All iPod models: from the first to the last generation
The first iPod was released by the company Apple in 2001 under the slogan 'A Thousand Songs in Your Pocket'. At that time, it was the smallest portable player, because it used a 1.8 '' hard drive, while all competitors' models worked with 2.5 '' drives. 2.5-inch drives are now used in laptops.
The iPod classic line includes 6 generations of portable media players. Initially, they could only be connected to Mac computers, but from the second generation they began to work with Windows.
At first glance, the decision to invest in compatibility with the operating system of competitors seemed strange, but the positioning of new items from Apple as mobile devices, convenient for any user, determined the company's further popularity in the market of portable gadgets. One generation of iPod almost instantly succeeded another, precisely for the reason that this media player was convenient and well-bought.
In 2002, even during the first generation version with a capacity of 10 GB, Apple PDA functions were added: viewing text files, synchronizing contacts and schedules with a computer. Of all the iPod models, the Touch line stands out in appearance – players with a touch screen are more like a smartphone. The rest of the players from Apple have a minimalist, intuitive interface that has changed little since 2001. The body became thinner, the screen and memory increased, but the Click Wheel, the visually recognizable circle of buttons below the screen, continues to be associated with Apple.
The entire line got the name classic when its last, sixth generation was released. In 2014, the company Apple stopped production of the classic model, which had already been replaced by touch players. Although the classic had touch scrolling, the touch line now has a multi-touch interface, and these players are not much different from iPhone. The control wheel – without a screen – is preserved in the shuffle players.