Apple replaces 1st-generation Nanos, citing fire risk

November 14, 2011

Apple is replacing first generation iPod Nanos — a model the company hasn’t produced in about five years — because of problems with an overheating battery.

“While the possibility of an incident is rare, the likelihood increases as the battery ages,” the company wrote in an e-mail to customers who had bought the devices. The company recommended that users stop using the product immediately, providing a link to the replacement program.

Some Apple customers also recently received a notice about Apple reaching a settlement over its MagSafe adapters, entitling people to payments of between $35 to $79. Users may be eligible if they bought a replacement adapter due to strain within three years of purchasing a MacBook, MacBook Pro or power adapter. The problem at hand is “strain relief” — the frayed wires or broken casing that you see on some well-worn adapter cords.

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Hayley Tsukayama covers consumer technology for The Washington Post.
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