• Apple Finally Admits "Rare" Nano Meltdowns

    image via appledefects.com

    Apple has acknowledged for the first time that batteries in some 1st generation iPod nano units sold in 2005 and 2006 can overheat, kill the device, and melt the case. A knowledge base article described the problem, reported on [ame="http://forums.ilounge.com/showthread.php?t=121264"]iPod user forums[/ame] for some time, and indicated support was available, a suggestion that the problem may be covered under AppleCare.

    The knowledge base article, "iPod nano (1st generation): Rare cases of battery overheating," describes the battery overheating issue, but calls it "rare" and says it's not associated with a single battery manufacturer:

    Apple has determined that in very rare cases, batteries in the iPod nano (1st generation) sold between September 2005 and December 2006, may overheat and prevent the iPod nano from working and deform it.

    Apple has received very few reports of such incidents (less than 0.001 percent) and the issue has been traced to a single battery supplier. There have been no reports of serious injuries or property damage. Additionally, there have been no reports of such incidents with any other iPod nano model.
    Symptoms of the problem that would qualify a stricken iPod include discoloration, overheating, and deformation of the case near the battery enclosure. The problem most likely need not be as severe as the photo above to qualify the unit for service or - one would hope - replacement.

    An objective observer could raise the question as to why Apple is choosing this moment to come forward and pay attention to a problem that has been reported since these units - four years old in some circumstances - came off the assembly line. While taking responsibility is always to be applauded, the timing suggests there may have been some pressure applied to Apple in this case.
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