Today, Apple has officially issued details regarding first-generation iPod nano replacement program due to battery overheating issues. The units affected were sold between September 2005 and December 2006 carrying a manufacturing defect caused by an Apple battery supplier for the first-generation of ultra-thin screened iPods. Even though the possibility of overheating is small but since the product is already over 5 years old, its chances of overheating are higher than when it was new according to Apple.
As explained by 9to5Mac:
“Apple is telling users of the original iPod nano to stop using the product and get it replaced free of charge. The worldwide replacement program can be accessed through a special website that asks users to proceed by entering their iPod nano’s serial number (shown above). Replacement units for the original iPod nano are said to ship about six weeks after the replacement page is filled out by the customer and engraved units will be replacement with non-personalized models.”
Here is the replacement process as detailed by Apple:
- You may order a replacement unit via the web. Click here to begin.
- Your iPod nano serial number will be checked to verify that it is eligible for this program. You will receive a replacement unit approximately 6 weeks after we receive your current iPod nano (1st gen).
- If you have a personalized iPod nano, you will receive a non-personalized replacement. Make sure to use iTunes to back up any data on your current iPod nano before sending it in for a replacement unit.