says that the US government turned an iPod into a secret Geiger counter. Or, more precisely, a large US defense contractor turned an iPod into a secret device which was probably a Geiger counter – and only four people at Apple ever knew about it.

The story is told by David Shayer, who is a credible source, having played a pivotal role in the development of the iPod – and is backed by ‘father of the iPod’ Tony Fadell …

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iPod Stories January 13, 2020

In a story shared by the CEO of Stripe, Patrick Collison, Tony Fadell describes the timeline of the original iPod. Fadell says he joined Apple in late January to run the iPod project but that when he joined, the iPod wasn’t an iPod — Apple wanted to make a hard-drive-based MP3 player but that was essentially it. “No team, prototype, designs, nothing”.

Incredibly, the product was completed before the end of the year. Fadell pitched a design prototype to Jobs in March, the team found manufacturing partners in April, and Apple started shipping the first devices to customers in November.

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iPod Stories November 28, 2019

Turn your iPhone into a click wheel iPod Classic with ‘nice throwback’ app

A designer/developer has created an iPhone app that recreates the UI of a click wheel iPod Classic, right down to haptic feedback and click sounds …

iPod Stories April 25, 2019

Apple has announced a recall of wall plug adapters used in the UK, Hong Kong, and Singapore. It follows six incidents of electric shocks resulting from the plugs breaking, exposing metal contacts.

The plugs were sold with a range of Macs, iPhones, iPads and iPods, but you only have to worry about them if you’re using a rather elderly model – or bought the official Apple World Travel Adapter Kit a long time ago …

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iPod Stories August 16, 2018

Kickstarter campaign offers nostalgic Apple pillow collection without saying so …

I wouldn’t have foreseen much overlap in the market for Apple memorabilia and that for throw pillows, but one Kickstarter campaign seems to be proving me wrong …

iPod Stories June 19, 2018

A new medical study suggests that children who listen to portable music players are three times more likely to suffer hearing loss than those who don’t …

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