IPod Mini

Discontinued audio player by Apple Inc. / From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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The iPod Mini (stylized and marketed as the iPod mini) is a discontinued, smaller digital audio player that was designed and marketed by Apple Inc. While it was sold, it was the midrange model in Apple's iPod product line. It was announced on January 6, 2004, and released on February 20 of the same year.[1][2] A second generation version was announced on February 23, 2005, and released immediately.[3] While it was in production, it was one of the most popular electronic products on the market,[4] with consumers often unable to find a retailer with the product in stock.[4] The iPod Mini was discontinued on September 7, 2005 after 1 year of being made, and was replaced by the iPod Nano.[5][6]

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iPod mini
iPod Mini in Silver
ManufacturerApple Inc.
Product familyiPod
TypeDigital audio player
LifespanFebruary 20, 2004 – September 7, 2005 (1 year, 6 months)
MediaMicrodrive hard drive (either 4 or 6 GB)
Operating system1.4.1
Display1.67" monochrome LCD at 138 x 110 pixels
InputClick wheel
ConnectivityUSB 2.0
Dock connector
Remote connector
PowerLithium-ion battery
SuccessoriPod Nano

The iPod Mini used the touch-sensitive scroll wheel of the third generation iPod. However, instead of the four touch buttons located above the wheel, the buttons were redesigned as mechanical switches beneath the wheel itself—hence the name click wheel. To use one of the four buttons, the user physically pushes the edge of the wheel inward over one of the four labels. Like its predecessors, the wheel was developed for Apple by Synaptics. The click wheel was also used in the fourth-, fifth- and sixth-generation iPods and the iPod Nano, from first generation through the fifth; however, in the Nano and 5G iPods onwards, the click wheel used was developed by Apple.

Above the wheel was a monochrome 138-by-110-pixel LCD that displayed a menu or information about the selected track. Newer-generation iPods have since adopted color displays.

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