July 28, 2017

Planned Obsolescence

The Apple Watch satisfies this use case; when it gains some type of standalone cellular networking, these iPods will have been far more obsolete than they are now.

It’s interesting to think about a Nano-sized iPod running iOS. In theory that’d be useful. But if it didn’t have cellular networking, it could only stream when you were on Wi-Fi. So people would just keep using what they’re using today for audio — their phones. Even though the phone is a worse form factor purely as an audio player because it’s so big, comparatively, it’s better overall because it has a network connection almost everywhere.

-John Gruber, Apple Kills Off iPod Nano and iPod Shuffle, Daring Fireball

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